Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program Faculty

Branson Boykins
Assistant Professor
PhD, 2016; Western Michigan University
Research interests: Multicultural therapy and best practices when working with diverse couples and families; African American racial identity and family development; sociocultural issues involving race, power, privilege, and bias; therapist development and training.

Iman Dadras
Assistant Professor, Los Angeles
PhD, 2016; University of Minnesota
Research Interests: Acculturative stress and immigrant families, self of the therapist, justice-oriented psychotherapy, multicultural family therapy, and third order cybernetics and system change.

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

Sean Davis
Professor, Sacramento and Site Director, Online
PhD, 2005; Virginia Tech
Research interests: Common factors across effective MFT models; MFT training and supervision; commonalities of healthy and distressed couples; process and outcome research; observational research; bridging the scientist/practitioner gap in MFT

Sandra Espinoza
Assistant Professor and Site Director, Los Angeles
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.

Tatiana Glebova
Associate Professor and Site Director, Sacramento
PhD, 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

Alexander Hsieh
Associate Professor and Clinical Training Coordinator, Sacramento
PhD, 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
PhD, 2010; Teachers College, Columbia University
Research interests: Asian American mental health and coping behaviors; immigrant youth and families’ cultural adjustment; acculturation and enculturation differences between parent and child; culturally appropriate interventions

Rajeswari Natrajan-Tyagi
Professor and Site Director, Irvine
PhD, 2004; Purdue University
Research interests: Immigration; cross-cultural research; cultural immersion programs; self-of-therapist training and supervision; qualitative research; systemic training and evaluation

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

Sarah K. Samman
Assistant Professor
PhD, 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.

Gita Seshadri
Associate Professor, Sacramento
PhD, 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

Linna Wang
Professor, San Diego
PhD, 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

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

Nicole Sabatini Gutierrez
Assistant Professor, Irvine
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.