Master's Thesis Award

The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation recognizes scholarly achievement by several recent graduates whose research study related to couples and family therapy or family therapy training. Criteria for the award: (1) thesis completed in the preceding academic year; (2) applicant has been awarded the degree; (3) significance of the substantive issue for family therapy; (4) conceptual and theoretical clarity; (5) soundness, sophistication, and appropriateness of the methodology, whether quantitative, qualitative, or conceptual; (6) importance of the substantive findings; (7) quality of the interpretation and discussion of the findings; (8) style and quality of the writings. The award consists of a plaque, reimbursement for travel to the Annual Conference, and a conference fee waiver.

In the case of equally meritorious applications, consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated active participation in an AAMFT or divisional activity. Examples, in addition to AAMFT membership, may include such activities such as volunteering at a conference, being a presenter as a conference, or a poster presentation. The award consists of a plaque, reimbursement for travel to the Annual Conference, and a conference registration fee waiver.

How to apply: In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.    

Note: The AAMFT Annual Conference registration fee will be waived for all award recipients. In order to avoid the perception of a conflict of interest, anyone who is on the AAMFT or divisional payroll is ineligible to be considered for an award so long as that financial relationship exists.  All award recipients must be members of AAMFT with the exception of those receiving the Excellence in Media award, and at least one author of the Outstanding Research Publication award must be a member.

2016 Award Recipients


Silvia Leija

Ellen Lachmar 

Past Recipients of the Thesis Award

  • Dallas Dralle (2015)
  • Jonathan Kimmes (2014)
  • Alexandra Schmidt (2014)
  • Jennie Sawyer (2014)
  • Lisa Hansen (2013)
  • Aaron Norton (2013)
  • Anna Bohlinger (2012)
  • Lindsay S. Murphy (2012)
  • Kristy Soloski (2012)
  • Jessica N. Fish (2011)
  • Michele Grimes (2010)
  • Kelly S. Kennedy (2009)
  • Jennifer N. Davis (2008)

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