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It’s through the support of our community that the FSC continues to provide beneficial projects, programs and research. To get involved, you can donate or volunteer today. USF St. Petersburg students are encouraged to engage with the center to gain valuable experience in research and service.

Donate Today

For more information about giving to the FSC, contact
Kate Waechter, at 727-873-4195.

Your Support Makes This Possible

Several of our projects are supported through grants and non-recurring legislative appropriations — typically, these funds are fully dedicated to the specific projects for which they were awarded.

Endowment funds from our friends and community partners are critical to ensuring the vibrancy and long-term financial stability of USF’s Family Study Center.  Operational funding is also essential, as it is necessary for our day-to-day work.  We rely on your generous support, through both endowed and operating funds, to improve the lives of the youngest, most vulnerable population in our community.  Your gift to the Family Study Center helps to facilitate and further advance research on the community-embedded programs and services the Center provides for families of infants, toddlers and small children throughout Pinellas County and the state of Florida. To hear more about specific funding opportunities, please contact Kate Waechter at 727-873-4195.  She would love to hear more about your interests and funding abilities to best align them with our project needs.

The FSC accepts gifts in any amount to advance its impact on the most vulnerable in our community.  We welcome, and greatly appreciate, your generosity.  To make an online gift to the Family Study Center today, please click here.


The Family Study Center welcomes post-baccalaureate students and members of the local community interested in collaborating on relevant projects and initiatives. Volunteers apply for and receive formal USF appointments and can devote 8 or more hours per week, depending on schedule and availability. To learn more, please email Ms. Serina Lewis and provide a letter of interest and a resume or CV highlighting relevant background interests and prior experience. 

Student Research and INTERNSHIPS

The Family Study Center provides unique opportunities for USF graduate and undergraduate students to participate generatively in cutting edge research studies and offers graduate students in psychology and social work opportunities to complete half- or full-year extern or internship opportunities at the Family Study Center’s Infant-Family Center.


Since the Family Study Center’s opening, over 100 USF post-doctoral, graduate, undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students have contributed to the Family Study Center in volunteer roles as research assistants. Over half of these individuals have stayed engaged for one or more years and contributed to regional, national, and international conference papers, most as first or second authors. Student contributions have also helped advance the family psychology field; a 2007 report featuring the work of two then-undergraduate Family Study Center students was nominated for the Outstanding Professional Paper Award at the Southeastern Psychological Association and subsequently published in the respected journal Family Process. Three different professional papers appearing in Family Court Review have been spearheaded by USF St. Petersburg graduate or undergraduate students. Three USF St. Petersburg undergraduate students co-authored a 2012 Family Process publication. Recent examples of published work contributed to by students include:

McKay, K., Gaskin-Butler, V., Little, T., DePalma, K. & McHale, J. (2021). Starting the conversation:  Common themes typifying expectant unmarried Black parents’ discussions about coparenting a first child together. The Journal of Black Psychology. doi: 10.1177/00957984211016758

McHale, J., Carter, D., Miller, M. & Fieldstone, L. (2020). Perspectives of mothers, fathers, and parenting coordinators concerning the process and impact of Parenting Coordination. Family Court Review, 58, 211-226. https://doi-org.ezproxy.lib.usf.edu/10.1111/fcre.12462 

McHale, J., Talbot, J. & Reisler, S. (2020). Recalled coparenting conflict, paralysis of initiative, and sensitivity to conflict during late adolescence. Journal of Women’s Health and Development, 3, 114-124. doi: 10.26502/fjwhd.2644-28840022 


Graduate students in Clinical Psychology and in Social Work are invited to apply for formal internships or externships with the Family Study Center's direct services clinic, the Infant-Family Center. Typically, between 1-3 students complete such clinical placements each year, depending on availability. Students who have interest apply for such positions through their home department's usual procedures, first discussing with relevant faculty coordinators and then following the program's approved timelines, policies, and application procedures. Interviews with the Infant-Family Center Clinical Director are typically scheduled and completed in timely fashion, honoring departmental timelines. Decisions about offers are usually made within a matter of 1-2 weeks. For more information, please email the Infant-Family Center's Clinical Director. Positions are unpaid, and usually range from 10-20 hours per week, by mutual agreement of the department, student, and Clinical Director.