2023 National Council on Family Relations – Virtual Exhibit

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Greetings from Kassie Graves: Publisher – Social Work, Counseling, and Human Services

I’m thrilled to represent Cognella Academic Publishing in person at the 2023 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. If you’re attending the conference, stop by and say hi (Booth #3)!

If you aren’t able to attend the conference, we’ve put together a virtual exhibit to emulate the spirit and energy of an in-person event and to share our latest titles in the discipline.

As we continue to face increasingly complex challenges, from the highly personal to those on a global scale, scholarship in the social sciences is more important than ever.

For over 25 years, I have had the pleasure of developing textbooks in the disciplines of counseling, social work, human services, and family studies. Since joining Cognella in 2015, I have continued to build and grow our offerings in these key areas by valuing authors’ unique perspectives, providing a platform for introducing their work to thousands of students nationwide, and investing in helping these critical disciplines move forward in interesting and innovative ways.

The titles featured in this virtual exhibit reflect Cognella’s commitment to publishing quality texts by notable authors that showcase the exciting work and thought leadership emerging in family sciences.

If you’re interested in discussing book ideas, I’d love to hear from you. Please email me at: kassiegraves@cognella.com.

I hope you all have a wonderful conference!

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Join us for the presentation of the 2023 Cognella Innovation in Teaching Awards for Family Science!

During the plenary session Thursday, November 9, 10:15 – 11am

Each year, in partnership with NCFR, Cognella recognizes outstanding Family Science educators through the Cognella Innovation in Teaching Award for Family Science. We look for those teaching in higher education who have gone above and beyond within the past year to introduce cutting-edge teaching practices to their courses that better engage students and advance scholarship in the discipline.

We have the pleasure of recognizing three outstanding instructors this year: Dr. Olena Nesteruk, Dr. Maria Carpiac, and Dr. Erica Jordan. Attend the session to learn about their innovations and celebrate their achievements!


Attend our Meet the Authors Event!

Thursday, November 9, 4-5pm

Booth #3, Cognella Academic Publishing

Visit the Cognella booth to meet our fantastic authors! You’ll have the opportunity to learn about their scholarship in the field and the outstanding books they’ve authored with Cognella.

Featured authors include:

Chang Su-Russell, Luke T. Russell, and Anthony G. James, Jr., Editors of Handbook of Asian American Families

Rachel Tambling, Coauthor of Helping Skills: Basic Techniques for the Active and Engaged Helper

Katherine R. Allen, Coauthor of the second edition of Family Theories Today: A Critical Intersectional Approach

Elizabeth Ramsey, Coauthor of Family and Consumer Sciences: Preventative and Restorative Education

Lover Chancler, Coauthor/editor of Cultural Diversity in Family Life Education

Sharon M. Ballard, Coeditor of the second edition of Family Life Education with Diverse Populations

Anthony G. James, Jr., Author of Applying Family Theory: Teaching, Research, Practice, Life and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Practical Guide; Editor of Black Families: A Systems Approach; and Coeditor of Letters to a Young Practitioner: Essays of Advice


Chang Su-Russell, Luke T. Russell, and Anthony G. James, Jr., Editors


Editors, Anthony G. James, Jr. and Leslie A. Anderson


Written and edited by Kimmery Newsom, Lover Chancler, and Keondria McClish

Featured Titles


Katherine R. Allen and Angela C. Henderson

The new edition of Family Theories Today: A Critical Intersectional Approach expands on the dynamic, creative, and scientific approach that made the first edition a success. Full of examples grounded in real people’s lives, the book covers twelve theories—ranging from Functionalist to Social Exchange to Feminist to Family Stress and Resilience—in a highly accessible but comprehensive way.


David Royse

Writing Professionally in the Social Sciences equips readers with the knowledge and skillsets they need to successfully publish scholarly articles within academic journals and beyond. Author David Royse shares accounts from his extensive publishing history as well as lessons he learned from teaching students how to write effectively. The book envisions publishing as a journey, and Royse accompanies readers on each step—from initially carving out time and identifying the journal with the best fit to finally submitting the manuscript.


