College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences
Extension Family Life Specialist
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|Ph.D.||Human Development and Family Studies||University of North Carolina at Greensboro||2000|
|M.S.||Human Development and Family Studies||University of North Carolina at Greensboro||1997|
|B.A.||Psychology/Child and Family Development||University of North Carolina at Charlotte||1994|
As director of the Couple and Relationship Enrichment (CARE) Laboratory, my research informs and evaluates educational programs and resources that promote healthy couple and coparenting relationships.
|Award Name||Awarded By||Year Awarded|
|National Council on Family Relations Fellow||National Council on Family Relations||2021|
|Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Extension and Outreach Faculty Award||College of Family and Consumer Sciences (UGA)||2021|
|Chris Todd Outstanding Outreach Award||College of Family and Consumer Sciences (UGA)||2021|
|Margaret E. Arcus Outstanding Family Life Educator Award||National Council on Family Relations||2018|
|Position||Name of Journal||Year(s)|
|Editor||NCFR Report: Family Focus||2020-present|
As an Extension Specialist, I provide statewide support in promoting family health and stability through youth-focused and couples relationship education, parenting education, and community-capacity building efforts. To learn more about my active projects, visit healthyrelationships.uga.edu.
Futris, T. G., Mallette, J. K, & Richardson, E. W. (2015). Relationship and marriage education program design and implementation. In J. J. Ponzetti (Ed.), Evidence-based approaches to relationship and marriage education (pp. 31-59). New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis
I direct a federally funded initiative, Project F.R.E.E. (Fostering Relationship and Economic Enrichment), that is implementating the evidence-informed program, ELEVATE, to couples across Georgia. We are evaluating changes in indvidual and couple functioning and well-being following the program, and how these changes vary based on individual, couple, and program deliver (i.e., in-person vs. virtual) characteristics. To learn more about my active research projects, visit http://www.fcs.uga.edu/hdfs/care-lab
Recent Publications. See my Curriculum Vita for a complete listing of journal articles
Adler-Baeder, F., Futris, T. G., McGill, J., Richardson, E. W., Yildirim, E. D. (2021). Validating the couple relationship skills inventory. Family Relations. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12590
Richardson, E. W., Pettit, M., Futris, T. G., & Gale, J. (2021). A latent class analysis of non-relative foster caregivers’ trait mindfulness and individual and relationship outcomes. Journal of Family Psychology. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000917
Richardson, E. W., Mallette, J. K., Futris, T. G., Dai, Y., & DeMeester, K. (2021). Foster parenting stress as a moderator of change in coparenting support following relationship education. Journal of Family Issues, 35(5), 649–659. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000827
Mallette, J., Richardson, E. W., & Futris, T. G. (2021). Foster father identity: A theoretical framework. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 13(3), 300-316. https://doi.org/10.1111/jftr.12391
Lee, S., Wickrama, K. S., Futris, T. G., Mancini, J., Simmon, L. A. & Lorenz, F. O. (2021) The biopsychosocial associations between marital hostility and physical health of middle-aged couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 35 (5), 649-659. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000827
Karlsen, A. S., Futris, T. G., & Richardson, E. W. (2020). The dyadic effects of relationship uncertainty on relationship maintenance and damaging behaviors. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 19(4), 347-367. https://doi.org/10.1080/15332691.2020.1837323
Richardson, E. W., Futris, T.G. & Mallette, J. (2020). Fostering confidence: Foster caregivers’ relationship efficacy and associations with marital and coparenting relationship quality. Child and Family Social Work., 25, 62-73. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12654.
Mallette, J., Futris, T.G., Oshri, A., & Brown, G. (2020). Paternal support and involvement in unmarried fragile families: Impacts on long-term maternal mental health. Family Process, 59, 789-806. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12456.
See my Curriculum Vita for a complete listing of outreach publications, and visit healthyrelationships.uga.edu to learn more about my outreach programs.
- The National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Model: Core Teaching Concepts for Relationship and Marriage Enrichment Programming.
- ELEVATE: Taking your Relationship to the Next Level.
- Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education Training Curriculum.
- Cultivating Healthy Couple and Marital Relationships: A Guide to Effective Programming.