Families and Health Section Update

Jerica Berge, Ph.D., M.P.H., LMFT, CFLE, Section Chair
Winter 2017 NCFR Report

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Families and Health Section Spotlight

Antoinette M. Landor

Dr. Antoinette M. Landor
Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri

Antoinette M. Landor is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri (MU). She received a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and completed a NICHD postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. Antoinette’s research and teaching cuts across the FH and Ethnic Minorities (EM) Sections of NCFR. Her research focuses on the impact of skin tone on individual, relational, and family health and functioning. Her work has appeared in top-tier journals, such as Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and has been presented at domestic and international conferences, including the European Congress of Psychology. Antoinette teaches thought-provoking courses on Black families and human sexuality. She also serves as a nationally elected representative for NCFR’s EM Section and is a mentor for MU’s McNair Scholars Program. Antoinette grew up in southern Louisiana and is a proud and active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and The Links, Incorporated.

FH Section Happenings at the NCFR Conference

We hope that you enjoyed the 2017 NCFR Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida!  The Families and Health (FH) Section presented a record high of 90 posters (four poster symposiums) and 18 sessions, including 10 symposia, four paper presentation sessions, three lightning paper sessions, and one workshop focusing on various families and health topics, such as obesity, chronic illness, violence, trauma, aging, substance abuse, sleep, aging, siblings and health, military families, and health disparities. We continue to lead the NCFR sections with the most conference proposal submissions. Keep it up! Submissions = presentation slots!

We also put out a call for nominations for section leaders. Next year our section leadership will change, and elections will occur before the 2018 NCFR Annual Conference. The positions available are chair-elect, secretary/treasurer, Students and New Professionals representative, and communications specialist. If you are interested in running for a position, please contact our chair-elect, Karina Shreffler at [email protected].

Paper Winners

At the FH section meeting we also announced the winners of our Outstanding Paper Awards. They received a plaque and $200.

Student and New Professional

Public Perspectives Toward the Sexual Behavior of an Individual With Dementia Residing in Long-Term Care
First author: Erin L. Yelland, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Co-authors: Adam W. Cless, B.S., Kansas State University; Allen B. Mallory, M.S., Kansas State University; Jessica D. Cless, M.S., Kansas State University


Perceived Child Weight Status, Family Structure and Functioning, and Support for Health Behaviors in a Sample of Bariatric Surgery Patients
First author: Keeley J. Pratt, Ph.D., Ohio State University; Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Ohio State University Wexner Medical
Co-authors: Megan Ferriby, M.S., Ohio State University; Sabrena Noria, M.D., Ph.D., Ohio State University Wexner Medical; Joseph Skelton, M.D., M.S., Wake Forrest University; Christopher Taylor, Ph.D., Ohio State University; Bradley Needleman, M.D., Ohio State University Wexner Medical

Poster Winner

This year was our section’s inaugural year for an Outstanding Poster Award. The awardee received $100 and a certificate. Congratulations to our winner, Dina Izenstark. See all section award winners.

Thank you to all who submitted papers and posters for awards, as well as those of you who reviewed for our section in 2017! The success of the section depends on your engagement. In the upcoming months, please consider submitting a proposal to the FH Section for the 2018 conference in San Diego!

Free Trial Membership for One Year

In our preconference newsletter and at the Newcomers Welcome, we gave out a coupon to try out the FH Section for one year. Those of you who took advantage of this opportunity will be getting an email soon regarding your FH one-year free membership. We hope you find membership advantageous and stick around after the year is up!