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Sharing Our Knowledge With You

As researchers, educators and therapists, we work with our clients and PARTNER TO SEE CHANGE. Browse our behavioral health resources for psychoeducational content grounded in the latest research and developed for you by our expert clinicians. Here, you will find our popular Tips of the Month and Clinical Science Insights publication series, you can hear podcasts and watch webinars on a variety of themes, read topical articles from our therapists and learn about our latest publications.

Making Amends

Tip of the month - Family

“Our ability to hurt each other is enormous, but nowhere is it more powerful than in families, so nowhere are apologies more frequently needed — and resisted."1 

Hit the Pause Button

Tip of the month - Couple

“Between the stimulus and response, there’s a space,”  wrote philosopher Victor Frankl. “And in that space lies the power to choose. In our choice lies our freedom and our growth.” 

Navigating the Transition to Parenthood

Clinical Science Insight

In “Navigating the Transition to Parenthood,” Katherine Collison, Ph.D. provides an overview of the physical and emotional changes that take place during and after pregnancy, information about postpartum depression and anxiety, and recommendations for resources and strategies that can help parents navigate this transition.

Long-Term Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Child Development

Clinical Science Insight

In “Long-Term Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Child Development,” Rachel Foster, Ph.D. first explores how developmental scientists predict children might be impacted by the pandemic based on t

Social Media Safety

Tip of the month - Family

 Scrolling through social media takes up a significant amount of time in the lives of our tweens and teens — whether we like it or not. While conversations with our sons and daughters about some of the ill effects of social media have never been more important (see Toxic Comparisons), talking about online risks and safety should be part of your family chats.

We Honor Juneteenth


Northwestern University and The Family Institute have joined the U.S federal government in recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday.  Northwestern University describes the day as an “opportunity for members of the University community to reflect on the significance of June 19, 1865, when some of the last enslaved African Americans in Texas learned the Civil War had ended.”  This…

Marisol Garcia featured in Today Article about the Common Mistakes Parents of LGBTQ Kids Make


Marisol Garcia, M.S.W., LSW of The Family Institute at Northwestern University was featured in a Today Show article about five common mistakes that parents of LGBTQ kids make, and the surprisingly simple ways for parents to make their home a safe and affirming environment. Read the Article

Heather Lofton Interviewed in Essence Article on the Step-Mother Role in a Family


Heather Lofton, Ph.D. recently contributed to an article for Essence, in which she provides insight on the role a step-mother plays in a family dynamic, as well as advice for relationship building.