Mariana Falconier, PhD
Professor, Family Science
Director, Couple and Family Therapy Master's Program
Dr. Mariana Falconier is a Professor in the Department of Family Science and has been the CFT Program Director since May 2020, a year after joining the University of Maryland, College Park. She completed her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and her doctoral degree in the same department. Before joining the University of Maryland, she was an Associate Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, serving first as Director of the Center for Family Services (2008-2016) and later as Director of the Master's Program in Marriage and Family Therapy (2017-2019). She has also served as director of outpatient mental health clinics at Washington Assessment and Therapy Services and Vesta, Inc. before joining Virginia Tech. Dr. Falconier, originally from Argentina, is a licensed psychologist in her home country and a licensed MFT both Maryland and Virginia. She has worked as a therapist for over 30 years and currently maintains a small private practice. Her clinical work in the U.S. has been dedicated to Latinx individuals, couples, and families and immigrants over a wide range of issues. Dr. Falconier has been an approved supervisor by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy since 2007. She holds a master’s degree in teaching and has been an educator since 1989. She has taught in several universities’ courses on developmental psychology, multicultural and diversity issues in MFT, couple therapy, and MFT theories and techniques, particularly postmodern approaches. Her research focuses on how couples cope with stress, primarily economic stress among low-income couples and immigration stress in Latinx couples. She has developed the evidence-based program TOGETHER, designed to help couples improve their communication, coping, and financial management skills and that has received federal funding of over $11 million dollars. Dr. Falconier has made a linguistic and cultural adaptation of the TOGETHER program for Latinx couples and has also led the adaptation of the program for LGBTQ+ couples, which she is currently pilot-testing and evaluating with Dr. Jessica Fish. These programs have enrolled over 1,300 couples, primarily low-income Black/African American and Latinx. Dr. Falconier’s work for these programs has been recognized in 2021 as recipient of the Excellence in Professional/Clinical Practice Award from the National Council for Family Relations (NCFR) and the George F. Kramer Practitioner of the Year Award from UMD School of Public Health. Dr. Falconier is also leading a research project on the Emotional Map of the Home with colleagues from the University of Szeged. Dr. Falconier has published and presented nationally and internationally, including an invitation to present on families’ stress and coping for Pope Francis and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at the Vatican City. She is the leading editor of the book Couples Coping with Stress: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (2016), recipient of the 2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award and co-author of the book Treatment Plans and Interventions in Couple Therapy: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach (in press). She has been involved in multiple international collaborations with colleagues in Switzerland, Rumania, Italy, Hungary, Argentina, Pakistan, Hong Kong, and Chile among others and has served as editor of international journals. She is a member of COAMFTE Standards Review Committee.
Education and Training
2005 Ph.D., Family Studies
Department of Family Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
2002 M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy
Department of Family Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
1994 National Professor of English
Superior National Institute of Professorship Dr. J. V. Gonzalez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1992 Licenciate in Psychology (equivalent to MA in Psychology)
School of Psychology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
- FMSC 641 - Couples Therapy: Theory and Techniques
- FMSC 658 - Supervised Clinical Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
- FMSC 745 - Gender and Ethnicity in Family Therapy and Service Delivery
Falconier, M. K., & Jackson, J. (2020). Economic strain and couple relationship functioning: A meta-analysis. International Journal of Stress Management. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/str0000157
Falconier, M. K., & Khun, R. (2019). Dyadic coping in couples: A conceptual integration and review of the clinical literature. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00571
Falconier, M. K., Rusu, P., & Bodenmann, G. (2019). Initial Validation of the Dyadic Coping Inventory for Financial Stress. Stress & Health, 35, 367-381. doi: 10.1002/smi.2862
Hequembourg Policay, R., & Falconier, M .K. (2019). Therapy dogs in couple and family therapy– A therapist’s perspective. Contemporary Family Therapy, 41, (79-91). DOI:10.1007/s10591-018-9472-z
Escobar, J., Falconier, M. K., & Muruthi, B. (2019). “Se llevaron al padre de mis hijos”: Latina mothers coping with the deportation of their partners. Journal of Family Therapy, 41, 277-301. doi: 10.1111/1467-6427.12227
Arshad, Z., & Falconier, M. K. (2018). The experiences of non-Muslim Caucasian licensed marriage and family therapists who work with South Asian and Middle Eastern Muslim clients. Journal of Family Therapy, 41, 54-79. doi: 10.1111/1467-6427.12203
Rusu, P. P., Hilpert, P., Falconier, M., & Bodenmann (2018). How economic strain affects support in couples: The mediating role of positive emotions. Stress and Health, 34, 320-330.
