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2015-2016 Families and Health Interest Group

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 14, 2015



As the New Year lurks around the corner, we’d like to take an opportunity to announce the Families and Health Interest Group (FHIG)’s plans for the coming year and introduce the new leadership.




Grow and Diversify our Membership. Leadership is committed to recruiting our colleagues in medical professions and non-family therapy behavioral health providers. We are performing targeted outreach to specific professionals we know share our value of families in healthcare. In tandem with this, the editors of the Families and Health Blog have made plans to include more bio-medically oriented authors. We encourage our SIG members and readership to also reach out to non-behavioral health providers. Dr. Froude has a recruitment letter, if that would be helpful.


CFHA 2016 Conference. Similar to 2015, the FHIG is dedicated to putting the family at the center of healthcare and are working towards including this in the 2016 CFHA conference. We have identified specific ways to highlight families for the 2016 conference, including family centered themes and calls for proposals/posters.


Website Improvements. Our intention is for the website to be more useful and resource-full. Therefore, we are compiling lists of family-oriented research and clinical tools. We ask that members submit them so we can have a wonderful resource page. Additionally, we want to promote increased collaboration among members and further mentorship for our early career professionals. We ask that each member submit a short bio, as well as clinical and research interests. If you know of good tools or are submitting a bio, please send them to Drs. Zak-Hunter and Lynch for inclusion on the website. The deadline for everything is Jan 22nd, 2016.


Webinars. We are hosting 2 webinars this year- one in February and one in June.


Early Career Membership Mentoring. We recognize that our early career professional membership is growing. To address this need, we are working to update our website with internship and mentorship opportunities in addition to the other website improvements.


Interested in Joining Us in 2016?

Open calls: 3rd Friday of the month, quarterly. 10am PT/1pm ET.

Jan 15

April 15

July 15 





Maureen Davey, PhD, LMFT is a family researcher, licensed marriage and family therapist, AAMFT approved supervisor, and an associate professor at Drexel University’s Department of Couple and Family Therapy in the College of Nursing and Health Profession. My work focuses on helping children, couples, and families cope with illness. I am currently developing and evaluating couple and family prevention programs for diverse populations who are coping with parental illness (e.g., African Americans families coping with parental cancer), and illness in a partner/spouse (e.g., cancer treatment and survivorship in a partner/spouse).   


Chair Elect

Laura Lynch, PhD is the Collaborative Healthcare Clinical Practice Educator in the Department of Couple and Family Therapy at Drexel University. She completed the Families, Illness, and Collaborative Healthcare Fellowship under Dr. John Rolland at the Chicago Center for Family Health, and recently co-authored the book, Helping Children and Families Cope with Parental Illness: A Clinician’s Guide.  Her research focuses on the development of systemic interventions to help couples and families cope with chronic illness.


Immediate Past Chair

Kaitlin Leckie, PhD, LMFT is the Director of Behavioral Health Education at Southern Kaitlin Leckie, PhD, LMFT is the Director of Behavioral Health Education at Southern Colorado Family Medicine Residency. She earned an Advanced Specialization in Medical Family Therapy, co-sponsored by the University of Colorado School of Medicine and St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency in Grand Junction, Colorado. She obtained her doctorate and Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University. She is a founding leader of CFHA’s Families and Health Special Interest Group and is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Leckie has conducted research on the multifaceted relationships between health activation, social support, overall functioning, and the use of healthcare services among high-risk patients. Her many interests include Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) assessment and intervention, self-care and wellness among clinicians, and family-centered health care.




Lisa Zak-Hunter, PhD, LMFT is Behavioral Science Educator/Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita at Via Christi Family Medicine Residency. Her main clinical, teaching, and research interests lie in the realms of collaborative health care, increasing biopsychosocial understanding of mental and medical health conditions, and practitioner self-care. She has a particular interest in adult eating disorders. Within CFHA, she co-edits the Families and Health Blog and serves as Social Media Director. 



Early Career Representative

Cameron Froude, PhD is a postdoctoral medical family therapy fellow at St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency in Grand Junction, CO. Cameron is a licensed marriage and family therapist and recent graduate of the University of Connecticut’s doctoral program in human development and family studies. Her clinical interests include working with individuals diagnosed with chronic health conditions and their family members. As a psychosocial health researcher, Cameron’s focus is on understanding the role of medical and social support systems in individuals’ recovery from chronic illness. 


CFHA Board Member

Randall Reitz PhD is the Director of Behavioral Sciences at the St Mary's Family Medicine Residency in Grand Junction, CO.  In this role he trains medical residents and medical family therapy fellows.   His roles with CFHA have included Executive Director, Board Member, and Founding Chair of the Families and Health Interest Group.  His professional interests include professional development, mentorship, and trans-disciplinary training. 

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