NCFR Recognizes Jack S. Peltz, Ronald D. Rogge, and Melissa L. Sturge-Apple for Outstanding Family Research Reuben Hill Award

Jack S. Peltz
Jack S. Peltz

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Jack S. Peltz, Ph.D.; Ronald D. Rogge, Ph.D.; and Melissa L. Sturge-Apple, Ph.D., as the 2019 recipients of the Reuben Hill Award, which is given to the author(s) of an outstanding article or book that combines theory and methodology to analyze and interpret a significant family issue. Their article is titled “Transactions within the family: Coparenting mediates associations between parents’ relationship satisfaction and the parent–child relationship.”

Dr. Peltz is an assistant professor in the Psychological Sciences Department in Daemen College (Amherst, NY). He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2013 from the University of Rochester, with a specialization in developmental psychopathology. He also obtained a master’s in child development from Tufts University's Eliot Pearson School of Child Development in 2007. Supported by funding from the National Sleep Foundation and the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Dr. Peltz's research focuses on the diverse contextual influences on sleep in youth, which includes the potential impact of the many facets of the family system. Dr. Peltz has served as a junior mentor for SRCD's Millenium Scholars' program (2007 and 2009), and he most recently completed a three-year term on the Board of Trustees for the Genesee Community Charter School (Rochester, NY).

Ronald D. Rogge
Ronald D. Rogge

With over 60 publications, Dr. Rogge is a leading researcher on change over time in couples and families. His work has not only examined how processes like conflict, support, sexual dynamics, and mindfulness can shape relationships and families over time, but he has also begun examining self-directed interventions that facilitate healthy communication within couples and co-parent dyads by using popular movies portraying relationships and/or parenting as a way to ease into what could otherwise be difficult conversations. Dr. Rogge has also been on the leading edge of conducting research online, collecting both cross-sectional and longitudinal data from over 40,000 online respondents in the last 12 years and developing tools to assess the quality of effort given by subjects in completing online surveys. Finally, Dr. Rogge has distinguished himself as a leader in measure development within the field, developing psychometrically optimized scales assessing relationship quality, relationship satisfaction, partner responsiveness, sexual satisfaction, sexual motives, erotophilia/erotophobia, psychological flexibility, relationship attentive awareness, and relationship gratitude.

Melissa L. Sturge-Apple
Melissa L. Sturge-Apple

Dr. Sturge-Apple is a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. Her research broadly focuses on family processes, parental functioning and child development. At a substantive level, her work has advanced how different theoretical formulations may inform our understanding of the determinants of parenting within stressful ecologies including family systems theory, stress system functioning, self-regulation frameworks, and attachment theory. She currently serves as action editor for Development and Psychopathology and the Journal of Family Psychology. Her research has been continually supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Her work was previously honored with the Reuben Hill Award in 2007 for her co-authored paper with Patrick Davies and Mark Cummings which appeared in the Journal of Family Psychology.  

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

The award is given in memory of Reuben Hill, who had a distinguished career as a university professor and pioneered the scholarly study of family. Dr. Hill is remembered for his determination to promote high-quality research and advance theory about families with the intent of producing practical benefits for families.

The National Council on Family Relations is the premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. NCFR has a membership of nearly 3,000 family researchers, practitioners and educators. For more information on the National Council on Family Relations or its scholarly publications, visit the NCFR website at ncfr.org.