Texas Tech University

Marriage and Family Therapy

Research Training

With active mentoring by faculty, students rapidly gain skills, experience, and confidence in research. Students have presented their research at national and international conferences and have published in journals prior to graduation.

All faculty members are engaged in research. Generally, these provide opportunities to gain experience in research by working with the faculty members. In addition, each student will design a research project with the assistance of her or his faculty Adviser.

Current faculty research includes:

  • Systemic intervention for Intimate Partner Violence and systemic implications of traumatic stress.
  • Couple conflict and violence, relationship education, mindfulness, theory and qualitative inquiry.
  • Solution focused brief therapy assessment and development, Microanalysis
  • Clinical judgment, medical family therapy, assessment, gender and ethnicity, treatment acceptability
  • Substance use, child/adolescent development, family factors related to adolescent binge drinking, emotionality of the family system and substance use, diversity
  • Women’s health; family resiliency during cancer treatment, health care providers’ perceptions of the need for family therapy as part of interdisciplinary care; family dynamics around eating disorders; medical family therapy training.
  • Grief and Loss, poor pre-natal diagnosis and relational coping process, resilience in families, living with Down Syndrome

Sample student research includes:

  • Associations between perceptions of military stressors, mental health and marital adjustment in military spouses
  • The impact of social support on graduate student mental health
  • Meaning in illness, patient satisfaction with care, use of care, and health outcomes with cancer survivors
  • Understanding the relationship between activation, utilization of healthcare services, overall functioning, and use of family and support resources in complex, high-risk patients
  • Adult experiences of parentification: An Interpretive Phenomenological Study
  • Women’s long-term recovery from eating disorders and their maternal relationships: A grounded theory study.

Faculty members are active with a number of sponsored research and service projects. Usually these grants provide additional opportunities for students to gain clinical experience for some compensation. Recent Grant Activities include:

Recent Grant Activities:

David Ivey, Ph.D.

Ivey, David., & Kimball, Tom. Medical Family Therapy. The CH Foundation, 2009-2011. $50,000 per year (total = $150,000).

Ivey, David., Prouty, Anne. Medical family Therapy with Pediatric Oncology Cases: Post-Doctoral fellowship application for the evaluation of treatment outcomes and effectiveness for children and family members. The College of Human Sciences, 2012. ($15,000 - funding received to support a graduate research assistant).

Doug Smith, Ph.D.

IN CLINIC COUPLES The Hogg Foundation, Funded: $17,222.00
Matching Department Funds: $1000.00. Matching College Funds: $5225.00

Texas Tech University, Funded: $10,000

IN CLINIC COUPLES Verizon Foundation, Funded: $20,000

Jason Whiting, Ph.D.

Smith, D. B., & Whiting, J. B. (Co-PI). Developing a brief intervention for Situation Couple Violencein clinical settings. Verizon Foundation Grant ($20,000, FY 13-14).

Smith, D. B. (PI), Whiting, J. B. & Prouty, A. Neuroimaging of female victims of intimate partner violence. Texas Tech University, CoHS ($10,000 FY 2013).

Anne Prouty, Ph.D.

Smith, D. B. (PI), Whiting, J. B. & Prouty, A. Neuroimaging of female victims of intimate partner violence. Texas Tech University, CoHS ($10,000 FY 2013).

Ko, M. J. (PI), & Prouty, A.Couples with Cancer: A Qualitative Study. Texas Tech University, Faculty Seed Grant, September 2012 – July 2013  ($5,000)

Prouty, A.M.Family Styles and Cancer: A Cross Sectional Survey Study continued patient enrollment.  Texas Tech University, Faculty Seed Grant, September 2012 – July 2013, ($1,200)

Prouty, A. M.Families and Cancer Projects: Family Styles and Cancer: A Cross Sectional Survey.
Texas Tech University, Faculty Seed Grant, September 2011 - August 2012, ($5,000)

Kristy Soloski, Ph.D.

The Division of Continuing Education, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. For “Adolescent substance use: A look at the development of and treatment options for substance abuse,” 2013. ($5,000)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Fellowship Program. For Military Couples Becoming Parents: Trajectories of Alcohol Use Across the Transition to Parenthood in Military Couples, 2012. ($8,640)

Sara Smock Jordan, Ph.D.

Smock, S. A., Metcalf, L., & Connie, E. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Program for At-Risk Substance Abusing Youth and Their Families (SFARY), $30,000, Tarrant Co. Juvenile Drug Court Services for Juvenile Services (33%), Submitted by the Solution-Focused Institute  (33%), 9/1/10 – 8/31/11.

Nicole Springer, Ph.D.

Children’s Advocacy Center of the South Plains (CAC) Clinical Supervisor
Supervise (7) therapists-in-training providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to victims of trauma and their caregivers.  Attend Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) meetings. May 2014 – present
(Est. ~$5,000/yr)

Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center (LCJJC) Mental Health Service Contract
Supervise therapy providers in residential center and probation services
Develop and implement group curriculum, outcome data collection and evaluation. October 2010 – present. ($226, 775 to date)

Early Head Start - Mental Health Specialist Supervisor (Co-PI: 15%)
Provide clinical supervision to mental health specialist position/provider. June 2010 – present
6/13 - 5/14          Early Head Start (co-PI: 15%) ($694,626)
6/12 – 5/13         Early Head Start (co-PI: 15%) ($689,661)


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