Official image of the Delta Kappa honor society chapter at UAThe Delta Kappa International Marriage & Family Therapy Honor Society

The University of Akron Chapter of The Delta Kappa International Marriage & Family Therapy Honor Society is making efforts to connect student and professional members across the world through events and research collaboratives, to keep the MFT profession on the cutting edge of advancements.

About the Delta Kappa Chapter

The History of Delta Kappa Lambda

Delta Kappa Lambda (DKL) is the 11th chapter of The International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society, Delta Kappa. The Lambda chapter was installed at the University of Akron’s Marriage & Family Therapy program in 2015, by Ulia Fisher - its first and founding president. The chapter transitioned into the honor society from an existing and much honored Society For Advancement of Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (SAMFC/T), a student run organization in the MFT department.

The decision to join with Delta Kappa was based on the exciting opportunities and benefits that are offered by the honor society, and the vision that it sets for its chapters worldwide. Specifically, high standards in clinical work, research, education and supervision. As well as, connecting students within and outside of the chapter. Joining the honor society has made an impact on our program in its very first year. The Mentorship program, unique to our chapter, has been a runaway success with our MFT students. Lifetime friendships and connections have been made, with the benefits that come from it - such as networking, referrals and support. Other successful programs are the DKL Award program, giving back to the local community with an annual food drive, and training seminars. Delta Kappa Lambda fits our vision of the systemic paradigm, as we have shown that we can be the catalyst for positive change in our society, and advancements in the MFT field.

Official image of the Delta Kappa honor society chapter at UAThe Vision of Delta Kappa Honor Society

Delta Kappa, has three primary aims. (1) To train emerging leaders in the field of marriage and family therapy to assume the mantle of leadership in the profession; (2) To provide a structure for developing scholarly forums that present cutting edge research and theory on marriage and family therapy to practitioners on an ongoing basis at the local, state, regional, national, and international level; (3) To recognize and promote the achievements of marriage and family therapy clinicians and scholars.

Faculty advisor


Dr. Heather Katafiasz
Phone: 330-972-6637

Board Members

Richard Dawsom headshot
Richard Dawson
Jenn Goerke headshot
President Elect
Jenn Goerke
,Michael Pennington headshot
Michael Pennington
Amber Fensler headshot
Social Chair

Amber Fensler
Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell
 Megan Vitek headshot
Past President
Megan Vitek