Rick, J.*, Falconier, M. K., & Wittenborn, A. (2017). Emotion regulation and relationship satisfaction in clinical couples. Personal Relationships, 24, 790-803. doi: 10.1111/pere.12213
Kanti, K. M.*, & Falconier, M. K. (2017). The experience of Asian Americans caring for their elderly parents. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 24, 73-83.
Falconier, M. K., Huerta*, M., & Hendrickson, E. (2016). Immigration Stress, Exposure to Traumatic Life Experiences, and Problem Drinking Among First-Generation Immigrant Latino Couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 33, 469-492. doi: 10.1177/0265407515578825
Falconier, M. K., Jackson, J., Hilpert, J., & Bodenmann, G. (2015). Dyadic coping and relationship satisfaction: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 42, 28-46.doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2015.07.002
Regan, T. W., Lambert, S. D., Kelly, B., Falconier, M. K., Kissane, D., & Levesque, J. (2015). Couples coping with cancer: Exploration of theoretical frameworks from dyadic studies. Psycho-Oncology, 24, 1605-1617. doi: 10.1002/pon.3854
Falconier, M.K. (2015). Together – A Couples’ Program to Improve Communication, Coping, and Financial Management Skills: Development and Initial Pilot-Testing. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41, 236-250. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12052
Falconier, M. K., Nussbeck, F., Bodenmann, G., Schneider, H., & Bradbury, T. N. (2015). Stress From Daily Hassles In Couples: Its Effects on Intra-Dyadic Stress, Relationship Satisfaction, and Physical and Psychological Well-Being. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41, 221-235. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12073
Quach, A. S., Epstein, N. B., Riley, P. J., Falconier, M. K., & Fang, X. (2015). Effects of parental warmth and academic pressure on anxiety and depression symptoms in Chinese adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Issues, 24, 106-116.doi:10.1007/s10826-013-9818-y
Mojta, C.,* Falconier, M. K., & Huebner, A. (2014). Fostering Self-Awareness in Novice Therapists Using Internal Family Systems Therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy, 42, 67-68. doi:10.1080/01926187.2013.772870.
Falconier, M. K., Nussbeck, F., & Bodenmann, G. (2013). Immigration stress and relationship satisfaction in Latino couples: The role of dyadic coping. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 32, 813-843.
Falconier, M. K., Nussbeck, F., & Bodenmann, G. (2013). Dyadic coping in Latino couples: Validity of the Spanish version of the Dyadic Coping Inventory. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 26, 446-466. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2012.699045
Falconier, M. K., McCollum, E., Austin, J., Wainbarg, M., Hasbun, G., & Mora, S. (2013). IPV among Latinos: Community perceptions on help-seeking and needed programs. Partner Abuse, 4, 1-24. doi: 10.1891/1946-6522.214.171.1246
Falconier, M. K. (2013). Traditional Gender Role Orientation and Dyadic Coping in Immigrant Latino Couples: Effects on Couple Functioning. Family Relations, 62, 269-283. doi:10.1111/fare.12002.
Austin, J., * & Falconier, M. K. (2013). Spirituality and common dyadic coping: Protective factors from psychological aggression in Latino immigrant couples. Journal of Family Issues, 34, 323-346. doi: 10.1177/0192513X12452252.
Finkbeiner, N. M., Epstein, N. B., & Falconier, M. K. (2013). Low Intimacy as a moderator between depression and relationship satisfaction. Personal Relationships, 20, 406-421. doi:10.1111/j.1475- 6811.2012.01415.x
Falconier, M. K., & Epstein, N. B. (2011). Female demand/male withdraw communication in Argentinian couples: A mediating factor between economic strain and relationship distress. Personal Relationships, 18, 586-603. doi: 0.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01326.x.
