National family relations council names Chibucos a Fellow

Dr. Thomas Chibucos, family and consumer sciences, has been named an NCFR Fellow by the National Council on Family Relations.

Dr. Thomas Chibucos
Dr. Thomas Chibucos

The NCFR Fellows were nominated by their peers and selected for their history of outstanding contributions to the field of family studies in such areas as published scholarship; innovative and influential teaching presentations; development and implementation of significant intervention programs designed to promote healthy family relations, and of innovative curricula for training professionals in family studies; social policy support for family issues, and a consistent record of superior contributions to the NCFR over time.

Chibucos, who specializes in human development and family studies, is also a research affiliate with the National Poverty Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He has published numerous papers regarding family-related policy in such areas as the effectiveness of sexuality education; the role of the NCFR in family policy initiatives; welfare reform; poverty and families with young children; public policy and community collaborations; community action commission-university partnerships; changing roles in policy, research and design, and family poverty and child maltreatment.

His scholarship integrates developmental, family systems and contextual thinking in his co-authored book, Serving Children and Families through Community-University Partnerships, and in his 2005 book,Readings in Family Theory. As one nominator stated, "Tom Chibucos has an 'insider's view' of the research, pedagogical, and outreach components of scholarship that need to be integrated in the service of using scholarship to both advance science and, in doing so, to serve communities of youth and families."

Chibucos has a long record of involvement and leadership in the NCFR. He served as chair of its Public Policy Committee from 1999-2003, when he was instrumental in developing the NCFR'S Public Policy Conference. He has provided leadership in developing policy education initiatives at annual conferences, as well as strong impetus for the development of a series of policy briefs. He is currently chair-elect of the Public Policy Section.

January 22, 2007