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Research Centers

Our two national research centers are widely recognized for their outstanding contributions to social science. The CFDR and NCFMR provide critical resources that enhance faculty and student scholarship across multiple departments at BGSU. The centers also help to foster a collaborative research environment that is supportive of faculty development as well as training and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students.

The Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR) is dedicated to research, training, and service in family demography. The CFDR integrates demographic methods, data, and perspectives with other social scientific approaches to understand family formation and stability in addition to well-being across the life course. A special focus of research by CFDR affiliates is attention to development and social context. Wendy D. Manning is the director and Karen Benjamin Guzzo is the associate director. The CFDR is supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development and BGSU.

The National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR) was established in 2007 to improve our understanding of how family structure is linked to the health and well-being of children, adults, families, and communities and to inform policy development and programmatic responses. Wendy D. Manning and Susan L. Brown codirect the NCFMR at Bowling Green State University. This project is supported with assistance from Bowling Green State University. From 2007 to 2013, support was also provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.