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Center for Parenting

C4P

Overview:

The Center for Parenting (C4P) was founded in fall 2006 by Heidi Stolz and Denise Brandon. It is a collaborative effort between the Department of Child and Family Studies and UT Extension Family and Consumer Sciences. The mission of the C4P is to strengthen parent-child relationships by coordinating and enriching existing parent education efforts in Tennessee. The C4P is housed on the first floor of the Jessie Harris Building, Room 102-A, located at 1215 West Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1912. More contact information is available below.



Drs. Denise Brandon and Heidi Stolz work with interns on C4P research projects.

Objectives

    • To link parent educators and parents to each other and to resources
    • To translate current parenting research for multiple audiences
    • To facilitate and recognize best practice programs and practices
    • To professionalize parent education in Tennessee
    • To educate UT students in family programming and research
    • To conduct basic and applied research on parenting and parent education


Engaged Scholarship

  • The C4P plans and sponsors three regional conferences each year, offering networking opportunities, keynote speakers, and research updates to parenting educators and other family professionals across Tennessee.
  • We research, write, and distribute quarterly electronic newsletters to parenting educators and other family professionals.


Working for the C4P allows undergraduates and graduates to work collaborate on ongoing research endeavors.Opportunities for Student Involvement

Graduate Opportunities

  • Graduate Assistantship in the C4P: Assist with ongoing research projects, data collection, and manuscript preparation.

Undergraduate Opportunities

  • Directed Studies (CFS 481): 3 credit hours; Assist with C4P ongoing projects and engaged scholarship.
  • Research Practicum (CFS 490): 6 credits per semester for two semesters. The practicum experience is a supervised research experience contributing to engaged scholarship aspects of the Center for Parenting.


Drs. Heidi Stolz and Denise Brandon produce research manuscripts on data collected from C4P projects.

Current Projects

  • External Evaluator, Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee Parent Leadership Initiative Project
  • Tennessee Dads Project

 

 

 


Selected Publications

  1. Stolz, H. E. (2011). Parenting education. In S. F. Duncan and H. W. Goddard (Eds.), Family life education: Principles and practices for effective outreach (2nd ed., pp. 191-210). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  2. Stolz, H. E., Henke, T. M., Brandon, D. J., & Sams, J. M. (2010). Professional preparation systems for parenting educators: Identification, perceived value, and demand for a national credential. Journal of Extension, 48(6).
  3. Stolz, H. E., Vargas, L., Clifford, L. M., Gaedt, H. A., & Garcia, C. F. (2010). Evaluating “Parent Project:” A multi-site inquiry. Family Science Review, 15(1), 1-12.
  4. Stolz, H. E., Brandon, D. J., & Wallace, H. S. (2009). The practices, populations, and programs of parent educators in Tennessee. Family Science Review, 14(2), 31-45.
  5. Stolz, H. E. (2009). “I want to be a better parent:” Examining an applied approach to an undergraduate parent-child course. Family Science Review, 14(1), 81-92.


Manuscripts in Preparation

  1. Stolz, H. E., Brandon, D. B., Wallace, H. S., & Roberson, P. N. E. (2012). Parenting education in Tennessee: Identifying strengths and challenges. Manuscript in preparation.
  2. Stolz, H. E., Brandon, D. B., & Roberson, P. N. E. (2012). Teaching child safety to pregnant and parenting teens: A program evaluation of Child and Parenting Skills. Manuscript in preparation.
  3. Rector, M.I., Stolz, H. E., & Brandon, D. B. (2012). Reducing conflict and triangulation during divorce: A longitudinal evaluation of Parenting Apart: Effective Co-Parenting. Manuscript in preparation.
  4. Stolz, H. E., & Brandon, D. J., Wallace, H. S., & Carmino, K.  (2012). Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome: Evaluation of a multiple setting program. Manuscript in preparation.
  5. Stolz, H. E. (2012). Behaviorism and parenting education: When and for whom are reinforcement and punishment effective? Manuscript in preparation.


Contact Information

Dr. Heidi Stolz, Co-Director, C4P
Co-Director: Heidi E. Stolz, PhD
Child and Family Studies
1215 Cumberland Avenue, Room 102-A
865-974-2742 (fax)
hstolz@utk.edu

 

 

 


Dr. Heather Wallace
Co-Director: Heather S. Wallace, PhD
Family and Consumer Sciences
119 Morgan Hall
865-974-3234 (fax)
heather.wallace@utk.edu

 

 

 


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