NCFR members receive Wiley's 2017 Alexis Walker Award


NCFR members April L. Few-Demo, Áine M. Humble, Melissa A. Curran, and NCFR Fellow Sally A. Lloyd have been named the recipients of Wiley's 2017 Alexis Walker Award, which recognizes the best Family Science paper published in a Wiley journal in 2015 and 2016.

Their article "Queer Theory, Intersectionality, and LBGT-Parent Families: Transformative Critical  Pedagogy in Family Theory" was published in the March 2016 issue of the Journal of Family Theory & Review.

The article, according to the award reviewers, is innovative in the way it challenges how LGBT-parent families are represented in Family Science curriculum. It provides a model for including bisexual and transgender headed families, which, the reviewers noted, often are omitted in teaching. The authors' call to integrate queer theory and intersectionality, while recognizing both the tensions in this change and the risks in maintaining the status quo, make this article an outstanding development in theory and an inventive approach for Family Science and family therapy graduate-level education.

The Alexis Walker Award, sponsored by publisher John Wiley & Sons, was created in memory of the late Alexis Walker. Dr. Walker served as NCFR president and was editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family from 2002 to 2006. She was an NCFR Fellow, eminent scholar, and pathfinder in the family field. 

A prize of $5,000 is presented biannually for the award, which recognizes the best Family Science research paper published in a Wiley journal in the preceding two years.

The 2017 award will be presented Nov. 16 at the 79th NCFR Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.