Ted Futris

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Extension and Outreach, Human Development and Family Science

Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences
Extension Family Life Specialist

227 Hoke Smith Annex
300 Carlton St.
Athens, GA 30602



workFax: 706-542-1799

Curriculum Vitae


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

Editorial Appointments

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

Current Research

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

Journal Articles

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.

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