Dr. Jennifer Zorotovich and Dr. Sonja Koukel Receive Scholarship Awards from the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences

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Alexandria, Va. – July 10, 2017Jennifer Zorotovich, Ph.D., and six co-authors have received the award for Outstanding Scholarship Article in the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences (JFCS). Sonja Koukel, Ph.D., received the AAFCS 2017 Outstanding Peer Reviewer award for the JFCS. The JFCS is a quarterly, peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). Both awards were announced last month at the AAFCS 108th Annual Conference & Expo in Dallas, Tex.


The Outstanding Scholarship Article award recognizes one scholarly article from 2016 issues that meets the highest criteria for scholarship and writing as determined by the 7-member JFCS editorial board. The winning article, "Perceived Social Standing and Weight-Related Outcomes in Adolescents" by Jennifer Zorotovich, Ph.D. (lead author), Elizabeth I. Johnson, Ph.D., Carol A. Costello, Ph.D., Naima Moustaid-Moussa, Ph.D., Betty Greer, Ph.D., R.D., Eugene Fitzhugh, Ph.D., and Marsha Spence, Ph.D., reported on a study that examined the effect of social standing on adolescents' weight and weight perceptions. The article appeared in the Vol. 108, 3 (2016) issue of the JFCS and can be viewed here.


Zorotovich is an assistant professor of child and family development at Georgia Southern University, where she teaches courses on family services, adult development, death and bereavement, and research methods. Her research revolves around positive factors of well-being and measures of social status during developmental transitions. The six co-authors were at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., at the time of the submission.


Outstanding Peer Reviewer Sonja Koukel, associate professor and Extension health specialist at New Mexico State University (NMSU), was recognized for her superior quality peer reviews. As one of more than 80 JFCS peer reviewers, Koukel was selected based on her consistently high-quality reviews on many topics, including food preservation/safety, healthy homes, health/wellness, and aging/elderly. Koukel has been at NMSU for seven years.

About the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS members provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life to help create healthy and sustainable families. These topics include human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues. AAFCS members are located nationwide, and include educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, community volunteers, and consultants who develop research-based information and deliver programs on essential skills to help individuals and families be better prepared to live, work, and succeed in today’s complex and diverse world.

Field of Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop and provide content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Through discovery and delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers.  They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.

For more information, please contact:
Gwynn Mason
Director of Communications, AAFCS
703-706-4613
gmason@aafcs.org

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