Message from our Director – Jay A. Mancini, Ph.D

Thank you for your interest in the Family and Community Resilience Laboratory (FCRL) at the University of Georgia. This research laboratory is housed in theCollege of Family & Consumer Sciences and within the Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS). FCRL is dedicated to understanding the relationship and interaction between families, communities, resiliencies, and vulnerabilities that mold human development. We believe that a community-centered approach to families and individuals promotes progressive adaptation by focusing on risk reduction and increasing assets in the social environment. When communities develop capacity through a sense of shared responsibility that is matched with evident acts of collective competence, it ushers in possibilities for positive development at the individual, family, and community level.

Our mission is to conduct results-oriented research and evaluation that promotes sustained well-being, empowerment, and resilience of individuals, families, communities, and those who support them. Since our inception in 2009, we have been using our strengths-based, results-oriented approach to support families and communities.

I hope you take a moment to read about our projects and about our wonderful team of scholars both within and external to the University of Georgia. They are responsible for the development and continued sustainment of FCRL. Their dedication, collaborative spirit, and innovation are vital mechanisms that help us continue to understand families and communities, especially those of our military.

We thank you for visiting our website and hope you come back often to see updates on our projects, future developments, and how FCRL continues to understand and impact the intersection between families and communities.

Jay A. Mancini