Dr. Laurie Kramer is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of ACES at the University of Illinois. She is also a professor of Applied Family Studies in the Department of Human and Community Development. Kramer earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1989 and performed her residency at Northwestern University Medical School. Kramer was the founding Director of the Family Resiliency Center and The Pampered Chef Family Resiliency Program at the University of Illinois, initiatives which are aimed at enhancing the well-being of children, youth, and families through multidisciplinary research, education and outreach. In addition to receiving teaching awards from the College of ACES, in 2004 she was recognized with a USDA Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in College and University Teaching Award.