NCFR Report is NCFR's quarterly member magazine. It provides updates and information on the work of NCFR and its members.

The Family Focus section of NCFR Report invites article submission on key family topics — research- or practice-based — to serve as a resource for faculty and family educators.

Family Focus Editor: Joyce Serido, Ph.D.

See below for author guidelines.

The views expressed in NCFR Report may not represent the views of the entire NCFR organization.

Call for Authors

Spring 2025 Issue: Health Disparities

Proposal Deadline Extended: June 3, 2024

Despite gains in coverage for individuals and families as a result of the Affordable Care Act (2010), health disparities continue to disrupt the lives and livelihood of many families. Health disparities arise from diverse and intersecting factors such as race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, geography, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and immigration and citizenship status.

For this upcoming issue of Family Focus, articles that contribute to an understanding of how to achieve health equity as a form of social justice and economic prosperity are of interest. Health equity is defined in broad terms to encompass the diverse needs of families, access to services, and regulations that foster access.

Articles also are sought that address both mental and physical health issues, how those issues effect family functioning and interactions, as well as promising approaches and practices for addressing health disparities. 

Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Hidden vulnerabilities (e.g., aging, social isolation, language)
  • Health disparities across intersecting factors
  • Access to health care
  • Rural health considerations
  • Prevention and intervention strategies
  • The impact of technology on affordability and access to services
  • Community-informed approaches

Prospective authors should submit their proposals online by June 3, 2024, at All authors will be notified by June 11, 2024, and articles are due July 15, 2024. Contact Joyce Serido at [email protected] with questions.


Upcoming Themes

Fall 2025: Power, Privilege, and Difference: Lived Experiences of Changing Families and Societies

Winter 2025: Teaching Family Science: In the Classroom and Beyond

Spring 2026: Social Media and Technology Influences on Family Functioning

Summer 2026: Work Flexibility and Volatility Influencing Family Life

Proposal Submission Deadline

Fall 2025: December 2024

Winter 2025: February 2025

Spring 2026: May 2025

Summer 2026: August 2025


Author Guidelines

NCFR Member Groups are invited to submit articles to NCFR Report. Articles should be 700 words or less and pertain to matters related to their Section's or Focus Group's work, such as conference sessions, awards, member spotlights, or other member programs and activities. Review submissions with your Section or Focus Group leadership prior to submission. New programs or initiatives (such as fundraising) should be brought to the attention of Ginnie O’Neill before inclusion in an article for NCFR Report

Authors wishing to submit a research- or practice-based article for Family Focus on a specific family topic must review our revised Author Guidelines below:

Family Focus Author Guidelines (PDF)


A Member Forum

NCFR Report is a quarterly magazine for members designed to encourage member-to-member dialogue, to inform colleagues about our research, and to discuss research application for practitioners and policy professionals. Through Report, NCFR also builds our community by reporting on people, events, and organizational news.

Unlike the content of our scholarly journals, the articles in NCFR Report have not been peer-reviewed. In the spirit of open debate and academic freedom, NCFR Report is a member forum for exchanging ideas. The opinions or findings expressed are those of the author(s), which may or may not represent the official position of NCFR as an organization nor the prevailing scientific consensus on the topic.