College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Professor and 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|
I research couple and coparenting relationships across various contexts in order to inform the development of educational programs and resources that promote healthy and stable families. As well, I evaluate the efficacy of family life programs in order to better understand educational practices that lead to healthy couple and family relationships.
|Award Name||Awarded By||Year Awarded|
|Margaret E. Arcus Outstanding Family Life Educator Award||National Council on Family Relations||2018|
|Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Extension and Outreach Faculty Award||College of Family and Consumer Sciences (UGA)||2015|
|Best Research Article Award||American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences||2015|
|Outreach Faculty Award||College of Family and Consumer Sciences (UGA)||2010|
|Junior Achievement in Extension/Outreach Award||Gamma Sigma Delta, University of Georgia Chapter||2010|
|Best Research Article Award||American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences||2009|
|Publication Award – Guide for New Parents||National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences||2009|
|National Family Life and Human Development State Specialists Early Achievement Award||USDA/NIFA Division of Family and Consumer Sciences||2005|
|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 relationship and marriage enrichment, parenting education, and community-capacity building efforts. To learn more about my active projects, visit www.gamarriages.org.
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 am the director of the Couple and Relationship Enrichment (CARE) Laboratory. Also, I direct the Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education (HMRE) projectfunded by an $8.2 million grant from the Administration for Children and Families. This five-year, multi-disciplinary, campus-community partnership project involves the implementation and evaluation of research-based services designed to improve healthy marriage and relationship skills and promote economic stability for families in a 12-county, mostly rural, region in northeast Georgia. I am also in the process of evaluating the impact of a new program, ELEVATE, on foster parent couples. 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
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. (2019). Paternal support and involvement: Impacts on long-term maternal mental health. Family Process. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12456.
Richardson, E. W. & Futris, T.G. (2019). Foster caregivers’ marital and coparenting relationship experiences: A dyadic perspective. Family Relations, 68, 185-196. doi:10.1111/fare.12354
Futris, T.G., O’Neil, C. W., Adams, T., Mancini, J., Brown, G., (2019). Variations in outcomes between foster and non-foster youth following sex and relationship education. Child & Youth Care Forum, 48(3), 377-403. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-018-9484-8
Mallette, J., Futris, T.G., & Schramm, D. (2018). Fostering a culture of family-centered care: Child welfare professionals’ beliefs about fathers, family instability, and the value of relationship education. Child and Family Social Work, 23 (3), 354-363. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12422
Duncan, J., Futris, T.G., & Bryant, C. A. (2018). Association between depressive symptoms, perceived partner emotional expression, and marital quality. Marriage and Family Review. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/01494929.2017.1414726
Futris, T. G., Sutton, T. E., & Duncan, J. (2017). Factors associated with romantic relationship self-efficacy following youth-focused relationship education. Family Relations, 66 (5), 777-93. doi:10.1111/fare.12288
See my Curriculum Vita for a complete listing of outreach publications, and visit www.gamarriages.org to learn more about my projects.
The National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Model: Core Teaching Concepts for Relationship and Marriage Enrichment Programming. (Publication No. HDFS-E-157). Available at http://www.nermen.org/NERMEM.php
ELEVATE: Taking your Relationship to the Next Level. Available at http://www.nermen.org/ELEVATE.php
Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education Training Curriculum. Available at http://www.hrmet.org
Guide for New Parents (Publication No. CHFD-E-86). Available at http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/reach_new_parents.php
Cultivating Healthy Couple and Marital Relationships: A Guide to Effective Programming (Publication No. CHFD-E-82). Available at http://www.fcs.uga.edu/nermen/program-guide