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 now open through February 11, 2022

The AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) applications are currently open! 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- 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.”