Dr. Adrian Blow


Adrian Blow, Ph.D.

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Chairperson and Professor

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  • Ph.D. Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University
  • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Abilene Christian University
  • B.A. Psychology and Biblical Studies, University of South Africa

Areas of Interest

  • Military families
  • Common Factors across Theories of Family Therapy
  • Infidelity
  • Families dealing with trauma

Dr. Blow will be on sabbatical for the 2024-2025 academic year and is not accepting graduate students at this time.

Dr. Adrian Blow grew up in South Africa and is Professor and Chair of the Human Development and Family Studies Department. He is the former Director of the MSU Couple and Family Therapy program. He obtained his PhD from Purdue University in 1999, served on the faculty at Saint Louis University for six years, and subsequently joined Michigan State in 2005. His research focuses broadly on families and trauma, and on military families in particular. He also studies and writes about change processes in interventions pertaining to marital, couple, and family therapy. He is the editor (with Karen Wampler) of The Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy, Volume 3, which focuses on Systemic Family Therapy with Couples. He has won several awards including the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Training Award (2017), the Michigan State University Community Engagement Scholarship Award (CESA), and the Michigan State University Outreach and Engagement Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Research. To set up a meeting with Adrian, click this link: