Resources for Success

Meet Our Full-Time Core Faculty

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Diane Gehart, Ph.D.
Professor
Program Coordinator
COAMFTE Program Coordinator/Director


Phone: 818-677-7468
e-mail:
dgehart@csun.edu
Office:
ED 3122
Professional Webpage: www.dianegehart.com
Book Webpage: www.masteringcompetencies.com

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.

Select Publications:
Mindfulness for Chocolate Lovers
Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy
Theory and Treatment Planning in Counseling and Psychotherapy
Mindfulness and Acceptance in Couple and Family Therapy
Collaborative Therapy: Conversations and Relationships that Make a Difference
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Dana Stone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Fieldwork Coordinator
Mitchell Family Counseling Center Faculty Liaison

Phone: 818.677.2049
Email: dana.stone@csun.edu
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.
Professor
Admissions Coordinator

Phone: 818-677-2103
Email: mark.stevens@csun.edu
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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Jennifer Vargas Pemberton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Strength United Faculty Liaison


Phone: 818-677-2032
Email: jennifer.pemberton@csun.edu
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.

Meet the Directors of the CSUN Training Clinics

Our Clinic Directors oversee our training clinics and also serve as adjunct faculty in our classes.
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Deborah Buttitta, Psy.D., LMFT
Director, Mitchell Family Counseling Center        

E-mail:
deborah.buttitta@csun.edu
Webpage: www.deborahbuttittapsyd.com


Education: Psy.D., Psychology: Emphasis in Organizational Consulting, Phillips Graduate Institute, 2010; M.A., Marriage, Family and Child Therapy, California Family Study Center, 1992; B.A, Major: Theater Arts, California State University, Northridge, 1990; Certificate in Child and Play Therapy, Phillips Graduate Institute 1995

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California), Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow - American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Teaching Interests: Clinical Research; Theories of Counseling and Psychology; Systems Theories; Post Modern Theories; Group Counseling; Practicum/Fieldwork; Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy; Diversity and Multicultural Competency; Working with LGBTQ clients; Individual and Family Development; Professional Development; Working in schools and larger systems

Research Interests: Career development in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy; Professional behavior as a core competence in graduate education; MFT Leadership; Gay and Lesbian Families; Women in leadership, navigating family and career; Clinical supervision

Additional Professional Positions & Accomplishments: Private Practice, Sherman Oaks, California
Former Positions Held:
Department Chair/Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Phillips Graduate University
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Phillips Graduate University
Program Director, School Counseling Program, Phillips Graduate University
Program Director, Child Therapy in a Clinical Setting, California Family Counseling Center
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Kim Roth, MS, LMFT
Executive Director, Strength United   

E-mail
: kim.roth@strengthunited.org
Webpage: https://www.csun.edu/eisner-education/strength-united

Education: MS in Counseling, Specializing in MFT, CSUN

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California), Clinical Fellow - American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Teaching Interests: Clinical Assessment and Child and Adolescent Therapy

Research Interests: Program evaluation; trauma; trauma treatment; EBT effectiveness

Meet Our Adjunct Faculty

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Cyndee Bellamy, LMFT  

E-mail: cyndee.bellamy@strengthunited.org

Education: Masters of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, CSUN

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California)

Teaching Interests: Fieldwork

Additional Professional Positions: Supervisor, Strength United
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Angela Caldwell, MA, LMFT  

E-mail: angela@selfinjuryinstitute.com
Professional Webpage: www.selfinjuryinstitute.com

Education: Masters of Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California)

Teaching Interests: Neuroscience, Family Systems, Assessment, Counseling Techniques

Research Interests: Rage

Additional Professional Positions: Past-President of AAMFT-CA, CAMFT Board of Directors (2009
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Ben Caldwell, PsyD, LMFT  

E-mail: benjamin.caldwell@csun.edu
 
Professional Webpage: https://bencaldwell.com
 
Education: PsyD, Alliant International University.
 
Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California); AAMFT Clinical Fellow
 
Teaching Interests: Law and Ethics; Family Systems; Couple Therapy
 
Research Interests: Law and Ethics; Professional Development
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Clovis Emblem, MS, MFT

Clovis Emblen M.A., LMFT

E-mail: clovis.emblen@strengthunited.org
 
Education: M.A. Educational Psychology and Counseling

Licensure and Credentials: Marriage Family Therapist, Approved AAMFT Supervisor
 
Teaching Interests: Fieldwork Supervision, Child and Family Therapy,  Trauma-Informed Care
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Georgina Garay-Lozano, MS, MFT

E-mail: georgina.garaylozano@csun.edu) 

Professional Webpage: https://ggltherapy.com/
 
Education: M.S. Counseling, CSUN 2013; B.A. Psychology, CSUN 2013
 
Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, CA
 
Teaching Interests: First-Generation students, Psychology, Trauma Informed Care, Multicultural Topics, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Theories, Family Systems, Community Mental Health
 
Research Interests: Intergenerational Trauma 
 
Additional Professional Positions & Accomplishments: Staff Therapist in Community Mental Health, Private Practice Provider 
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Tessa Graham, MS, MFT, BCBA

