Ted Futris Selected as New Editor of NCFR’s Family Focus

Ted Futris

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) announces that Ted G. Futris, Ph.D., CFLE, has been selected as the new editor of NCFR’s Family Focus. Dr. Futris takes over the role from Judith A. Myers-Walls, Ph.D., CFLE.

Dr. Futris is a professor in human development and Family Science (HDFS) and a state extension family life specialist at the University of Georgia (UGA). Since earning his Ph.D. in HDFS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2000, he has provided statewide and national leadership in creating resources to inform best practices in relationship education program development and implementation. As the director of the Couples and Relationship Enrichment (CARE) laboratory at UGA, his current work is focused on community capacity building to support healthy couple and marital relationships, youth-focused relationship education, and evaluating the efficacy of educational programming on couple, parenting, and child well-being. Dr. Futris’ work, which integrates research with outreach programming, has been funded in excess of $19 million from federal and state grants.

Family Focus, a section of the quarterly NCFR Report member magazine, contains articles on family research, practice, policy, and education. Its purpose is to share information on Family Science in a translational way and to provide readers with the implications of family research.

As editor, Dr. Futris will contribute to the discipline of Family Science by determining relevant topics to address and identifying authors for articles. He will work with NCFR's director of research and policy education throughout the editorial process and will officially begin on Oct. 1, 2019.

As Family Focus Editor his goal is continue bridging research-to-practice by engaging family scholars and professionals in the co-creation of articles that are relevant with meaningful, action-oriented implications.

“We are excited that Dr. Futris will be the new Family Focus editor. He will continue the direction of Family Focus set forth by Dr. Myers-Walls. We are thrilled with the new possibilities for the action-oriented implications,” says Jennifer Crosswhite, NCFR’s director of research and policy education.


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.