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Life Course Interventions Research Network (LCI-RN)

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Principal Investigator: Neal Halfon
Project Number: UA6MC32492
Grantee: The Regents of the University of California
Department/Center: Pediatrics/Child Health Policy
Project Date: 09/30/2018


  • Women/Maternal
  • Early Childhood (3-5 years)
  • Middle Childhood (6-11 years)
  • Adolescence (12-18 years)
  • Young Adulthood (19-25 years)

Targeted/Underserved Population

  • Low-income
  • Special Health Care Needs



The revolutionary potential of a life course approach has yet to be fully realized due to 1) gaps in our knowledge about how and when to intervene, 2) the lack of a strong research and data infrastructure to support life course intervention (LCI) research, 3) a shortage of crosssector community-based delivery platforms and flexible funding, 4) a failure to give researchers the core capacities to conduct innovative and impactful LCI research, 5) a lack of research on how best to combine interventions into a sustainable strategy, and 6) a failure to meaningfully engage patients, families, and communities in research from design through to implementation, evaluation, and scaling. These issues have hindered the development of innovative and impactful solutions to the enormous challenges facing today's children and families.

Goal(s) and Objectives:

(1) Establish and manage a Life Course Intervention Research Network (LCI-RN) Infrastructure and Learning System including a Network Coordinating Center (NCC) and Collaborating Research Entities (CREs); (2) Design, develop, publish, disseminate, and regularly update an LCI Research Agenda; (3) Develop and operate an Innovation and Impact Incubator that enables the development of LCI studies; (4) Provide training on priority topics to network members and cultivate a new generation of LCI researchers through an LCI Scholars Program; (5) Utilize a website, e-newsletters, webinars, and publications to accelerate the timely translation of LCI research; and (6) Develop and implement an outreach, engagement, and fundraising plan to ensure network growth and sustainability. PROPOSED ACTIVITIES AND TARGET POPULATION(S): The network will function as a platform that cultivates and leverages the collective intelligence of a growing and generative LCI research community, including scientists, methodologists, practitioners, family members, and community residents. As such, it will support the relentless pursuit of new ways of improving life course trajectories for diverse populations and communities.


The NCC will be centered at UCLA. Six cores will take responsibility for key network functions, with Steering and Advisory Committees engaging researchers from a growing network of universities, as well as from organizations like Family Voices, AMCHP, and CityMatch, among others. Five CREs will involve a variety of organizations and existing networks including PEDSnet, existing MCH-funded research networks, existing communitybased initiatives, and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health. PRODUCTS: We anticipate producing an LCI research agenda with at least 1 peer-reviewed publication, 1 webinar, and 3 presentations, plus 3 annual updates. We will also incubate 20 studies and ten R01 grant proposals


We will use a combination of process and outcome measures to assess the network and the effectiveness and efficiency in attaining our goals and objectives.


Listed is descending order by year published.

Ammerman RT, Peugh JL, Teeters AR, et al. Promoting parenting in home visiting: A CACE analysis of Family Foundations. Journal of Family Psychology. 2021. Advance online publication.

Arons A, Schickedanz A, Halfon N. Using a Life Course Health Development Framework to Redesign Medicaid [published online ahead of print, 2021 Sep 20]. Acad Pediatr. 2021;S1876-2859(21)00449-6. doi:10.1016/j.acap.2021.09.008

Ayala GX, King A, Monge R, Hunter R, Berge, J. The Social Environment and Childhood Obesity: Implications for Research and Practice in the Unites States and countries in Latin America. Obesity Reviews. 2021; 22( S3):e13246.

Berge JM, Cheatom O, Fertig AR, et al. Examining the Relationship Between Parental Stress and Girls' and Boys' Physical Activity Among Racially/Ethnically Diverse and Immigrant/Refugee Populations. Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2021 May 6;33(3):97-102. doi: 10.1123/pes.2020-0190. PMID: 33958503.

Berge JM, Hazzard VM, Larson N, et al. Are there protective associations between family/shared meal routines during COVID-19 and dietary health and emotional well-being in diverse young adults? Preventive Medicine Reports. 2021; 24; 101575

Berge JM, Larson N, Neumark-Sztainer D. Emerging Adults and Social Distancing During COVID-19: Who Was More Likely to Follow Guidelines and What Were the Correlates With Well-Being and Weight-Related Behaviors? Emerging Adulthood. 2021;9(6):670-678. doi:10.1177/21676968211051482

Biel MG, Coates EE. Editorial: Sharpening our focus on early adversity, development and resilience through cross-national research. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2021;60(2)219-21

Biel MG, Hamrah O. Editorial: Learning from the pandemic: "Building back better" through research on risk and resilience with diverse populations. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2021;60(4)445-447

Dudovitz RN, Russ S, Berghaus M, et al. COVID-19 and Children’s Well-Being: A Rapid Research Agenda. Matern Child Health J 25, 1655–1669 (2021).

