Meet the Team

Daniel F. Perkins, Ph.D.
Daniel F. Perkins, Ph.D.
  • Principal Scientist and Founder, Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State
  • Professor of Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
  • Courtesy Appointment with Human Development and Family Studies
Terri L. Rudy, M.P.A.
Terri L. Rudy, M.P.A.
  • Research and Evaluation Associate
  • Resource Center for Improving Family Health Behaviors Program Manager
Ryan P. Chesnut, Ph.D.
Ryan P. Chesnut, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor

Tara Saathoff-Wells, Ph.D., C.F.L.E.
Tara Saathoff-Wells, Ph.D., C.F.L.E.

Assistant Research Professor

Our Partners

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The Thrive Initiative is a result of a partnership funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) between the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture through a grant/cooperative agreement with the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State.

The DoD is the United States’ oldest and largest government agency, and it oversees the activities of more than 1.4 million men and women who are on active duty, 1.1 million members of the National Guard and Reserve forces, and nearly 1 million civilian personnel. MC&FP is directly responsible for programs and policies that establish and support community quality-of-life programs for Service members and their families worldwide. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Social Media and Self-Esteem

December 15, 2020

The creation of social media sites and applications has changed the ways in which people interact, connect, and share with one another. Perhaps children...

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Volunteering as a Family: Finding Ways t...

November 17, 2020

Volunteering as a family is a concrete way to apply and demonstrate shared values and beliefs while making a positive impact on your world...

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National Children's Health Month: 5210

October 31, 2020

October is National Children’s Health Month. Children learn about and model health behaviors from their families and their environments. The 5-2-1-0 health messaging campaign...

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