Family Science

Our research focuses on the emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing of transgender and gender non-conforming children and their families. Primarily using data from The TransKids Project, a longitudinal study examining such youngsters and their families, our current studies are examining the wellbeing of these children's mothers, and predictors of it.

Our lab is interested in the familial dynamics and wellbeing of interracial families. Our most recent data set considered various factors relating to trans-racially adopted children and their wellbeing.

The Maryland Maternal and Child Health Research Collaborative was established in the spirit of the University of Maryland: MPower the State agreement between the campuses in College Park and Baltimore. The purpose of the Maryland MCH Research Collaborative is to promote and foster the development of Maternal and Child Health cross-campus research collaboration.

The Men, Fathering, and Inequality Research Group (MFI) is a collaborative group of faculty and students whose research and practice interests focus on the experiences of low-income men in families.  For over a decade at the University of Maryland, College Park, we have examined the life course of men on the margins of families and the work force, as they transition into adulthood and fatherhoo...

The Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Health (SOGI Health) Lab is affiliated with the Department of Family Science and the University of Maryland Prevention Research Center. The research group convenes faculty, students, and community partners in an effort to better understand and support the positive development and health of LGBTQ young people. 

The Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Research Group conducts research that focuses on teen pregnancy prevention, and interventions to support the health and well-being of teen parent families.

Health Policy and Management

The aim of this lab is to study system-level care coordination among hospitals, communities, and public health agencies that can improve population mental health and reduce health disparities. Our group uses interdisciplinary approaches and involves collaboration with clinical leaders, community partners, and organizational decision-makers.  


This lab has EEG equipment which can be used in a sound attenuated chamber.

This laboratory is used to study the neural control of walking and standing.  It contains a three-screen visual cave to project a moving virtual visual scene surrounding the subject, linear motors to mechanically perturb the subject, a treadmill, a kinematic tracking system to record the subject's movements, and an EMG system to record the subject's muscle activations.

The Exercise for Brain Health Laboratory, led by Dr. J.Carson Smith, is focused on understanding how exercise and physical activity affect human brain function and mental health. Dr. Smith's investigations use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine brain function in people at risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Welcome to the web site for the Locomotion Lab at the University of Maryland. The lab is part of the Department of Kinesiology, under the direction of Dr. Ross Miller in the Cognitive Motor Neurosciences division.

NatureRx@UMD is a new and burgeoning movement, represented by numerous individuals and units within the University of Maryland College Park community, who have come together with a shared passion for the many ways in which the landscape of our campus arboretum and other recreation spaces can heal and preserve the health and we

The UMD Neuromechanics Research Core studies neural and mechanical mechanisms of human movements in general.

The Kinesiology Department offers physical activity classes as "natural labs" to complement the undergraduate curriculum. We have beginning, intermediate, and in some cases, advanced courses year round and across the whole College Park campus. 

The Physical Cultural Studies (PCS) laboratory currently run by Dr. Shannon Jette's (See THINC Lab for more information)  is a site in which we examine physical culture in its various forms, including sport, exercise, health, dance, and movement related practices.

The Physical Environment and Active Transportation (PEAT) Study will evaluate how the new Silver Line Metrorail of the Washington, DC rapid transit system contributes to adolescent active transportation habits and how these transportation habits can potentially affect adolescents’ physical activity levels and overweight/obesity rates.

Welcome to the home of the Public Health Outcomes and Effects of the Built Environment (PHOEBE) Laboratory. The PHOEBE Laboratory is housed in the Department of Kinesiology within the University of Maryland School of Public Health.