2020 Recipient of the Jessie Bernard Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Paper Award

Veronica R. Barrios

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) recognized Veronica Regina Barrios, Ph.D., as the 2020 recipient of the Jessie Bernard Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Paper, which is given to a graduate student or new professional who has demonstrated excellence in research and potential contribution to feminist scholarship. Her paper is titled “Future Directions in Intimate Partner Violence Research: An Intersectionality Framework for Analyzing Women’s Processes for Leaving Abusive Relationships.”

Dr. Barrios is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Science and Social Work at Miami University. She earned her doctorate in Family Science and human development at Montclair State University and her master’s degree in forensic psychology and counseling at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Dr. Barrios is certified in program evaluation and is a co-chair of the NCFR Latino(a) Research Focus Group.

Her primary scholarly work focuses on understanding and exposing the culture of nondisclosure of sexual violence. Dr. Barrios works with survivors of sexual violence and clinical practitioners to develop clinical tools that facilitate disclosure of sexual violence and elucidates family dynamics and socially mandated rules involved in silencing practices. Her secondary research area revolves around Latinx families and the educational experiences of Latinx students.

This award is presented in memory of Jessie Bernard, former NCFR Board Member and pioneer in the field of feminist family studies. Jessie Bernard declared herself a feminist in 1970 and is known for her celebrated description of "his" and "her" marriages. She was a board member of the American Sociological Association, the Groves Conference on Marriage and Family, and NCFR.

Dr. Barrios was recognized for her achievement at a special Awards Ceremony during the 2020 NCFR Annual Conference on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 at 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. CT.

The National Council on Family Relations is the premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. NCFR has a membership of nearly 3,000 family researchers, practitioners and educators. For more information on the National Council on Family Relations or its scholarly publications, visit the NCFR website at

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