E-mail: tessa.graham@csun.edu

Education: CSUN Educational Psychology, MFT Program

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California)
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Adam Field, MS, LMFT

E-mail: adam.fields@csun.edu

Professional Webpage: http://www.adamfieldsmft.com

Education: M.A. Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy/Phillips Graduate Institute

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist; AAMFT-Approved Clinical Supervisor

Teaching Interests: Couples and Sex Therapy, Group Dynamics, Practicum, Field Work, Abnormal Psychology

Research Interests: Human Sexuality

Additional Professional Positions & Accomplishments: Private practice, Encino; Adjunct faculty at Phillips Graduate
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Stacy Kaiser, MS, LMFT
E-mail: stacy.kaiser@csun.edu
Professional Webpage: www.stacykaiser.com
 
Education: B.A. Psychology, California State University, Northridge 
                    M.A. Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University
 
Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
 
Teaching Interests: Practicum, Counseling and Communication Skills, Counseling Theories, Child and Adolescent Development, Treatment of Child Abuse and Trauma, Crisis Management and Intervention.
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Carine Keenan, MS, LMFT
Phone: (818) 912-9189
E-mail: carine.keenan@csun.edu
Professional Webpage: carinekeenanMFT.com

Education: CA Lutheran University, M.S. Counseling Psychology

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California)

Teaching Interests: Psychopharmacology and Neurobiological Foundations, Clinical Fieldwork, Diagnosis, Abnormal Psychology, Couples Therapy, Family Systems, Theories, Child and Adolescent Therapy

Research Interests: Couples, family life stages, high conflict family systems, attachment, family-based treatment for eating disorders

Additional Professional Positions & Accomplishments: Private Practice, Woodland Hills; AAMFT Designated Supervisor Candidate; Certified Anger Management Specialist II (NAMA); Certified Coach for Collaborative Divorce and Dispute Resolution (LACFLA)
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Rebecca Lemert, MA, LMFT

Phone: 310-853-2828
E-mail: rebecca.lemert@csun.edu or rebeccalemertmft@gmail.com
Professional Webpage: www.rebeccalemert.com
 
Education: M.A. Psychology w/MFT Concentration, B.S. Psychology
 
Licensure and Credentials: LMFT 46752, Certified in EBPs: TF-CBT, MAP, SS, PPP Levels 4 and 5
 
Teaching Interests: Counseling, psychodiagnostic, children/family treatment, community mental health, trauma
 
Additional Professional Positions: Intake Coordinator/Clinical Supervisor, Private Practitioner
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Tricia Lethcoe, MS, LMFT

Phone: (818) 926-8737
E-mail: tricia.lethcoe@csun.edu
Professional Webpage: tricialethcoe.com

Education: CA State Northridge, M.S. in Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California); CATC IV (Certification)

Teaching Interests: Addiction, Group Therapy, Diagnosis, Fieldwork, Practicum, Psychopharmacology and Neurobiology, Family Development

Research Interests: Addiction, Interpersonal Neurobiology
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Pam Pettit, MA, LMFT

E-mail: Pamela.Pettit@csun.edu

Education: BA in Spanish language from Occidental College; MA in Psychology with a concentration in Marriage & Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California)

Teaching Interests: Community Mental Health, Fieldwork, Research, Communication Skills, Group Process, Resume Writing & Job Interview Skills

Clinical Interests: Domestic Violence, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children & Youth (CSECY), Trauma-Informed Treatment, Juvenile Justice Involved Youth, LGBTQI2S, Social Justice, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTPs), Immigration Journey, Victims of Crime

Additional Professional Positions: Juvenile Justice Mental Health Services Program, Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health (DMH)
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Peter Mora, MA, LMFT

Phone: 818-677-2531

E-mail: Peter.mora@csun.edu

Website: www.therapypm.com
 
Education: M.S. Counseling, CSUN 2015; B.A. Psychology, CSUN 2013

License and Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #104763

Teaching interest: Psychology, Counseling, MFT, First-Generation Students, Academic Motivation.
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 Mark J. Souris, Psy.D.

Phone: (818) 635-9705
E-mail: mark.souris@csun.edu

Education: Pepperdine University, Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology; Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology; University of Missouri at Saint Louis, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology

Licensure and Credentials: Clinical Psychologist; Qualified Substance Abuse Professional

Teaching Interests: Psychopathology/Abnormal Psychology; Psychodiagnostic Interviewing; Mental Health Assessment and Diagnosis; Personality Theory; Psychological Testing; Cognitive Behavioral Psychology; Personality Theory; Addiction (including Alcohol, Substance-related and Behavioral Addictions); Community Mental Health: Consultation

Research Interests: Personality Correlates of Chronic Pain Syndromes (e.g., TMJ); Type A Coronary-prone Pattern of Behavior; Clinical Supervision (Published)