Falconier, M. K., & Epstein, N. B. (2011). Couples experiencing financial strain: What we know and we can do. Family Relations, 60, 303-317. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2011.00650.x
Falconier, M. K. (2010). Female anxiety and male depression: The link between economic strain and psychological aggression in a clinical sample of Argentinean couples. Family Relations. Special Issue: Finances, families, and hard times, 59, 424-438. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2010.00613.x.
Falconier, M. K., & Epstein, N. B. (2010). Relationship satisfaction in Argentinean couples under economic strain: Mediating factors and gender differences in a dyadic stress model. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 781-799. doi: 10.1177/0265407510373260
Epstein, N. B., & Falconier, M. K. (under contract). Treatment plans and interventions in couple therapy. Guildford.
Falconier, M. K., Randall, A. K. , & Bodenmann, G. (2016). Couples coping with stress: A cross-cultural perspective. New York: Routledge. 2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title
Veiga, R., Lapidus, R., & Falconier, M. K. (1999). Mediacion educativa [Educational Mediation].Buenos Aires: ISIP.
Bodenmann, G., Falconier, M. K., & Randall, A. K. (2019). Dyadic coping: The systemic-transactional model. In J. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D. Breunlin, Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer.
Epstein, N. B., & Falconier, M. K. (2019). Communication training in couple and family therapy. In J. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D. Breunlin, Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer
Falconier, M. K. (2019). Norman Epstein. In J. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D. Breunlin, Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer.
Falconier, M. K., & Epstein, N. B. (2019). Contingency contracting in couple and family therapy. In J. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D. Breunlin, Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_78-1
Falconier, M. K., Kim, J., & Conway, A. (2018). TOGETHER: A Couple’s Model to Enhance Relationships and Economic Stability. In S. Donato (Ed), When "we" are stressed: A dyadic approach to coping with stressful events, NOVA Publisher.
Epstein, N. B., & Falconier, M. K. (2016). Shame in Couples’ Therapy. In J. Fitzgerald (Ed.), Foundations of Couples’ Therapy: Research for the Real World. New York: Routledge.
Falconier, M. K., Randall, A. K., & Bodenmann, G. (2016). Introduction. In M. K. Falconier, A. K., Randall, & G. Bodenmann (Eds.), Couples coping with stress: A cross-cultural perspective. New York: Routledge
Bodenmann, G., Randall, A. K., & Falconier, M. K. (2016). Coping in couples: The systemic transactional model (STM). In M. K. Falconier, A. K., Randall, & G. Bodenmann (Eds.), Couples coping with stress: A cross-cultural perspective. New York: Routledge.
Falconier, M. K., Randall, A. K., & Bodenmann, G. (2016). Cultural considerations in understanding dyadic coping across cultures. In M. K. Falconier, A. K., Randall, & G. Bodenmann (Eds.), Couples coping with stress: A cross-cultural perspective. New York: Routledge.
Falconier, M. K. (2016). Dyadic coping in Latino couples. In M. K. Falconier, A. K., Randall, & G. Bodenmann (Eds.), Couples coping with stress: A cross-cultural perspective. New York: Routledge.
Falconier, M. K., Bodenmann, G., & Randall, A. K. (2016). Conclusion. In M. K. Falconier, A. K., Randall, & G. Bodenmann (Eds.), Couples coping with stress: A cross-cultural perspective. New York: Routledge
Epstein, N. B., & Falconier, M. K. (2014). Cognitive-behavioral therapies for couples and families. In J. L. Wetchler & L. L. Hecker (Eds.), An Introduction to marriage and Family therapy (2nd ed.) (pp. 259-318). New York: Routledge.
Epstein, N. B., & Falconier, M. K. (2011). Shame in couple therapy: Helping to heal the intimacy bond. In R. Dearing & J.P. Tangney (Eds.), Shame in the therapy hour (pp. 167-192). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association
Baucom, D.H., Epstein, N., Kirby, J.S., & Falconier, M.K. (2010). Couple therapy: Theoretical perspectives and empirical findings. In D.H. Barlow (Ed.), Oxford handbook of clinical psychology (pp. 789-809). New York: Oxford University Press.
Wainstein, M., & Falconier, M. K. (2000). Intervenciones constructivas [Constructivist interventions]. In M. Wainstein (Ed.), Intervenciones con individuos, parejas, familias y organizaciones [Interventions with individuals, couples, families, and organizations] (pp. 97-115). Buenos Aires, Argentina: EUDEBA.