Chang Su-Russell, Luke T. Russell, and Anthony G. James, Jr., Editors

Featuring contributed chapters from experts in the field, Handbook of Asian American Families provides readers with a developmental systems-based approach to understanding contemporary Asian American families. The book examines the intricacies of family relationships and dynamics within Asian American families and the structural factors that hinder or promote family functioning and the well-being of Asian immigrants and their descendants.


Anthony G. James, Jr.

Applying Family Theory: Teaching, Research, Practice, Life introduces students to a variety of family theories and provides them with considerations for applying family theory across professional and personal contexts. The text equips readers with the knowledge and skills they need to use family theory for the betterment of families.


Ann Vernon and Christine J. Schimmel, Editors

The sixth edition of the best-selling Counseling Children and Adolescents offers readers a comprehensive exploration of the practice of counseling young clients. The book introduces several theories that have proven effective with young clients, then couples that information with developmentally and culturally appropriate interventions and counseling techniques. A new chapter on trauma has been added and references, examples, and case studies have been updated as appropriate to reflect the current times. The accompanying Cognella Active Learning for students includes 16 brand-new videos that help make concepts come alive.


Anne Williford and Jeffrey M. Jenson

This text reviews evidence and identifies practice and policy issues pertaining to the prevention of common child and adolescent behavioral health problems: 1) substance use/misuse; 2) delinquent conduct; 3) violence, including the perpetration and victimization of bullying, sexual violence, and dating violence; and 4) school dropout. The authors identify effective prevention approaches and discuss the challenges associated with developing, implementing, and testing prevention strategies.


Melinda Swafford and Elizabeth Ramsey

Family and Consumer Sciences: Preventative and Restorative Education well prepares future educators to develop engaging lessons for their students using a variety of methodologies to address the ever-changing societal issues facing individuals and families. The text recognizes that family and consumer sciences education works to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities, and is naturally preventative and restorative in nature.


Editors, Anthony G. James, Jr. and Leslie A. Anderson

Letters to a Young Practitioner: Essays of Advice brings together invaluable insight from a variety of professionals in the counseling and educational practice fields into a single volume to provide students-in-training and new practitioners with mentorship. The text promotes career self-actualization and offers readers a greater understanding of the culture of their given profession, the technical knowledge they need to advance in their careers, suggestions for professional development, and more.

Coming Soon!


Jake Harwood and Christine Kunkle

This book explores communication in older adulthood, particularly in the areas of interpersonal, intercultural, and mass communication, and includes coverage of communication using new technology. While retaining the structure of previous editions, the content of this version has been updated, including the addition of the Communicative Ecology Model of Successful Aging (CEMSA) in Chapter 4. The authors provide enhanced coverage of diversity of race, culture, age, and sexual orientation as well as more diverse ways of “doing aging.” There is also more focus in this edition on older adults’ romantic lives, spirituality, and their use of media and technology.


Anthony G. James, Jr., Margaret M. Clark, and Brandi Berry

Financial management has a significant impact on family well-being. Effective financial management can help families reduce financial stress, increase their savings and investments, and achieve their financial goals. Family Financial Resource Management: Foundational Knowledge and Strategies provides readers with an overview of best practices for financial management within the context of the family, including budgeting, debt management, and saving and investing. The text addresses financial situations that arise at different points in the life cycle and decisions individuals and families may want to consider over time to promote well-being and financial success.

New Series! - The Cognella Series on Families and Social Justice

Series editor: Katherine R. Allen, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech, Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations and the Gerontological Society of America

The Cognella Series on Families and Social Justice features a collection of textbooks that support core curriculum within family-related disciplines with emphasis on issues related to social justice, diversity, and equity. Readers are introduced to contemporary, cutting-edge research that extends beyond understanding what a family is and how it functions to include discussions of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic factors, gender, sexuality, LGBTQ issues, religion, special needs, and more.

