November 21, 2011

Professor honored for outstanding journal article

Professor Teresa McDowell has been honored with the Anselm Strauss Award for outstanding research on family therapy.

Teresa McDowell, associate professor and department chair of counseling psychology, and co-author Marisol Garcia, adjunct professor of counseling psychology, have received the Anselm Strauss Award, presented by the National Council on Family Relations.

The organization annually recognizes the authors of a journal article or book chapter that makes the most significant contribution to the area of family theory, methods, and/or research that comes from a qualitative tradition. The award is named for Anselm Strauss, whose work was committed to developing qualitative methodologies.

The award-winning article—“Mapping social capital: A critical contextual approach for working with low-status families”—appeared in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy in 2010. The award committee praised the paper for demonstrating “how the family interacts with other systems in dynamic ways, and how the social structures in which families are embedded entail both subjective and objective components to build an understanding of social action.” The committee praised the article’s impact “as a model for theory and research in the qualitative family tradition.” The award was presented to Dr. McDowell at the 73rd Annual Conference of National Council on Family Relations in Orlando in November.

McDowell has spent much of her career working to reshape marriage and family therapy education in ways that better support social equity and cultural democracy. Her scholarship has focused on race and racism in family therapy practice and education, critical multicultural family research, and internationalizing family therapy programs.

Learn more about how McDowell’s research and teaching advance culturally appropriate counseling.

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