International Section Update

Mihaela Robila, PhD., CFLE, Section Chair
/ Winter 2018 NCFR Report

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The International Section strives to create better understanding of families around the world by promoting international family research, facilitating communication among scholars, and sponsoring conference programming and presentations.

2018 NCFR Conference

We hope that you enjoyed the 2018 NCFR Annual Conference in San Diego! The International Section received 75 proposals for the 2018 conference from scholars who conducted research in countries around the world, including Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Columbia, Cuba, Ecuador, Finland, Ghana, Grenada, India, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Nicaragua, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, and Turkey.

We thank our conference proposal reviewers for their support and we invite submissions for the 2019 conference! Find 2019 conference information online at our website.


Congratulations to the 2018 International Section Award Recipients!

Jan Trost Award

Dominic Richardson, Ph.D., Senior Education Specialist, UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, Florence, Italy

Annual Conference Travel Scholarship

Gizem Erdem, Ph.D., LMFT, Assistant Professor, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

Student and New Professional Conference Travel Scholarships

Cheong-Ah Huh, Ph.D. Candidate, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Ahyeong Kim, Graduate Student, Seoul National University Seoul, South Korea 


In Memoriam: Jan Trost, Ph.D.


We were saddened this year by the passing of a prominent scholar and member of our section, Jan Trost, Ph.D., emeritus professor of sociology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. He was a founding member of NCFR’s International Section (1977) and a past section chair (1979–1981). In his honor, the Jan Trost Award was established in 1999 to recognize outstanding contributions in international Family Science. The award honors an individual for their achievements in research, teaching, and service to international families, and is meant to further internationalize the culture and influence of NCFR.


International Section Newsletter

To facilitate the sharing of information about international research and educational projects, we developed the International Section newsletter, which presents member news and highlights, such as study abroad experiences, international research projects, awards, books, and more. The 2018 edition is posted on the International Section web page. We invite our members to submit news related to their international research and projects for the 2019 spring newsletter to Mihaela Robila.

Finally, many thanks to the International Section’s officers for their support of section activities:

  • Past-chair: Yan Ruth Xia, Ph.D., CFLE (2019)
  • Chair-elect: Grace H. Chung, Ph.D. (2019)
  • Secretary/treasurer: Jane Rose Njue, Ph.D., CFLE (2019)
  • SNP representative: Cagla Giray, M.S. (2019)