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Centre for Family Research

We have a worldwide reputation for innovative research to increase understanding of children, parents and family relationships


The Centre for Family Research is a multidisciplinary research institute within the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. The Centre has undertaken pioneering and influential child and family research since the 1960s, and has an international reputation for its investigations.


Research Interests

Our interests cover child and family topics, such as child development, experiences of parenthood and family relationships. Our research has dealt with topics from pregnancy, through all the years of childhood, to partnerships and parenthood, and later life. Although the majority of our members are psychologists, our multidisciplinary team has included, over the years: sociologists, anthropologists, biologists and bioethicists. The Centre has close connections with schools, assisted reproduction and neonatal clinics, adoption services, child psychiatry and clinical genetics departments, and family law professionals.


The Centre runs regular seminars. Experts from a variety of disciplines and organisations talk about their work, and we also discuss our own projects. These meetings attract a diverse audience.


The Centre receives funding from research councils, government departments and charitable foundations. Examples of bodies currently providing funding include the Wellcome Trust, the ESRC and the US National Institutes of Health. Funders are listed under the individual projects.  For further information, please refer to the section on Research. If you are a prospective funder/donor, interested in funding Research, outreach or any other activities at the Centre, please contact Louise ( for an initial conversation.