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 Ted Futris
Associate Professor and State Extension Specialist 

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227 Hoke Smith Annex
300 Carlton St
Athens, GA 30602




Curriculum Vitae

Applied research related to understanding healthy couple and marital relationships and positive parenting practices across various contexts in order to inform the development of educational programs and resources that promote healthy and stable families. As well, my research focuses on the efficacy of family life programs in advancing knowledge and creating lasting changes in behaviors that lead to healthy relationships and development.

Areas of outreach and Extension work include relationship and marriage enrichment education, parenting education with a particular interest in fathering and adolescent parenting, stepfamily relationships, supporting community collaborations to cultivate healthy families, and children and families at risk. To learn more about active projects visit

My research and programmatic interests stem from three current trends impacting the health and stability of today’s families and consequently the well-being of children: the fragility of marital relationships and the increasing prevalence of single-parent and unmarried couple families; the continued (albeit declining) occurrence of adolescent pregnancies and births; and an increasing number of fathers who are missing contributors in the lives of their biological children. Specifically, I achieve to understand and promote the factors and processes that foster the active and positive involvement of fathers in their children’s lives across family contexts. According to research, one of the most salient factors related to father involvement is the quality of the couple and coparental relationship. Therefore, my current efforts focus on the establishment of programs, resources, and community initiatives that support individuals and couples preparing for, developing and enriching healthy relationships and healthy marriages.


2000Ph.D.Human Development and Family StudiesUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro
1997 M.S.Human Development and Family StudiesUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro
1994 B.A.Psychology/Child and Family DevelopmentUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte

Selected Publications/Presentations:

See Curriculum Vita for complete listing of publications and presentations.

Barton, A. & Futris, T. G. (In press) Changes following premarital education for couples with differing degrees of future marital risk. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 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., Olmstead, S. B., Pasley, K., & Nielsen, R. B. (2012). A fork in the road to high school completion: Exploring adolescent fathers’ educational paths. Fathering, 10 (3), 291-313. doi: 10.3149/fth.1003.291

Arnold, L., O’Neil, C. W., & Futris, T. G. (2012). Parent-daughter communications and emerging adults’ beliefs about mate selection. Journal of Adult Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10804-012-9152-4

Futris, T. G., Barton, A. W., Aholou, T. M., & Seponski, D. M. (2011). The impact of PREPARE on engaged couples: Variations by delivery format. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 10 (1), 69-86.

Futris, T. G., Campbell, K., Nielsen, R. B., Burwell, S. (2010). The communication patterns questionnaire-short form: A review and assessment. Family Journal, 18, 275-287. DOI: 10.1177/1066480710370758.

Sheftall, A. H., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Futris, T. G. (2010). Adolescent mothers’ perception of the coparenting relationship with their child’s father: A function of attachment security and trust. Journal of Family Issues, 31 (7), 884-905.

Futris, T. G., Nielsen, R. B. & Olmstead, S. B. (2010). No degree, no job: Adolescent mothers' perceptions of the impact that adolescent fathers' human capital has on paternal financial and social capital. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 27 (1), 1-20. (DOI: 10.1007/s10560-009-0187-8)

Olmstead, S. B., Futris, T. G. & Pasley, K. (2009). An exploration of married and divorced, nonresident men’s perceptions and organization of their father role identity. Fathering, 7 (3), 249-268.

Van Epp, M. C., Futris, T. G., Van Epp, J.C. & Campbell, K. (2008).The impact of the P.I.C.K. a Partner relationship education program on single army soldiers. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 36 (4), 328-349.

Futris, T. G., & Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J. (2007). Mothers' perceptions of barriers, parenting alliance, and adolescent fathers' engagement with their children. Family Relations, 56 (3), 258-269.




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