Ted G. Futris, Ph.D., CFLE

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Extension and Outreach, Human Development and Family Science

Associate Professor and Extension Family Life Specialist

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

E-Mail:

workOffice Phone: 706-542-7566

Fax: 706-542-1799

Curriculum Vitae

Education

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

Research

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.

Current Research

I am the director of the Couple and Relationship Enrichment (CARE) Laboratory.  Also, I direct the Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education (HMRE) project funded 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 nearly 1,500 families in a 13-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

Outreach

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.

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Outreach Faculty Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences (UGA) 2015
Best Research Article Award American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 2014
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

Journal Articles

Recent Publications. See my Curriculum Vita for a complete listing of journal articles

Mallette, J. K., Futris, T. G., Brown, G. L. and Oshri, A. (2015). The influence of father involvement and inter-parental relationship quality on adolescent mothers’ maternal identity. Family Relations, 64: 476–489. doi: 10.1111/fare.12132

Barton, A. W., Futris, T. G., & Nielsen, R. B. (2015). Linking financial distress to marital quality: The intermediary roles of demand/withdraw and spousal gratitude expressions. Personal Relationships, 22(3), 536-549. doi: 10.1111/pere.12094

Futris, T. G., & Schramm, D. G. (2015). Program development from start-to-finish: A case study of the heatlhy relationship and marriage education training project. Journal of Extension [On-line], 53 (3). Available at http://www.joe.org/joe/2015june/a4.php.

Futris, T. G., Schramm, D. G., Richardson, E. W., & Lee, T., K. (2015). The Impact of Organizational Support on the Transfer of Learning to Practice. Children and Youth Services Review, 51, 36-43. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.01.019

Futris, T. G., Schramm, D., Lee, T. K., Thurston, W. D., and Barton, A. W. (2014). Training child welfare professionals to support healthy couple relationships: Examining the link to training transfer. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 8 (5), 560-583. doi: 10.1080/15548732.2014.953719.

Barton, A. W., Futris, T. G., & Nielsen, R. B. (2014). With a little help from our friends: Couple social integration in marriage. Journal of Family Psychology, 28(6), 986-991. doi: 10.1037/fam0000038

Scarrow, A., Futris, T. G., Fuhrman, N. E. (2014). The factors associated with child welfare professionals’ application of relationship education. Children and Youth Services Review, 46, 265-275. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.08.023

Barton, A., Futris, T. G.. & Bradley, R. (2014) Changes following premarital education for couples with differing degrees of future marital risk. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 40, 165-177. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12006

Schramm, D., Futris, T. G., Galovan, A. M., & Allen, K. (2013). Is relationship and marriage education relevant and appropriate to child welfare? Children and Youth Services Review, 35 (3), 429-438. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.12.013

Futris, T. G., Sutton, T. E., & Richardson, E. (2013). An Evaluation of the Relationship Smarts Plus Program on Adolescents in Georgia. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension [On-line], 1 (2), 1-15. Available at http://media.wix.com/ugd/c8fe6e_2049d8d71b917603971c1bca1e225705.pdf

Publications

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

Books

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