Barbara Fiese
Director, Family Resiliency Center
(217) 244-3967
Barbara Fiese is a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and serves as the Director of the Family Resiliency Center. Dr. Fiese's research focuses on family level factors that promote health and well-being in children at risk due to physical

Barbara Fiese is a professor of human development and family studies, and serves as the director of the Family Resiliency Center. Dr. Fiese's research focuses on family level factors that promote health and well-being in children at risk due to physical illness and/or poor child-raising conditions. She also examines how family rituals may promote medical adherence and reduce anxiety in children with chronic illnesses and tracks how changes in child and parent stories about family events are related to child and family adjustment. She is invested in bringing family science to the public to inform decision makers and opinion leaders to better the health and wellbeing of children. Her latest book, Family Routines and Rituals, was published in 2006 by Yale University Press.