Get Involved

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. USFSP students are encouraged to engage with the center to gain valuable experience in research and service.

For more information about giving to the FSC, contact 
Lisa Negrini, at 727-873-4848

Jessica with kids


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

For operating funds and seeding pilot projects, we rely on the generous support of our community friends interested in improving the lives of the youngest, most vulnerable population in our community.  To hear more about specific funding opportunities, please contact our Associate Director, Lisa Negrini, at 727-873-4848.  We can align your interests  and funding abilities with our project needs.

The FSC accepts general donations in any amount to help with our day to day operating costs.  We welcome and are greatly appreciative for any amount you can provide.  To donate to the Family Study Center, please Donate Today.


The Family Study Center welcomes any individual in the community who would like to take part in our work. Volunteers can devote a few hours or come in full-time.

Volunteering includes:

  • Working on research projects
  • Graphic design
  • Website editing
  • Administrative tasks
  • Data management

…and much more!

If you are interested, please contact Liz Jack at

Student Research and Service

A unique aspect of the Center is the opportunities it provides for USF St. Petersburg graduate and undergraduate students to participate meaningfully in both cutting edge research studies and in volunteerism serving Pinellas County toddlers and preschoolers.

Since the Family Study Center’s opening, over fifty different USFSP undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students have contributed to regional, national, and international conference papers, most as first or second authors. In 2007, a report featuring the work of two Family Study Center students was nominated for the Outstanding Professional Paper Award at the Southeastern Psychological Association, and published in the journal Family Process in December 2008. Two recent papers appearing in Family Court Review were spearheaded by USFSP students, and a 2012 Family Process publication was the handiwork of three USFSP undergraduate students.

Family Study Center students also help provide service to our community and state. Students have collaborated with Dr. McHale, the 2011-12 President of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health (FAIMH), in supporting the work of FAIMH’s statewide conferences in 2005, 2006 and 2012. They also support the Pinellas Chapter of FAIMH through monthly updating of its website, and regularly support the Pinellas County Early Learning Coalition’s quarterly comprehensive health and social-emotional screenings for area preschoolers.