International Section Update

Mihaela Robila, Ph.D., CFLE, Section Chair; and Grace Chung, Ph.D., Section Chair-Elect (2017–2019)
/ Summer 2019 NCFR Report

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The International (IN) Section, which strives to increase the understanding of families around the world by promoting international family research, is delighted to sponsor presentations with global research at the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference. We thank the conference proposal reviewers very much for their support with the reviewing process and assuring a high-quality and exciting international section program!

The International Section is excited to organize a Special Session this year, for which Shahrashoub Razavi, Ph.D., chief of the research and data section at U.N. Women, will present the session, titled Families: Diverse, Changing and Ambivalent for Women’s Rights. U.N. Women ( is the United Nations entity for gender equality and empowerment of women.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 NCFR Conference and to interacting with you during the International Section’s business meeting

International Section Newsletter

We are also delighted to share the 2019 International Section newsletter, which includes information on 2018 IN awardees and examples of IN members’ international research projects (Visit We invite our members to submit news related to their international projects for the 2020 newsletter to IN Chair-Elect Grace Chung, Ph.D., at [email protected].

Congratulations to the 2019 Newly Elected International Section Officers:

  • Dr. Raeann R. Hamon, chair-elect
  • Dr. Rosemary William Eustace, secretary/treasurer
  • Dr. Chang Su-Russell, Students and New Professionals representative

International Section Member Highlights

Chang Su-Russell, Students and New Professionals Representative (2021)

Chang Su-Russell
Chang Su-Russell

Chang Su-Russell, Ph.D., CFLE, is an assistant professor from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Illinois State University. She received her Ph.D. in human development and Family Science from the University of Missouri, and her M.A. in human development and Family Science from Michigan State University. She is committed and passionate about her research on promoting young children's socioemotional well-being with considerations of contextual factors (ethnicity, culture, and poverty). Dr. Chang has been an active member, presenter, reviewer, and discussant for NCFR. Additionally, she recently became a co-chair for Asian/Asian American Families Focus Group of NCFR. As a newly elected Students and New Professionals representative for the International Section at NCFR, she is committed to collaborating with other officials and other SNP to achieve NCFR's mission and especially to contribute to the enhancement of diversity, inclusion and equity in this organization.

Many thanks to the International Section officers for their support: Past-chair: Yan Ruth Xia, Ph.D., CFLE (2019); secretary/treasurer: Jane Rose Njue, Ph.D., CFLE (2019); Students and New Professionals representative: Cagla Giray, M.S. (2019).