Best Research Paper Awards (One Student Award - One New Professional Award)

2023 Recipient (Student)

Brady Eisert, M.S., Kansas City Relationship Institute 
"Do Relationship Investment Plans Increase Couples' Commitment to Therapy?"

2023 Recipient (New Professional)

Katelyn Coburn, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
"How Nonbinary People Navigate Binary Gender Norms in Interpersonal Relationships: Contextual Factors and Implications for Family Therapists" 



Family Therapy Section (FT) paper awards are intended to foster scholarly activity and assist in identifying future leaders.


Recipients will receive a $250 cash award and a certificate. Two awards will be presented - one to a student and one to a new professional. The awards are presented annually at the Family Therapy Section Annual Meeting at the NCFR Annual Conference.


The recipient must be:

  • a student or new professional within three years of graduation;
  • a current member of NCFR and the FT Section when proposal is submitted;
  • the first author on paper submitted to section; and
  • ready to present paper at the NCFR Annual Conference.

Nomination/application process

Upon acceptance of paper for presentation, students are contacted by a section representative and invited to apply and submit their papers for award consideration.


October 1: Application deadline.