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

2022 Recipient (Student)

Ben Jones

"Understanding the Associations Between Adolescent Internalizing Symptoms, Maternal Burnout, and Negative Self-Appraisal of Parenting"

2021 Recipient (New Professional)

Katelyn Coburn, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

"Systemic and individual consequences of families accepting or rejecting LGB members: Perspectives of mainline protestant Christian pastors"


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.