Professor, Family Science
Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program
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. She completed her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and her doctoral degree in Family Studies at the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining the University of Maryland she was an Associate Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, serving first Director of the Center for Family services (2008-2016) and later as Director of the Master's Program in Marriage and Family Therapy (2017-2018). Dr. Falconier, originally from Argentina, began her work as a therapist with individuals, couples, and families in 1992. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist in both states Maryland and Virginia and has been an approved supervisor by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy since 2007. Dr. Falconier was also director of outpatient mental health clinics at WATS and Vesta, Inc. before joining Virginia Tech. She has taught in five different universities undergraduate and graduate courses in multicultural and diversity issues in MFT, couple therapy, MFT theories and techniques, particularly post-modern approaches, and developmental psychology. 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, an interdisciplinary group program designed to help couples improve their communication, coping, and financial management skills. Dr. Falconier has received over $11 million dollars in federal funding to implement the TOGETHER program and initially to evaluate it in a randomized controlled trial. Dr. Falconier has published and presented nationally and internationally and is the leading editor of the book Couples Coping with Stress: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, recipient of the 2018 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award.
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)
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: 10.1891/1946-65188.8.131.526
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
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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
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.
Dr. Amy Morgan 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 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.
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
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.
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.
*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