2019 Theory Construction and Research Methodology (TCRM) Workshop

Nov. 19-20 | Fort Worth, Texas | Omni Fort Worth Hotel

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.

The 2019 TCRM co-chairs are Adam Galovan and Spencer James. Contact them at the 2019 TCRM email address.

TCRM sessions are planned to run from Tuesday, Nov. 19, through the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Find the schedule of and details about all TCRM sessions online through NCFR's conference app, or download a PDF of the session schedule:

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NCFR and TCRM organizers are pleased to have Dr. Thomas Bradbury presenting a special session at TCRM this year, sponsored by the University of Maryland's Department of Family Science. High-quality theorizing and theory-driven questions are foundational to quality family scholarship. The best intervention work should also be theoretically driven and ideally accompanied by excellent evaluation and basic research. Dr. Bradbury will discuss his work and the importance of theory for both basic and applied scholarship.


TCRM is made possible with the support of NCFR's Journal of Family Theory & Review.

TCRM Papers

Papers for TCRM 2019 are posted online for registered participants to access. We'll continue to post more papers as they become available.

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TCRM papers are unlocked for registered TCRM participants only. Log in to the NCFR website (at the top of the page) to access the papers as a TCRM registrant.

What does a TCRM paper session look like? It features work in progress rather than finished products. Before the session, authors of accepted proposals have submitted their manuscripts and TCRM has solicited comments from leaders in the field who have agreed to be discussants. The TCRM paper session is not a presentation; it begins with discussant comments, followed by author responses to the comments and an informal conversation in which the audience participates in discussing the papers, theory issues, and methodological questions.

TCRM Registration

You may add the TCRM preconference to your full or single-day NCFR conference registration, or register for and attend TCRM sessions only (without attending the rest of the NCFR conference). Find more information about all NCFR conference registration options

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Pricing for TCRM-Only Attendance:

Professionals: $50
Students: $35

TCRM Call for Proposals

The deadline for TCRM submissions was March 15, 2019. The call for proposals and application forms (both PDF files) are still available below for reference.