Professor, Family Science
Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142X School of Public Health
Phone: 301.405.4013 | Email: email@example.com
Office Hours: Monday 1-2, Thursday 1-2, and by appointment. Please contact via email to set up an appointment.
CV / Resume:
Norman B. Epstein, Ph.D. is widely recognized internationally as a leader in the field of couple and family therapy. In particular, he is a pioneer in the development of cognitive-behavioral therapy with couples and families. His research, writing, teaching, and training of clinicians have focused on the role of cognitive, emotional and behavioral processes in relationship adjustment and dysfunction; assessment of intimate relationships; couple and family coping with stress; development and evaluation of treatments for distressed couples and families, including couples experiencing partner aggression; anxiety and depression in the relationship context; cross-cultural studies of couple and family relationships; and culturally sensitive adaptations of Western-derived models of family therapy. He is an author or editor of five books, including Depression in the Family (1986), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Families (1988), Cognitive-Behavioral Marital Therapy (1990), Enhanced Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Couples: A Contextual Approach (2002), and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Sexual Dysfunction (2018). In addition, he has published 67 journal articles and 67 chapters in edited books on aspects of couple and family relationships and therapy. He currently has a contract to write a book on treatment of aggressive behavior in couple relationships. Dr. Epstein has presented 138 research papers, as well as 95 training workshops on couple and family therapy, at national and international professional meetings. One special focus of his international work has involved eight trips to China to present training seminars and workshops, as well as to collaborate with Chinese colleagues on research and on the development of family therapy training in China. In 2008, graduate students from the University of Maryland’s Couple and Family Therapy program traveled with Dr. Epstein to Beijing for a joint class on family therapy with faculty and CFT graduate students of the Institute for Developmental Psychology at Beijing Normal University (BNU). Subsequently, Dr. Epstein and University of Maryland CFT students participated in the Sino-American Forums on Marital and Family Therapy at BNU in 2012 and 2014. Dr. Epstein also has presented training workshops on cognitive-behavioral individual, couple and family therapy to school counselors in Shanghai, as well as mental health professionals in South Korea, Japan, Germany, and France. Dr. Epstein is interested in cultural sensitivity in the practice of couple and family therapy, including the adaptation of Western-derived therapy models for appropriate use in other cultures. He also has collaborated with Korean colleagues on research studies investigating risk and protective factors for adolescent emotional and behavioral problems in Korea. Currently he also is engaged in a 4-year study, as part of a larger project with colleagues at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Uniformed Services University, and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, investigating improvements that Service Members with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder experience in their relationships with their family members, as well as in their symptoms, when they engage in training service dogs for placement with physically disabled veterans.
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, The University of California at Los Angeles, 1974
Cognitive Therapy Training, Dr. Aaron Beck’s Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Epstein is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Assessment Psychology. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading professional journals.
Epstein, N.B., Schlesinger, S.E., & Kim, H. (2018). Cognitive-behavioral family therapy. In P.C. Kendall (Ed.), Cognitive therapy with children and adolescents: A casebook for clinical practice (pp. 301-328). New York: NY: Guilford.
Epstein, N.B. (2018). Cognitive-behavioral couple therapy. In R.L. Leahy (Ed.), Science and practice in cognitive therapy: Foundations, mechanisms, and applications (pp. 194-213). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Kim, J.E., Epstein, N.B., & Kim, J. (2017). Life stresses in adolescents with problematic media use: The role of anger management in cyberbullying. Family and Family Therapy, 25, 227-249.
Epstein, N.B., & Falconier, M.K. (2017). Shame in couple relationships. In J. Fitzgerald (Ed.), Foundations for couples’ therapy: Research for the real world (pp. 374-383). New York: Routledge.
Epstein, N.B., Dattilio, F.M., & Baucom, D.H. (2016). Cognitive-behavior couple therapy. In T.L. Sexton & J. Lebow (Eds.), Handbook of family therapy (4th ed., pp. 361-386). New York: Routledge.
Kahn, S.Y., & Epstein, N.B., & Kivlighan, D.M. (2015). Couple therapy for partner aggression: Effects on individual and relational well-being. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. 14, 95-115. doi/full/10.1080/15332691.2014.966879
Curtis, D.S., Epstein, N.B., & Wheeler, B. (2015). Relationship satisfaction mediates the link between partner aggression and relationship dissolution: The importance of considering severity. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260515588524
Baucom, D.H., Epstein, N.B., Kirby, J.S., & LaTaillade, J.J. (2015). Cognitive-behavioral couple therapy. In A.S. Gurman, J.L. Lebow, & D.K. Snyder (Eds.), Clinical handbook of couple therapy (5th ed., pp. 23-60). New York: Guilford Press.
