Professor, Family Science
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142 SPH
Phone: 301-405-2438 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dr. Mariana Falconier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland, College Park and an affiliate faculty at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she was an associate professor, and clinic director of the Center for Family services first (2008-2016) and then director of the Master's Program in Marriage and Family Therapy (2017-2018). She completed her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and her doctoral degree in Family Studies at the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on how couples cope with stress, primarily economic and immigration stress in Latino couples. She has developed and pilot-tested TOGETHER: A Couple’s Model to Enhance Relationship and Economic Stability. She is the Program Director and Principal Investigator of TOGETHER, an interdisciplinary program designed to help couples improve their communication, coping, and financial management skills.
2005 Ph.D., Family Studies
2002 M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy
1994 National Professor of English
1992 Licenciate in Psychology (equivalent to MA in Psychology)
Associate Professor, Family Science
Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program
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.