NCFR Recognizes Caroline Sanner for Student Excellence, Potential in Family Field

Caroline M. Sanner

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Caroline M. Sanner, Ph.D., as the 2018 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. Sanner is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri. Her program of research uses qualitative methods and feminist frameworks to explore resilience and functionality in complex families. Since becoming a member of NCFR in 2013, her work has been disseminated across 22 presentations at the last five annual conferences. She has co-authored seven peer-reviewed journal articles and five book chapters, including first-authored publications in Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Theory & Review, and Journal of Family Psychology.

Marilyn Coleman, Ed.D., Curator's Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) at the University of Missouri praises Dr. Sanner in her letter of recommendation as “the best student researcher” the department has ever had, “and we have had many outstanding student researchers who have gone on to outstanding scholarly careers.” Dr. Coleman describes the high quality of her work as being on par with faculty at major universities, and her research, teaching, mentorship, presentation and service to the university as all being exemplary. Dr. Coleman notes that the fact that her master’s thesis was published in Journal of Marriage and Family as “an amazing accomplishment” for a graduate student and that her current body of work already “would qualify her for tenure in many departments.”

Dr. Sanner will be recognized for her achievement at the 2018 NCFR Annual Conference, Nov. 7-10 in San Diego, California.

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