This commentary outlines the strengths of the resilience-based family therapy approach. It describes the need for additional research in this area to advance the field and particular challenges that the field faces.

Author Biography

Dr. Susan H. Landry is a Developmental Psychologist, the Albert & Margaret Alkek Chair in Early Childhood, and the Michael Matthew Knight Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston. She is Director and Founder of the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at the University of Texas.

Dr. Landry is a current member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Obesity Prevention Policies for Young Children. She served on the Shaping a Healthier Generation Advisory Council of the National Governors Association Centers for Best Practices. She is past Chair of the Head Start National Reporting System Advisory Panel, an appointment from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and was a member of the National Early Literacy Panel (NELP). She served as an Expert Panelist for the development of Pre-Kindergarten Standards for the states of Florida and California and directed the revision of the Texas Pre-Kindergarten guidelines.

Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, The Institute for Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, Texas Education Agency, and private foundations, Dr. Landry has developed a significant research database. Her research covers examinations of biological and environmental influences on children's development from infancy through adolescence, as well as numerous federally funded parent-child and early childhood classroom intervention studies. This database and continued research makes use of new intervention approaches to provide parents and teachers with resources that are effective in supporting young children’s development. One of these new technologies is eCIRCLE, a licensed, online professional development course serving over 2,000 classrooms and 32 communities across the United States.

More than 100 peer-reviewed publications, two-dozen chapters, and a monograph Effective Early Childhood Programs: Turning Knowledge Into Action describe the findings of these research studies.

A Response To:

James P. Coyle, Resilient Families Help Make Resilient Children