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Faculty Supervisors

All MFT Faculty Supervisors are licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Connecticut, and have completed the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Clinical Supervisor credential. research and vitae  


Dr. Rachel Tambling, Program Director


PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Georgia
MA, Western Michigan University
BS, Central Michigan University

Professional Interests: Researchers in the field of couple therapy have long been interested in understanding for whom therapy works and why (Pinsof, Wynne, & Hambright, 1996; Sprenkle, 2003). Dr. Tambling’s research focuses on identifying factors critical to engaging in and changing during therapy, such as couples’ expectations about therapy and the therapeutic process, motivation to change, couple distress, and processes of change during therapy.  Her research has also increased the availability of therapy to populations who typically do not access or benefit from therapy, thus, improving well-being and health of these vulnerable groups. Her research includes:

  • Expectations in therapy
  • Factors that contribute to clients engaging and benefitting from therapy
  • Client change process
  • Engagement of vulnerable populations










Dr. Sandra Rigazio-DiGilio, LMFT, PhD, Faculty


PhD, UMASS, Amherst

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, Counseling Education, UMASS

Certificate of Achievement, Bristol Hospital Family Therapy Training Institute

MA, Rehabilitation Counseling, UCONN

Professional Interests:  Dr. Rigazio-Digilio is interested in how the process of therapy is understood and translated across helping disciplines and cultural contexts. She has written extensively on counselor training and supervision.  Her research includes:

  • Systemic Cognitive-Developmental Therapy and Supervision
  • Multicultural Foundations in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Cultural, Contextual, Integrative and Multidisciplinary Training Competencies in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Clinical adaptation of culture and context centered research instruments for interactive assessment and treatment










Denise Parent, LMFT, Clinic Director, Instructor


  • M.A.  Marriage and Family Therapy, Fairfield University
  • B.A.  Manhattanville College

Professional Interests: Denise Parent has worked with children, teens and families for over twenty years in non-profit, crisis and municipal settings. She is interested in how therapy can be used to strengthen individuals and address traumatic experiences through nurturing family, extended family and peer relationships over the lifespan. She is also interested in how reflective supervision paired with service learning can enhance clinical training, and the application of these ideas to management and non-profit settings.



Louisa Baker, PhD, LMFT Adjunct Faculty

PhD  University of Connecticut
MA   University of Connecticut

Professional interests: Louisa Baker works with clients in a private practice setting in the nearby community. She works with a range of clients and is interested in working specifically with young adults, including college students. Her practice is focused primarily on persons with eating disorders and (related) body image disturbances. She also works with individuals and couples who present to treatment with issues surrounding fertility. Louisa has taught for the HDFS department for a number of years and has been responsible for courses that provide foundation for students interested in working with individuals, couples, and families. Her research and teaching interests relate to therapist competence, both in training and in work with clients post-licensure.



Carolyn Franzen, PhD, LMFT Adjunct Faculty

PhD  University of Connecticut
MA   University of Connecticut
BS    Rhode Island College
Professional Interests:  Carolyn Franzen is particularly interested in empowering under-served and underrepresented populations, and training others in fostering empathic connection. Carrie’s recent research focuses on meeting mental health needs of Black and Latino adolescent males. She works in a hospital clinic located within an urban high school.