Carissa D'Aniello Heyda

Assistant Professor of Couple and Family Therapy
Expertise: Couples and families, New therapist training, Family dynamics


Carissa D'Aniello-Heyda is a researcher of couple and family therapy processes, specifically therapy productiveness, therapy retention, and therapy effectiveness. She examines the role of these factors on improving the quality of therapy, and improving the training student-therapists receive.

D’Aniello-Heyda is an assistant professor of marriage and family therapy, an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) pre-clinical fellow and approved supervisor candidate, and a member of the National Council on Family Relations. D’Aniello-Heyda has authored several publications in the American Journal of Family Therapy, Contemporary Family Therapy, Journal of Family Psychotherapy, Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, and The Family Journal.

In 2016, D’Aniello-Heyda was awarded the AAMFT Dissertation Award for her outstanding dissertation titled, "A Common Factors Informed Mixed Methods Investigation of Clients of Marriage and Family Therapists’ Perception of Therapy Productiveness."



  • Ph.D. Virginia Tech
  • M.A. Fairfield University
  • B.A. Siena College

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