2018 NCFR Award Recipients

2018 NCFR-Sponsored and NCFR Section-Sponsored Awards




Felix Berardo Scholarship Award for Mentoring
Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D., Purdue University



Jessie Bernard Outstanding Research Proposal from a Feminist Perspective
Feminism and Family Studies Section
Natasha A. Cox, M.A., Virginia Tech
“Becoming a Black man: A qualitative examination of identity management, sense of belonging, and informal support systems of Black transmen”



Jessie Bernard Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Paper
Feminism and Family Studies Section
Kimberly A. Crossman, Ph.D., California State University, Monterey Bay
“Placing coercive control at the center: What are the processes of coercive control and what makes control coercive?” Read more...



NCFR Student Award
Caroline M. Sanner, Ph.D., University of Missouri




John L. and Harriette P. McAdoo Dissertation Award 
Ethnic Minorities Section
Ijeoma Opara, M.P.H., M.S.W., Montclair State University
“Exploring the role of social support, ethnic identity, and psychological empowerment on drug use and sexual risk behavior among urban Black and Hispanic female adolescents”




Ruth Hathaway Jewson Award
Hyanghee Lee, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Toward a Culturally Robust Measure to Assess Marital Relationships



Ernest W. Burgess Award
Research and Theory Section
Maureen Perry-Jenkins, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst




Reuben Hill Award
Research and Theory Section
Paul R. Amato, Ph.D., and Sarah E. Patterson, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
“The Intergenerational Transmission of Union Instability in Early Adulthood”



Margaret E. Arcus Outstanding Family Life Educator Award
Education and Enrichment Section
Francesca Adler-Baeder, Ph.D., CFLE, Auburn University
Ted G. Futris, Ph.D., CFLE, University of Georgia


Cognella Innovation in Teaching Award for Family Science
Melissa Landers-Potts, Ph.D., Bill Anderson, Ph.D., CFLE, and Raeann R. Hamon, Ph.D., CFLE

Social Justice Award for Contributions to Family Science
Inclusion and Diversity Committee
Lee Ann De Reus, Ph.D., Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP)

TCRM Best Student/Early Career Presentation Award
Theory Construction and Research Methodology (TCRM)
Brooke M. Tuttle, M.S., Oklahoma State University

CFLE Special Recognition Award
Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) Advisory Board
Justin M. Petkus, M.S., CFLE, CCLS


2018 Affiliate Councils Awards

2018 Section Awards

Advancing Family Science Section

Education & Enrichment Section

  • Student Proposal Award
    Kevin Smith, University of Iowa
    “Attachment in Emerging Adulthood: Personal Relationships and Well-Being”
    Nathan Stoddard, M.S., University of Missouri
    “The Role of Concept Application and Enrollment Motivation in Improvement After a CRE Program”

Ethnic Minorities Section

  • New Professional Best Paper Award
    Sarai Coba-Rodriguez, Ph.D., CFLE, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
    “Making the Invisible Visible: Low-Income, Latina Mothers and Photo Elicitation Interviewing”

  • Student Best Paper Award
    Denzel L. Jones, Ph.D., LMFT, Kansas State University
    “The Impact of Ethnic-Racial Socialization Messages on Black Emerging Adults’ Ethnic-Racial Identity”

Families & Health Section

Family Policy Section

Family Therapy Section

  • Best Research Paper Award – Student
    Amy A. Morgan, M.S., LMFT, Virginia Tech
    “From Private Practice to Academia: Integrating Social and Political Advocacy Into Every MFT Identity”
  • Best Poster Award – Student
    Hunter Stanfield, M.S., Kansas State University
    “There May Be a Problem, But I'm Not Going Because…: Examining Classes of Men and Their Rationales for Not Seeking Mental Health Treatment”

Feminism and Family Studies Section

International Section

Religion, Spirituality, and Family Section

  • Outstanding Paper Award
    Bernice Dodor, Ph.D., East Carolina University
    “Exploring the Relationships Among Authoritative Parenting, Religiosity, and Adolescent Internalizing Behaviors”
  • Student and New Professional Outstanding Paper Award
    Jenna R. Cassinat, Utah State University
    “Couples that Pray Together… Are Better Parents Together? Exploring Mindfulness as a Mediator Between Couple Prayer and Parenting Behavior”

Research & Theory Section

2018 Focus Group Awards