Instead of a dissertation, DMFT students complete a doctoral project. DMFT projects are pragmatic in nature and attend to tend provide insight into, or generate, innovative solutions to family, community, or organizational concerns.
DMFT doctoral project typically target at least one of the three major areas of focus for DMFT students. Students must successfully defend a proposal outlining their doctoral project prior to project initiation.
In fulfillment of the doctoral project, students can choose to complete any of the following:
1) Development of a systemic/relational prevention, early intervention, or clinical treatment program that includes an evaluation methodology.
2) Evaluation of an existing program, implemented in a public or private setting.
3) Creation and evaluation of a systemic/relational therapeutic or training protocol designed to address a clinical or service-delivery issue.
4) Other scholarly activity consistent with DMFT student learning outcomes and approved by the DMFT Program Director.
Sample of Successfully Defended Doctoral Projects
Building an MFT Outpatient Practice through Contract Procurement: A Case Study by Dr. Anthony Alonzo
Young Adults’ Emotional Adjustment, Social Support and Coping during Adolescence by Dr. Marva Pachot Bourne
Therapeutic Modalities and Educational Approaches in Clergy Stress Reduction by Dr. Shaun Tress Campbell
Bullying at Oak Hill Elementary School: A Needs and Readiness Assessment by DR. Kristin L Cremer
An Evaluation of 1st Relationships: A Preschool Program Supporting Teachers by Dr. Russell K Decker
Shaping Familial Forgiveness through Ho’ oponopono by Dr. Nancy Edwardson
Evaluation of a Relational Symptom Management Program for Fibromyalgia Patients by Dr. Michelle Wariara Karume
An Unwed Widow: Unmarried Partnerships Loss and its Implications for Treatment by Dr. Brenda Joyce Orozco Market-Green
Equine Psychotherapy Program for Navajos to Lower Masculine Gender Role Stress by Dr. Serina Harvey
An Evaluation of Interventions Designed to Impact Nurses: A Pilot Project by Dr. Pamela Bing Perry
Utilization-Focused Outcome Frameworks and Organizational Lifecycle Development by Dr. Gary L. Robbins
Development of an Education Mediation Orientation for Domestic Violence Victims by Patricia Rowan
Power and Gender among Iranian Couples: Implications for MFT Training by Dr. Seddigheh (Sandy) Moghadam
Early Career Planning Project for Adolescents in Foster Care by Dr. Norma Scarborough
Use of Innovative Staff Training to Modify a Group Home Environment by Dr. Nichola F. Seaton
- African American with Diabetes: Couples’ Support Program Developmnt Project by Dr. Zanetta Fern Carlen Van Putten
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