October 31, 2011 | Cecelia Fielding

Brigham Young University School of Family Life professor Terrance Olson is this year’s recipient of the Ernest Osborne Award from The National Council on Family Relations.

The Osborne Award is given to recognize individuals who demonstrate enduring excellence in the teaching of family studies. It was established in memory of Ernest G. Osborne, NCFR president from 1948-1950, who was an outstanding family life educator.

Olson’s work has focused on how the philosophies of science contributed to the practices of educators and therapists. His work on moral agency, drawing on theoretical work in the field, is applied to issues of adolescent sexuality, AIDS, marital interaction, parenting, adoption, the moral dimension of short story and film writing and family life education. He also studies the intersection of social science and religion.

The National Council on Family Relations is the nation’s premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. NCFR has a membership of more than 3,500 family researchers, practitioners and educators. 

For more information on the council or its scholarly publications, contact NCFR at 1-888-781-9331 or visit its website at

Writer: Melissa Connor