Assistant Professor, Family Science
Director, Center for Healthy Families
Tiara Fennell (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Couple and Family Therapy in the Department of Family Science in University of Maryland’s School of Public Health and the Clinic Director for the Center for Healthy Families. She is a PhD candidate in the Human Development and Family Science: Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech, and has received her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University. As a scholar, Tiara is engaged in research focusing on the experiences of burnout for community mental health clinicians and developing clinical trainings to support African American families in therapy. More specifically, Tiara's research aims to apply a systemic focus to these different clinical areas in order to develop interventions that can better support clinicians and improve the quality of mental health care for all. Tiara Fennell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and an AAMFT-approved clinical supervisor candidate.
Education and Training
M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Northwestern University
Ph.D. Candidate, Human Development and Family Science: Marriage and Family Therapy, Virginia Tech
- FMSC 640 Family Therapy: Theory and Techniques
- FMSC 658 Supervised Clinical Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
- FMSC 485 Introduction to Family Therapy
Mona Mittal, PhD
Assistant Professor, Family Science
Mona Mittal (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Science, School of Public Health, at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Ph.D. 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 the health outcomes of women with experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV). Her research interests include the 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.
Education and Training
M.A., Clinical Investigation, University of Rochester Medical Center, 2014
Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University, 2002
M.A., Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS),1998
B.S., Home Science, Lady Irwin College, Delhi University, 1996
- FMSC 432 Adult Development and Aging in Families
- FMSC 610 Research Methods in Family Science
- FMSC 651 Psychopathology in the Family Context
- FMSC 658 Supervised Clinical Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
Mittal., M., *Porter, S. C., & *Skracic, I. (in print). Systemic interventions for prevention with HIV positives. In K. E. Wampler (Editor-in-chief). Handbook of Couple and Family Therapy. Wiley Publishing.
Stith, S., Mittal., M., & Spencer, C. (in print). Couple violence: In-depth assessment and systemic interventions. In K. E. Wampler (Editor-in-chief). Handbook of Couple and Family Therapy. WileyPublishing.
*Ballard, J., Witham, M., & Mittal, M. (2016). Partner violence among immigrants and refugees. In J. Ballard, E. Wieling, & C. Solheim (Eds.), Immigrant and Refugee Families (pp. 115-138). University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing, Minneapolis, MN.
Mittal, M., Maker. A. H., & Rastogi, M. (2004). South Asians in the United States: Developing a systemic and empirically-based mental health assessment model. In M. Rastogi and E. Wieling (Eds.), The voices of color: first person accounts of ethnic minority therapists (pp. 233-254). Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA. Equal Contributors.
*Drew, L. B., Mittal., M., Thoma, M., Harper, C. C., Steinberg, J. (accepted) Intimate Partner Violence and Effectiveness Level of Contraceptive Selection Post-Abortion. Journal of Women’s Health.
Slopen, N., Zhang, J., Urlacher, S. S., DeSilva, G., & Mittal, M. (2018). Maternal experiences of intimate partner violence and C-reactive protein levels in young children in Tanzania. SSM- Population Health, 6, 107-115.
Mittal, M., *Resch, K., Nichols-Hadeed, C. A., Thompson Stone, J., Thevenet-Morrison, K., Faurot, C., Cerulli, C. (2018). Examining associations between strangulation and depressive symptoms in women with intimate partner violence histories. Violence and Victims, 33 (6), 1072- 1087.
*Schroder, A., Slopen, N., Mittal, M. (2018). Accumulation, Timing, and Duration of Early Childhood Adversity and Behavior Problems at Age 9. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 1-14.
Trabold, N., McMohan, J., Whitney, S., Alsobrooks, S., Mittal., M. (2018). A systematic review of intimate partner violence interventions: State of the field and implications for practitioners. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse.
Holland, M. L., Thevenet-Morrison, K., Mittal., M., Nelson, A. A., & Dozier, A. M. (2018). Breastfeeding and exposure to past, current, and neighborhood violence. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 22 (1), 82-91.
*Ali, B., Mittal, M., *Schroder, A., Ishman, N., Quinton, S., & Boekeloo, B. (2017). Psychological violence and sexual risk behavior among predominantly African American women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. First Published July 27, 2017.
