Graduate Student Research Award

The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation confers up to two cash awards annually to assist graduate students in the completion of their thesis or dissertation pertaining to couples and family therapy or family therapy training. Selection criteria include:

  1. Significance of the topic for family therapy;
  2. Quality of the conceptualization and design;
  3. Feasibility;
  4. Availability of support to complete the topic.  

The award consists of up $2,500 per recipient, a plaque and up to $1,000 travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference. The conference registration fee will also be waived. The AAMFT Foundation will reimburse up to the total of $1,000 for economy class airfare, transportation to/from airport/hotel, meals per AAMFT allowances for the one day of the ceremony, and one night's hotel stay at one of the AAMFT conference hotels (at the special discounted rate) for the night of the ceremony. You must submit itemized receipts upon your return from the conference. Alcohol will not be reimbursed.

In the case of equally meritorious applications, consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated active participation in an AAMFT activity. Examples, in addition to AAMFT membership, may include such activities as volunteering at a conference, being a presenter at a conference, or a poster presentation.

How to apply: In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.   

Note: The AAMFT Annual Conference registration fee will be waived for all award recipients. In order to avoid the perception of a conflict of interest, anyone who is on the AAMFT, the AAMFT Foundation, or AAMFT sponsored payroll is ineligible to be considered for an award so long as that financial relationship exists.  All award recipients must be members of AAMFT with the exception of those receiving the Excellence in Media award, and at least one author of the Outstanding Research Publication award must be a member.

2019 Award Recipient

Sarah Wolford

Past Recipients of the Graduate Student Research Award

  • Allison Rayburn (2018)
  • Stephanie Armes (2018)
  • Angelique Foye (2017)
  • Kayla Reed Fitzke (2017)
  • Megan Ferriby (2016)
  • Bridget Sanchez (2016)
  • Megan Oed (2015)
  • Amy Claridge (2014)
  • Ashley Landers (2013)
  • Erica J.W. Kanewischer (2012)
  • Adam M. Moore (2009)
  • Lisa Zak-Hunter (2009)
  • Faith Drew (2008)
  • Mary Sue Green (2008)
  • Elise M. Cole (2007)
  • Ebony Joy James (2006)
  • Sean Davis (2005)
  • Kelly A. Blasko (2003)
  • Yael R. Ebenstein (2003)
  • Katherine A. Hertlein (2002)
  • Stefani Hendrick (2001)
  • Stephanie Walsh (2001)
  • Michelle R. Ward (2000)
  • Steven Kogan (1999)
  • Charette Dersch (1999)
  • Beth Spring (1998)
  • Timothy Ozechowski (1998)
  • Jane F. Dye (1997)
  • Gary M. Diamond (1996)
  • Maryann Sheridan Walsh (1996)