Accomplishments: Couple & Family Therapy Program

February 20, 2018
Katherine Hertlein (Couples and Family Therapy) has been named a Fulbright Scholar. The program director for the School of Medicine’s couple and family therapy program, Hertlein does research examining the effect of technology on human relationships. Her proposed research as a Fulbright Scholar includes collecting survey data on how people use technology in Austria to initiate, maintain, and terminate relationships. The survey will take place at the University of Salzburg and the surrounding...
August 8, 2017
Michael Curtis, Brittney Farrow, and Melissa Yzaguirre (all Marriage and Family Therapy) all have been admitted to the 2017-18 Minority Fellowship Program of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The program is dedicated to expanding the delivery of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to underserved minority populations and increasing the number of culturally competent marriage and family therapists. Additionally, Curtis was awarded the diversity...
May 15, 2017
Katherine Hertlein and Gerald Weeks (both Marriage and Family Therapy) have won the Integrative Approaches to Sex Therapy Award from the American Association for Sexuality Counselors, Educators, and Therapists (AASECT). This award is for creative applications of an integrative and interactive approach to sexual issues in clinical work with individuals, couples, groups, and/or supervisees of all ages, genders, and other diversities. This award may be considered for any practical or theoretical...
May 11, 2017
Katherine Hertlein and Gerald Weeks (Marriage and Family Therapy), along with co-author Nancy Gambescia of Drexel University, are the 2017 recipients of the American Association for Sexuality Counselors, Educators, and Therapists Book Award for their book, A Clinician's Guide to Systemic Sex Therapy. This award is presented to the author(s) of a book that makes a significant contribution to AASECT's vision of sexual health and to the clinical and educational standards of the field. The...
March 27, 2017
Katherine M. Hertlein (Marriage and Family Therapy) has been appointed editor-In-chief of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. The journal has been dedicated to the interests of adult couple relationships through its rigorous research articles, treatment articles, theoretical pieces, and diverse perspectives expressed in other formats. It is a premier outlet for giving voice to contemporary issues in couples where current ideologies are explored, challenged, and resolved. The Journal...
September 1, 2016
Gerald Weeks, Stephen Fife, and Colleen Peterson (Marriage and Family Therapy) co-edited Techniques for the Couple Therapist¸ published in June. The book features many of the most prominent psychotherapists today, presenting their most effective couple therapy interventions. This book provides clinicians with a user-friendly reference with an array of techniques that can be quickly read and immediately used in session. The book includes more than 50 chapters by experts in the field on the...
March 2, 2016
Gerald R. Weeks, Katherine Hertlein, and Nancy Gambescia (Marriage and Family Therapy) recently published the second edition of A Clinician's Guide to Systemic Sex Therapy (Routledge, 2015). This text is a companion book to Systemic Sex Therapy, second edition, which was publisher earlier in 2015 by Routledge. These two books continue the development of  a new paradigm for the field of sex therapy. Weeks is the founder of the systemic approach to sex therapy. This text is his 23rd advanced...
April 1, 2015
Stephen Fife (Marriage and Family Therapy) is coauthor of an article published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy that won the publication's Best Article of 2014 Award. His coauthors were Jason Whiting, Sean Davis, and Kay Bradford. The article, "The Therapeutic Pyramid: A Common Factors Synthesis of Techniques, Alliance, and Way of Being," presents a meta-model of psychotherapy that synthesizes important common factors of change in therapy. The publication is the top journal in the...
March 1, 2014
Gerald Weeks and Stephen Fife (both Marriage and Family Therapy) are the authors of Couples in Treatment: Techniques and Approaches for Effective Practice, third edition (Routledge 2014). This is Weeks' 20th book. Additionally, Weeks has been elected president of the 21st International Congress on Sexual Health, which will take place in Turkey in April.
April 1, 2013
Tara Emmers-Sommer (Communication Studies), Katherine Hertlein (Marriage and Family Therapy), and M. Alexis Kennedy (Criminal Justice) have had their manuscript, "Porn Use and Attitudes: An Examination of Relational and Sexual Openness Variables Between and Within Gender" accepted to the Marriage and Family Review. The three authors also had their paper, "Testing a Model Predicting Risky Sexual Behavior," accepted for presentation at the 2013 International Communication Association conference...