Benefits of Membership

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NCFR Has Membership Options That Fit You

  • Professional membership levels with choice of journals
  • A new professionals option for those who graduated within the last two years
  • Special rates for students and emeritus members

Benefits of Membership

NCFR's Journals

Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF)

JMF has been the premier journal in the area of marriage and family for over 75 years. Peer-reviewed articles reflect the latest research on family formation, family dynamics and interaction, relationships, challenges and changes. View a sample issue of JMF. Editor: Kristi Williams

Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science (FR)

FR emphasizes relationships across the lifecycle and research with implications for intervention, family education, and public policy. This journal provides an applied focus for practitioners, educators, and policy professionals. Editor: Jason Hans

Journal of Family Theory & Review (JFTR)

JFTR, which was introduced in 2009, explores family and relationship theory and features original contributions in all areas of family theory as well as integrative and theory-based reviews of content areas, book reviews and review essays. All members who subscribe to another journal receive complimentary electronic access to JFTR. Editor: Libby Balter Blume

NCFR Annual Conference

Stimulating and enlightening — that describes the NCFR Annual Conference. Grow professionally, establish new contacts, and build lasting relationships.You'll find major presentations by leading scholars, break-out sessions of all kinds, and informal networking. Submit a proposal and you could get to present your research.

NCFR members receive significantly discounted conference registration rates.

Member Newsletters and Updates — Content You Can Use

NCFR Report, our quarterly member magazine, features a "Family Focus" section with contributed articles on key topics, for members only. CFLE Network is the newsletter for Certified Family Life Educators that includes book reviews, best practices, and news from CFLEs around the world. Our "Zippy News" email newsletter provides weekly updates and announcements on the latest from NCFR and the family field.

Online Resources

The NCFR website helps members stay connected with each other and the profession. Find resources for family research, education, and best practices, as well as announcements about membership, local affiliate chapters, the NCFR Annual Conference and other events. The NCFR website will lead you to online discussion groups you can join and to our online member directory to connect you with your colleagues.

The Resource Library allows you to find and share resources important to family researchers, educators, and students — everything from curricula, book reviews, and articles to conference presentations, video, and best practices.

Members get exclusive access to NCFR-produced resources. You'll also receive a discounted rate on our webinars.

Staying in Touch, Building Networks

NCFR is composed of 10 sections, each about a particular topic of interest. You'll communicate with your fellow section members throughout the year about your interest areas (via member forums). Many presentations at the annual conference are determined by section review. Leadership positions and volunteer opportunities include becoming an officer, a proposal reviewer, or focus group leader.

NCFR Awards

NCFR has a long tradition of recognizing achievement in academics, research, and service. Major awards include Fellows recognition, CFLE Distinguished Service, and the Felix Berardo Mentoring Award. Many more awards are directed at students, especially at the Section and Affiliate level. Many include cash or travel stipends. See more about awards and recognition.

    NCFR Affiliates: Your Local Connection

    State/regional and student affiliate councils give NCFR a local flavor. Stay in touch with members in your area through conferences, events, and communications. For students: 25 student affiliates offer a great option to build your resume and connect your academic experience to real-world opportunities.

    Advance Your Career

    Here are even more ways you can grow professionally through NCFR: