Lorene Burkhart Award for Excellence in Research about Families

The Center for Families fosters a commitment to strengthening the capacity of families to provide a nurturing environment for their members. A reflection of this commitment is our creation of this award to recognize outstanding family research being conducted by Purdue faculty.

  • The Burkhart Award for Excellence in Research about Families is given to a researcher from Purdue University, along with $500, who was the lead author of published work during the previous calendar year (published in print or in advance online) that represents outstanding family research.
  • Nominations (including self-nominations) are sought for award consideration. (Researchers who have received the award within the past three years are not eligible.)
  • Published research from any discipline, department or college is eligible for this award, and nominations from a wide variety of disciplines are encouraged.
  • Articles must have been published in a peer-reviewed journal, and must be empirical (both qualitative and quantitative methods are welcome, but narrative literature reviews are not eligible).
  • All nominated articles will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers from the Center for Families including faculty partners and Advisory Council Members.

Burkhart Award Recipients

  • 2022 – Breast cancer survivors’ satisfying marriages predict better psychological and physical health: a longitudinal comparison of satisfied, dissatisfied, and unmarried women
    • Rosie Shrout, Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Sciences.
    • Shrout, M. R., Renna, M. E., Madison, A. A., Alfano, C. M., Povoski, S. P., Lipari, A. M., … & Kiecolt‐Glaser, J. K. (2021). Breast cancer survivors’ satisfying marriages predict better psychological and physical health: a longitudinal comparison of satisfied, dissatisfied, and unmarried women. Psycho‐Oncology, 30(5), 699-707. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.5615
  • 2021 – Family support and mental health of Latinx children in migrant farmworker families
    • Zoe Taylor, Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Sciences.
    • Taylor, Z. E., Ruiz, Y., Nair, N., & Mishra, A. A. (2020). Family support and mental health of Latinx children in migrant farmworker families. Applied Developmental Science. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2020.1800466
  • 2020 – Parenting and prenatal risk as moderators of genetic influences on conduct problems during middle childhood
    • Kristine Marceau, Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Sciences.
    • Marceau, K., Rolan, E., Leve, L. D., Ganiban, J. M., Reiss, D., Shaw, D. S., … & Neiderhiser, J. M. (2019). Parenting and prenatal risk as moderators of genetic influences on conduct problems during middle childhood. Developmental Psychology, 55(6), 1164. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000701
  • 2019 – “He would never let me just give up”: Communicatively Constructing Dyadic Resilience in the Experience of Breast Cancer
    • Maria Venetis, Brian Lamb School of Communication, College of Liberal Arts; Lead author Helen Lillie
    • Lillie, H. M., Venetis, M. K., & Chernichky-Karcher, S. M. (2018). “He would never let me just give up”: Communicatively Constructing Dyadic Resilience in the Experience of Breast Cancer. Health communication, 33(12), 1516-1524. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2017.1372049
  • 2018 – Do older parents’ relationships with their adult children affect cognitive limitations, and does this differ for mothers and fathers?
    • Patricia Thomas, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
    • Thomas, P. A., & Umberson, D. (2017). Do Older Parents’ Relationships With Their Adult Children Affect Cognitive Limitations, and Does This Differ for Mothers and Fathers?. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbx009
  • 2017 – Post-adoption depression: Parental classes of depressive symptoms across time
    • Karen Foli, Nursing, College of Health and Human Sciences
    • Foli, K. J., South, S. C., Lim, E., & Jarnecke, A. (2016). Post-adoption depression: Parental classes of depressive symptoms across time. Journal of Affective Disorders, 200, 293- 302. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2016.01.049
  • 2016 – Dilemmas Families Face in Talking With Returning U.S. Military Service Members About Seeking Professional Help for Mental Health Issues
    • Steven R. Wilson, Communication, College of Liberal Arts
    • Wilson, S. R., Gettings, P. E., Hall, E. D., & Pastor, R. G. (2015). Dilemmas families face in talking with returning US Military service members about seeking professional help for mental health issues. Health Communication,30(8), 772-783. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2014.899659
  • 2015 – Low-Income Women’s Navigation of Childbearing Norms Throughout the Reproductive Life Course
    • Christie Sennott, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
    • James-Hawkins, L., & Sennott, C. (2014). Low-Income Women’s Navigation of Childbearing Norms Throughout the Reproductive Life Course. Qualitative Health Research, 1049732314548690. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732314548690
  • 2014 – Filling the Void: Bolstering Attachment Security in Committed Relationships
    • Ximena Arriaga, Psychological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts
    • Arriaga, X. B., Kumashiro, M., Finkel, E. J., VanderDrift, L. E., & Luchies, L. B. (2013). Filling the Void Bolstering Attachment Security in Committed Relationships. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1948550613509287. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1948550613509287
  • 2013 – Parenting, Race, and Socioeconomic Status: Links to School Readiness​
    • Aryn Dotterer, Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Sciences
    • Dotterer, A. M., Iruka, I. U., & Pungello, E. (2012). Parenting, race, and socioeconomic status: Links to school readiness. Family Relations, 61(4), 657-670. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-3729.2012.00716.x

Interested in Nominating an article?

The Burkhart Award is not accepting nominations at this time.

The window to submit will open in September 2022.

Nominations must include the following:

  • Cover letter indicating support for a given article as outstanding family research
  • Electronic copy of the nominated article
  • Contact information for the nominator and the lead author for the article (Self nominations are accepted.)

Questions? Contact the Center for Families at cff@purdue.edu.