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Faculty researchers in the field of marriage and family therapy have a variety of research interests. Our research is aimed at theory building, creating facilitative environments for optimal family functioning, developing clinical acumen, promoting equity and social justice, and learning more about the process and outcomes of therapy. Our faculty members include distinguished figures in the profession as well as developing scholars. Our faculty, collectively, have published numerous books and hundreds of articles, contributing to the development of knowledge in the field of marriage and family therapy. Areas of current faculty research include:

  • Evaluation of marriage and family therapy training and supervision
  • Identifying, operationalizing, and evaluating cultural and contextual competencies necessary for MFTs to provide effective and relevant services to diverse populations living within today‚Äôs intercultural communities
  • Culturally-centered interactive assessment and treatment tools
  • Cultural and contextual foundations in marriage and family therapy theories and approaches
  • Family measurement and clinical assessment
  • Engagement and retention of clients in therapy
  • Process research in couple therapy
  • Alliance formation and maintenance in couple and family therapy
  • Assessment of and intervention with high conflict couples
  • Evaluation of community-based programs
  • Racial and ethnic diversity in family therapy training
  • Developing culturally relevant approaches to family therapy
  • Internationalizing family therapy and family therapy training
  • Development and advancement of a linguistically based therapy model and companion supervision approach: Systemic Cognitive-Developmental Theory and Systemic Cognitive-Developmental Supervision

Research Centers with focus in Human Development:

Center for the Study of Culture, Health and Human Development

Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention and Policy

Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

The Center for Applied Research in Human Development

The Ronald and Nancy Rohner Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection