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April 12, 2019

CommUNITY Champion: Man created bike club to help kids see different perspective

David Taylor

image credit: WYFF4 Greenville, SC

This week’s Community Champion is David Taylor. A man who saw a bike as not just a way to get around, but also a way to create families and show kids the world.

Watch the coverage on local news here

April 11, 2019

Momentum Bike Clubs are giving at-risk children a place to belong

Momentum bike club

image credit: WYFF4 Greenville, SC

Momentum has 19 clubs in Greenville and Pickens County with 250 members. Over the last 9 years riders have logged over 100,000 miles.

To listen more about this story here.

March 14, 2019

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is featured in the Clemson World Magazine. Read more about about this story.

OBPP in Clemson World Magazine

November 8, 2018

YFCS Faculty and student inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Congratulation to Dr. Moore De Peralta and Jenneil Charles who got inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society!

Phi Kappa Phi was born different. In 1897, 10 senior students, 2 faculty members and the University of Maine president created a new kind of honor society, one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines.

Arelis getting inducted into Honor Society

May 17, 2018

YFCS/IFNL faculty honored for significant national and internation recognition.


Dan Olweus Distinguished Professor 

Youth, Family and Community Studies 

Publication exceeding 1,000 citations CBSHS


Chair and Professor

Youth, Family and Community Studies

Fulbright awards in 2004 as a traditional scholar in the Czech Republic; in 2006 as a senior specialist in the Czech Republic; and as a core scholar in Albania from 2015-1017, and publication exceeding 1,000 citations 

CLEMSON — Clemson University recognized faculty members who have received the highest levels of national and international recognition with University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Awards (URSAAA).

The newly created URSAAA awards are reserved for faculty members who have achieved difficult, rare levels of accomplishment, such as authoring publications that have been cited more than 1,000 times or being granted fellowship in exclusive international organizations.

“One of the strategies outlined in ClemsonForward is to reward research excellence,” Clemson President James P. Clements said at an URSAAA awards ceremony during the annual Research Symposium May 9. “If you look at most of the major advances in society over the last several decades, many of those, if not most, came from research universities, so I am thankful for the really important work that our faculty do.”

The full list of URSAAA recipients is posted online.

April 26-27, 2018

On April 26-27, 2018, the Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies (YFCS) and the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life (IFNL) organized the Collaborative Online Learning Meeting at the Clemson Outdoor Lab. This international event hosted representatives from 3 universities from Eastern and Central Europe: 

  • Albania-Marin Barleti University
  • Belarus-Minsk State Linguistic University
  • Czech Republic-University of South Bohemia

The purpose was to exchange current practices and ambitions regarding graduate education courses, programs and methods of online delivery in an effort to determine if there are possibilities of mutual cooperation.  Representatives were invited to explore possibilities for mutual research.

The meeting built upon long-standing relationships between YFCS/IFNL and partner universities as well as established some new connections.  As part of the ERASMUS+ project (European funding for faculty exchange), faculty from a partner, the University of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic visited Clemson University.  Additionally, faculty from Marin Barleti University, a YFCS/IFNL partner in Albania with interests in developing joint graduate programs.  A representative from the Minsk State Linguistic University in Belarus got to participate in this collaborative meeting for the first time.

The educational topics discussed included those in which university programs already have established graduate courses, certificates and degrees that cover health, social justice, community development, civic engagement (and related topics) and have an interest in exploring new areas that would be relevant to future scholars and practioners.  Future topics of collaboration included immigration and migration, child maltreatment, human trafficking, disaster management (natural and man-made). 

COIL meeting

October 12, 2015

Jane Riese, Associate Director and Director of Training for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, was recently invited by Marta Santos Pais, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children, to speak on effective bullying prevention methods at a side event of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.

Jane at UNJane at UN

The press release may be found here

August 25-27, 2015

The research team — comprised of Dr. Small and international family and community studies Ph.D. students Andrea Morales and Traci Hefner — analyzed South Carolina databases, then developed an innovative method to estimate the percentage of past kidnapping and prostitution cases that might warrant additional charges of human trafficking. As a pilot project in cooperation from the Greenville County Department of Public Safety Records Division, the researchers scrutinized narratives from police incident reports.

"The report just raises the awareness that human trafficking is a problem...for all of us." -- Mark Small of the Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies speaks to the WLTX19 about his research on human trafficking in South Carolina.

