Barbara Fiese


Dr. Fiese is the Pampered Chef Endowed Chair in Family Resiliency and the Director of Family Resiliency Center. In addition, she is a professor in Human and Community Development and an affiliated professor of Psychology and Pediatrics.

Dr. Fiese’s research focuses on family factors that promote health and wellbeing in children. A key factor in cancer control and prevention is eating a healthy and balanced diet, reducing stress, and engaging in moderate levels of physical activity. These habits and routines are formed at an early age in the family home. Along with Marian Fitzgibbon at UIC, her resaerch team is examining the role that family mealtime routines may promote healthier eating patterns and reduce the risk for obesity (a risk factor for cancer) in low income families.


Family process, mealtimes, cancer prevention, obesity

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