Department of

Family Science

Program Faculty

Dr. Patricia Barros
Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Science
 
Campus: UMD Building: School of Public Health | Room: 0142
Phone: 301 405 4017 | Emailpbarros@umd.edu(link sends e-mail)
CV / Resume:

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Biography
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
Courses
  • 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
Publications
Brown, C. C., Barros-Gomes, P., Smith, E., Stith, S., Cafferky, B. The contextual role of depression within couples experiencing partner violence. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1080/15332691.2017.1372832      
  
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ser00001582.
 
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2016.08.004
          
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. Norman Epstein

Professor, Family Science

Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program

Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142X School of Public Health
Phone: 301.405.4013 | Email: nbe@umd.edu
Office Hours: Monday 1-2, Thursday 1-2, and by appointment. Please contact via email to set up an appointment.
CV / Resume:

File Epstein CV.docx

Biography
Norman B. Epstein, Ph.D. is widely recognized internationally as a leader in the field of couple and family therapy. In particular, he is a pioneer in the development of cognitive-behavioral therapy with couples and families. His research, writing, teaching, and training of clinicians have focused on the role of cognitive, emotional and behavioral processes in relationship adjustment and dysfunction; assessment of intimate relationships; couple and family coping with stress; development and evaluation of treatments for distressed couples and families, including couples experiencing partner aggression; anxiety and depression in the relationship context; cross-cultural studies of couple and family relationships; and culturally sensitive adaptations of Western-derived models of family therapy. He is an author or editor of five books, including Depression in the Family (1986), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Families (1988), Cognitive-Behavioral Marital Therapy (1990), Enhanced Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Couples: A Contextual Approach (2002), and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Sexual Dysfunction (2018). In addition, he has published 67 journal articles and 67 chapters in edited books on aspects of couple and family relationships and therapy. He currently has a contract to write a book on treatment of aggressive behavior in couple relationships. Dr. Epstein has presented 138 research papers, as well as 95 training workshops on couple and family therapy, at national and international professional meetings. One special focus of his international work has involved eight trips to China to present training seminars and workshops, as well as to collaborate with Chinese colleagues on research and on the development of family therapy training in China. In 2008, graduate students from the University of Maryland’s Couple and Family Therapy program traveled with Dr. Epstein to Beijing for a joint class on family therapy with faculty and CFT graduate students of the Institute for Developmental Psychology at Beijing Normal University (BNU). Subsequently, Dr. Epstein and University of Maryland CFT students participated in the Sino-American Forums on Marital and Family Therapy at BNU in 2012 and 2014. Dr. Epstein also has presented training workshops on cognitive-behavioral individual, couple and family therapy to school counselors in Shanghai, as well as mental health professionals in South Korea, Japan, Germany, and France. Dr. Epstein is interested in cultural sensitivity in the practice of couple and family therapy, including the adaptation of Western-derived therapy models for appropriate use in other cultures. He also has collaborated with Korean colleagues on research studies investigating risk and protective factors for adolescent emotional and behavioral problems in Korea. Currently he also is engaged in a 4-year study, as part of a larger project with colleagues at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Uniformed Services University, and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, investigating improvements that Service Members with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder experience in their relationships with their family members, as well as in their symptoms, when they engage in training service dogs for placement with physically disabled veterans.
Education and Training
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, The University of California at Los Angeles, 1974 
Cognitive Therapy Training, Dr. Aaron Beck’s Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania
Courses
  • FMSC 431 Family Crises and Intervention
  • FMSC 610 Research Methods in Family Studies
  • FMSC 641 Couples Therapy, Theory, and Techniques
  • FMSC 645 Sexuality: Issues in Family Therapy and Service Delivery
  • FMSC 650 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Principles in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • FMSC 658 Supervised Clinical Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • FMSC 810 Theory in Family Systems and Family Health
Honors and Awards
Dr. Epstein is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Assessment Psychology. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading professional journals.
Publications

Epstein, N.B., Schlesinger, S.E., & Kim, H. (2018). Cognitive-behavioral family therapy. In P.C. Kendall (Ed.), Cognitive therapy with children and adolescents: A casebook for clinical practice (pp. 301-328). New York: NY: Guilford.

Epstein, N.B. (2018). Cognitive-behavioral couple therapy. In R.L. Leahy (Ed.), Science and practice in cognitive therapy: Foundations, mechanisms, and applications (pp. 194-213). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Kim, J.E., Epstein, N.B., & Kim, J. (2017). Life stresses in adolescents with problematic media use: The role of anger management in cyberbullying. Family and Family Therapy, 25, 227-249.

Epstein, N.B., & Falconier, M.K. (2017).  Shame in couple relationships. In J. Fitzgerald (Ed.), Foundations for couples’ therapy: Research for the real world (pp. 374-383).  New York: Routledge.

Epstein, N.B., Dattilio, F.M., & Baucom, D.H. (2016). Cognitive-behavior couple therapy. In T.L. Sexton & J. Lebow (Eds.), Handbook of family therapy (4th ed., pp. 361-386). New York: Routledge.

Kahn, S.Y., & Epstein, N.B., & Kivlighan, D.M. (2015). Couple therapy for partner aggression: Effects on individual and relational well-being. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. 14, 95-115. doi/full/10.1080/15332691.2014.966879

Curtis, D.S., Epstein, N.B., & Wheeler, B. (2015). Relationship satisfaction mediates the link between partner aggression and relationship dissolution: The importance of considering severity. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260515588524

Baucom, D.H., Epstein, N.B., Kirby, J.S., & LaTaillade, J.J. (2015). Cognitive-behavioral couple therapy.  In A.S. Gurman, J.L. Lebow, & D.K. Snyder (Eds.), Clinical handbook of couple therapy (5th ed., pp. 23-60).  New York: Guilford Press.

Epstein, N.B., Werlinich, C.A., & LaTaillade, J.J. (2015). Couple therapy for partner aggression. In A.S. Gurman, J.L. Lebow, & D.K. Snyder (Eds.), Clinical handbook of couple therapy (5th ed., pp. 389-411).  New York: Guilford Press.

Quach, A., Riley, P.J., Epstein, N.B., Fang, X.Y., & Falconier, M.K. (2013). The relationship of parental warmth, parental pressure for academic achievement, and gender with adolescent depression and anxiety in China. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Doi: 10.1007/s10826-013-9818-y

Chi, P., Epstein, N.B., Fang, X., & Lam, D.O.B. (2013). The similarity of relationship standards, couple communication patterns and marital satisfaction among Chinese couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 806-816.

Park, W. & Epstein, N.B. (2013). The longitudinal causal directionality between body image distress and self-esteem among Korean adolescents: The moderating effect of relationships with parents. Journal of Adolescence, 36, 403-411.

Epstein, N.B., Berger, A.T., Fang, J.J., Messina, L., Smith, J.R., Lloyd, T.D., Fang, X.Y., & Liu, Q.X. (2012). Applying Western-developed family therapy models in China. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 23, 217-237; DOI: 10.1080/08975353.2012.705661.

Hrapczynski, K.M., Epstein, N.B., Werlinich, C.A., & LaTaillade, J.J. (2011). Changes in negative attributions during couple therapy for abusive behavior: Relations to changes in satisfaction and behavior. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38, 117-132; DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00264.x


Dr. Leigh Leslie

Associate Professor, Family Science

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

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Biography
 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

Courses
  • 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.
Publications

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.


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

Courses
  • 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
    Publications

    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.