Developing programs to support low-income fathers

Damian Waters completed his master's degree in couple and family therapy in 2009 in the Department of Family Science, and went on to the doctoral program in Family Science. Damian chose to become a therapist after working as a special education teacher and witnessing the effect family dynamics had on student learning and behavior. His doctoral research focuses on African American fathers' interactions and involvement with their children. He hopes to use findings from this research to develop programs and initiatives that would encourage low-income fathers to become actively involved in their children's lives.