Reuben Hill Award

2023 Recipient – Adam M. Galovan, Ph.D.
"A Strong Relationality View of Mindfulness and Flourishing I–Thou Relations: A Dyadic Analysis"


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 $750 cash award and a plaque are given to the first author of the award-winning article. 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 May 1 deadline also will be considered.


May 1: Email nominations before this date to the Ruben Hill Award Chair, Ashley Ermer. Find the nomination form here.
July 31: The recipient will be notified by this date