Mittal. M., Landau, J., Thevenet-Morrison, K., Cai, X., Gibson, L., *Schroder, A., Chaize, J., & Carey, M. P. (2017). An integrated HIV risk reduction intervention for women with a history of intimate partner violence: Pilot test results. AIDS and Behavior, 21(8), 2219-2232.
Mittal, M., *Schroeder, A., Thevenet-Morrison, K., & Carey, M. P. (2016). Condom use among abused women: An event-based analysis. Annals of Public Health and Research, 3 (2), 1039.
Blackmore, E. R., Mittal., M., Cai, X., Moynihan, J. A., Matthieu, M. M, & O’Connor, T.G. (2016). Exposure to intimate partner violence and proinflammatory cytokine levels across the perinatal period. Journal of Women’s Health, 25(10), 1004-1013.
*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 20 (1) 225–234.
McMahon, J. M., Chimenti, R., Fedor, T., Trabold, N., Mittal, M., & Tortu, S. (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, 32(24), 3709-3734.
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, 54(4), 281-300.
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. (2013). 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. P. (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.P. (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.
Morse, D. S, Lafleur, R., Fogarty, C., Mittal, M., and Cerulli, C. (2012). They told me to leave: How health care providers address intimate partner violence. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 25(3),333-342.
Mittal, M., Senn, T., & Carey, M.P. (2012). Intimate partner violence and condom use among women: Does the Information-Motivation- Behavioral Skills (IMB) Model explain sexual risk behavior? AIDS and Behavior, 16(4), 1011-1019.
Mittal, M., Senn, T., Carey, M. P. (2011). Mediators of the relation between partner violence and sexual risk behavior among women attending a sexually transmitted disease clinic. Sexually Transmitted Disease, 38(6), 510-515.
Landau, J., Mittal, M., & Wieling, L. (2008). Linking human systems: Strengthening individuals, families, and communities in the wake of trauma. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34 (2), 193-209.
*Wang, M., Sandberg, J., * Zavada, A., Mittal, M., Gosling, A., * Rosenberg, T.,* Jeffery, A., & * McPheters, J. (2006).“Almost there”…Why clients fail to engage in family therapy: An exploratory study. Contemporary Family Therapy, 28 (2), 211 – 224.
Mittal, M. & Wieling, E. (2006). Training experiences of international doctoral students in marriage and family therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 32(3), 369-384.
Mittal, M. & Hardy, K.V. (2005). A re-examination of the current status and future of family therapy in India. Contemporary Family Therapy, 27 (3), 285-299.
Mittal, M., & Wieling, E. (2004). The influence of therapists’ ethnicity on the practice of feminist family therapy: A pilot study. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 16(2), 1-24.
Mittal. M, & Wieling, E. (2002). Expanding the horizons of marriage and family therapists: Towards global interconnectedness. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 14(1), 53-63. *Equal Contributors.
Harris, S. M., Dersch, C. A., & Mittal, M. (1999). Look who is talking: Measuring self- disclosure in MFT. Contemporary Family Therapy, 21(3), 405-415
Amy Morgan, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor, Family Science
Dr. Amy Morgan (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Couple and Family Therapy in the Department of Family Science in University of Maryland’s School of Public Health. She also serves as a supervisor for our current CFT students in The Center for Healthy Families. She received her PhD in Human Development and Family Science: Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech, and a master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of New Hampshire. As a scholar, Dr. Morgan is engaged in family science research focusing on the health, well-being, and resilience of families experiencing parental incarceration. In particular, Dr. Morgan’s research agenda seeks to understand factors that promote family resilience during parental incarceration in order to develop supportive interventions for formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. Most recently, Dr. Morgan was awarded grant funding from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Research and Education Foundation to investigate resilience processes after incarceration. Dr. Morgan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and an AAMFT-approved clinical supervisor. Dr. Morgan is also heavily involved in policy work, advancing research that explores mental healthcare policy and serving as a statewide legislative policy leader for organizations including AAMFT and the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Education and Training
Ph.D., Human Development and Family Science: Marriage and Family Therapy, Virginia Tech, 2020
M.S., Human Development and Family Science: Marriage and Family Therapy, University of New Hampshire, 2012
B.A., Psychology, University of New Hampshire, 2010
- FMSC 330 - Family Theories & Patterns
- FMSC 340 - Mental Health and Healing in Families
- FMSC 610 - Research Methods in Family Science
- FMSC 651 - Treatment of Emotional and Mental Disorders in Family Systems
- FMSC 658 - Supervised Clinical Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
Morgan, A. A., Kosi-Huber, J. ††, Farley, T. M. ††, Tadros, E., & Bell, A. M†. (2022). Felons need not apply: The tough-on-crime era’s felony welfare benefits ban and its impact on families with a formerly incarcerated parent. Journal of Child and Family Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-022-02400-3.
