I believe teaching is a privilege and a great responsibility; therefore, I bring passion and energy to courses I teach. I believe that all students have the ability to achieve. My hope is for students to finish each course having done self-exploration that leads to a new or deeper understanding of themselves and the world. I believe that marriage and family therapists have a responsibility to not only know their craft but also know themselves because they are the tool that is brought into the therapy room.
Self-of-the-therapist training is an important aspect of developing future family therapists. It is essential that students learn their own values, beliefs, and growing edges. The best way for students to do this is by examining the effects different dimensions of culture (i.e. race, class, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, and gender) have on their lives and their worldview.
I value the relational exploration of self, other and context in order to learn the necessary skills to work effectively with diverse couples and families. Along with a love of teaching, I enjoy mentoring students and I am dedicated to developing culturally responsible marriage and family therapists. The recent research and work that I am most excited about is exploring African Americans experiences with family therapy. Specifically, I am interested in exploring barriers to therapy and potential strategies for engagement. In addition, I explore issues of grief and loss within the context of couples and families.