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

  • Family in a public health context
  • Experiences of families from diverse backgrounds
  • Emotional transmission within the family
  • Parents’ socialization practices
  • Optimizing family time
  • Family policies



  • Experiences within occupations, including:
    • Child welfare caseworkers
    • Firefighters
    • Hotel managers and hourly workers
    • Natural gas extraction occupations
    • Nurses in extended care facilities
    • Service members and veterans
    • Teachers
    • Telecommunications workers
  • Work conditions, policies, and practices
  • Workplace interventions
  • Intersection of paid work and family roles (e.g., work-family conflict, work-family integration or balance)



We examine well-being at multiple levels:

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Workplace
  • Community
  • United States – Conflict between work and family is a major public health issue in the U.S.!

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