The titles within the series feature diverse perspectives, cutting-edge research and theory, and scholarship that is dedicated to moving the disciplines toward a more just and inclusive future.


Chang Su-Russell, Luke T. Russell, and Anthony G. James, Jr., Editors


Written and Edited by J. Maria Bermudez

Forthcoming Titles 

LGBTQ+ People with Intellectual Disabilities by John D. Allen

Women and Families: Lifespan and Critical Contextual Perspectives edited by J. Maria Bermudez, Bertranna Muruthi, and Elizabeth Sharp

Family Interaction: Multigenerational and Developmental Perspectives on Diversity within and Between Families by Kari Adamsons and Ronald M. Sabatelli

Contextualizing Black American Families in Therapy through a Systemic Lens by Camille Lafleur and Jurdene A. Coleman

Faculty Resources

Check out our ever-growing list Faculty Resources catalog, featuring books developed to help you sharpen knowledge in your discipline, stay up-to-date on cutting-edge, innovative teaching techniques, and support your personal and professional development – whatever your specialty may be.

Use the code Faculty20 during checkout to receive 20% any of the books in our Faculty Resources catalog.

Cognella Series on Family and Gender-Based Violence

Series editor: Claire M. Renzetti, Ph.D., Judi Conway Patton Endowed Chair in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women, Professor and Chair of Sociology – University of Kentucky

The Cognella Series on Family and Gender-Based Violence is an interdisciplinary collection of textbooks that work to address a broad spectrum of issues, challenges, and opportunities within the study of family and gender-based violence. Readers learn about different types of violence and are introduced to multidisciplinary approaches and cutting-edge strategies for preventing violence and responding to both victims and perpetrators.

The series features cross-cultural perspectives and diverse voices, embracing work that is culturally competent, examines similarities and differences in experiences across various social groups, and explores the intersectional impacts of multiple inequalities.

Featuring up-to-date research and critical information on evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence, the Cognella Series on Family and Gender-Based Violence helps researchers deepen and develop their enquiries and prepares students for graduate school study, professional education opportunities, and meaningful careers.

Free Textbook Spotlight - Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism edited by Kevin Cokley, Ph.D.

“During the summer of 2020, in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, the team at Cognella came together to determine new ways in which we could support the Black community. While it has always been important for us as a publisher to give a voice to historically underrepresented authors in academia, we knew we could do even more. We wanted to leverage what we do best—publishing—and also make a difference in a meaningful way. We decided we could make a significant impact by publishing a free book that highlights the contemporary battle for equity and the lived experiences of those in the Black community.” – Bassim Hamadeh, Cognella Founder and CEO

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“It is my hope that the book will provide a blueprint for readers that will empower them to actively confront anti-Blackness wherever it exists, because this is the only way we will progress toward making Black lives matter.” - Kevin Cokley, Ph.D.

About the Book 

At the heart of racist attitudes and behaviors is anti-Black racism, which simply put, is the disregard and disdain of Black life. Anti-Black racism negatively impacts every aspect of the lives of Black people.

Edited by renowned scholar and psychologist Kevin Cokley, Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism explores the history and contemporary circumstances of anti-Black racism, offers powerful personal anecdotes, and provides recommendations and solutions to challenging anti-Black racism in its various expressions.

The book features chapters written by scholars, practitioners, activists, and students. The chapters reflect diverse perspectives from the Black community and writing styles that range from scholarly text supported by cited research to personal narratives that highlight the lived experiences of the contributors. The book focuses on the ways that anti-Black racism manifests and has been confronted across various domains of Black life using research, activism, social media, and therapy.

About the Editor

Kevin Cokley, Ph.D. is a distinguished teaching professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Educational Psychology and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professorship for Educational Research and Development. He is the director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis. Dr. Cokley holds the title Distinguished Psychologist from the Association of Black Psychologists and is the past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Black Psychology. His research focuses on African American psychology with a focus on racial identity development, academic achievement, and the impostor phenomenon. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Georgia State University and M.Ed. in counselor education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.