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 Behavior 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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Teens and COVID-19

May 19, 2020

Schedules, routines, our very lives have been changed by COVID-19. Entire families have been affected, but social distancing may be especially difficult for teenagers...

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Tips for Working at Home with Kids

April 1, 2020

With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, school-aged children have received a break from attending schools and, in some cases, classes, and this break could last...

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Managing Anxiety and Stress during the C...

March 25, 2020

Routines can be essential for positive family functioning, such as maintaining daily school routines, participating in after-school activities, sharing mealtimes with family members, and...

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