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) Applications 2023-2024:

Applications Opens: December 1, 2022
Application Deadline: February 18, 2023 

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 | 5th Edition

In this current mental health crisis, marriage and family therapists (MFTs)  can see issues and patterns at the macro-, meso-, and exo-systems and provide support and clinical intervention. In the fifth edition of The MFP Timesthe MFP focused on innovative ways MFTs could use their knowledge and skills to improve mental health and decrease substance use in marginalized or underserved populations. The MFP also highlighted research and career pathways in the theme, Translation and Impact. 

MFP- Request for Proposals- Training Institutes

2023 MFP Doctoral Training Institute: Systemic Solutions
Theme: Utilizing Advanced Clinical Work and Research for Systemic Solutions
Description: We are searching for proposals that focus on advanced clinical work, supervision, pedagogy, research, policies, and/or administrative skills that make changes in larger systems with the goal of impacting substance use and/or mental illness in marginalized populations. Proposals should provide a description of the workshops (including the systemic change you are working towards), learning objectives, and whether it can be a two- or three-hour workshop. Email your proposals at: mfp@aamft.org with the subject line " 2023 Doctoral Training Institute Proposal"
When: May 17 - 21, 2023
Location: Arlington, Virginia (DC)
Status: In-Person
Status: Proposals Selected