NCFR Recognizes Erin Cooper for Student Excellence, Potential in Family Science


The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Erin Cooper, M.A., as the 2021 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.

Ms. Cooper is a doctoral student at Auburn University in human development and Family Science. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of North Alabama and earned her master’s in marriage and family therapy from Auburn University.

Ms. Cooper’s research interests include applied relationship science, the intersection of couple relationships and individual well-being, and the role of risk and resilience among relationship education participants. She has experience working with diverse families, couples, and individuals as a marriage and family therapist and Certified Family Life Educator. She currently works with community-based relationship education programs where she has experience teaching youth and adults in the community to enhance relational and individual well-being.

Ms. Cooper was recognized for her achievement during the Awards Ceremony at the 2021 NCFR Annual Conference. Watch the video above to learn more about Ms. Cooper and this award. 


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