Where are they now?


Jill Epstein, JD
Executive Director

In 1977, CAMFT formed the Educational Foundation as a separate, 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization supported entirely by CAMFT member contributions. The mission of the Foundation is to provide education, research, and scholarships to enhance the profession of marriage and family therapy. Over the past 34 years, the Foundation has distributed well over $127,000 in scholarships and grants.

Currently, the Educational Foundation issues the following awards:

  • The Ronald D. Lunceford Scholarship—Recognizes a person from an under-represented ethnic population for admission into an MA, MS, or PhD program to qualify for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.
  • The Clinton E. Phillips Scholarship—Recognizes a student of marriage and family therapy who is completing an advanced degree.
  • The CAMFT Educational Foundation Scholarship—Recognizes a person who is pursuing an MFT license or who is pursuing research of importance to the profession.
  • The CAMFT Educational Foundation Grant—Recognizes a project or program that helps further the MFT profession.

The Educational Foundation has invested in dozens of aspiring marriage and family therapists over the years and the Foundation recently tracked down some past award winners to learn “Where Are They Now?” The Foundation’s investments have paid off as you will see when you read about the winners’ commitment to the profession and how the award helped each on his/her journey.

The Foundation relies entirely upon CAMFT members for its support and we invite you to make an investment in the Foundation and in the profession. The money raised through the generosity of CAMFT members will allow the Foundation to continue its legacy of awarding scholarships and grants for many years to come. 

Applications for these scholarships and grant are now being accepted.    Nominations can be submitted by e-mail to  rputerbaugh@camft.org  or written submissions can be addressed to Honors Committee, CAMFT, 7901 Raytheon Road, San Diego, CA 92111-1606. Nominations will be accepted until January 5, 2018, for consideration by the Scholarship Committee. The Scholarship Committee will review the applications and select recipients to be recognized at the Annual Conference on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove.   for more information and to download the 2016 scholarships and grant applications.

Starr Kelton-Locke, PhD, LMFT
Starr Kelton-Locke, PhD, LMFT
1993 and 1998 Educational Foundation Scholarships
  Margaret Avineri, PsyD, LMFT
Margaret Avineri, PsyD, LMFT
1996 Clinton E. Phillips Scholarship

Catherine Caporale, PhD, LMFT
Catherine Caporale, PhD, LMFT
1998 Educational Foundation Grant
 

Terrance McLarnan, LMFT
Terrance McLarnan, LMFT
2005 Educational Foundation Grant

Renaldo Strayhorn, PhD, LMFT
Renaldo Strayhorn, PhD, LMFT
2007 Educational Foundation Scholarship
  Nasim Bavar, LMFT
Nasim Bavar, LMFT
2009 Educational Foundation Scholarship

Matthew R. Mock, PhD
Matthew R. Mock, PhD
2009 Educational Foundation Grant
  Kristen Paz
Kristen Paz
2010 Ronald D. Lunceford Scholarship

S. Fenella Das Gupta, PhD Neuroscience
S. Fenella Das Gupta, PhD Neuroscience, LMFT
2011 Educational Foundation Grant
  Christy Wabuke
Charity Wabuke
2011 Ronald D. Lunceford Scholarship

Victoria Lane
Victoria Lane
2011 Clinton E. Phillips Scholarships