Kalani Palmer, assistant professor in Child Development and Family Relations and program coordinator for Family and Consumer Sciences Education, was selected to serve as a member of the National Council on Family Relations’ Certified Family Life Educator
Academic Program Review Committee.
The committee is charged with the review and approval of academic program applications. Approximately 125 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada are CFLE-approved programs. There are three approved programs in Pennsylvania: one at Messiah
College, one at Penn State, and one here at IUP. The Child Development and Family Relations program is
the CFLE-approved program at IUP.
Palmer will serve a three-year term beginning in January 2019.
Established in 1938, NCFR is a nonpartisan, nonprofit professional organization focused solely on family research, policy, and practice. NCFR members include researchers and practitioners dedicated to the study and strengthening of families. Palmer is
a certified family life educator and member of NCFR.
Palmer earned her doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in applied developmental psychology. She also earned her bachelor’s degree from Carlow College in art/art education. She is the project director of the US Department of
Education grant, Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) at IUP. In addition to supporting the retention, persistence, and
graduation of student-parents, Palmer engages in applied research projects and evaluation work.
Department of Human Development, Fashion, and Interior Design