Issues in Aging Focus Group Award

Student and Professional Awards

2023 Recipients (Students and New Professionals)

Narges Hadi, Ph.D., Texas Tech University 
"Intergenerational Solidarity With Digital Communication and Mental Health Between Older Parents and Adult Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic" 
Jacob Darius Gossner, M.S., Brigham Young University 
"Caregivers’ Reflections on an Online, Self-guided ACT Intervention: A Deductive Qualitative Analysis Study" 

2023 Recipients (Professional)

Gary Bowen, Ph.D.; Todd Jensen, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
"Latent Profiles of Women’s Perceived Marital Functioning From Middle to Later Years" 
Seonhwa Lee, Ph.D., Syracuse University and Bethany Lutheran College 
"Midlife Family Financial Stress and Husbands' and Wives' Later-Life Physical Functioning: Mediating Role of Physical Pain Trajectories"


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


The award recipients are presented with 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 recipient is notified by this date

Committee structure

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