NCFR recognizes Emma G. Hooper for outstanding dissertation proposal

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Emma G. Hooper as the 2016 recipient of the Ruth Hathaway Jewson Award, which funds the best dissertation proposal submitted by a doctoral candidate in Family Science.

Ms. Hooper is a doctoral candidate in the human development program at the Ohio State University, with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy. She sees individual, couple and family clients at the OSU Couple and Family Therapy Clinic and the Schoenbaum Family Center, and she teaches and conducts research. For her dissertation, Ms. Hooper is developing and piloting an emotion-centered family therapy intervention for depressed mothers and their young children.

In a letter nominating Ms. Hooper, Dr. Xin Feng, her advisor of five years, writes: "Emma combines high intellectual aptitude, a remarkable capacity for critical thinking and strong dedication to research and clinical work. She is also highly effective in oral communication of complex research ideas. Impressively, she has twice received the first prize in the Education and Human Ecology category at the Hayes Graduate Research Forum."

Ms. Hooper will be recognized for her achievements at the 2016 NCFR Annual Conference, Nov. 2-5 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ruth Hathaway Jewson, the namesake of this award, was NCFR's second executive director. While working full-time at NCFR, she earned her master's and doctorate degrees, writing her dissertation in the 1970s on what was at the time a small group: "The Retired Professional Woman."

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