Graduate Student Research Award

The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation confers cash awards annually to assist graduate students in the completion of their thesis or dissertation pertaining to couples and family therapy, or family therapy training.  Selection criteria include: (1) significance of the topic for family therapy; (2) quality of the conceptualization and design; (3) feasibility; (4) availability of support to complete the topic. 

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, $2,500 cash, travel reimbursement 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.

2017 Award Recipients

Angelique Foye
Kayla Reed Fitzke

Past Recipients of the Graduate Student Research Award

  • Megan Ferriby (2016)
  • Bridget Sanchez (2016)
  • Megan Oed (2015)
  • Amy Claridge (2014)
  • Ashley Landers (2013)
  • Erica J.W. Kanewischer (2012)
  • Adam M. Moore (2009)
  • Lisa Zak-Hunter (2009)
  • Faith Drew (2008)
  • Mary Sue Green (2008)
  • Elise M. Cole (2007)
  • Ebony Joy James (2006)
  • Sean Davis (2005)
  • Kelly A. Blasko (2003)
  • Yael R. Ebenstein (2003)
  • Katherine A. Hertlein (2002)
  • Stefani Hendrick (2001)
  • Stephanie Walsh (2001)
  • Michelle R. Ward (2000)
  • Steven Kogan (1999)
  • Charette Dersch (1999)
  • Beth Spring (1998)
  • Timothy Ozechowski (1998)
  • Jane F. Dye (1997)
  • Gary M. Diamond (1996)
  • Maryann Sheridan Walsh (1996)