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Shruti Poulsen

Associate Professor & Program Director Online CFT PsyD
Alliant Faculty Member

Shruti Singh Poulsen is an Associate Professor in the CFT Online PsyD/MA program and the Branch Director for the CFT Online PsyD program at Alliant International University. Dr. Poulsen is an LMFT in Colorado and Indiana, an AAMFT Clinical Fellow, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She has been clinically active in couple and family therapy and supervision for over 27 years. She received her doctorate from the MFT Program at Purdue University in 2003. Her research, teaching and service all focus on areas of multiculturalism; specifically access to quality mental health care to diverse populations, and training culturally responsive and competent therapists and counselors. She is also interested in empirically based treatments and their utility with diverse client populations; to this effort, she has obtained advanced training in EFT, Gottman Level I therapy methods, and training in IBCT. In 2016-2017, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Ozyegin University in Istanbul, Turkiye, where she assisted with the development of a new CFT program, taught CFT graduate students and undergraduate students in the Psychology Program, and provided mentoring and clinical supervision. The majority of her scholarly work (publications & presentations) focuses on clinical work with diverse client populations with specific focus on areas such as immigration, interracial and diverse couples, and cultural responsiveness in CFT training and supervision. 

Professional Interests
  • Cultural responsiveness in CFT: clinical work, training, education, & supervision;
  • Immigration & the impact on couples, families, individuals;
  • Interracial relationships, multicultural families;
  • Couple & relational therapy
Education and Certifications
  • PhD, Purdue University
  • MA, University of Illinois at Springfield
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT): Colorado & and Indiana
  • CFT Practicum
  • CFT Theories & Techniques I
  • Preparing for Community Practice
  • Couple Therapy
  • Advanced Professional Practice
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field
  • Poulsen, S.S. (2020). " Improving Couple Interventions for Underserved Populations." In K.S. Wampler & A.J. Blow (Eds), Handbook of Couple Marital, & Family Therapy, Vol. III. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Poulsen, S.S. (2018). "Cultural responsiveness in family therapy: Integrative & common factors approaches." In S.S. Poulsen & R.J. Allan (Eds), Cross-cultural responsiveness & systemic therapy. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Poulsen, S.S. & Allan, R.J. (Eds.) (2018). Cross-cultural responsiveness & systemic therapy. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Poulsen, S.S. (2017). "Expanding conversations about cultural responsiveness in supervision." In R.J. Allan & S.S. Poulsen (Eds.), Creating cultural safety in couple & family therapy. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Poulsen, S.S. (2017). Reciprocity in Couples & Families. Encyclopedia of Couple & Family Therapy. New York, NY: Springer International Publishing.