Barbara Fiese’s research focuses on family-level factors that promote health and well-being in children at risk due to physical illness and/or poor child-raising conditions. She also examines how family rituals may promote medical adherence and reduce anxiety in children with chronic illnesses and tracks how changes in child and parent stories about family events are related to child and family adjustment. She is invested in bringing family science to the public to inform decision-makers and opinion leaders to better the health and wellbeing of children.
Fiese received her Bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College. She continued her studies with an MS from Villanova University, and earned her PhD at the University of Illinois Chicago. She currently serves as the Director of the Family Resiliency Center at UIUC.