Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program Faculty

Alba Nino
Associate Professor, San Diego, MFT Program
PhD, Couple and Family Therapy, 2013, Drexel University
Research interests: Person of the therapist training and supervision; immigrant therapists; immigrant families; attachment based therapies; attachment focused therapies.

Alexander Lin Hsieh
Assiosicate Professor, and Clinical Training Coordinator, Sacramento, MFT Program
PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2013, Brigham Young University
Research interests: Cultural competency, minority issues, Asian-American families and couples in therapy, observational research, and adolescent internalized issues including shame, depression, and self-esteem.

Angela B. Kim
Associate Professor, San Diego, MFT Program
PhD, Counseling Psychology, 2010, Teachers College, Columbia University
Research interests: Asian American mental health and coping behaviors; immigrant and refugee youth and families’ cultural adjustment; acculturation and enculturation issues; differences between parent and child; career development of racial and ethnic minority youth; culturally appropriate interventions.

Gita Seshadri
Associate Professor, Sacramento, MFT Program
PhD, Marital and Family Therapy, 2010, Loma Linda University
Research interests: Experiences of interracial couples and families, culture, process based research, qualitative research, parent-child relationships, factors influencing attachment in relationships, the impact of family of origin on self, couple, and family, how addiction impacts the family, and bullying/trauma.

Iman Dadras
Assistant Professor, Los Angeles, MFT Program
PhD, Family Social Science, Couple and Family Therapy Cities, 2016, University of Minnesota
Research Interests: Acculturative stress and immigrant families, self of the therapist, brain-based psychotherapy, justice-oriented psychotherapy, multicultural family therapy, a third order cybernetics and system change.

Linna Wang
Professor, San Diego, MFT Program
PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy, 1996, Brigham Young University
Research interests: Cross-cultural issues; mental health service delivery issues; MFT training in the multicultural context; survey research; impact of family factors on children; Native American studies.

Manijeh Daneshpour
Professor, Irvine and Systemwide Program Director, MFT Program
PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy, 1996, University of Minnesota
Research interests: Multicultural couple and family therapy, gender relations, social justice, and third wave feminism.

Nicole Sabatini Gutierrez
Assistant Professor, Irvine, MFT Program
PsyD, 2018; Alliant International University
Research interests: Vicarious traumatization and post-traumatic growth of therapists; self-of-the-therapist development; sexual trauma; sexual identity development; addiction and the family; and addressing multiculturalism and client centered advocacy in education and clinical supervision.

Noah Hass-Cohen
Associate Professor, Los Angeles, Clinical PhD Program
PsyD, Clinical Psychology, 2008, Phillips Graduate Institute
Research interests: Child and Adolescent treatment, art psychotherapy; attachment theory and clinical applications, interpersonal neurobiology, trauma, neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment, dimensions in diversity teaching methodologies, and online learning.

Rajeswari Natrajan-Tyagi
Professor and Branch Director, Irvine, MFT Program
PhD, Child Development and Family Studies, 2004, Purdue University
Research interests: Immigration; cross-cultural research; cultural immersion programs; self-of-therapist training and supervision; qualitative research; systemic training and evaluation.

Sandra Espinoza
Assistant Professor and Branch Director, Los Angeles, MFT Program
PsyD, 2015; Alliant International University
Research Interests: Latino individuals, couples and families, impact of immigration and deportation on mental health, qualitative methods, bilingual therapy, Emotionally focused therapy and attachment styles.

Sarah Samman
Assistant Professor, San Diego, MFT Program
PhD, Marital and Family Therapy, 2016, Loma Linda University
Research interests: Multiculturalism, gender, and power in couple and family relationships, integrating MFTs in health care settings; student clinical and research preparedness; qualitative research.

Scott R. Woolley
Distinguished Professor and Branch Director, San Diego, MFT Program
PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy, 1995, Texas Tech University
Research interests: Emotionally Focused Therapy; couples therapy; courtship, couples, marriage, therapy process, and outcome research; observational research; cultural issues in couple and family relationships; MFT supervision processes; MFT therapy training; chemical dependency.

Sean Davis
Professor, Sacramento and Branch Director, Online,  MFT Program
PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2005, Virginia Tech
Research interests: Common factors of Couple and Family Therapy; international MFT education; process and outcome research; observational research; bridging the scientist/practitioner gap in MFT.

Tatiana Glebova
Associate Professor and Branch Director, Sacramento, MFT Program
PhD, Marital and Family Therapy, 2002, Fuller Theological Seminary
Research interests: Family therapy process and outcome research; observational research; contextual therapy; families with adolescents; adolescent risky behaviors including substance abuse; cultural issues.