Reuben Hill Award

2018 Recipients
Paul R. Amato, Ph.D., and Sarah E. Patterson, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
“The Intergenerational Transmission of Union Instability in Early Adulthood”


The award is given in memory of Reuben Hill, who had a distinguished career as a university professor and pioneered the scholarly study of family. Dr. Hill is remembered for his determination to promote high-quality research and advance theory about families with the intent of producing practical benefits for families. The award is presented to the author(s) of the best research article for the year prior to the award. It is given in recognition of the outstanding article, book, or monograph that combines theory and methodology in the analysis and interpretation of a significant family issue.


A plaque is given to the author(s) of the award-winning article. Also, a cash award of $1,000 and $750 travel allowance are divided equally if there is more than one author. The award is presented at the beginning of a plenary session at the NCFR Annual Conference.


The award is given for an article that made a substantial and significant contribution to family research and theory.

Membership in NCFR or the Research and Theory (RT) Section is not required.

Nomination/application process

A committee conducts an evaluation of the top scholarly journals in the family field. Open nominations submitted prior to the March 30 deadline also will be considered.


March 30: Submit nominations before this date to the Chair-elect of the RT Section, Amy Rauer.
July 31: The winner will be notified by this date