NCFR Recognizes Mary Anne Gunter for Outstanding Research Proposal

Mary Anne Gunter

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Mary Anne Gunter, M.S., LPC, LMFT, as the 2020 recipient of the Feldman Outstanding Research Proposal for Research in Family Policy Award, which recognizes a graduate student or new professional who has demonstrated excellence in research and potential contribution to family policy studies, particularly in the areas of gender/women's issues or poverty.

Ms. Gunter is a doctoral candidate at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Her dissertation topic is on ecosystemic issues surrounding trauma, self-efficacy, and exposure to rehabilitative programs, such as parenting support, education, and mental health counseling of incarcerated mothers and their children. She earned her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Harding University. Ms. Gunter is dually-licensed in the state of Arkansas as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and is a certified family trauma professional.

The award is presented in memory of Harold Feldman and Margaret Feldman, NCFR members and pioneers in the field of family policy.

Ms. Gunter was recognized for her achievement at a special Awards Ceremony during the 2020 NCFR Annual Conference on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 at 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. CT.

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