NCFR Recognizes Matthew Ogan for Student Excellence, Potential in Family Science

Matthew Ogan

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to acknowledge Matthew Ogan, M.S., as the recipient of the NCFR Student Award. This award recognizes an NCFR graduate student member who has demonstrated excellence as a student and shows high potential for contribution to the discipline of Family Science.

Mr. Ogan (he/him) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri. His research has focused on the roles of relationship functioning and social policy on well-being within stressful contexts. Mr. Ogan’s dissertation addresses state-level variations in welfare benefits, macroeconomic contexts, and the role of an experimental cash stimulus in low-income mothers’ mental health and romantic relationship functioning. His dissertation work is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Administration for Children and Families).

Mr. Ogan is recognized for his research acumen, as well as his work in broadening the impact of Family Science through a more inclusive, applied science. His work is guided by a commitment to enhancing the well-being of families experiencing income inequality and other forms of marginalization.

Mr. Ogan’s contributions to NCFR include serving as the communications specialist for the Research and Theory Section, as well as service to the University of Missouri NCFR student affiliate. In 2022, his work was recognized with the Feldman Outstanding Research Proposal for Research in Family Policy from NCFR.

NCFR is pleased to present this award to Mr. Ogan for the excellence he conveys in his scholarship contributing to Family Science.

Mr. Ogan will be recognized for his achievements during a plenary at the 2023 NCFR Annual Conference.


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