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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Camping Basics

June 14, 2021

Summer has finally arrived, and it is time for everyone to go outside and enjoy some outdoor family fun! Camping is a great summertime...

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Digital Empowerment Resource

June 1, 2021

Media has become an integral part of everyday life for youth and families. Media habits that youth develop at an early age may continue...

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Nutritional Health before and during Pre...

May 4, 2021

During pregnancy, your body is your baby’s first environment. Just as you would prepare the outside world for your baby by purchasing a baby...

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