Meet the Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy Faculty


Karin Jordan, Ph.D., IMFT-S, AAMFT Approved Supervisor is Professor and MFC/T Program  Dr. Jordan has a doctorate in CFD/MFT from the University of Georgia. Her research interest, publications and presentations are in the area of large scale disasters. She is interested and has studied service delivery and disaster impact from a systemic and ecosystemic perspective. She has served on multiple inter-professional crisis response teams on the national and international levels. She has taught both master’s and doctoral MFC/T courses, chaired dissertations and mentored students in both programs.


Heather Katafiasz Ph.D., IMFT-S, AAMFT Approved Supervisor is an Assistant Professor. Dr. Katafiasz is the MFC/T Program Coordinator/Director for the master’s program. Dr. Katafiasz has a doctorate in CFT from the Ohio State University. Her research interest centers on a systemic understanding of Intimate Partner Violence and self-of-the-therapist supervision. She is particularly focused on utilizing an integrative Bowen-based perspective to inform her clinical work, supervision, and research. She has primarily taught master’s courses, with an emphasis on the clinical courses, and enjoys mentoring doctoral students through their journey.


Dr. Rikki Patton, Ph.D., MFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor  is Assistant Professor in the School of Counseling. Dr. Patton obtained her Doctorate Degree in HDFS with a Specialization in CFT from The Ohio State University and completed a NIDA-funded post-doctoral experience at the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center prior to joining the faculty at UA. Her research interests include the systemic understanding, prevention and intervention of substance abuse, especially among marginalized populations. Dr. Patton has taught both Masters and Doctoral-level courses within the MFC/T Program. Dr. Patton is the MFC/T doctoral program Coordinator/Director. Dr. Patton has also served as the faculty mentor for Delta Kappa Lambda and as a faculty mentor for the AAMFT Minority Fellowship program.


David Tefteller Ph.D., MFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, PCC is an Assistant Professor of Instruction. Dr. Tefteller is the Clinical Training Director which includes Practicum and Internship Placements of MFC/T students. His research interests focus primarily on parenting and on fathering in particular. He teaches a number of didactic and clinical courses mostly in the Master's program and enjoys watching his students grow both personally and professionally.