Issues in Aging Focus Group Award

Student and Professional Awards

2018 Recipient Student and New Professional
Annie K. Johansson, University of Minnesota, and Bryan Cafferky, Ph.D., CFLE, Loma Linda University
“Risk Markers Associated With Caregiver Elder Abuse: A Meta-Analytic Study”

2018 Recipient Professional
Laurie Meschke, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
“The Role of Family in the Self-Management of Type 2 Diabetes in Appalachia”


The Issues in Aging Focus Group Award recognizes and promotes exceptional scholarly work related to issues in aging among family scholars.


The award winners receive certificates. The award is presented annually at the Issues in Aging Focus Group meeting at the NCFR Annual Conference.


Proposals (all formats included) accepted for the annual NCFR conference are eligible. There will be one award for a student or new professional, and one for a professional.

At least one author of the research article must be a member of NCFR.

Nomination/application process

Those who have an accepted proposal with an aging focus may be nominated. Committee members will review the conference program for those whose title indicates an aging focus and request proposals from NCFR. NCFR will provide the proposals to the committee for review.


June 1: Application deadline. Submit all materials to the Issues in Aging focus group co-chairs
July 31: The winner is notified by this date

Committee structure

Issues in Aging co-chairs, students and new professionals representative, and previous years' winner.