NCFR Recognizes Maureen Perry-Jenkins for Outstanding Scholarship

Maureen A. Perry-Jenkins

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Maureen A. Perry-Jenkins, Ph.D., as the 2018 recipient of the Ernest W. Burgess Award, which recognizes an NCFR member's outstanding scholarly achievement in the study of families. The recipient is chosen in recognition of continuous and meritorious contributions to theory and research in the family field.

Dr. Perry-Jenkins is director of the Center for Research on Families and a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received her bachelor's degree in psychology. She earned her master's and doctorate in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Perry-Jenkins is nationally and internationally recognized for her research on the intersection of work and family and, in particular, the challenges facing low-income and working poor families as they cope with work-family life demands and with the transition to parenthood. Throughout her career, her work has been disseminated in high-impact journals, she has received extramural support from the federal government for her research, and she has been invited to Washington D.C. to discuss workplace legislative issues.

Dr. Perry-Jenkins was named an NCFR Fellow in 2014 and served as a member of the NCFR Board of Directors and as program chair of the 2017 NCFR Annual Conference. She is also a member of the Conference Planning Committee for the Work and Family Research Network, a new organization aimed at highlighting the cross-disciplinary research on work and family.

Dr. Perry-Jenkins will be recognized for her achievement at the 2018 NCFR Annual Conference, Nov. 7-10 in San Diego, California, where she will give the Burgess Award Address.

Ernest W. Burgess, the namesake of this award, cofounded NCFR and was the organization's fourth president. He was a pioneer in his contributions to marriage and family research.

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