NCFR Recognizes Autumn M. Bermea for Outstanding Contributions to Feminist Scholarship

Autumn M. Bermea

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Autumn M. Bermea, Ph.D., as the 2019 recipient of Jessie Bernard Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Paper, which is given to a graduate student or new professional who has demonstrated excellence in research and potential contribution to feminist scholarship. Her paper is titled “Developing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in Service Provision for Queer Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence.”

Dr. Bermea is a Dean’s Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology. She received her doctorate in Family Science and human development at Montclair State University. Her research interests include intimate partner violence in queer relationships, and she received grant funding from the Clinical Research Institute at Smith College School for Social Work to study best practices when working with queer survivors.

Dr. Bermea is the 2017 recipient of the Best Student/Early Career Presentation Award at the Theory Construction and Research Methodology Workshop at the 2017 Annual NCFR Conference. She is the incoming Students and New Professionals representative for the Feminism and Family Studies Section at NCFR.

Dr. Bermea will be recognized for her achievement at the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference, Nov. 20-23 in Fort Worth, Texas.

This award is presented in memory of Jessie Bernard, former NCFR Board Member and pioneer in the field of feminist family studies. Jessie Bernard declared herself a feminist in 1970 and is known for her celebrated description of "his" and "her" marriages. She was a board member of the American Sociological Association, the Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, and NCFR.

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