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The Institute for Families in Society was created in the early 1990s through the interdisciplinary efforts of a task force commissioned by the University of South Carolina. By 1992, the Institute was securely grounded by a generous donation from Cindy and Evan Nord. Working across disciplines and programs, the Institute has conducted research with a variety of partners to reduce child abuse, strengthen and engage families and communities, and improve the health of vulnerable populations.

The mission of the Institute is to use university-community interdisciplinary research and practice as a platform to advance the science of helping families and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Ana Lopez- De Fede

Dr. Ana Lòpez-De Fede has been named the 2014 recipient of the James E. Clyburn Leader in Public Health and Health Disparities Research Award. (More)

Ben Walker Amanda Hunsucker
The Institute for Families in Society congratulates Ben Walker and Amanda Hunsucker, the 2014 recipients of the Smith Scholarship.
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Application packet for the Andrew Billingsley African-American Families Pilot Research Program