Tadros, E., Morgan, A. A., Durante, K. (2022). Criticism, compassion, and conspiracy theories: A thematic analysis of what Twitter users are saying about COVID-19 in correctional settings. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X221102847
Morgan, A. A., Fullen, M. C., & Wiley, J. (2022). A case of the tail wagging the dog: The Medicare mental health coverage gap and its impact on providers, beneficiaries, and communities. Submitted to the Journal of Mental Health Counseling Special Issue on Policies and Practice. https://doi.org/10.17744/mehc.44.1.04
Morgan, A. A., Arditti, J. A., Dennison, S., & Frederickson, S. (2021). Against the odds: A structural equation analysis of family resilience processes during paternal incarceration. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111592
Morgan, A. A., *Thomas, M. E., & Brossoie, N. (2020). Trauma-informed care as a framework for addressing the opioid epidemic in Appalachia: An exploratory integrative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 44, 156-159. doi:10.1037/rmh0000137.
Morgan, A. A., Arditti, J. A., Spiers, S., & Buechner-Maxwell, V. (2020). “Came for the horses, stayed for the men”: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Staff, Community, and Reentrant Perceptions of a Prison Equine Program (PEP). Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 59, 156-176. doi:10.1080/10509674.2019.1706688.
Arditti, J. A., Morgan, A. A., Spiers, S., Buechner-Maxwell, V., & Shivy, V. (2020). Perceptions of rehabilitative change among incarcerated persons enrolled in a prison-equine program (PEP): Implications for Reentry into Family and Community Life. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology, 8(2), 1-30. doi:10.21428/88de04a1.f0206951
Morgan, A. A., & Arditti, J. A. (2020). Incarceration and the family. In J. J. Ponzetti Jr., M. Blankemeyer, S. Horan, H. Lyons, & A. Shigeto. (Eds.), Macmillan Encyclopedia of Intimate and Family Relationships: An Interdisciplinary Approach. USA: Macmillan Reference.
Fullen, M. C., Wiley, J. D., & Morgan, A. A. (2019). The Medicare mental health coverage gap: How licensed professional counselors navigate Medicare-ineligible provider status. The Professional Counselor, 9, 310-323. doi:10.15241/mcf.9.4.310.
Wiley, J., Fullen, M. C., & Morgan, A. A. (2019). “Bearing the Burden”: Exploring the Implications of Licensed Professionals' Exclusion from Medicare on Rural Mental Health Disparities. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 43, 118-129. doi:10.1037/rmh0000119.
Landers, A., Morgan, A. A., Danes, S. M., & White Hawk, S. (2018). Does reunification matter? Differences in social connection to tribe and tribal enrollment among First Nations adults. Children and Youth Services Review, 94, 347-353. doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.09.019
*Goodman, J., *Morgan, A. A., Hodgson, J., Caldwell, B. (2018). From private practice to academia: Integrating social and political policy into every MFT identity. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 44, 32 – 45. doi:10.1111/jmft.12298
Torrie Blackwell, MA, LCMFT, (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Maryland as well as the state of New York. She currently is a Doctoral student at North Central University, obtaining a DMFT and has earned her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University. Ms. Blackwell is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and an AAMFT supervisor candidate. Currently, she works in private practice with a small caseload of clients and supervising limited permit therapists. Her clinical interests include working with adult individuals and couples, assisting them through life transitions.
Laura Golojuch, PhD, LMFT (she/her) is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who practices on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Laura graduated from the University of Maryland's Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) program and completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Family Science. She integrates research and theory into her clinical practice and pulls from models such as solution focus, narrative, and DBT in her clinical work. Laura supervises with a person of the therapist lens and completed her dissertation on the social justice practices of CFTs.
