The American Psychological Association’s (APA) Society for Couple and Family Psychology awarded Dr. Barbara Fiese, a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, with the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award.
Dr. Fiese's inventive research on the importance of family dinners and on the negative familial impact of food insecurity shows how family psychology is central to public health issues. In her tenure as the Pampered Chef Endowed Chair in Family Resiliency and Director of the Family Resiliency Center, she has overseen numerous projects targeted toward families struggling to achieve better health and well-being. She has also mentored numerous students in developing systemic views on societal problems, thus ensuring a long-lasting impact in the field. Dr. Fiese is currently the editor of the field’s flagship journal, the Journal of Family Psychology and has served on numerous APA committees.