The Whole Dad Lab

The WHOLE Dad Lab, at NC State University, seeks to highlight the experiences of fathers in support of healthy and happy families. Our team examines barriers and facilitators to father involvement across a variety of domains. It is our goal to understand how these factors impact fathers’ health and well-being, child outcomes, community supports, and overall family functioning and engagement. We utilize qualitative, quantitative, and participatory methods to explore fathering from a holistic biopsychosocial perspective.

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Relevant Actions
State or Local? State
CountiesDurham, Wake
Lead Agency North Carolina State University
Type of Agency

Higher Education Institution

  • The Lab has worked with the College of Education at NC State University to increase father-inclusive family literacy programs at community sites in Wake County.
Next Steps
  • The Lab is currently completing a study to assess the preparedness of in-service teachers and school social workers to engage fathers in their work.
Primary Partners
  • The North Carolina Fatherhood Council
Primary Funders
  • NC State University Office of Outreach and Engagement
  • Fatherhood Research and Practice Network
  • Center for Family and Community Engagement
Contact Qiana Cryer-Coupet

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