Student and New Professional 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 professional achievement, an award is presented for the best student or new professional paper submitted to the NCFR Annual Conference submitted 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 student who is seeking a degree in human development, family studies, family sciences, health, psychology, sociology, or related field;
  • a new professional who is a professional graduating in a field of study related to NCFR's mission and working in the field for less than five years; and
  • ready to submit a proposal to the NCFR Annual Conference through the Religion, Spirituality and Family Section.

Membership in NCFR or the RSF Section is not required.

Nomination/application process

Selection of the outstanding paper is based on the ratings that emerge as a result of the peer-review process of paper submissions to the NCFR Annual Conference through the RSF Section.


July 31: The recipient is notified by this date