Meet the Team
In the Supporting Father Involvement (SFI) project, also known as Parents as Partners (PasP), the Cowans and Pruetts work as a team. Almost two decades ago they began a collaboration with the Office of Child Abuse Prevention, a unit of the California Department of Social Services. Since then, their participation in new SFI/PasP trials has expanded to different locations within the United States and internationally to Canada, England, Malta, and Israel.
Collaborating agencies or funders work with the Development team to tailor the intervention to the needs of their unique communities. In addition to creating the overall design of the intervention, the team provides consulting or full support for intervention training, implementation, and evaluation of the program. The first empirical paper on Supporting Father involvement was recognized with the Best Research Article Award from the Men in Families Focus Group of the National Council on Family Relations in 2010.
Award-winning author and researcher, his writings include 100+ original scientific articles, the classic Nurturing Father, (American Health Book Award), Fatherneed, Me, Myself and I: The Child’s Sense of Self (Independent Book Publisher’s Award), and Partnership Parenting: How Men and Women Parent Differently-Why it Helps Your Kids and Can Strengthen Your Marriage, co-authored with Marsha Kline Pruett (also published in Mandarin). He was a founding member of the UN Study Group on Fathers and Children, which convened at Oxford in 1996, and served as Visiting Professor of Psychiatry to the University of Calgary School of Medicine and University of California (Davis). He consults to the international Early Childhood Peace Consortium at the United Nations/UNICEF. He also co-leads the Early Childhood Post-Graduate Fellowship for the Salama bint Hamdan Foundation in Abu Dhabi.
Carolyn Pape Cowan is Professor of Psychology Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley where she is co-director of 3 longitudinal preventive intervention projects: Becoming a Family, Schoolchildren and Their Families, and Supporting Father Involvement. Dr. Cowan has published widely in the professional literature on family relationships, family transitions, and the evaluation of preventive interventions. She is co-editor of Fatherhood today: Men’s Changing Role in the Family (Wiley, 1988) and The Family Context of Parenting in the Child’s Adaptation to School (Erlbaum, 2005), and co-author with Phil Cowan of When Partners Become Parents: The Big Life Change for Couples (Erlbaum, 2000), which has been translated into 6 languages. Prof. Cowan consults widely on the development, training, and evaluation of interventions for parents.
This elegant sculpture captures the importance of the quality of relationship between a father and his baby/child – and the closeness of the parents – that we hope to foster in our Supporting Father Involvement/Parents as Partners program.
Name of the Piece: Family
Artist’s Name: Ruth Bloch, Israeli sculptor
Size: 76” Bronze
Currently on display at the Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco, California
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