Research

Couple and Family Therapy faculty and students are actively involved in research both inside the University and in community-based programs.

Dr. Adrian Blow, CFT Program Director and Associate Professor, conducts research on issues related to families and trauma. His most recent work is focused on military families, change processes in family therapy, and couple resiliency processes.

Dr. Marsha Carolan, CFT Clinic Director and Associate Professor, has written in the area of diversity, with a particular focus on the impact of diversity on health and health disparities. Her most recent work relates to clinical services for interpersonal violence and conflict in couple relationships

Dr. Ruben Parra Cardona, Associate Professor, is continuing his research testing the efficacy of a culturally-adapted research-based parenting program (Parent Management Training-Oregon) in the Detroit area. This work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
 
Dr. Andrea Wittenborn, HDFS Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor, studies mental health intervention from a systems theory perspective. She is PI of an innovative NIMH funded study using simulation modeling to assess personalized treatment for depression. Her most recent work aims to develop and test novel technologies for detecting depression.