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:
Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)- 2022-2023- Applications are CLOSED

The AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) applications are currently CLOSED To learn more about the fellowship and the application process, please visit their webpage and submit any question to mfp@aamft.org

Foundation Donation Challenge at the Systemic Family Therapy Conference (SFTC)- November 10-12, 2021

The AAMFT Foundation would like to acknowledge the generous support of all who have contributed (below) to the AAMFT Research & Education Foundation during the Systemic Family Therapy Conference (SFTC). There was a donation challenge throughout the SFTC that made your contribution go even further and would be matched up to $1,000. We are happy to report that the Research and Education Foundation raised $2,435 during SFTC! Thank you to all who visited the Foundation booth in the Expo Hall to learn more about our programs and projects!

  • Andrea K. Wittenborn, PhD
  • Audrey Rebecca Lanier     
  • Carol Podgorski, MSMFT  
  • Emma J. Bartlett
  • Erin C. Schaefer, MAEd
  • Garret T. Roundy, MS
  • Isha D. Williams, PhD
  • J.C. Bailey, MA
  • Jaime Rodriguez, MFT
  • Martha L. LaRiviere, MA
  • Marvarene Oliver, EdD
  • Michael L. Chafin, MEd
  • Mike Bishop, PhD
  • Naveen Jonathan, PhD     
  • Robert M. Cunningham
  • Sarah E. Lyon, PhD
  • Silvia Kaminsky, MSEd
  • Sonia Fairclough, MS
  • Stephanie Brooks, PhD
  • Timothy F. Dwyer, PhD
  • Tresa Wiggins Goodfellow, MS    

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.

MFP- Request for Proposal- Training Institutes

2022 MFP Doctoral Training Institute
Theme:  Utilizing Research to Directly Impact Mental illness and Substance Use 
Where: Arlington, VA
When: May 18-22, 2022
Description: We are searching for proposals that focus on translating research concerning mental health and or substance use into resources that directly impact marginalized or underserved populations. Proposals can focus on community-based research, using research for community workshops, and research informed products focused on mental health and substance use (social media, podcasts, training modules, psychoeducational material, interventions, apps, etc.) Email your proposals at: mfp@aamft.org with the subject line " 2022 Doctoral Training Institute Proposal"
Status: NOT Accepting Proposals
2022 MFP Intensive Training Institute: Translation and Impact
Theme: Clinical Innovation & Direct Impact on Mental Illness and Substance Use 
Description: We are searching for proposals that focus on innovative ways marriage and family therapists use their knowledge and skills to improve mental health and decrease substance use in marginalized or underserved population.  Please send your proposals to: mfp@aamft.org with the subject line "2022 All Training Institute Proposal"
Status: Accepting Proposals