Headed by Dr. Gail M. Ferguson, our lab is studying the impact of 21st Century globalization on cultural, developmental, and family processes such as acculturation, enculturation, and family health. Using Jamaica as a case study, we are working to better understand and promote the resilience of youth and parents who are engaging with cultures from afar using globalization avenues, whether those be new cultures (i.e., remote acculturation) or heritage cultures in which do not reside (i.e., remote enculturation). We conduct our research and preventive global health interventions internationally (especially in the global South/Majority World) as well as in the U.S., and we have developed active transdisciplinary partnerships with collaborators from media studies and nutrition. Some major topics of focus in the Culture and Family Life Lab are:

Culture and Family Life Lab | cultureandfamilylife@gmail.com or gmfergus@illinois.edu