Our Mission

The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation exists to fund systemic and relational research, scholarship, and education in an effort to support and enhance the practice of systemic and relational therapies; advance the health care continuum; and improve client outcomes.

Minority Fellowship Program

The Minority Fellowship Program supports the training of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse researchers and practitioners.


Help support the AAMFT Foundation in addressing critical initiatives, producing better outcomes and build stronger families.

Latest News from the AAMFT Research & Education Foundation:
MFP Times | 4th Edition 

In this fourth edition, the MFP addresses Trauma and helping to heal complex trauma for historically marginalized populations and underrepresented communities. A year of training Fellows in research, practice, and teaching, to be a resource for Resilience and improve mental health and substance abuse services. The MFP also highlights research and career pathways in, Trauma & Resilience.

2022 Call for Awards

The 2022 AAMFT  and Foundation Awards are now OPEN! Learn more about the awards and start your application today!
Applications close December 15, 2021!
MFP- Request for Proposal- Grant Education Series

MFP is conducting a 3-part series to help fellows learn more about grant funding. We are searching for MFTs that have successfully obtain a grant, especially grants focused on communities of color and or communities of color and substance use. Part 1 will provide an overview of the various types of grants and how to search for them. Part 2 will detail how to write a successful grant proposal.  Part 3 will focus on how to manage a grant once the grant proposal is accepted.

Proposal Details to Submit: Please submit all proposals in PDF format (300-500 words) to the MFP@aamft.org, with the subject heading, MFP Grant Education Series.” The deadline to submit a proposal is October 15, 2021 at 11:59PM EST.

Proud Sponsor of Keynote Speaker- Dr. Sandi Stith

The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation is a proud sponsor of keynote speaker Dr. Sandi Stith, who will be presenting during the Intervention Research in Systemic Family Therapy  Annual Conference on August 6, 2021. Dr. Stith's keynote topic entitled- “Developing a Career Based on Intervention Research in Couple and Family Therapy” will be from 10:15 AM- 11:30 AM (ET). Learn more about the event and register here!

Mental Health Awareness Month- May 

Mental Health Awareness Month is Here!(also referred to as "Mental Health Month") has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings. Its purpose is to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses, the realities of living with these conditions; and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness. Additionally, Mental Health Awareness Month strives to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses.

The AAMFT Research and Education continues to work on projects and programs that need your support to provide systemic family therapists the best resources. We also serve to recognize those in the field who are going above and beyond in the profession and their communities.

Second Chance Month- April 

April is
Second Chance Month and is meant to raise awareness and improve perceptions of people with a criminal record, encourage second-chance opportunities, and drive momentum for policy change throughout the country. In 2020 the AAMFT Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Honoree Trustees Chef Jeff Henderson and Stacy-Womack Henderson, dispersed a request for proposal- Identifying Resiliency and Protective Factors of Recently Incarcerated. Dr. Morgan was awarded this proposal for my submission entitled- Developing a redemptive identity: a mixed methods study exploring post-incarceration resiliency. Learn more about Dr. Amy Morgan and her study here!

Don't Deny Me 

The Foundation is a proud partner of Don't Deny Me! Equal access to mental health and addiction treatment services is your RIGHT! Learn more about this initiative

AAMFT 2021 Leadership Symposium | Virtual March 11-12

2021 Leadership Symposium Foundation Contributors- Thank you!

Thank you to all those who attended the AAMFT 2021 Leadership Symposium and took the time to join and engage with the Research and Education Foundation. We would like to send a special thank you to those who made a “virtual” dip at our DipJar during the Leadership Symposium:

  • Flavia Marline Almonte, MS
  • Bruce A. Anspach, MDiv
  • Christine Michaels, CAE
  • Zac Sanger
  • Sandra Vander Linde, MS

Another thank you to our AAMFT Board of Directors, who participated in the Foundation Donation Challenge during the last day of Leadership Symposium, Friday, March 12th.  We truly thank you for your support and ambassadorship of the Foundation.

  • Mike Bishop, PhD- Director of AAMFT
  • Shelley Hanson, MA, President of AAMFT and AAMFT Research and Education Foundation
  • Silvia Kaminsky, MSEd, President- Elect of AAMFT
  • Erin Schaefer, MAEd, Treasurer of AAMFT and Secretary/Treasurer of AAMFT Research and Education Foundation.

The Foundation was able to raise $1,410 through these efforts. Interested in taking a “dip” to the Foundation? Please click here!