Marriage and Family Therapy-
Masters and Doctoral Program Alumni
Illustrative Scientist-Practitioner Careers
Joyce Arditti (MA, MFT, UConn, 1982, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, 1988). Associate Professor, Human Development, Virginia Tech University. Editor, Family Relations (2004-2009). She received Virginia Tech’s Excellence in Outreach Award (2006-2007) and Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award (2003-2004).
Suzanne Bartle-Haring (MA, MFT, UConn,1987, Ph.D., UConn, 1990). Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, and Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Ohio State University. President Ohio Association for Marriage and. Family Therapy 2004-2006. Consulting Editor, Psychology of Women Quarterly (2000- 2009).
Stephen Brewer (MA, MFT, UConn, 1990, Ph.D., UConn, 1993). Licensed marriage and family therapist and adjunct faculty member, Division of Human Development & Family Studies, University of Connecticut, Avery Point. Recipient of Student Paper Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (1991) for “Parental-Adolescent Relations among Fundamentalist Christians."
Marsha Carolan (MA, MFT, UConn, 1988, Ph.D. Virginia Tech, 1995). Associate Professor and Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Michigan State University. Michigan State University Teacher Scholar Award, 2001.
William Cook (MA, MFT, UConn, 1982, Ph.D., UConn, 1987, Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Family Clinic, 1987-1989). Associate Director of Research, Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Center for Psychiatric Research. Dr. Cook has major responsibility for the scientific conduct of research studies within Maine Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry. Co-author, with David Kenny, of Dyadic Data Analysis (2006) published by Guilford Press.
Darci Cramer-Benjamin (MA, MFT, UConn, 1995, Ph.D., UConn, 2002). Faculty member, Department of Psychiatry, University of Buffalo. On staff of the Children's Psychiatry Clinic, Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, New York. President, New York Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (2009-2011).
William Doherty (MA, MFT, UConn 1974, Ph.D., UConn, 1978). Professor & Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota. He is the author of nine books, including Take Back your Wedding: Managing the People Stress of Wedding Planning (2007) published by Book Surge Publishing, Reviving Marriage in America: Strategies for Donors (2006) published by Philanthropy Roundtable, and Putting Family First (2002) published by Henry Holt Inc. President of the National Council on Family Relations (1998-1999). He is a Fellow in the National Council on Family Relations (2004) and received the award for Significant Contributions to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, (1992).
Stephan Gavazzi (MA, MFT, UConn, 1985, Ph.D., UConn, 1991), Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, Ohio State University. Recipient of Ohio State University, Dean’s Faculty Award for Professional Excellence (1994). Co-author of Vision 2010: Families and Adolescence (1994) published by the National Council of Family Relations.
Wm. Michael Fleming (MA, MFT, UConn, 1991, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Program Development and Evaluation, University of Michigan). Associate Professor, Family Studies, University of Northern Iowa. Chair, National Council on Family Relations, Family Policy Section (2009-2011).
Jeri Hepworth (MA, MFT, UConn, 1977, Ph.D., UConn,1981). Professor, Associate Residency Director, and Director of Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. She is co-author of The Shared Experience Of Illness published by Perseus books, and Medical Family Therapy published by Basic Books.
Sarah Holmes (MA, MFT, UConn, 1992, Ph.D., UConn, 1996). Research Associate, National Institute on Aging, Gerontology Research Center, Baltimore, MD.
Julie Liefeld (MA, MFT, UConn, 1999, Ph.D., UConn, 2006). Director of Health and Wellness, Interim Dean of Students, Mitchell College.
Matt Mutchler (MA, MFT, University of Rhode Island, 2001, Ph.D., UConn, 2007). Assistant Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University. Recipient of the National Council on Family Relations, Family Therapy Section Award for Best Paper by a New Professional (2007).
Margaret Schlossberg (MA, MFT, UConn, 1995, Ph.D., UConn, 2000; Post Doctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Psychiatry (2001). Medical researcher and pediatric family therapist, Johns Hopkins University, Children’s Center, Baltimore, MD.
Georgie Winter (MA., MFT, UConn, 1989; Ph.D., UConn, 1994). Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Friends University.
