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Recent CFS Faculty Books
Immigrant Families

Immigrant Families
Robert Moreno, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. Chair

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Approaches to Early Childhood Education

Approaches to Early Childhood Education (6th Ed.)
Jaipaul Roopnarine, Ph.D., Reilly Professor of Child & Family Studies, Director of Reilly institute

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Department of Child and Family Studies

Welcome to the Department of Child and Family Studies

Child and Family Studies offers bachelor of science (B.S.), master of arts (M.A.), master of science (M.S.), and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in child and family studies. Students gain a broad knowledge of issues affecting child development and the family unit preparing to work closely with children and families in diverse settings.

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Kamala Ramadoss

Dr. Ramadoss Presents on Work-Family Interface in India

With a research focus that includes the workplace and how it affects employees and their families, assistant professor of child and family studies, Kamala Ramadoss, Ph.D., will be a featured presented during the South Asia Center’s Spring Speaker Series. On February 10, she will present, “Work-family Interface in India.” The presentation will take place at 340 Eggers Hall, 12:30 p.m. and is open to the campus community.


Jaipaul Roopnarine and Kimberly Davidson

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awards $25,000 grant to Kimberly Davidson, Dr. Jaipaul Roopnarine

CFS doctoral student, Kimberly Davidson, working with Jaipaul Roopnarine, Ph.D., the Jack Reilly Endowed Professor of Child and Family Studies and director of the Reilly Institute for Early Childhood and Provider Education, have received a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Head Start Research Scholars. Their research project will explore how children learn about race and ethnicity and the roles that home environment, the neighborhood where they live and the child care programs they attend play in their racial and ethnic socialization.


Children sitting on a lawn talking and playing

Rachel Razza, Kimberly Raymond co-author chapter for International Handbook of Young Children’s Thinking & Understanding

CFS assistant professor, Rachel Razza, and CFS doctoral student, Kimberly Raymond, have co-written a chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Thinking and Understanding. The chapter is entitled, Executive Function and School Readiness: Identifying Multiple Pathways for School Success. The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Thinking and Understanding provides a contemporary and authoritative reference text on young children’s thinking. It brings together the expertise of influential, international authors from a variety of disciplines who share a high public profile for their specific developments in the theories of children’s thinking, learning and understanding. Supported throughout with relevant research and case studies, this handbook is an international insight into the many ways there are to understand children and childhood paired with the knowledge that young children have a strong, vital, and creative ability to think and to understand, and to create and contend with the world around them.


Elif Dede Yildirim and Jaipaul Roopnarine

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services awards Elif Dede Yildirim, Jaipaul Roopnarine $100,000 grant to investigate relationships between child development outcomes and paternal engagement

Child and family studies Ph.D. student, Elif Dede Yildirim, working with Jaipaul Roopnarine, Ph.D., the Jack Reilly Endowed Professor of Child and Family Studies, has received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families. The research project, "Paternal Factors and Childhood Outcomes: The Mediating Role of Relationship Quality and Support Networks," offers great promise for state and local agencies that focus on preventing developmental risks to children that are attributed to challenging home and neighborhood environments.


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New this Spring: CFS 423 - Death, Dying & Loss - Child and Family Perspectives

This course will help students understand pediatric death, dying and loss through exploring the psychosocial, sociocultural and ethical aspects of loss and through examining concepts of loss, grief and bereavement. Theories of child and adolescent development will provide students with a comprehensive framework of children's understanding of illness and end of life care. Students will be given the opportunity to examine their own beliefs about death through the analysis of their own life experiences.