May 18-22, 2015

IFNL visit to UNIBE, The Dominican Republic

The purpose of this visit was to strengthen and update the collaborative work program based on the Memorandum of Cooperation signed by both universities in 2003. Dr. McDonell (IFNL Interim Director) and Dr. Moore (Research Assistant Professor) visited UNIBE in the Dominican Republic during May 18-22, 2015. The Institute pursued to identify new collaborative academic and research related strategies and programs. IFNL representatives participated in several meetings with department and academic program coordinators, and also visited one of UNIBE’s community research sites.





October 2, 2014



Martie Thompson led a team that received a grant award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under the Campus Suicide Prevention Grant Program.  The award is approximately $300,000 per year for three years to develop a campus-wide suicide awareness and prevention program.

Sue Limber was the principal author on a National Institutes of Justice grant application under the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.  The award of $2.46 million over three years is to the Chesterfield County School District with a sub-award of about $325,000 per year for three years to IFNL.  The Chesterfield County Coordinating Council will manage the award, coordinate data collection, and oversee several aspects of the program.  The CU sub-award will entail a randomized controlled trial of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program alone and in combination with the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports program.  Sue Limber, Marlene Snyder, Jane Riese, and Jeff Sprague at the University of Oregon (a separate sub-award) will be the program team while Martie Thompson and Jim McDonell will be the evaluation team. 

Congratulations to all who were involved in developing this project.

August 3, 2014


Professor Mark Small awarded Fulbright

Professor Mark Small, Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, at Clemson University has been awarded a Fulbright grant from the U.S. State Department.  Under a new “flex grant” program, Dr. Small will be in conducting research in Albania on democratic orientations of youth over the next three years (2015-2017).

The research is built upon Clemson University’s long-standing interest in developing research capacity of academic and community leaders in the Balkans.  In 2012, Clemson University’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life began offering its doctoral program in international family and community studies to students in Albania and Kosovo. The unique program represents the first doctoral program in social sciences offered in the region and now enrolls 10 students who are completing requirements for the doctoral degree. In June of 2014, the U.S. Ambassador to Albania called the successful establishment of Clemson’s program a highlight of U.S. activities in the country.

For Dr. Small, this is his third Fulbright award. Previously, he served as a Traditional Scholar in 2004 in the Czech Republic and again in 2006 as a Senior Specialist in the Czech Republic.

November 19, 2012

Jim McDonell Albania

Clemson University’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life has begun offering a doctoral program in International Family and Community Studies in Tirana, Albania.

It is the first fully accredited Ph.D. program established by a U.S. university in the Balkans and is a significant advancement in the Albanian education sector. The Institute of Family and Neighborhood Life will accept students from around the region, focusing on promoting civic and community participation and enhancing social programs in Albania and neighboring countries. 

U.S. ambassador to Albania Alexander Arvizu gave the keynote address at the official opening ceremony of the program, praising it as a milestone in U.S.-Albanian relations that “is destined to become an integral part of the Albanian educational fabric.”

He congratulated Clemson University and the local host, the University of Marin Barleti in Tirana, for partnering to make this program launch a reality. 

“I can’t think of a better and more worthwhile subject matter than the part focus of this Ph.D. program,” he said. “It starts from very simple premise that strong communities support strong families and vice versa.”

Clemson faculty members from the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life will supervise the program.


August Graduation 2012

2012 Graduates

Three of our Ph.D students walked this morning (August 10, 2012).
Congratulations Doctors! (Kimberley Brown, Natallia Sianko and Liepa Vasare!)

IFNL Professor Honored by APA

Sue Limber

August 2011 - Dr. Susan Limber, Dan Olweus Distinguished Professor, recently recieved the 2011 Distinguished Career Award from the American Psychological Association's (APA) Division of Psychologists in Public Service.

Limber's work on prevention of bullying has been recognized as exemplary by three federal agencies, and it has served as the basis for the federally funded design of a national public information campaign.  In further recognition of this work, Limber recieved the APA's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest in 2004.  Prof. Limber's consultation on the media campaign, "Stop Bullying Now," also was recognized with a National Telly Award and an Award of Excellence from the National Associaiton of Government Communicators.  She is a past chair of the APA Committee on Children.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program founder honored

August 2011 - Dan Olweus, PhD, adjunct faculty member of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, is the recipient of the 2011 American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology. Honored for his lifelong commitment to understand bullying among children and to create safe and humane school settings, Dr. Olweus is recognized as a world expert and pioneer in research on bully/victim problems.  He is a global leader in raising awareness about the nature and prevalence of bullying, its potentially serious consequences and the adult behaviors that allow bullying to occur.

