Child and Family Studies Graduate Students traveled to Charlotte, NC to attend the March 2017 Southeastern Council on Family Relations (SECFR) Annual Conference. This year’s theme was “Research in the Wild: Application of Family and Social Science Research” which drew presentations on a variety of topics within the field of Family Relations. The Keynote speaker, Associate Professor and Department Chair at East Carolina University, Sharon Ballard, earned her PhD from the UTK Department of Child and Family Studies. She initiated the conference with her talk entitled “The Family Life Educator: An Important Piece of the Family Life Education Puzzle.”
CFS PhD students Kayley Davis and Shan Jiang displayed their research during poster presentations. Davis won the honor of Outstanding Graduate Poster Presentation for her work, “Reasons for Having Sex Among Emerging Adults: A Developmental Perspective” (a project conducted with Associate Professor Spencer Olmstead). PhD student, Melissa LaGraff, who is currently serving as the SECFR Graduate Student Representative, presented the award to Davis.
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