Louisa Baker (MA, 2008) wrote her thesis, Evaluating the Safe Church Child Abuse Prevention Program, with the support of her advisor, Dr. Rigazio-DiGilio. Currently enrolled in the UConn Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Iva Kosutic ((MA, MFT, UConn, 2005). Currently enrolled in the UConn Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Tatiana Melendez (MA, MFT, UConn, 2005). Currently enrolled in the UConn Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Jess Sanderson (MA, MFT, UConn, 2005). Currently enrolled in the UConn Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy.
David Servino ((MA, MFT, UConn, 2007). Currently enrolled in the Texas Tech University, Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Illustrative Scientist-Practitioner Careers
Jennifer Bush (MA MFT, UConn, 2007) is working as a Multisystemic therapist at Wheeler Clinic in Plainville, CT. Working with Drs. Anderson and Weaver, Jennifer wrote her thesis on issues related to the transition to parenthood.
Christina Carlson (MA MFT, UConn, 2007) is a children’s outpatient therapist at Wheeler Clinic in Connecticut. She wrote her thesis, Integrating Spirituality and Religion in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Training: How are MFT Programs Addressing the New Training Standards, and what Resources Might Help to Facilitate this Process?, under the direction of Dr. Rigazio-DiGilio.
Tere Foley (MA, MFT, UConn, 1985). Behavioral Health Program Manager, Connecticut Department of Children and Families. Administers grants awarded by the Department to service providers. Oversees Family Recovery Treatment Services, including in-home Family Therapy Approaches.
Carrie Franzen (MA MFT, UConn, 2007) wrote her thesis, A Preliminary Evaluation of a Cross-Cultural immersion Experience on Multicultural Competencies and its Possible Utilization within MFT Training Programs with her mentor, D. Rigazio-DiGilio. She is a current PhD student at UConn and is employed at the Wellness Center – Windom High School as a clinician.
Michael Hurlock (PhD, UConn, 2008), under the direction of Dr. Rigazio-DiGilio wrote The Native American Talking Circle: A Group Supervision Format for Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Students. Dr. Hurlock is currently employed as a clinical staff member of AHM Youth and Family Services, Inc.
Diane King Shaw (MA, MFT, UConn, 2001, Ph.D., UConn, 2008). Clinical Director, Lourie Center School, Rockville, MD, a private school for children with special needs. The program combines an educational curriculum with therapeutic services to strengthen children's emotional resources, social capacities, cognitive development, motor abilities, speech and language skills. Diane also is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Montgomery College, Maryland
Lily Konsevick (MA, MFT, UConn, 2003). Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor Community Mental Health Affiliates, Inc., the Child Guidance Clinic
of New Britain, CT.
Kara Kunkler-Peck (MA., MFT, UConn, 1995; Ph.D., UConn, 1999). Licensed family therapist and special needs educator. She also is co-author of Community Genograms : Using Individual, Family, And Cultural Narratives With Clients (2005) published by Teachers College Press.
Stephen Lanza (MA, MFT, UConn, 1991). Executive Director, Family ReEntry, a nonprofit counseling and support organization providing counseling services and psycho-educational programs to offenders and their families to help them overcome the challenges of substance abuse, violence, crime, physical and emotional abuse, and poverty. He has served on the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Board of Directors, and is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Program in Marital and Family Therapy at Fairfield University.
Rodney Nadau (MA, MFT, UConn, 1994, Ph.D., UConn, 2006). Adventure Counseling Specialist at the REAL School, an alternative education day program in Windham, Maine for students experiencing severe behavioral and/or emotional problems that focuses on Adventure-Based and Experiential Learning.
Cheryl Planten (MA, MFT, UConn, 1985). Director and Clinical Supervisor Waterbury Hospital ,Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Programs, including partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and adolescent inpatient services, Waterbury, CT.
Gary Steck (MA, MFT, UConn, 1988). Executive Director, Wellpath (formerly known as The Child Guidance Clinic of Greater Waterbury), a regional provider that serves over 6,000 children, adolescents and families each year through an array of treatment and prevention programs.
Lisa Ziobro (MA, Religion, Yale University, 2000, MA, MFT, UConn, 2005). Licensed in the State if New York as Marriage and Family Therapist, currently in private practice specializing in child and adolescent behavior problems, children with a history of abuse, neglect or trauma, and pre- and post adoption issues (including international adoptions).