Dr. Olweus developed an internationally recognized bullying-prevention program while a psychology professor at the University of Bergen, Norway.  The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a comprehensive, schoolwide program designed for use in elementary, middle or junior high schools. The Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life is leading efforts in the United States to implement the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

Jill McLeighIFNL Student Honored by APA

August 2011 - Jill McLeigh, a PhD student in Clemson's International Family and Community Studies program, was named the 2011 Outstanding Student by the American Psychological Association's (APA) Division of Psychologists in Public Service for her work to improve the wellbeing of immigrants and refugees, people with mental illnesses and families of young children.  McLeigh, currently an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, is coordinating a project in military sociology, focusing in part on the well-being of military families.

IFNL Staff and Family and Community Studies Certificate Graduate Selected as Presidential Management Fellow Finalist

April 2011 - Lori Bailey, IFNL staff and graduate of Clemson University's Masters in Public Administration Program and the International Family and Community Studies Certificate Program, is one of two Clemson University graduate students that have been named as finalists in the 2011 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program.  The PMF program is a flagship leadership development program that seeks to empower future government leaders.  For more information about the Presidential Management Fellows Program, please visit:

IFNL Student Receives the Vera Paster Award from the American Orthopsychiatric Association

October 2009 - Arelis Moore de Peralta (MD, MPH, MEd), Doctoral (PhD) Student in International Family and Community Studies, was honored for her dedication and creativity in developing and implementing services for Latino families in Upstate South Carolina.  As a part-time graduate assistant, she has led the development of a community center - Cafe' Cultura - in an area with a dramatically increased Hispanic population and few ethnically specific services.  Cafe' Cultura has several ambitious goals:  to enhance a sense of belonging, nurture supportive relationships, increase knowledge of community resources, develop indigenous leadership, and establish partnerships for linquistically and culturally appropriate studies.  Dr. Moore has impressively engaged undergraduate Spanish-language students in services to recent immigrants.  With humanistic values, expertise in public health, and broad education in community life, Dr. Moore shows great promise as a leader in strengthening communities and promoting mental health.

Susan Limber named to Olweus ProfessorshipSue Limber

May 2009 - Susan P. Limber has been named the first Dan Olweus Distinguished Professor in the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life. The newly established professorship will focus on the prevention of bullying and other forms of aggression toward children.

Dr. Limber’s appointment to the professorship marks 10 years of national leadership in bullying prevention by IFNL. The institute has led in the development of a network of research-based programs for bullying prevention, serving as the hub for dissemination of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in the US.

The professorship is established in recognition of Dr. Dan Olweus of the University of Bergen, Norway. Olweus is an internationally recognized scholar on bullying prevention. The professorship is made possible by contributions of a team of authors of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program materials, including Clemson University faculty members, and program directors for the Olweus program in the US.

Professor Limber’s work on the prevention of bullying served as the scientific foundation for the design of a national public information campaign. The Stop Bullying Now! web-based campaign is currently in its fifth year. The campaign has achieved 14,000 airings of public service announcements seen by 150 million Americans, the viewing of DVDs by children in 66,000 schools, and up to 20,000 visits per week to the website.

Limber and CU psychology professor, Robin Kowalski, researched the phenomenon of cyber bullying, resulting in a published book and development of a school curriculum.

Formerly a James Marshall Public Policy Fellow for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Limber has focused her research and writing on legal and psychological issues related to youth violence, child protection, and children’s rights. She received the Saleem Shah Award from the American Psychology-Law Society for early career excellence in law and policy. Limber received the APA’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest for her work with the national public information campaign.

She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and an MA, Master of Legal Studies, and PhD from the University of Nebraska.

IFNL Receives Ittleson AwardItelson award

April 2009 - The Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life was awarded the Blanche F. Ittleson Award by the American Orthopsychiatric Association for its “innovation, leadership, and dedication in the design, implementation, and study of strategies to strengthen community support for families in South Carolina, the Nation, and the World.”

Noting the respect for human rights in which IFNL work is grounded, Ortho recognized the emphasis on personal and social significance of the protection of relationships in the family and community.  With the award, Ortho recognized that the IFNL design of strategies relies on the transformation – and sometimes development of - primary community institutions. These strategies have the common element of ensuring that “people don’t have to ask” for help in everyday settings. Relying on “natural” community assets, IFNL faculty and staff have applied this idea in building and evaluating systems for personal safety and family support in schools, early childhood centers, churches, grassroots organizations, and whole communities.

Systems developed by IFNL are capable of responding to the needs of adolescent parents, recent immigrants, families of prisoners, and families in crisis, according to the citation. Not only have immediate needs been met in ways that are respectful of communities, but IFNL has provided models useful in diverse cultural contexts. IFNL has also developed a unique international doctoral program and related partnerships abroad.