Personal Information

California School of Professional Psychology

Couple & Family Therapy

San Diego Campus

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Psychology 6312: MFT Theories and Techniques I

Community Trauma, Attachment Theory, Attachment Styles and Internal Working Models, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Emotion Regulation, Relational Coping Strategies

Books and Book Chapters

Banford, A. & Tambling, R. B. (in press). Symbols of practice: A guided exploration of roles and themes in MFT training cohorts. In Roy Bean, Sean Davis, & Maureen Davey (Eds.) Increased Self-Awareness: Experiential Exercises for Dedicated Clinicians and Supervisors. Wiley and Sons.

Banford, A. (2012). The Role of Natural Disaster in Individual and Relational Adjustment. Saarbrcken, Germany: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing.

Peer Reviewed Journals

Karakurt, G., Dial, S., Korkow, H., Mansfield, T., & Banford, A. (2013). Experiences of MFTs working with intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 24, 1-16.

Brown, M., Banford, A., Mansfield, T., Smith, D., & Whiting, J. (2012). Posttraumatic stress symptoms and perceived safety as predictors of dyadic adjustment: A test of mediation and moderation. American Journal of Family Therapy.

Banford, A., Wickrama, T., Brown, M., & Ketring, S. (2011). The relationship between physical health problems and couple violence and conflict in survivors of the 2004 Tsunami: Mediation by marital satisfaction. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 29, 149-170.

Technical Reports

Mudrick, H., Banford, A., Anderson, S., & Sabatelli, R. (2012). Connecticut's state-funded after school programs, 2011-12. Connecticut State Department of Education, Due November 2012.

Mudrick, H., Banford, A., Anderson, S., & Sabatelli, R. (2012). Connecticut's 21st century community learning centers 2011-12 evaluation report. State of Connecticut Department of Education, Due November 2012.

Karakurt, G., Anderson, A., Banford, A., Dial, S., Korkow, H., Rable, F. & Dosloviich, F. (2013, September). Strategies for managing difficult clinical situations in between sessions. IVAT (18th International conference on violence abuse and trauma), San Diego, CA

Karakurt, G. & Banford, A. (2013, September). Attachment theory, Sexual Coercion, Emotional Abuse and Physical Assault. IVAT (18th International conference on violence abuse and trauma), San Diego, CA

Gurmen, S., Banford, A., Webster, E., Anderson, S., & Tambling, R. (2013, October). Parenting Confidence, Mental Health & Family Relationships. AAMFT 2013, Portland, OR

Banford, A., Mudrick, H., Johson, S., & Anderson, S. (2013, October). Predicting Attendance at After School Programs: The Role of Individual Student and Site Level Variables, AEA 2013, Washington, DC

Banford, A., Ivey, D., Wickrama, T., Fischer, J., Prouty, A. & Smith, D. (2012, March). The role of natural disaster in individual and relational adjustment. IFTA Congress 2012, Vancouver, Canada

Banford, A., Mayo, N., Sung, J., Meade, J., & Ivey, D. (2012, October). Comparing Contemporary MFT Models in the Practice of Medical Family Therapy. NCFR, 2012, Phoenix, AZ

Anderson, S., Rose, A., Banford, A., Tambling, R. (2012, September). The effectiveness of therapy provided by MFT trainees. AAMFT, 2012, Charlotte, NC

Karakurt, G., Dial, S., Korkow, H., Mansfield, T., & Banford, A. (2011, September). Experiences of MFTs working with intimate partner violence. AAMFT 2011, Fort Worth, TX

Anderson, A., Ivey, D., Smith, D., Dial, S., Banford, A. (2010, September). Gender and violence in relationship to dyads and individuals. AAMFT 2010, Atlanta, GA

Brown, M., Banford, A., Mansfield, T., Ivey, D., Smith, D., Whiting, J. (2010, September). Posttraumatic stress symptoms and perceived safety as predictors of rrelationship ssatisfaction: A comparison of community and clinical samples. AAMFT 2010, Atlanta, GA

Banford, A., Wickrama, T., Ketring, S., Brown, M. (2010, November). The relationship between physical health problems and couple violence and conflict in survivors of the 2004 tsunami: mediation by marital satisfaction. NCFR 2010, Minneapolis, MN

Banford, A., Anderson, S., & Tambling, R. (2012, September). Factor structure of instruments in a training clinic. AAMFT, 2012, Charlotte, NC

Academic History and Background

B.S. Marriage Family & Human Development. Brigham Young University. Provo, UT. (April, 2007)

Ph.D. Marriage and Family Therapy. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. (August, 2011)

M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy. Auburn University, Auburn, AL. (August, 2009)

Postdoctoral Fellowship. Marriage and Family Therapy. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (August, 2012)

License: MFT, Michigan #4101006511

NCFR--Professional Member, National Council on Family Relations

AAMFT--Clinical Member, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Professional Practice and Community Service

2012 AD HOC Reviewer: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT)

2012 AD HOC Reviewer: Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy (JCFT)

Bio and Links

Dr. Alyssa J. Banford received a Bachelor's degree in Marriage, Family & Human Development in 2007 from Brigham Young University, she then went on to complete a Master of Science degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Auburn University in 2009. She finished a PhD at Texas Tech University in 2011 in Marriage & Family Therapy. Dr. Banford then completed a post-doctoral fellowship and worked as an Assistant Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut in the Marriage & Family Therapy training program from Fall 2011-Spring 2013. In the fall of 2013 she joined the core faculty of the Couple & Family Therapy training program at Alliant International University in San Diego. Dr. Banford's clinical interests include working with couples, adolescents in their families, and individuals seeking personal growth and assistance with anxiety or depression symptoms. She works primarily from an approach based in attachment and emotion focused concepts. Dr. Banford's research program is focused on the relationship between the internal working model of individuals, as well as other relational constructs, and the incident of community trauma, particularly natural disasters.