Adler-Baeder named an Auburn University 2009 Distinguished Diversity Researcher

AUBURN – Francesca Adler-Baeder, an associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, was recently named one of Auburn University’s 2009 Distinguished Diversity Researchers. The competitive award is given by the Research Initiative for the Study of Diversity and the Office of the Vice President for Research to celebrate and showcase the best diversity research being done on campus.

Selected among nominees in the category of “established diversity researcher,” Adler-Baeder’s work assesses community-based relationship education programs targeting low-resource and underserved populations of youth, couples and non-married parents. A hallmark of her work is the development and use of diverse partnership teams of researchers, students and community partners.

Adler-Baeder’s work is supported by both state and federal grants. Her five-year, multi-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the largest single social and behavioral sciences research grant ever awarded to an Auburn University faculty member.

Paula Backsheider, Stevens Eminent Scholar and special projects chair for the Research Initiative, describes Adler-Baeder’s work as “embodying the use of exemplary research methods that lead to broad, influential social impacts to which the Research Initiative for the Study of Diversity is dedicated.”

Adler-Baeder is published in multiple academic journals. She has given over 50 invited presentations in recent years on innovative university-community initiatives that have refined program delivery models and informed public policy in the area of strengthening the family. Included among them are The White House Roundtable on Innovative University-Community Partnerships and the National Press Club Policy Seminar.

Adler-Baeder will receive her Distinguished Diversity Researcher Award and present highlights of her scholarly work at the 2009 Diversity Conference, “Understanding Differences that Matter,” Oct. 28-29 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

(Contributed by Harriet Giles.)

Contact: Harriet Giles, (334) 844-3241 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (