Meet the Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy Faculty


MARRIAGE & FAMILY COUNSELING/THERAPY


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Heather Katafiasz Ph.D., IMFT-S, AAMFT Approved Supervisor is a tenure track Assistant Professor. Her responsibilities to the university are divided between teaching, scholarship and service. Dr. Katafiasz teaches a mixture of masters and doctoral courses, clinical and didactic, within the Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Programs. Her research is focused on further the systemic understanding of Intimate Partner Violence and its intersection with Substance Use. She provides service to the program as the Program Director and Clinical Training Director for the Master’s Program. She has also provided service to the program through her mentorship of the student honor society, Delta Kappa Lambda, and has provided service to the profession through advocacy and engagement at the state and national levels.

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Dr. Rikki Patton, Ph.D., MFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor  is a tenured Associate Professor.  Her responsibilities to the university are divided between teaching, scholarship and service. Dr. Patton teaches a mixture of masters and doctoral courses within the Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Programs. She provides service to the program as the Program Director and Clinical Training Director for the Doctoral Program and has provided service to the profession through advocacy and engagement at the state and national levels. Her research interests include the systemic understanding, prevention and intervention of substance abuse, especially among marginalized populations. 

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David Tefteller Ph.D., MFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, PCC is a non-tenure track Assistant Professor of Instruction. His responsibilities to the university are divided between teaching and service. Dr. Tefteller teaches primarily masters courses within the Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Programs. He provides service to the program as the Faculty Mentor for the student honor society, Delta Kappa Lambda.

The Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Masters and Doctoral Program Faculty have responsibilities divided between teaching, scholarship and service, depending on their roles within the university. The MFC/T faculty evaluate their faculty roles in teaching, scholarship, service, and practice through their engagement in activities at the university and in the profession. Teaching is evaluated through student evaluations of instructor completed by students at the end of each semester, scholarship through publications, presentation, and grant activity, service through engagement at the programmatic, local (community), state, and national level, and practice through maintaining of clinical and supervisory credentials.