Katia Paz Goldfarb Conferred Fellow Status by NCFR


The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) has conferred its prestigious Fellow status on Katia Paz Goldfarb, Ph.D., professor of Family Science and human development and assistant vice president for Hispanic Serving Initiatives at Montclair State University.

NCFR Fellows are nominated by their peers and are selected by the NCFR Fellows Committee. Dr. Goldfarb will be recognized as a new Fellow at the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference, Nov. 20–23 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Goldfarb benefited from an international education. She attended elementary and secondary schooling in Chile and Venezuela. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel; studied social theory at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina; earned her master’s degree in education from Eastern Michigan University; and earned her Ph.D. in family and child ecology from Michigan State University.

At Montclair State University, Dr. Goldfarb was a founding chair of the Family Science and Human Development Department. In her 13 years in that role, she spearheaded Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) undergraduate program approval across three concentrations and started a doctoral program. In her current role as assistant vice president for Hispanic Serving Initiatives, she coordinates university partners and structures to strengthen programs for Hispanic students, faculty, and staff.

Dr. Goldfarb’s substantial publication record addresses ethnic diversity in international perspectives and across the life course; Latinx families and students; and pedagogical practices for teaching diversity to diverse populations. Her extensive contributions to her university and communities include research collaborations with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families; keynote addresses and presentations at international family conferences; service as institutional liaison to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; service as cofounder of a class entitled Familias Latinas en los Estados Unidos; and the development of a Spanish-language-based Family Science concentration. She has received numerous college, university, and national awards for her efforts to nurture the next generation of scholars.

Dr. Goldfarb also has provided distinguished service to NCFR through her commitment to the Ethnic Minorities Section, her cofounding of the Latino/a Research Focus Group, and her service on the Inclusion and Diversity Committee and Institutional Identity Task Force. She will serve as program chair for the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

The National Council on Family Relations is the premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. NCFR has a membership of nearly 3,000 family researchers, practitioners and educators. For more information on the National Council on Family Relations or its scholarly publications, contact NCFR at 1-888-781-9331 or visit its website at www.ncfr.org.