Jennifer VanBoxel


Jennifer VanBoxel


Dr. Adrian Blow


Started in Fall 2017


Couple and Family Therapy



My name is Jennifer VanBoxel (she/her/hers) and I am a doctoral candidate in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Couple and Family Therapy. My adviser is the current HDFS Chair, Dr. Adrian Blow. My area of research focuses broadly on addressing therapeutic needs of interpersonal trauma populations in systemic family therapy. More specifically I am interested in testing, integrating, and adapting systemic and attachment-based interventions for Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) with couples, individuals, and families. In addition to my primary focus of addressing the clinical diagnosis of CPTSD in systemic therapy I am also passionate about integrating intersectionality, diversity and inclusion frameworks, and person of the therapist work into therapy training and supervision models. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods I am currently involved in research labs and projects that address the following aims: 1) testing initial effectiveness of systemic models and relationship education programs for diverse and trauma exposed populations; 2) analyzing the experiences and perspectives of CPTSD and trauma exposed populations; expanding the current understanding of their needs in the context of therapy and mental health service; 3) process research of systemic therapy models that address interpersonal trauma to determine barriers to care and salient mechanisms of change in therapy. 

Keywords and Phrases

Complex-PTSD, Interpersonal Trauma, Attachment-based intervention, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy