Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder
Principal InvestigatorFrancesca Adler-Baeder, Ph.D. is Professor and Extension Specialist in Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University. Her research interests focus on relational health among youth, couples, stepfamilies, and families under stress. She is also the executive director of the National Stepfamily Resource Center. Dr. Adler-Baeder has been involved for over 2 decades in bridging research and practice through applied research projects and resource and program development. She began work on the Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative in 2002 with a large consortium of state and local partners. She has authored more than 60 academic publications and presented more than 200 professional workshops and research presentations. She has been awarded the 2007 Strengthening Alabama Families Award, the 2009 AU Distinguished Diversity Researcher Award, the 2013 AU Excellence in Faculty Outreach Award, and in 2015 was named a Fellow by the National Council on Family Relations for her exceptional record of grant procurement; her development, delivery and evaluation of programs to enhance family relationships, especially her efforts targeting young parents, people of color and low resource families; and her mentoring of future leaders in the field of family science. Dr. Adler-Baeder lives with her husband Patrick, and their 4 children in Auburn, Alabama.
Data Manager / Case Manager
Leah Burke, M.S., CFLE, serves in a hybrid role of Data Manager and Case Manager for the Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Project. She graduated from Auburn University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies and in 2015 with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. She enjoys working with couples and families to build both personal and relationship skills. Previously, she worked with AHMREI as both an undergraduate practicum student and a graduate research assistant.