AAMFT and Foundation Awards

2018 Call for Award Nominations

Each year, AAMFT and the Research & Education Foundation honors individuals for their unique contributions to MFT research and practice. We invite you to nominate or apply for the awards described below (which will open on September 1, 2017). Award recipients will be announced in the summer of 2018.  All nominations and applications are submitted online.  The deadline for submitting applications for the AAMFT and the AAMFT Research & Education Foundation awards is January 21, 2018.

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 or divisional 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.


AAMFT Awards

Cumulative Contribution to Family Therapy Research Award

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This award honors one member each year for continuous, meritorious and generative contribution to research in family therapy. AAMFT members may nominate other members for this award. Nominees should meet one or more of the following criteria: (1) Development of original theory that stimulates the systematic study of important issues in family therapy; (2) Superior design and execution of research programs; (3) Pioneering explorations of new research areas; (4) Significant contribution to substantive knowledge in the field; (5) Codification of a field of inquiry; (6) Conceptual integration; (7) New techniques of measurement, data collection and data analysis. The award consists of a plaque, up to $1,000 for travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference, and a conference registration fee waiver.

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

Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award

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Since 1991, AAMFT honors members for outstanding contributions to marriage and family therapy. The nominee must have either:

A.  Made exceptional, outstanding, ongoing and cumulative contributions of an empirical or theoretical nature to the field; or,

B. Made significant contributions to the field of marriage and family therapy as reflected in their meeting at least three of the following five criteria. Nominators must submit a curriculum vitae of the person being nominated and a written statement of ways that the nominee meets the criteria: (1) Major plenary on the clinical practice of marriage and family therapy and related issues, such as supervision at national/international conferences sponsored by a major professional mental health association; (2)  A distinguished record of publications/scholarly contributions in professional journals, both paper or web based, on topics related to marriage and family therapy; (3) Editorship of a major professional marriage and family therapy journal, newspaper, or magazine; (4) Experience as a director of a nationally or internationally recognized marriage and family therapy training program that has had impact on the field; and (5) A recognized leader in promoting the field of marriage and family therapy within the United States and Canada, or internationally.

All nominations need to be made by a third party; self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominators must submit a curriculum vita of the person being nominated, and a written statement in the form of a letter of ways the nominee meets the criteria. The award consists of a plaque, up to $1,000 per recipient for travel reimbursement to the Annual conference, and a conference registration fee waiver.

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

Organizational Contribution Award

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Since 1991, the AAMFT Research & Education Foundation honors members for distinctive organizational contributions to the Association. 

Nominees must be an AAMFT member for at least five years and show significant leadership in two of the following criteria: (1) As an association officer; (2) As an AAMFT Board , committee, or commission member; (3) By achieving passage of federal policies and programs which promote marriage and family therapists; (4) By promoting marriage and family therapy on a national level; (5) By promoting family well-being through public policies. Nominators must submit a curriculum vita of the person being nominated and a written statement of ways that the nominee meets the criteria. The award consists of a plaque, up to $1,000 per recipient for travel reimbursement to the AAMFT Annual Conference, and a conference registration fee waiver.

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

Excellence in the Media Award

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This award was established in order to recognize and encourage print or broadcast features or series that effectively portray marriage and family therapists’ contribution to health and mental health care, or significantly contribute to family well-being. Submissions are encouraged from all popular media, including newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Entries must have been published or broadcast in the previous year. The award consists of a plaque, up to $500 travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference, and a conference registration fee waiver.  

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

Training Award

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This award honors AAMFT members and/or training programs for significant contributions to the advancement of the field of marriage and family therapy by encouraging and training the next generation of marriage and family therapy researchers and/or practitioners.  The award consists of a plaque and a conference registration fee waiver.  

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

Practice Award

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This award honors AAMFT members who make significant contributions in terms of access for marriage and family therapists within the healthcare delivery system, including third party payment and both private sector and insurance (including managed care) industries.  The award consists of a plaque and a conference registration fee waiver. 

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

Distinguished Leadership Award

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Since 1983, the AAMFT Research & Education Foundation has recognized persons who have provided outstanding contributions in promoting the development of the practice and the profession of marriage and family therapy within specific areas. The award consists of a plaque, up to $1,000 per recipient for travel reimbursement to the AAMFT Annual Conference, and a conference registration fee waiver.