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Study Identifies Key Components for Prevention, Intervention Programs for Adolescent Smoking in China

Falk College professors, Ambika Krishnakumar (Child and Family Studies) and Lutchmie Narine (Public Health) authored “Parenting practices and adolescent smoking in mainland China: The mediating effect of smoking-related cognitions,” which appeared in the August 2014 edition of the Journal of Adolescence. In collaboration with Dr. Yan Wang, Drs. Krishnakumar and Narine examined the direct and indirect associations of general and smoking-specific parenting practices with Chinese adolescents' smoking behaviors. Results suggest that parenting practices and smoking-related cognitions are critical components to be incorporated in prevention and intervention programs for adolescent smoking in China.


Students Meet UNICEF's Caryl Stern

CFS students explore the benefits of sport for human development with UNICEF president Caryl Stern

For students in the Department of Child and Family Studies’ course, Sport and Human Development, a recent interactive class discussion focused on the power of sport in UNICEF’s day-to-day work with children and communities around the world. Dr. Terry MacDonald created and teaches the course, which examines the role sports play in positive and healthy youth development. During the Fall semester, she invited Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and Matt Meyerson, UNICEF senior director for sport partnerships, to meet with her students.


Attendees and Speakers of Trauma Conference

Now available online:

Videos from “A Community in Trauma” conference explore how grief, loss impact children and families in the Syracuse community and what to do when trauma becomes pervasive

A day-long conference exploring the epidemic of violence and the long-term wounds it inflicts on the children who grow up in its shadow in the Syracuse community was sponsored by the Falk College's Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) in March. The event featured community experts who deal with violence and trauma. Each guest speaker offered different perspectives on related problems and solutions. Due to overwhelming interest from persons interested in the well-being of children, youth and families, including teachers, school administrators, counselors, criminal justice professionals, agency staff, advocates, volunteers, service providers, social workers, and health care professionals, the conference sessions are now available online for viewing using the links below.

CFS professor of practice, Colleen Baish Cameron, whose professional credentials include work as a Certified Child Life Specialist, worked closely with community leaders who are deeply involved with and committed to trauma response in our community, including: Timothy Noble Jennings-Bey, director of the Trauma Response Team for the United Way of Central New York and founder of the Identity Research Institute; Terrence Byrd-El, assistant director, Syracuse Trauma Response Team and creator of the "Man to Man" self-development program for young men between the ages of 11-16, Kimber Gunn, who has been working in the youth development field for over twenty years and Arnett Haygood-El, Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility Inc., Southwest Community, who has worked professionally for 15 years assisting low income, at-risk youth and their families to overcome the barriers of growing up in poverty. A graduate student at Syracuse University working on a master’s degree in Child and Family Health in a Global Community, his studies are focused on the effects of community violence on urban youth development. Falk faculty involved in the project also include CFS department chair and associate professor, Robert Moreno; assistant professor of public health, Dessa Bergen-Cico; associate professor of social work, Keith A. Alford; Mary Kish, internship coordinator, and; Sydnee Corridors, CFS student.


Welcome to the Department of Child & Family Studies

Robert Moreno serves as the department chair of Child and Family Studies


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College Events

Empathy Matters Information Session


Syracuse University college student's mentoring elementary school-aged children about the basics of empathy.

Date: Wednesday, Feb 4th
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Hall of Languages, Room 205

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Dr. Ramadoss Presents "Work-Family Interface in India"


South Asia Center's Spring Speaker Series

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 10
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: 340 Eggers Hall

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Negotiating a Global Sustainable Development Agenda: the View from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development


Research Brown Bag Forum presentation by Chantal Line Carpentier, Sustainable Development Officer Division for Sustainable Development Department of Economic and Social Affairs United Nations.

Date: Friday, Feb. 13
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: 312 Lyman Hall

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Falk College Spring Graduate Information Session


Meet admissions staff and learn about Falk College graduate programs

Date: Saturday, Feb 28th
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Heroy Auditorium

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Mindfulness Goes to School: Linking Research with Practice


Contemplative Collaborative Brownbag Series presentation by Dessa Bergan-Cico & Rachel Razza.

Date: Friday, March 6th
Time: 12-1:30pm
Location: 123 Sims Hall

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