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Meet Our Full-Time Faculty

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Diane Gehart, Ph.D.
Program Curriculum Coordinator

Phone: 818-677-7468
ED 3122
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Education: Ph.D., Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy Specialization, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas, 1997; M. A., Mental Health Counseling, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas, 1994; B. A. Majors: Psychology and East Asian Studies (Chinese emphasis), College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1992.

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California); Licensed Professional Counselor (Texas); Approved Supervisor & Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Teaching Interests: Marriage and Family Therapy Theories; Counseling Theories; Child and Adolescent Counseling; Couples Counseling; Child Abuse and Domestic Violence; Human Sexuality; Practicum; Fieldwork.

Research Interests: Postmodern and systems theory development; Buddhism, mindfulness and therapy; qualitative and ethnographic research; culture and gender issues in the therapeutic relationship; theory-based treatment planning; domestic violence and sexual abuse; child and family counseling in schools; play therapy; client advocacy; international perspectives and cross-cultural exchanges in marriage and family therapy; philosophical and ethical issues in therapy.

Program Curriculum Coordinator: Oversees curriculum content and development, accreditation and licensing standards, fieldwork requirements, student academic advising, course requirements, requests for part-time sequencing, faculty affairs, and program assessment. Contact Dr. Gehart directly about matters related to curriculum, part-time teaching, and part-time student sequencing.
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Stan Charnofsky, Ed.D.
Program Student Coordinator

Phone: 818-677-2548
ED 3126

Education: Ed.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Southern California (USC), 1965; M.Ed., Education, USC, 1961; B.S., USC.

Teaching Interests: Humanistic therapy, counseling, couple issues, groups, families, gender

Research Interests: Relationship issues, marriage, divorce, cross-cultural relationships, gender issues.

Program Student Coodinator: Oversees entrance to program, BBS documentation upon graduation, and student affair issues for program. Students interested in applying to the program should contact Dr. Charnofsky directly.
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Dana Stone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Fieldwork Coordinator

Phone: 818.677.2049
Office: ED 3134

Education: Ph.D., Human Development: Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Virginia Tech, 2009. M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Alliant International University-San Diego, 2004. B.A., Psychology, The Colorado College, 1999.

Teaching Interests: Human Sexuality in Counseling, Group Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy Models/Theories, Multicultural Topics in Counseling, Families Across the Lifecycle, and Practicum & Fieldwork Experiences.

Research Interests: Parent child relationships between interracial couples and their biracial children, specifically how the intersections of race, class, and gender influence the biracial identity development process. Cultural and diversity issues as they relate to counseling and the level of diversity within the field of marriage and family therapy in general.

Fieldwork Coordinator: Oversees applications to become an approved site, maintains list of approved sites, and assists students with placement. Agencies interested in becoming an approved fieldwork site should contact Dr. Stone directly.
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Mark Stevens, Ph.D.

Phone: 818-677-2103
Office: ED 3116

Education: California School of Professional Psychology

Teaching Interests: Practicum A and B; Introduction to Counseling, Gender Roles and Counseling, Couples and Group Counseling, Clinical Supervision, Multicultural Counseling, RAISE Your GPA

Research Interests: Men and Masculinity, Academic Confidence, College Mental Health, First Generation College Students, Help Seeking Behaviors, Retention of College Students, Sexual Assault Prevention
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Jessica ChenFeng, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Phone: 818.677.2541
Office: ED 3124

Education: Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Specialization in Larger Social Systems and Health, Loma Linda University, 2014. M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2007. B.A., Design|Media Arts, UCLA, 2004.

Teaching Interests: Human Diversity and Contextual issues in Counseling, Practicum/Communication Skills, Marriage & Family Therapy Models/Theories

Research Interests: Parent child relationships in immigrant families, particularly in Asian/Chinese American families.  Understanding how culture and faith intersect in the family/community systems of minority and immigrant families.  Clinical work and teaching in regard to sociocontextual issues: raising critical consciousness in students, and therapists-in-training.  
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Jennifer Vargas Pemberton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Phone: 818-677-2032
Office: ED 3130

Education: Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Southern California, 1995. M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Southern California, 1992. B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1989.

Teaching Interests: Practicum/ Communication Skills; Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Families; Group Counseling; Treatment of Child Abuse and Trauma; Crisis Management and Intervention; Clinical Supervision.

Research Interests: The impact of child abuse and trauma; Substance use and high risk- taking behaviors among ethnically diverse populations; Implementation of evidenced based treatment with ethnically diverse populations; Latino mental health issues.

Department Office:
Phone: 818-677-2599
18111 Nordhoff Street
Education 1218
Northridge CA, 91330-8265