Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program Faculty – San Diego

Alyssa Banford, Assistant Professor

B.S., Brigham Young University; M.S., Auburn University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University. Specialty areas and research interests: Community trauma, particularly natural disasters; resilience and trauma symptoms relating to community trauma; the influences of community trauma on attachment; internal working models; relational coping mechanisms. abanford@alliant.edu

Susan Johnson, Research Professor (based in Canada)

B.A., Hull-Yorkshire; M.A., Ed.D., University of British Columbia. Specialty areas and research interests: Emotionally focused therapy, process and outcome research. Dr. Johnson is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy and is an internationally recognized leader in couples’ therapy, theory, and research. Johnson resides in Ottawa, Canada and visits the San Diego Alliant campus to lecture and engage in research activities. soo@magma.ca

Angela B. Kim, Assistant Professor

B.A., Occidental College; M.A., California State University, Los Angeles; Ed.M., Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University. Specialty areas and research interests: Cross-cultural psychology; multicultural counseling competency; Asian American mental health and coping behaviors; immigrant youth and families’ cultural adjustment; acculturation and enculturation differences between parent and child; culturally appropriate interventions and services. akim@alliant.edu

Marianne McInnes Miller, Associate Professor and Site Director

B.A., University of Colorado at Denver; M.MFT, Abilene Christian University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University. Specialty areas and research interests: Spirituality in therapy and MFT training, mindfulness, eating disorders, MFT theories, gender, diversity, and qualitative methodology. mmiller@alliant.edu

Alba Nino, Assistant Professor

B.S., Universidad de Los Andes; M.S., University of Maryland at College Park; Ph.D., Drexel University. Specialty areas and research interests: Person of the therapist training and supervision; immigrant therapists; immigrant families; attachment based therapies; attachment focused therapies. anino@alliant.edu

Linna Wang, Professor

B.S., Shandong University, China; M.A., Concordia College; Ph.D., Brigham Young University. Specialty areas and research interests: cross-cultural issues, women’s issues, marriage and family evaluation, survey research, impact of family factors on children. lwang@alliant.edu

Roberto Weiss, Clinical Training Coordinator, San Diego and Graduate Faculty

M.A., New School for Social Research; M.A., United States International University. Specialty areas and research interests: community mental health services and administration; training and supervision; treatment of Latino population; bilingualism in psychotherapy; effective integration of treatment modalities; health psychology; mind-body interaction; and gambling problems. rweiss@alliant.edu

Scott R. Woolley, Distinguished Professor

B.S., M.S., Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University. Specialty areas and research interests: Emotionally Focused Therapy, courtship, marriage, couples therapy, MFT process and outcome research, observational research, cultural issues in couple relationships, MFT supervision processes, domestic and international MFT therapy training, chemical dependency. swoolley@alliant.edu