Department of Human & Community Development | Illinois


Barbara Fiese

Barbara Fiese

Professor, Human Development and Family Studies;
Pampered Chef, Ltd. Endowed Chair in Family Resiliency;
Director, Family Resiliency Center

1016B Christopher Hall, MC-081
904 W. Nevada Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: 217-244-3967
Fax: 217-333-9061


Dr. Fiese’ research focuses on family factors that promote health and wellbeing in children.  She is considered one of the national experts in the role that shared family mealtimes may play in promoting health during early childhood and the elementary school years.

She is a co-Principal Investigator on the USDA I-TOPP program, a transdisciplinary MPH/PhD training program in obesity prevention; co-Principal investigator on the STRONG Kids Program, a cells-to-society approach to healthy weight in preschool age children; and Co-PI on the NIH ICAP Project, a series of workshops aimed at developing innovative methods of physical activity measurement in preschool age children in their natural environments; and PI on the BackPack Evaluation Project funded by Feeding America aimed at examining the effects of a weekend feeding program on food insecurity and the correlates of childhood hunger.