Epstein, N.B., Werlinich, C.A., & LaTaillade, J.J. (2015). Couple therapy for partner aggression. In A.S. Gurman, J.L. Lebow, & D.K. Snyder (Eds.), Clinical handbook of couple therapy (5th ed., pp. 389-411). New York: Guilford Press.
Quach, A., Riley, P.J., Epstein, N.B., Fang, X.Y., & Falconier, M.K. (2013). The relationship of parental warmth, parental pressure for academic achievement, and gender with adolescent depression and anxiety in China. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Doi: 10.1007/s10826-013-9818-y
Chi, P., Epstein, N.B., Fang, X., & Lam, D.O.B. (2013). The similarity of relationship standards, couple communication patterns and marital satisfaction among Chinese couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 806-816.
Park, W. & Epstein, N.B. (2013). The longitudinal causal directionality between body image distress and self-esteem among Korean adolescents: The moderating effect of relationships with parents. Journal of Adolescence, 36, 403-411.
Epstein, N.B., Berger, A.T., Fang, J.J., Messina, L., Smith, J.R., Lloyd, T.D., Fang, X.Y., & Liu, Q.X. (2012). Applying Western-developed family therapy models in China. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 23, 217-237; DOI: 10.1080/08975353.2012.705661.
Hrapczynski, K.M., Epstein, N.B., Werlinich, C.A., & LaTaillade, J.J. (2011). Changes in negative attributions during couple therapy for abusive behavior: Relations to changes in satisfaction and behavior. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38, 117-132; DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00264.x
Associate Professor, Family Science
Office Hours: Contact via email to set up a time unless otherwise listed in Course Syllabus.
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Dr. Leigh Leslie is a well-known leader in feminist family therapy and has published ahd presented widely on the topic. She holds a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University with a pre-doctoral internship in clinical-community psychology from Yale University, School of Medicine. She is the author of numerous book chapters and over 40 journal articles focusing of topics related to family functioning and mental health. Specific foci include social support, gender issues in families, interracial families, and military families. She has conducted numerous evaluations of psychoeducational programs in areas such as couples communication, parent education, and promotion of emotional resiliency in children. From 2011-2015 she was Co- Principal Investigator of both The Maryland Veterans Resilience Initiative, and Enhancing the Behavioral Health and Successful Reintegration of Women Veterans in Maryland; State funded projects which trained almost 1000 civilian behavioral health and primary care professionals in Maryland to treat returning veterans and their families. Most recently she has focused her work on clinical approaches to working with interracial couples.
Ph.D., Individual and Family Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 1982
Dr. Leslie is a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). She has won both the Outstanding Mentor Award and The Family Therapy Legacy Scholar Award from NCFR. Additionally, she has been elected to the NCFR Board of Directors twice, served as Conference Program Chair, and was recently elected President of the organization. Dr. Leslie has received multiple teaching awards from the School of Public Health and the University. She has also served on the editorial boards of several leading professional journals.
Leslie, L.A., Smith, J., Hrapczynski, K. & Riley, D (2013). Racial Socialization in Transracial Adoptive Families: Does it Help Adolescents Deal with Discrimination Stress? Family Relations, 62, 72-81.
Koblinsky, S. A., Leslie, L. A., & Cook, E. T. (2014). Treating behavioral health condition of OEF/OIF veterans and their families: A state needs assessment of civilian providers. Military Behavioral Health, 2, 1-11.
Kuvalanka, K., & Leslie, L. A. (2014) Coping with heterosexism: Young adults with lesbian mothers reflect on their adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Research, 29, 241-270.
Csizmadia, A., Leslie, L.A. & Nazarian, R. (2015). Understanding and treating interracial families. In S. Browning and K. Pasley (Eds). Contemporary Families: Translating Research into Practice (88-107). New York: Routledge.
