Texas Tech University

Nicole Piland, Ph.D., LMFT

Family Therapy Clinic Director, Associate Professor of Practice
Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy

Email: Nicole.Piland@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-1643

Office: 164B

Nicole Piland
Fax: 806-742-0053


  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Co-Director of the Center for Family Systems Research and Intervention
  • Director of the Family Therapy Clinic

Research Interests

Clinical/research interests include: trauma, grief and loss, infertility and reproductive loss, poor pre/postnatal diagnoses, and resiliency in families living with medical/intellectual conditions of their loved ones.

Classes Taught

Teaches MFT 6395 Practicum in MFT, MFT 6303 Couples and Sex Therapy, MFT 6342:Grief and Loss Seminar and CFAS 4380 Program Development and Evaluation.  


Leadership/Awards Texas Tech University:

Family Therapy Symposiums, Lubbock, TX (Event Coordinator) (2009 -present), 'Great Start' Pre-Marital Workshops (2010-present), South Plains Suicide Prevention Coalition (2011-2013), Victims Services Networking Support Group (2009-2011), Undergraduate Practicum (Site Supervisor), College of Human Sciences (2008- present), National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Planning Committee, ITU (2014), Family Therapy Clinic Staff Supervisor (2008-present), Clinical Supervisor for Adjunct Faculty Instructing MFT 6395 Practicum in MFT (2009-present), Center for Study of Addiction & Recovery {CSAR) Support Group Therapy, College of Human Sciences (Fall 2011- present), Emergency Action Team Committee, College of Human Sciences (2010-present), NIH Multi­ disciplinary Team/Grant Proposal Committee, College of Human Sciences (2009)

Recent Publications:

Articles in Print:

Turns, B., Smock-Jordan, S., Callahan, K., Whiting, J., & Piland Springer, N. (2019). Assessing the effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy for couples raising a child with autism: A pilot clinical outcome study. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. DOI: 10.1080/15332691.2019.1571975

Korkow-Moradi, H., Kim, Hye Jin, & Springer, N. (2017). Common Factors Contributing to the Adjustment Process of Mothers of Children Diagnosed with Down syndrome: A qualitative study, Journal of Family Psychotherapy, Vol 28 (3)-online. doi.org/10.1080/08975353.2017.1291238

Nelson Goff, B. S., Monk, J. K., Staats, N., Malone, J., Tanner, A., & Springer, N. (2016). Comparing parents of children with Down syndrome at different life span stages. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78, 1131-1148. DOI:10.1111/jomf.12312

Bentley, G., McCarty, M., Zvonkovic, A., & Springer, N. (2015). Down syndrome and fathering: An exploration of ambiguous loss. Fathering, 13(1), 1-17.

Staats, N., Nelson Goff, B. S., Springer, N. & Monk, J. K. (2015). Parents of children with Down syndrome: A comparison of prenatal and postnatal diagnosis groups. Journal on Developmental Disabilities, 21, 83-94. Retrieved from http://www.oadd.org

Springer, N. (2015). The Path of the unexpected: Deliberately Conceived, Perfectly Created. Family Therapy Magazine, July/Aug, AAMFT.org.

Turns, B., & Springer, N. (2015). When Families Living with ASD's Cross your Path: Sensitive Systemic Assessment & Intervention. Family Therapy Magazine, Mar/April, AAMFT.org

Book Chapters Submitted: 

Ramisch, J. & Piland, N. (2019) Systemic Approaches for Children, Adolescents, and Families Living with Neurodevelopmental Disorders (pp. 369-396). In (Karen S Wampler & Lenore M. McWey), The Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy, Vol 2.

Book Chapters in Print:

Piland Springer, N
. & Lauderdale, M. (2019). Caregiver and Professional Perspectives: From Financial Planning Obstacles to Optimizing the Future. In. B Turns, J. Ramisch, & J. Whiting. (Eds.), Systemically treating autism: A clinician's guide for empowering families (pp. 188-193). New York, NY: Routlege/Taylor & Francis.

Cless, J., Bodine, E., Cless, A., Farkas, L., Schmelzle, A., Nelson Goff, B. S., & Springer, NP. (2018). Reflecting on the journey: Advice to parents from parents. In B. S. Nelson Goff & N. Piland Springer (Eds.), Intellectual and developmental disabilities: A roadmap for families and professionals (pp. 46-58). New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Lauderdale, M., Walther, M. C., & Springer, N. P. (2018), Special needs financial planning: Optimizing resources. In B. S. Nelson Goff & N. Piland Springer (Eds.), Intellectual and developmental disabilities: A roadmap for families and professionals (pp. 173-187). New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Springer, N. P., Turns, B., & Masterson, M. (2018). A systemic and contextual lens of disability: Family Stress, Ambiguous Loss, and Meaning Making. In B. Nelson Goff & N. Piland Springer (Eds.), Intellectual and developmental disabilities: A roadmap for families and professionals (pp. 17-31). New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.