Two Members Receive NCFR's Prestigious Fellow Status for 2019

Solheim Updegraff
Solheim (left) and Updegraff (right)

SAINT PAUL — The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) has awarded the organization’s prestigious Fellow status to two members for 2019.

They join the elite ranks of NCFR members who have made outstanding and enduring contributions to Family Science in scholarship, teaching, outreach, and professional service, including service to NCFR.

Please click on each linked name below to read more about the awardee.

The members of the 2019 class of NCFR Fellows are:

  • Catherine A. Solheim, Ph.D., professor of family social science at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and director of graduate studies. Dr. Solheim is a recognized leader in family policy circles, particularly as an expert in international families. Her dedication to providing translational Family Science  research and teaching is illustrated by the more than 80 invited talks she has given around the world. Continue reading...

  • Kimberly A. Updegraff, Ph.D., Cowden Distinguished Professor of Family and Human Development in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. Dr. Updegraff is recognized for her impressive research career and for being a caring and generative mentor of the next generation of Family Scientists. Continue reading...

NCFR Fellows are nominated by their peers and are selected by the NCFR Fellows Committee. Drs. Solheim and Updegraff were recognized for their achievement at a special Awards Ceremony during the 2020 NCFR Annual Conference on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

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, contact NCFR at 1-888-781-9331 or visit its website at