In keeping with the University's role as a research extensive institution, the departmental programs are based on the belief that sound intellectual development relies on an understanding of underlying theories, principles, and concepts in each area of study and that research is an integral part of that endeavor. 

Both faculty and students are provided opportunities to test theories and generate new knowledge through scholarly contributions to research. Project-based teams led by FSU faculty address a variety of challenges faced by families. Current projects include relationship education, parenting, foster families, military families, familial ethnic socialization processes, homelessness, and evaluation of family service programs. Research facilities include:

FSU Family Institute - a multidisciplinary unit dedicated to promoting the well-being of families through research. Research conducted at the Institute is used to inform family policy and provides an empirical foundation for its outreach efforts.

Center for Couple and Family Therapy - a primary resource for cutting edge research addressing the needs of contemporary families. Areas of interest include best practices in relational interventions and understanding family systems in interaction with their environments.  The Center is equipped with computer stations and digital recording, storage, and retrieval devices.

In addition, collaborative work with community agencies provides further research opportunities in non-university settings.