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

 

AAMFT Research & Education Foundation Awards

Outstanding Research Publication Award

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The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation confers awards to recognize a published article, monograph, book chapter or book that represents an outstanding scholarly achievement in family therapy research.  The award consists of a plaque, up to $500 travel reimbursement per recipient for the AAMFT Annual Conference, and a conference registration fee waiver.

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

Graduate Student Research Award

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The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation confers 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. 

In the case of equally meritorious applications, consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated active participation in an AAMFT or divisional activity. Examples, in addition to AAMFT membership, may include such activities such as volunteering at a conference, being a presenter as a conference, or a poster presentation. The award consists of a plaque, $2,500 cash, travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference, and a conference registration fee waiver.

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

Dissertation Award

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This award is given by the AAMFT Research & Education Foundation to recognize scholarly achievement by several recent graduates whose research study related to couples and family therapy or family therapy training. Criteria for the award: (1) dissertation completed in the preceding academic year; (2) applicant has been awarded the degree; (3) significance of the substantive issue for family therapy; (4) conceptual and theoretical clarity; (5) soundness, sophistication, and appropriateness of the methodology, whether quantitative, qualitative, or conceptual; (6) importance of the substantive findings; (7) quality of the interpretation and discussion of the findings; (8) style and quality of the writings; (9) priority shall be given to clinical research. 

In the case of equally meritorious applications, consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated active participation in an AAMFT or divisional activity. Examples, in addition to AAMFT membership, may include such activities such as volunteering at a conference, being a presenter as a conference, or a poster presentation. The award consists of a plaque, reimbursement for travel to the Annual Conference, and a conference registration fee waiver.

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

Master's Thesis Award

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The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation recognizes scholarly achievement by several recent graduates whose research study related to couples and family therapy or family therapy training. Criteria for the award: (1) thesis completed in the preceding academic year; (2) applicant has been awarded the degree; (3) significance of the substantive issue for family therapy; (4) conceptual and theoretical clarity; (5) soundness, sophistication, and appropriateness of the methodology, whether quantitative, qualitative, or conceptual; (6) importance of the substantive findings; (7) quality of the interpretation and discussion of the findings; (8) style and quality of the writings. The award consists of a plaque, reimbursement for travel to the Annual Conference, and a conference fee waiver.

In the case of equally meritorious applications, consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated active participation in an AAMFT or divisional activity. Examples, in addition to AAMFT membership, may include such activities such as volunteering at a conference, being a presenter as a conference, or a poster presentation. The award consists of a plaque, reimbursement for travel to the Annual Conference, and a conference registration fee waiver.

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

Diversity Scholarship for Emerging Leaders

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The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation awards scholarships to minority students. The scholarship is open to the following membership categories: Pre-Clinical Fellows, Student, and Clinical Fellows who have been members for less than 5 years. COAMFTE students or graduates from a COAMFTE program are preferred, but it is not a requirement. The purpose is to support the recruitment, training, and retention of minorities in the field of marriage and family therapy. See application for further criteria. The award consists of a plaque, a cash award up to $3,000, reimbursement for travel to the Annual Conference, and a conference registration fee waiver. 

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

Minority Stipends

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Beginning in 1990, cash awards have been made by the AAMFT Research & Education Foundation to minority supervisors-in-training to support the recruitment, training and retention of minorities as AAMFT Approved Supervisors for the field of marriage and family therapy. Criteria for the award: (1) United States and Canadian minority citizens and permanent visa residents, including, but not limited to those who are African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-American, and Pacific Islanders; (2) currently enrolled in Master's degree program or post-degree training program in marriage and family therapy accredited by the AAMFT COAMFTE; (3) candidate must be licensed as an MFT in their state (if there is licensure in that state), or a PhD candidate in marriage and family therapy. 

In the case of equally meritorious applications, consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated active participation in an AAMFT or divisional activity. Examples, in addition to AAMFT membership, may include such activities such as volunteering at a conference, being a presenter as a conference, or a poster presentation. The award consists of $2,000 cash and a conference registration fee waiver.  

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