Randy Gerson was the creator of Genoware (formerly Humanware)
software. He was an astute family theoretician and clinician
who made major contributions to the fields of family therapy
and family psychology. After his death from leukemia in 1995,
his widow, Sylvia Shellenberger, with the help of family and
friends, established a grant in his honor. The Randy Gerson
Memorial Grant, through the American Psychological Foundation,
promotes research that will enhance our understanding of families,
couples and multi-generational processes. Research projects
that advance theory, assessment, or clinical practice are
considered eligible for grants through the fund.
Inc. contributes a portion of its revenues to this fund.
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Contributions to the fund are tax deductible. These gifts
will support research that will make a difference in our understanding
and treatment of families.
information is available from the American
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750 First St., NE
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project uses a systemic perspective to explore how children
and parenting change when marital relationships improve.
The study contributes information about the prediction
of which couples respond to treatment, the outcome of
couples therapy, and the mechanisms of change through
which couples improve their satisfaction.
Bowers Andrews, Ph.D., LISW
Director, USC Institute for Families in Society
Professor USC College of Social Work
project is entitled, Use of the genogram in mitigation
assessment and testimony. The goal is to advance clinical
practice by establishing principles and standards of forensic
practice regarding the use of genograms in mitigation
during capital sentencing proceedings.
study is an exploration of intergenerational factors in
the emotional/behavioral functioning of adolescent substance-users
using the family systems model developed by Murray Bowen.
Coop Gordon, Ph.D.
Dept of Psychology
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
study develops an integrated model of forgivensss and
conducts a treatment study using the forgiveness model
to help couples recover from extramarital affairs.
University of British Columbia
project is entitled Parental Status: A new construct describing
adolescent perceptions of stepfathers. The research investigates
the effects of mothers' and stepfathers' parental behaviors
on adolescent adjustment. The work contributes to the
development of knowledge about how stepfamilies function.