Carmen KnudsonMartin, PhD, MS
Current Roles in the School of Behavioral Health
Program Director, PhD in Marital and Family Therapy
Professor, Counseling and Family Sciences
- University of Southern California, 1987
MS, Family and Human Development
- Utah State University, 1971
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Phone (909) 558-1000, ext. 47002, Fax (909) 558-0417
Department of Counseling & Family Sciences
Loma Linda University, Griggs Hall, Office 203
11065 Campus Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Research interests: qualitative research, family systems theory, gender, health, and social context
My training in marital and family therapy was in the sociology department at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. There I was able to integrate my interests in the social context with methods and skills to help people grow in their relationships, develop their strengths, and solve personal and emotional problems. Before my doctoral studies I was a family life educator in high schools. I was fortunate to live and work in a variety of countries around the world, including Iran, Senegal, Jordan, and Costa Rica. Thus my understanding of what it means to be human has been shaped by a wide range of experiences and people, including my childhood on a farm in North Dakota and my previous teaching in universities in Montana and Georgia.
All my professional writings have in some way focused on the interplay between individual and family development and the social context. My recent work focuses on how couple and family therapists can actually addresses socio-emotional issues in the moment by moment of clinical sessions. This interest grows out of my passion for helping couples and families overcome the influence of societal injustices and inequities in their lives. I am fascinated by the relationships between physical and emotional health, interpersonal relationships, and social/political contexts. As the director of the PhD in Marital and Family Therapy program at Loma Linda University, one of my greatest joys is helping to mentor the next generation of leaders in the field. Toward this end, my students and I have published over 25 studies examining the processes through which diverse couples in varying life stages and circumstances respond to the demands of a changing social environment and how couple and family therapists can help them create relationships in which everyone can thrive.