Professor selected as National Council on Family Relations program chairwoman

Lee Ann De Reus, associate professor of human development and family studies and women's studies at Penn State Altoona, has been selected as program chairwoman for the 2016 National Council on Family Relations' annual conference in Minneapolis. Her duties include selecting the theme by 2015, choosing speakers and preparing the call for abstracts. She will also serve as a member of the 2015 conference program committee.

“De Reus brings a variety of ‘hats’ to the NCFR to knit together a variety of constituents’ interests at the national meeting,” wrote NCFR elections council members in their recommendation to the NCFR Board of Directors. “She has both U.S. and international interests. She cares profoundly about basic academic research as well as advocacy and outreach. Her vast experience in organizing and managing various projects, including ones with unique international components, attests to her potential as a strong organizer, an essential skill for NCFR conference program chair.”

This is the first year that the conference program chair was appointed by the NCFR Board of Directors.

The National Council on Family Relations is the premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. NCFR has a membership of more than 3,300 family researchers, practitioners and educators. For more information visit the NCFR website at

Last Updated January 09, 2015