Marjorie Nightingale, Ph.D., J.D., LMFT (she/her) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in couples and sex therapy in a private practice in Washington, D.C. She received her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from LaSalle University. She is a doctoral candidate in Couple and Family Therapy at Drexel University where her research focuses on developing racially sensitive interventions for African American couples.
She has extensive clinical experience working with diverse couples. In addition, Ms. Nightingale spent several years as a family law and child welfare attorney in Baltimore where she worked with marginalized populations. As a scholar-practitioner, she has a special interest in addressing the intersection of sex and race in therapy for people of color. She recently received the 2020 AAMFT Foundation’s Outstanding Research Publication Award for her first academic article: Emotionally Focused Therapy: A culturally Sensitive Approach for African American Heterosexual Couples.
Dr. Shanéa Thomas, LICSW (He/She/Dr.) is a bold lecturer and seasoned scholar-practitioner with more than 19 years of professional clinical social work experience in the Washington D.C. metro area. Dr. Thomas’ main commitment in the field is training and strategizing with social workers, educators, and service providers around building safer therapeutic and educational spaces for all people. This is especially for those working in communities that are underserved and under-resourced, and those identifying as Black, Indigenous, people of color, and LGBTQI+ folks. Dr. Thomas has facilitated over 90 workshops centering DEI needs, grief and loss, mental health, sex and gender, and LGBTQI+ populations. Dr. Thomas ended his 10-year position at the University of Southern California School of Social Work as a Senior Lecturer in 2022 to further the commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusivity through the University of Maryland School of Public Health as their LGBTQ+ Training Specialist and Assistant Clinical Research Professor. Dr. Thomas is assisting the Prevention Research Center in launching their national training program using evidence-based tools to build LGBTQ+ competency in practice amongst mental health professionals.
Dr. Thomas still maintains a clinical private practice through Thomas Consulting and Therapeutic Services where he is trauma-focused first, and inclusive always. His clinical training and education through the International Psychotherapy Institute (Bethesda, MD), Howard University (Master's In Social Work), and Widener University (Master's in Education: Human Sexuality Studies, along with a Advanced Certificate) are grounded in psychodynamic psychotherapy, frameworks of Intersectionality, Empowerment Theory (Solomon), Decolonizing/Oppressionist Theory (Fanon), and Disability and Healing Justice. Dr. Thomas is also a Certified Compassionate Bereavement Care Provide through the Center of Loss and Trauma and MISS Foundation, Online (Sedona, AZ), and a Guest Lecturer for the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing's (Washington, DC) Grief Institute Certification Program: Healing at the Intersection: Grief & Trauma
Erica R. Turner, MS, (she/her) is the Associate Clinical Director in the Virginia Tech Marriage and Family Therapy Program in Falls Church, VA. Ms. Turner is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and an AAMFT Supervisor Candidate. She supervises therapist interns in the Center for Family Services, the program’s onsite clinic, and also provides supervision for interns in offsite placements.
Her clinical interests include working with couples who want to improve their connection and communication; adults who want to heal from highly difficult or abusive relationships; and providing tools to children and adults to manage anxiety. Ms. Turner is the owner of Rosewater Therapy, a private psychotherapy practice in Northern Virginia. She is passionate about advancing the mental health field and increasing public engagement in mental health and relationship topics. To that end, she is the co-founder of Therapy is Not a Dirty Word, an events and advocacy program that works to bridge the gap between therapists and the public.
Ms. Turner lives in Washington, DC with her husband, their two cats, and their dog.
Adjunct Faculty / Clinical Supervisors
Jasmine Ferrill, PhD (she/her) is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in AAMFT and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the states of Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, and Illinois. Dr. Ferrill owns a virtual private practice called Shades of Therapy where she provides culturally attuned services to couples and individuals employing evidence-based, systemic, and integrative approaches. She also serves as a supervisor for our current CFT students in The Center for Healthy Families. She is a graduate of Hampton University, Northwestern University, and Florida State University.