Feinberg ME, A Mogle J, Lee JK, et al. Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Parent, Child, and Family Functioning [published online ahead of print, 2021 Apr 8]. Fam Process. 2021;10.1111/famp.12649. doi:10.1111/famp.12649

Fertig AR, Trofholz AC, Loth K, et al. Kitchen Adequacy and Child Diet Quality in a Racially/Ethnically Diverse Sample [published online ahead of print, 2021 Aug 19]. Ecol Food Nutr. 2021;1-9. doi:10.1080/03670244.2021.1968848

Fertig AR, Trofholz AC, Loth K, et al. Kitchen Adequacy and Child Diet Quality in a Racially/Ethnically Diverse Sample [published online ahead of print, 2021 Aug 19]. Ecol Food Nutr. 2021;1-9. doi:10.1080/03670244.2021.1968848

Fosco GM, Sloan CJ, Fang S, and Feinberg, ME. Family vulnerability and disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic: prospective pathways to child maladjustment. J Child Psychol Psychiatr, 2021; 63: 47-57.

Giallo R, Fogarty A, Seymour M, Let al. Family Foundations To promote parent mental health and family functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia: A mixed methods evaluation. Journal of Family Studies. 2021. DOI: 10.1080/13229400.2021.2019606

Giallo R, Seymour M, Fogarty A, et al. Trajectories of interparental conflict and children’s emotional–behavioural functioning at 10–11 years: an Australian population-based study. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry (2021).

Giallo R, Seymour M, Treyvaud K, et al. Interparental Conflict Across the Early Parenting Period: Evidence From Fathers Participating in an Australian Population-Based Study. Journal of Family Issues. July 2021. doi:10.1177/0192513X211030042

Jones EJ, Feinberg ME, Graham-Engeland JE, et al. A Perinatal Coparenting Intervention Is Associated with Better Parent Health Outcomes Eight Years Later. PsyArXiv, 3 Aug. 2021. Web.

Lee JK, Marshall AD, Feinberg ME. Parent-to-child aggression, intimate partner aggression, conflict resolution, and children's social-emotional competence in early childhood [published online ahead of print, 2021 Aug 5]. Fam Process. 2021;10.1111/famp.12701. doi:10.1111/famp.12701

LoBraico EJ, Fosco GM, Feinberg ME, et al. Predictors of Attendance Patterns in a Universal Family-Based Preventive Intervention Program. J Primary Prevent 42, 409–424 (2021).

Loth KA, Mohamed N, Trofholz A, Tate A, Berge JM. Associations between parental perception of- and concern about-child weight and use of specific food-related parenting practices. Appetite. 2021;160:105068. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2020.105068

Moran L, Lee JK, Jones D, Fronberg K, Feinberg ME. A Coparenting-focused Intervention and New Mothers’ Postpartum Obesity Risk: Focusing on Body Mass Index During the Transition to Parenthood. PsyArXiv. 2021; September 23. doi:10.31234/

Nix RL, Francis LA, Feinberg ME, et al. Improving Toddlers’ Healthy Eating Habits and Self-regulation: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatrics January 2021; 147 (1): e20193326. 10.1542/peds.2019-3326

Roy K & Yumiseva M. Family separation and transnational fathering practices for immigrant Northern Triangle families. J Fam Theory Rev, 13: 283-299.

Schor EL, BergmanD. Pediatric Preventive Care: Population Health and Individualized Care. Pediatrics September 2021; 148 (3): e2020049877. 10.1542/peds.2020-049877

Tate A, Trofholz A, Miner M, Berge J. Days Needed to Characterize the Healthfulness of a Typical Dinner Meal in Direct Observational Research: Mixed Methods Study. JMIR Pediatr Parent. 2021;4(1):e22541. Published 2021 Mar 24. doi:10.2196/22541

Trofholz A, Tate A, Keithahn H, et al. Family Meal Characteristics in Racially/Ethnically Diverse and Immigrant/Refugee Households by Household Food Security Status: A Mixed Methods Study. Appetite. 2021; 157; 105000

Walsh TB, Paris R, Julie Ribaudo, Gilkerson L. Locating Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at the Heart of Social Work. Social Work. 2021; 66(3)187–196.

Wong JD, Marshall AD, & Feinberg ME. Intimate partner aggression during the early parenting years: The role of dissatisfaction with division of labor and childcare. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. 2021;10(1), 1–16.

Yang P, Schlomer GL, Lippold MA, et al. Longitudinal Discrepancy in Adolescent Aggressive Behavior Problems: Differences by Reporter and Contextual Factors. J Youth Adolescence. 2021; 50, 1564–1581.

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