Outstanding Paper Award

2019 Recipients 

Barrett W. Scroggs, Ph.D., Penn State Mont Alto
“Assessing the Mediating Role of Homophobia in Understanding the Protective Nature of Faith Communities in LGBTQ Individuals”

James G. Bridges, M.S., LMFT, Kansas State University
“Sexual Satisfaction and Mental Health in Mixed-Orientation Couples: A Mormon Sample of Sexual Minority Partners”        

Kay Burningham, University of Minnesota
“The Religious Moral Objection of Transgender Youth in Families”

Sloan Okrey Anderson, University of Minnesota
“Spiritual Ambiguous Loss and Resilience Among Transgender Youth”

Katie M. Barrow, Ph.D., CFLE, Louisiana Tech University
“Moderator and Chair - It's Complicated: The Lived Experiences of LGBTQ Individuals From Religious Families and Communities”     


To recognize outstanding achievement, this award is presented to the best paper submitted by a professional to the NCFR Annual Conference through the Religion, Spirituality, and Family (RSF) Section.


The award includes a cash prize and a plaque. It is presented to the recipient at the Religion, Spirituality, and Family Section annual meeting held at the NCFR Annual Conference.


The nominee should:

  • be a professional with at least five years of experience in human development, family studies, family sciences, health, psychology, sociology, or a field of study related to NCFR's mission; and
  • submit a proposal to the NCFR Annual Conference through the RSF Section.

Membership in NCFR or the RSF Section is not required.

Nomination/application process

The outstanding paper is selected on the basis of the ratings score that emerges as a result of the peer-review process of paper submissions to the NCFR Annual Conference through the Religion, Spirituality, and Family Section.


July 31: The recipient is notified by this date