The FADO

The FAmily and DevelOpment research center (FADO) is a lab in the University of Lausanne's Institute of Psychology, which is part of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences.

Our goals are to promote research in family and developmental psychology and encourage dialogue between researchers and practitioners. Our work focuses on the psychosocial development of children and adolescents and on marital, parental, coparenting and family dynamics at various life stages.

We also research the transition to parenthood, transitions in childhood and adolescence, and other family life stages. We seek to better understand children's and adolescents' relationships and how to prevent or deal with relationship troubles in families. To explore the significance of our observations, we situate them in the wider social and cultural context.

FADO also provides teaching for undergraduate and doctoral students, and training for professionals through continuing education courses.

Fado, from latin fatum, "fate, destiny"
• A type of popular Portuguese song, usually with a melancholy theme and accompanied by mandolins or guitars. (sources: http://www.cnrtl.fr/lexicographie/fado and http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/fado)