Hallie E. Ford Center
for Healthy Children and Families

To thrive, families need a strong foundation. We're Building it.


The Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families promotes the development and well-being of children, youth and families by generating, translating and sharing research-based knowledge. The center advocates a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to research, training and outreach that has far-reaching consequences for Oregon and beyond.


“Our work begins with passion and leads to life-changing results. The center generates, translates and shares research-based knowledge to improve the health and well-being of children and families.”

Director Megan McClelland.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Cynthia and Duncan Campbell Lectures on Childhood Relationships, Risk and Resilience

"Motor competence, a building block that supports healthy developmental trajectories in children"

Leah E. Robinson, PhD
Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan

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April 22, 2021

As students head back to the classroom, managing expectations and emotions are key

As students return to in-person learning, parents and educators face many unanswered questions. Hallie Ford Center researchers discuss the challenges students may face. Watch at Synergies.

Kelly Chandler, Ph.D.

Juggling Work and Family Confined to Home.

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November 7, 2020

Teaching children to lose gracefully so they can lose with dignity as adults

Let your child know there are lots of ways to show disappointment, but it’s never okay to say mean, disparaging, or untruthful words about others just because your feelings are hurt. Read more at Synergies.

Public Health Insider | Webcast Series

Back to school: Expectations, Transitions and Challenges


As schools slowly return to in-person learning, parents, educators and students face many unanswered questions.

Join Hallie E. Ford Center faculty Megan McClelland, Megan MacDonald and Shauna Tominey as they discuss the expectations, transitions and challenges of returning to in-person instruction, including mental and emotional health, childhood development and social and emotional outcomes.


We know that success in life starts early. You could even say it starts HERE. Learn more about the Hallie Ford Center’s impact – and its compelling future.  Impact and Future

It’s more than science. Our work changes lives. See how in the  HFC Brochure