NCFR Report, NCFR's quarterly member magazine, is filled with research-based information about key family topics.

Report is also an opportunity for submission of articles — research- or practice-based — to the Family Focus section, and can be a useful resource for faculty and family educators.

Editor: Ted G. Futris, Ph.D., CFLE

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

Call for Authors

Summer 2021: Recovering from COVID-19

Fall 2021: Dismantling Structural Inequality and Racism

Winter 2021: Bridging the Research-Practice Divide


Summer 2021 Issue: Recovering from COVID-19

Proposal Deadline: Dec. 8, 2020 (extended from Dec. 1)

It is estimated that by close of 2020, the death toll due to the coronavirus may reach over 300,000 in the United States alone. Families are suffering as they grieve the loss of their loved ones and strive to maintain or recover some sense of normalcy. While we confront the challenges associated with re-opening schools, re-building the economy, and meeting the health and safety needs of individuals, families, and communities, the long-term repercussions of the global COVID-19 pandemic remain uncertain.

The summer 2021 issue of Family Focus aims to shed light on evidence-informed best-practices and recommendations that can be employed to support families, schools, and communities during this recovery process. How can research on the resiliency of children, families, and communities during past pandemics, or similar challenges, inform approaches to promote resiliency today? What have we learned from past and current policies and practices that can advance local, national, and international recovery efforts? What effective strategies can practitioners and educators use to support parents and children adapt to the adversity and trauma they have experienced as they move forward? Other general research on COVID-19 and its impacts on families is also welcomed.

Prospective authors should submit their proposal online by Dec. 8, 2020.

Articles are due Jan. 15, 2021. Contact the editor with questions.


Fall 2021 Issue: Dismantling Structural Inequality and Racism

Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2021

Anti-racist activism, demonstrations, and protests throughout the past year have served as a “wake-up call” to many by bringing attention to long-standing and deeply embedded institutional and structural racism. The cumulative effects of structural racism continue to sustain race-based inequalities and disparities, as reflected in disproportionate levels of poverty, incarceration, police brutality, unemployment, inadequate healthcare, morbidity, etc. among Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). At the same time, White communities continue to experience unearned racial advantages and privileges as reflected by disproportionate access to wealth, health, employment, and educational opportunities.

The aim of the fall 2021 issue of Family Focus is to share how Family Science can contribute to and participate in our nation’s efforts to dismantle the various systems that perpetuate racial oppression and White supremacy.

  • What theoretical perspectives, empirical advances, and best-practices exist for addressing prejudice, discrimination, and the marginalization of BIPOC?
  • How do researchers, educators, and practitioners engage with families and communities in open discourse to facilitate tangible change?
  • What policies and interventions have either been shown to be most effective or demonstrated promise for eliminating race-based inequalities and disparities?
  • How are practitioners and educators supporting BIPOC as they navigate institutional and structural racism?

Prospective authors should submit their proposal online by March 1, 2021.

Articles are due April 15, 2021. Contact the editor with questions.

Guest Editor:
Annika Karlsen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Converse College
[email protected]


Winter 2021 Issue: Bridging the Research-Practice Divide

Proposal Deadline: May 1, 2021

As NCFR members, we have a common goal reflected in NCFR’s mission statement: to promote family well-being. To achieve this goal, Family Science scholars, including researchers, educators, and practitioners, share a commitment to advancing evidence-based practice and applied research through translational science.

However, translational Family Science is more than merely translating research into practice. As detailed in the October 2017 special issue of Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science, it involves researchers and practitioners’ intentional efforts to bridge the science of discovery and the science of practice (Grzywacz & Allen, 2017).

The winter 2021 issue of Family Focus aims to highlight these joint efforts to bridge the research-practice divide. We seek articles that illustrate the successes, complexities, and lessons learned when research scientists and practice scientists work together to bridge discovery and practice science.

  • How has the reciprocal cycle between basic discovery research and applied research across the various domains of Family Science (e.g., relationship education, parenting education, health promotion, social justice, etc.) been advanced?
  • What are emerging models for the effective implementation and dissemination of evidence-based programs and practices?
  • What approaches facilitate the transfer and sustainability of these programs and practices into the community?
  • To what extent do established evidenced-based programs and practices need to be tailored to diverse populations?
  • What strategies foster collaboration between researchers, practitioners, communities, and the families we aim to serve to advance this work?

Prospective authors should submit their proposal online by May 1, 2021.

Articles are due June 15, 2021. Contact the editor with questions.

Guest Editor:
Joseph Grzywacz, Ph.D.
Department Chair & Norejane Hendrickson Professor
Family and Child Sciences, Florida State University
[email protected]


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