NCFR Recognizes Autumn M. Bermea for Student Excellence, Potential in Family Field

Autumn M. Bermea

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Autumn M. Bermea, Ph.D., as the 2019 recipient of the NCFR Student Award, which is given to an NCFR graduate student member who has demonstrated excellence as a student and shows great potential for contributing to Family Science.

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.

In her letter of nomination, Lyndal Khaw, Ph.D., praised her exemplary qualifications, noting that her curriculum vitae as a graduate student looks like one you might anticipate from an established tenure-track faculty member: “[Dr. Bermea] has a clearly articulated research program, strong research and teaching skills, an incredible record of publications and presentations, knowledge of the discipline, and commitment to community engagement and to the professional field of Family Science.”

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

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