NCFR Recognizes Bridget Walsh as Outstanding Educator


Bridget Walsh

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Bridget A. Walsh, Ph.D., CFLE, as the 2020 recipient of the Margaret E. Arcus Outstanding Family Life Educator Award, which recognizes NCFR member(s) who have made significant contributions to the field of Family Life Education through research, theory, publication, practice, program development, and/or training.

Dr. Walsh is an associate professor in the Human Development and Family Studies program at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she teaches courses on lifespan human development, research, and Family Life Education. She is passionate about conducting research on family involvement and engagement; home visiting; and vocabulary acquisition in the context of shared storybook reading. Dr. Walsh earned her doctorate in child development from Texas Woman’s University, and her master’s degree in experimental psychology from Villanova University. She is co-chair of the NCFR Home Visiting Focus Group and a member of the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) Exam Committee.

Dr. Walsh has served tirelessly as ambassador to Family Life Education (FLE) and the CFLE credential both through her campus and on the national stage. She has presented at conferences, and through webinars and information sessions on FLE; written articles and book chapters; and even created a “CFLE Option” for graduate students at her university.

Margaret E. Arcus, the namesake of this award, made remarkable contributions to Family Life Education during her career. She helped create the NCFR Certified Family Life Education program, setting standards for the field.

Dr. Walsh was recognized for her achievement at a special Awards Ceremony during the 2020 NCFR Annual Conference on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

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