Liann Seiter, MS, LCMFT (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Maryland and District of Columbia who works with clients in private practice. She is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and an AAMFT supervisor candidate. She also serves as a supervisor for our current CFT students in The Center for Healthy Families. Ms. Seiter received a bachelor’s degree in marriage, family, and human development from Brigham Young University (BYU) a master’s degree in Sociology from BYU, and a master’s degree in couples and family therapy from the University of Maryland at College Park. Ms. Seiter is also trained as a massage therapist, yoga teacher, and birth doula. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and emerging adults struggling with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, and grief.
Zachary Berman, MS, LCMFT (he/him) is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate who sees clients in Bethesda, MD as a member of Harmony Holistic LLC, a private group practice. After working for five years as a rehabilitation counselor supporting clients with severe mental illness diagnoses in a community mental health setting, Zack graduated from the University of Maryland's Couple and Family Therapy program and is currently completing his Ph.D. in the Department of Family Science. His clinical interests center on couple and sex therapy and he has extensive experience working with clientele in LGBTQ+, consensually non-monogamous, and kink communities. Zack's preferred models are Bowen Family Systems, DBT, and EFT. He often collaborates with clients on impromptu experiential exercises, utilizing a strengths-based stance to empower them to reach their goals.
Christie Chorbajian, LCMFT, DBT-C (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT) who has 10 years experience working with individuals, children, and families in English and in Spanish. She is a Clinical Fellow, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate, and Board Approved Supervisor. She is also certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Christie has extensive experience providing community-based mental health services and has recently transitioned into private practice. She is the former Director of the State's first Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program to be offered to clients with Medical Assistance. Christie is especially interested in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a means of incorporating values into one's everyday life. Christie strives for a genuine relationship with Colleagues, and Supervisees through the use of direct communication and transparency. Christie hopes to assist Supervisees in seeing the growth within themselves, feeling confident in their clinical skills, and promoting culturally sensitive treatment to clients.
Ashley Copeland, MS, LCMFT, (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate. Ashley sees clients in Kensington MD as a member of Jonah Green and Associates, LLC, a private group practice. Previously Ashley worked at Women’s Resource Center–a crisis center for women and children in Radford Virginia. She then graduated from University of Maryland’s Couple and Family Therapy program and currently serves primarily children, teens, and families. Her clinical interests include parent-child relationships, emotion regulation, family life cycle disruptions, parent support/education, and attachment within families. Ashley’s preferred models are attachment-based, Narrative, and DBT, but she uses a collaborative and strengths-based approach in all of her work with clients.
Diana Mayer, MS, LCMFT (she/her) is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and supervisor candidate with over twenty years of experience working with children and families. Diana owns a private practice in Bethesda, MD where she specializes in childhood and adolescence anxiety and depression, parenting, and acculturation. She also works for the World Bank Counseling Unit. Diana’s preferred models are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative, and Structural Family Therapy. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology in Venezuela, and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy by the University of Rochester, NY.
Cara Nazareth, MS, LCMFT (she/her) is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate and a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2013, Cara started her career in community mental health, working with individuals with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. Since opening her private practice in 2018, Cara has worked extensively with couples and individuals at all stages of life. Cara uses an integrative, systemic framework to conceptualize cases, and she values solution-focused, evidence-based interventions.
Sabrina Roc, MS, LMFT (she/her) is a Licensed Marriage and family Therapist in Washington DC who currently works with emerging adults at a university counseling center in DC, and has a small private practice caseload in Bethesda, MD. Sabrina has also worked at a community mental health agency focused on trauma-informed counseling to support survivors of sexual violence. Sabrina received her bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences at Florida State University and is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Couple and Family Therapy Program. Sabrina’s clinical interests include working with young adults through identity development and transition to adulthood, couples' communication, and trauma. Sabrina is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Minority Fellow (2019/2020). Sabrina preferred models lean towards Narrative and EFT, to collaborate with her clients to support and empower them to reach their goals.
Sarah Walker (she/her) is the Program Administrative Specialist for the MS, Couple and Family Therapy program and The Center for Healthy Families clinic at the University of Maryland, College Park. She completed her Master’s in Psychology from Purdue University. She has six years of experience in higher education administration, specifically in student support services. A native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and an Air Force spouse, Sarah is passionate about supporting students of all backgrounds to pursue their educational and career goals. She enjoys reading, board games, and traveling with her spouse, her teenager, and her dog.
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