Issues in Aging Focus Group Award

Student and Professional Awards

2022 Recipients (Students and New Professionals)

Woosang Hwang, Ph.D., Syracuse University
“Young Adults’ Intergenerational Solidarity With Grandparents in Emerging Adulthood: Associations With Providing Support to Older Parents in Established Adulthood”

Melissa Barnett, Priscilla Zambrano, Maria Vasquez, Victoria Cooper, Loriena Yancura
“Life Journeys Toward Spiritual Fulfillment by LGBTQ Older Adults: Implications For Couple and Family Therapists”

2021 Recipients (Professional)

Twyla J. Hill, Ph.D., and Cheyla Clawson, M.F.A., Wichita State University
“Choreographing Matrilineal Memories by Combining Oral History Interviews and Dance”


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.