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: 

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!