Family Studies Lab

Director: E. Mark Cummings


We study communication, conflict and emotional security in families, including basic and translational research that occurs in the US and abroad.


Our lab is currently recruiting eligible members of the community to participate in research.


For the Happy Families Project: single and two-parent families with at least one child between 5 and 17 years old. For SPARC: two-parent families that include a typically developing child between 10 and 18 years old and a child of any age with an intellectual or developmental disability.

What's Involved?

Participants will answer online survey questions, participate in Zoom visits with members of the project team, and receive information to review on their own. Participation occurs over the course of one year, with the majority of active participation occurring over the course of approximately four weeks, followed by brief sessions occurring 6-12 months later.

Family Studies Lab