FLOW Lab

Family Life • Occupations • Well-Being

Led by Kelly D. Chandler, Ph.D.

We study how family processes, work experiences, and work-family integration influence health and well-being, in order to identify ways to promote thriving at home and at work.

 

It is true that if one finds flow in work, and in relations with other people, one is well on the way toward improving the quality of life as a whole.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

 

We specialize in the following areas

Family Life

  • Diversity in family experiences
  • Parenting and parental socialization
  • Daily family processes
  • Emotional transmission
  • Family policies

Occupations

  • Diversity in occupational experiences
  • Working conditions
  • Workplace policies, practices, and culture
  • Organizational justice
  • Work-family interface

Well-being

  • Physical health
  • Psychological well-being
  • Daily stress
  • Social identity development
  • Social justice for historically marginalized population

Our Approach

Family life, and its intersection with work, is complex. Therefore, we use a variety of cutting-edge methods to understand the daily ebb and flow of work and family life, including:

  

Multiple data collection modes

  • Quantitative: Surveys, daily diaries, biomarkers, HR and administrative records, ecological momentary assessments (EMA), sociometric badges
  • Qualitative: Semi-structured interviews, focus groups, observations
  • Mixed methods designs

  

Multiple occasions

  • Yearly, monthly, daily, and momentary

 

  

Multiple reporters

  • Mothers/wives, fathers/husbands, partners, children, siblings
  • Executive Directors, managers, employees