Theory Construction and Research Methodology (TCRM) Workshop 2017

The Theory Construction and Research Methodology (TCRM) Workshop is a longstanding tradition within NCFR. Research works in progress are reviewed, discussed, and strengthened in this unique, interactive environment, which is held on-site at the NCFR Annual Conference.

This year's TCRM co-chairs are Thomas Blume and Isaac Washburn. Contact them at the 2017 TCRM email address.


TCRM sessions will run from 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, through 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the 2017 NCFR Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. (Paper sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.)

Download a PDF schedule of all sessions.

2017 TCRM Papers and Discussant Comments

Papers and discussant comment for TCRM 2017 are posted online here for participants to access. Each paper and its corresponding discussant comments are grouped on the same webpage together.

See TCRM Papers and Discussant Comments

What does a TCRM paper session look like? It features work in progress instead of finished products. Before the session, authors of accepted proposals have submitted their manuscripts and TCRM has solicited comments from two leaders in the field who have agreed to be discussants. (Papers and comments are posted online before the conference for registered attendees, who read them ahead of the TCRM Workshop).

The TCRM paper session is not a presentation; it begins with discussant comments, followed by author responses to the comments and then an informal conversation in which the audience participates in discussing the papers, theory issues, and methodological questions.

TCRM Workshops

Workshop 1 – Tuesday, 9 a.m.noon 
Missing Data and How to Deal With It
Isaac Washburn, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University  

Workshop 2 – Tuesday, noon–3 p.m.
Facts/fictions: Challenges of Authority and Authenticity in the Study of Family Stories
Kevin Roy, Ph.D.; Sam Allen, M.S., LGMFT; Laura Golojuch, M.S., LGMFT, University of Maryland

Workshop 3 – Tuesday, 3–6 p.m.
Research and Prevention at the Intersection with the Community
Ronald Cox, Jr., Ph.D., Oklahoma State University


TCRM Special Session

'It's Either Too Simple or Way Too Complex': Applying Bronfenbrenner's Bioecological Theory in Family Research
Jonathan Tudge, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 10-11:15 a.m. 

Urie Bronfenbrenner’s theory, in one form or other, is well known in the field of family studies. The overall goal of this session is first to bring that knowledge up to date and second to enable participants to understand better how to apply the theory in research.

All NCFR conference participants are welcome to attend.


Additional TCRM Events

Business Meeting/Reception — Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6-7 p.m.

Join your TCRM colleagues after the conclusion of Tuesday's TCRM program for a reception and discussion of TCRM business.

Sourcebook Planning Meeting — Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

Join the newly selected editors of the next Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research for a planning meeting. The editorial team members are Kari Adamsons, April Few-Demo, Christine Proulx, and Kevin Roy. 

All NCFR conference participants are welcome to attend the Sourcebook meeting.


Participants could include registration for this preconference in addition to their full NCFR conference registration, or register for and attend only this preconference.


Professionals: $50
Students: $35

TCRM Call for Proposals

The deadline for TCRM submissions was March 15, 2017. The call for proposals and application forms (both PDF files) for TCRM 2017 are still available below for reference.