Koblinsky, S. A., Hrapczynski, K., & Leslie, L. A. (2015). Treating veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan: A state needs assessment of civilian physicians in internal and family medicine. Journal of General Practice, 3, 1-8. http://esciencecentral.org/journals/treating-veterans-of-iraq-and-afghanistan-a-state-needs-assessment-of-civilian-physicians-in-internal-and-family-medicine-2329-9126.1000195.pdf
Leslie, L. A., & Cook, E. (2015). Maternal trauma and adolescent depression: Is parenting style a moderator? Psychology, 6, 681-688. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/psych.2015.66066
Leslie, L. A. (2015). Therapy with interracial families. . In S. Browning and K. Pasley (Eds). Contemporary Families: Translating Research into Practice (108-125). New York: Routledge.
Leslie, L. A., & Sollie, D. (2015). So Is self-doubt good for us or bad for us? Reflections on “Feeling like feminist frauds”. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 7, 321-323.
Leslie, L.A., & Young, J. (2015). Interracial couples in therapy: Common themes and Issues. Journal of Social Issues, 71, 788-803.
Koblinsky, Schoeder, & Leslie (2016). “Give us respect, support and understanding”: Women veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan recommend Strategies for improving their mental health care. Social Work in Mental Health. On-line publication http://dx.doi.org.proxy-um.researchport.umd.edu/10.1080/15332985.2016.1186134
Leslie, L. A. & Koblinsky, S. A. (2017). Returning to civilian life: Family reintegration challenges and resilience of women veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Journal of Family Social Work, 20, 106-123.
Allen, S.H. & Leslie, L.A. (in press). Considering the role of nativity in the health and psychological well-being of Black LGBT adults. Journal of Homosexuality.
Hrapczynski, K., & Leslie, L.A. (in press). Predicting White Parents' Engagement in Racial Socialization in Transracial Adoptive Families. Family Relations.
Leslie, L. A. Hrapczynski, K. & Young, J. (in press) Biracial families formed through adoption. In Roy, R., & Rollins. A. (Eds.) Biracial families: Crossing boundaries, blending cultures, and challenging racial ideologies. Springer.
Messman, J.B., & Leslie, L.A. (in press). Transgender college students: Academic resilience and striving to cope in the face of health challenges. Journal of American College Health.
Assistant Professor, Family Science
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Mona Mittal is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Science, School of Public Health, at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University and a Masters in Clinical Investigation from the University of Rochester. As a clinical researcher, Dr. Mittal is engaged in prevention and intervention research aimed at improving health outcomes of women with experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV). Her research interests include physical, emotional, and sexual health of women with a specific focus on psychological trauma, interruption of the intergenerational cycle of violence, and physiological mechanisms linking IPV and adverse health outcomes across the lifespan. She is the recipient of a K01 Research Scientist Career Development Award funded by NIMH aimed at developing and testing an integrated HIV-IPV risk reduction intervention for women with experiences of IPV. Most recently, she has received NIH funding to extend the focus of her research to include couples. In her new project, Dr. Mittal is addressing the synergistic interactions between substance use, violence, and HIV/AIDS (SAVA syndemic) that have been closely linked with HIV acquisition in the African American population.
M.A., Clinical Investigation, University of Rochester Medical Center, 2014
McGrane Minton, H. A., Mittal., M., Elder, H., Carey, M. P. (2015). Relationship factors and condom use and women with a history of intimate partner violence. AIDS and Behavior.
McMahon, J. M., Chimenti, R., Fedor, T., Trabold, N., Mittal, M., & Tortu, S. (epub, 2015) Risk of intimate partner violence and relationship conflict following couple-based HIV prevention counseling: Results from the Harlem River Couples Project. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260515600878
Sabri, B., Renner, L. M., Stockman, J. K., Mittal., M., & Decker, M. R. (2014). Risk factors for severe intimate partner violence and violence-related injuries among women in India. Women & Health.
Morse, D. S., Cerulli, C., Bedell, P., Wilson, J., Thomas, S., Mittal, M., Lamberti, J. S., Williams, G., Silverstein, J., Mukherjee, A., Walck, D., Chin, N. (2014). Meeting Health and Psychological Needs of Women In Drug Treatment Court. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 46 (2), 150-157.
Mittal, M., Senn, T., & Carey, M. (2013). Fear of violent consequences and condom use among women attending a STD clinic. Women & Health, 53, 795-807.
Mittal, M., Stockman, J. K., Seplaki, C. L., Thevenet-Morrison, K., Guido, J., and Carey, M. (2013). HIV risk among women from domestic violence agencies: Prevalence and correlates. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 24(4), 322-30.