Recent Publications: Li, C.I, Fairhurst, S., Chege, C., Jenks, E.H., Tsong, Y, Golden, D., White, L., Andreassen, A., Scott, S., Souris, M.J., Santiago-Schmitt, S., Hefley, A. (2016).  Card-sorting as a tool for communicating the relative importance of supervisor interventions. The Clinical Supervisor, 35(1), 80-97.
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Momoko Takeda, LMFT

E-mail: momoko.takeda@csun.edu
Education: Current doctoral student in MFT focus, The University of Akron; M.A. in MFT, Alliant International University; M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Ochanomizu University; B.A. in Psychology, Meiji Gakuin University 

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California); Independent Marriage and Family Therapist (Ohio), Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Japan)

Teaching Interests: Any MFT courses

Research Interests: Mindfulness, multicultural competency, MFT education, collaboration with folk medicine in mental health treatment  

Additional Professional Positions & Accomplishments: AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate
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Alejandra Trujillo, MS, LMFT

E-mail: alejandra.trujillo@csun.edu

Education: Master of Science, Counseling December, 2011, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, California State University, Northridge; Licensed Psychologist, January, 2005
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Teaching Interests: Community Mental Health, Family Systems, Group Counseling, Child Counseling.

Research Interests: Resilience, Trauma, Infant Mental Health, Post-Partum Depression, Attachment, Children & Families.

Additional Professional Positions: Therapist, San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center
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L. David Willoughby, MA, LMFT

Phone:
(323) 549-9484
E-mail: louis.willoughby@csun.edu
Professional Webpage: www.ldavidwilloughby.com

Education: Masters of Arts, Pepperdine University, 1987

Licensure and Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California); Registered Nurse

Teaching Interests: Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology, Chemical Dependency, Crisis, Trauma, Disaster Mental Health

Research Interests: Trauma, Disaster, Psychopharmacology

Additional Professional Positions & Accomplishments: Associate Professor, Phillips Graduate University; LMFT in Private Practice

Recent Publications: Role of the psychotherapist in the medication management of mental disorders: historical perspectives and critical issues. Progress: Family Systems Research and Therapy. Fall, 2003:12, 15-23.
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Curt Wildham, MA, LMFT

E-mail: curt@curtwidhalm.com

Professional Webpage: curtwidhalm.com

Education: MA, Clinical Psychology with emphasis in marriage and family therapy, Pepperdine University
                    MS, Criminal Justice with emphasis in Behavior Analysis, Saint Joseph's University

Licensure and Credentials: California LMFT #47333

Teaching Interests: Law & Ethics, Trauma

Research Interests: Law & Ethics, Supervision, Therapeutic Alliance

Additional Professional Positions & Accomplishments:
CAMFT Ethics Committee Member
Co-Founder Therapy Reimagined Conference
Co-Host of The Modern Therapist's Survivor Guide podcast
Former CAMFT Chief Financial Officer
Former California BBS Subject Matter Expert

Who Does What?: Faculty Roles

MFT Faculty
The MFT program has a nationally recognized, dynamic faculty that work closely together to provide a coordinated and cutting edge program. We have two types of core faculty: full-time and adjunct. For students, the main distinction is who may serve as a chair for a culminating experience, who provides advising, and who manages program administration.

  • Full-time Core Faculty: Full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty who have primary responsibility for program administration. All full-time core faculty must possess a doctorate and are required to be active scholars in the field. As with most universities, there are three ranks: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and full "Professor. Faculty begin at the Assistant rank and typically require 7 years to move up in rank. In addition to teaching, core full-time faculty must publish and serve on numerous university governance committees. Only core faculty can chair comprehensive exams or a master's thesis/project.

  • Adjunct Core Faculty: Adjunct faculty in the MFT program are part-time faculty who must also be active in the field. We typically hire adjunct who have been licensed for at least 5 years and active in the field for the past 10 years. Our adjunct faculty are involved in the development of curriculum and administrative functions in the MFT program. They may serve as committee members for culminating experiences.

Administrative Faculty Roles

  • Program Coordinator: Provides oversight of the curriculum, clinical training, accreditation, facilities, services, and maintenance and enhancement of program’s quality. The program coordinator works with the Department Chair advocating for the program within the Department, College, and University. The program coordinator also oversees faculty recruitment, program assessment, and faculty supervision. For accreditation purposes, the Program Coordinator is the COAMFTE "Program Director" to ensure that the program meets all accreditation standards.

  • Fieldwork Coordinator: Oversees approval of creating field sites, evaluation of sites, facilitating student placement; assists with resolving issues that arise in field placements.

  • Admissions Coordinator: Oversees admissions process; assists with determining prerequisite equivalencies.

  • Strength United Faculty Liaison: Serves as faculty contact for SU; attends staff SU meetings; Principal Investigator for major grants for SU.

  • MFCC Faculty Liaison: Serves as faculty contact for MFCC; attends MFCC meetings; Principal Investigator for major grants at MFCC.

  • Department Chair: The Chair of the Educational Psychology and Counseling Department is not a member of the MFT faculty. The Department Chair is the official university administrator for the department, and thereby the program. Students only engage with the Department Chair when involved in a formal complaint or other serious matter.