Department of

Family Science

Program Faculty

Dr. Patricia Barros
Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Science
Director, Center for Healthy Families
Campus: UMD Building: School of Public Health | Room: 0142
Phone: 301 405 4017 | sends e-mail)
CV / Resume:

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Dr. Patricia Barros is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Science and Director of the Center for Healthy Families. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland in 2016, she was a postdoctoral clinical fellow at George Washington University. She is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Universidade Catolica de Pernambuco, in Brazil; she earned an M.S. in Psychology, a Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Kansas State University.  She has worked in multiple settings, including school, home-based, and community health clinics, with a variety of populations and presenting problems. She sees the importance of self-of- the-therapist work as part of providing culturally sensitive services. Her research interests are around factors related to intimate partner violence, as well as on individual and family resiliency. She is particularly interested on life transitions, and how multiple systems can facilitate the growth of culturally minority families and individuals, throughout the life-span.
Education and Training
Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas State University, 2015 
M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas State University,  2012
M.S., Psychology, Kansas State University, 2010
B.S., Psychology, Universidade Catolica de Pernambuco, 2005
  • FMSC 640 - Family Therapy: Theory and Technique
  • FMSC 653 - Advanced Application of Marriage and Family Therapy Models and Techniques
  • FMSC 654 -  Clinical Marriage and Family Therapy Practice
  • FMSC 658 - Supervised Clinical Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
Brown, C. C., Barros-Gomes, P., Smith, E., Stith, S., Cafferky, B. (2017). The contextual role of depression within couples experiencing partner violence. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy.      
Cornish, P. A., Berry, G., Benton, S., Barros-Gomes, P., Johnson, D., Ginsburg, R., ... & Romano, V. (2017). Meeting the mental health needs of today’s college student: Reinventing services through Stepped Care. Psychological Services, 14(4), 428.
Barros-Gomes, P., Kimmes, J., Smith, E., Cafferky, B., Stith, S., Durtschi, J., & McCollum, E. (2016). The role of depression in the relationship between psychological and physical intimate violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260516673628    

Knapp, D., Durtschi, J., Clifford, C., Kimmes, J., Barros-Gomes, P., & Sandberg, J. (2016). Self-esteem and caregiving in romantic relationships: Self- and partner perceptions. Personal  Relationships. doi: 10.1111/pere.12114
Mallory, A., Dharnidharka, P., Deitz, S. L., Barros-Gomes, P., Cafferky, B., Stith, S.., & Van, K. A meta-analysis of cross cultural risk markers for intimate partner violence. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 31, 116-126.
Smith, E., Barros-Gomes, P. (2015). Soliciting strengths systemically: The use of character strengths in couple and family therapy. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 26(1), 42-46.

Barros-Gomes, P., Baptist, J. (2014). Black women's ambivalence about marriage: A voice-centered relational approach. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 13(4), 284-311. doi: 10.1080/15332691.2014.929064
Baptist, J., Barros-Gomes, P., Cafferky, B., & Johannes, E. (2014). Resilience building  among adolescents from National Guard Families: Applying a developmental contextual model. Journal of Adolescent Research, 1-29. doi: 10.1177/0743558414558592
Aducci, C. J., Baptist, J. A., George, J., Barros, P. M., & Goff, B. S. N. (2011). The recipe for a good military wife: How military wives managed OIF/OEF deployment. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 23, 231-249.    
Cafferky, B., Barros, P., & Baptist, J. Collaborative supervision compass: A tool for well-rounded supervisee development.
Barros, P.M. (2013). Proposta de intervenção com casais em situação de violência doméstica: é possível no Brasil?. In: Garcia, M. L. D, & Seixas, M. R. (org.). (2013). Violência Doméstica: A prática da terapia familiar promovendo a cultura da paz. Editora Roca: São  Paulo, Brasil.
Vilar de Melo, M. F., Alves, G. M. G., Barros, P. C. M., Azevedo, N. P. S. G. (2011). Discurso, funcionamento da linguagem e subjetividade em sujeitos com afasia. In: Azevedo, N. P. G., & Fonte, R. F. L. (2011). Aquisicão da linguagem, seus distúrbios e especificidades: diferentes perspectivas. Curitiba, Brazil: CRV.

Dr. Mariana Falconier

Professor, Family Science

Other Affiliations: Center for Healthy FamiliesSPH
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142 SPH
Phone: 301-405-2438 | Email:
CV / Resume:

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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.
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

Dr. Leigh Leslie

Associate Professor, Family Science

Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program

Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142V,School of Public Health
Phone: 301.405.4011 |
Office Hours: Contact via email to set up a time unless otherwise listed in Course Syllabus.
CV / Resume:

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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.
Education and Training

Ph.D., Individual and Family Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 1982

  • FMSC 330 Family Theories and Patterns
  • FMSC 430 Gender Issues in Families
  • FMSC 640 Family Therapy: Theories and Techniques
  • FMSC 745 Gender and Ethnicity in Family Therapy and Service Delivery
  • FMSC 651 Clinical Methods and Consultation in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • FMSC 658 Supervised Clinical Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
Honors and Awards
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.

Leslie, L. A., & Cook, E. (2015). Maternal trauma and adolescent depression: Is parenting style a moderator? Psychology, 6, 681-688.

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

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.

Dr. Mona Mittal 
Assistant Professor, Family Science
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142EE
Phone: (301) 405-7937 |
CV / Resume:
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.
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

    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.