Murray Bowen, M.D.
Past President, 1977–1981
Murray Bowen received his psychiatric training at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas beginning in 1946, and he continued on staff at Menninger's until 1954. He then moved to the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where he conducted a five-year research project that involved families with an adult schizophrenic child living on a research ward for long periods.
James L. Framo, Ph.D.
Past President, 1982–1983
James Framo was Distinguished Professor of Psychology at United States International University/Alliant University in San Diego and a full professor at Temple University in Philadelphia. He served as President of the Family Institute of Philadelphia and established and headed the first family therapy unit in a mental health center at Jefferson University.
Kitty La Perriere, Ph.D.
Past President, 1984–1985
Kitty La Perriere is in private practice in New York City, working with couples, families, individuals, and other groupings. Gender, ethnicity, immigration, life cycle and health issues come up daily in her work. She continues to supervise and do consultation.
Lyman C. Wynne, M.D., Ph.D.
Past President, 1986–1987
Lyman Wynne was Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester where he was Departmental Chair from 1971-75. He spent the prior 20 years at the National Institute of Mental Health, where he became head of Intramural Research and pioneered family therapy.
Carol M. Anderson, Ph.D.
Past President, 1988–1989
Carol Anderson was Professor of Psychiatry and Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of its Center for Mental Health Services Research. She created the psychoeducational model of intervention for patients with schizophrenia and their families, and has developed interventions for engaging families in treatment.
Rachel T. Hare-Mustin, Ph.D.
Past President, 1990–1991
Rachel Hare-Mustin is a clinical psychologist who has been a faculty member of Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova University. She has published widely on gender issues, ethical practice, and feminist theory and postmodern theory.
Froma Walsh, Ph.D.
Past President, 1991–1993
Froma Walsh is a Professor in the School of Social Service Administration and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago and Co-Director of the Chicago Center for Family Health. She is past Editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Family Process journal.
Richard Chasin, M.D.
Past President, 1993–1995
Richard Chasin is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard and was Co-Director of the Family Institute of Cambridge during 1980-93 and 1996-1998. Together with Henry Grunebaum, M.D., and Judith Platt, Ed.D., he has produced Harvard's Annual Couples Therapy Conference since 1984.
Evan Imber-Black, Ph.D.
Past President, 1995–1997
Evan Imber-Black is the Director of the Center for Families and Health at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She is Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. She maintains a private practice, specializing in therapy for couples, and for adult siblings and their parents.
Donald A. Bloch, M.D.
Past President, 1997–1999
Don Bloch had a private practice in New York City. He was trained as a physician, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and family therapist and was an Editor of Family Process and Family Systems Medicine for 13 years in each instance. He began work with Nathan Ackerman in 1965 and was Director of the Ackerman Institute from 1972 to 1991.
Celia J. Falicov, Ph.D.
Past President, 1999–2001
Celia Falicov is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California-San Diego. She is also has a private practice. She serves as Advisory Editor to several journals and is a Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Orthopsychiatric Association.
Janine Roberts, Ed.D.
Past President, 2001–2003
Janine Roberts is a professor and family therapist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Tales and Transformations: Stories in Families and Family Therapy (Norton, 1994); co-author of Rituals for our Times: Celebrating, Healing, and Changing our Lives and our Relationships (Aronson, 1998); and co-editor of Rituals in Families & Family Therapy (Norton Press, 1988), as well as some forty articles, reviews, and book chapters.
Lois Braverman, MSW
Past President, 2003–2005
Lois Braverman is the President of the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City. She maintains a private practice specializing in couple and family therapy. She serves on the editorial boards of several journals including Family Process, Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work and the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy.
Paulette Moore Hines, Ph.D.
Past President, 2005–2007
Paulette Hines is the Executive Director of the Center for Healthy Schools, Families & Communities and the Director of the Office of Prevention Services & Research, both divisions of University Behavioral HealthCare, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) - one of the largest health sciences universities in the country.
John S. Rolland, M.D.
Past President, 2007–2009
John S. Rolland is Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Center for Family Health at the University of Chicago and its affiliate post-graduate family and couples therapy training institute the Chicago Center for Family Health. Previously, he was Founder and Director of the Center for Illness in Families at Yale University.
John Sargent, M.D.
Past President, 2009–2011
John Sargent is the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to assuming that position he was Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Hinda Winawer, MSW, LCSW
Past President, 2011–2013
Hinda Winawer is co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Family, Community, & Social Justice, Inc., which employs, clinically supervises and trains counselors to provide free, culturally humble collaborative family systems therapy through its Context-Centered Family Systems Counseling (CFSC) approach.
Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD, MPH
Past President, 2013–2015
Professor and director of the Family Therapy Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Stress and Resilience Research Team at the University of Deusto Bilbao, Spain. He is co-senior editor of Family, Systems, & Health and on the editorial board of several journals (Family Process, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, AFTA Monographs, etc.). He has served as chair of the AFTA Awards Committee, has been an AFTA board member, committee chair of Research, Larger Systems, pre-conference, co-chair of the social media task force, plus innumerous initiatives besides being the “conference photographer.”
Volker Thomas, Ph.D., LMFT
Past President, 2015
Professor and Coordinator of the doctoral Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Iowa. He is the Director of the LGBTQ Clinic in RCE and a member of the multi-disciplinary LGBTQ research consortium at the University of Iowa. He is Editor of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy (JCRT), and Chair-Elect of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). He has been an AFTA member since 1994, served as Editor-in-Chief of the AFTA Newsletter (1998 – 2002) and AFTA Secretary (2003 – 2005). He also served on the AFTA Research Committee and is a current member of the AFTA Membership Committee. Currently he is Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the 2015 Annual Meeting & Open Conference in Vancouver, WA/Portland, OR.
Kiran Arora, Ph.D.
Past President, 2015 - 2016
Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Long Island University, Brooklyn. Her research interests include the expansion of theory and practice in family therapy training reflecting cultural diversity and social justice, exploring the connections between trauma and oppression in communities of color, and the intersections of race and religion. Kiran is a psychotherapist at Tribeca Therapy in New York City. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and the Journal of Family Therapy. Kiran has served on the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) Board of Directors and was Co-Chair of the 2015 Program Committee.
Jane Bardavid, LCSW
Past President, 2016-2017
Jane C. Bardavid, LCSW, retired director and now consultant of CAPE, a MH clinic for older adults. The agency provides affordable comprehensive services sensitive to the needs of older adults. Jane continues to work toward ensuring that older adults receive their fair share from the mental health community. Developed NYS approved CEU curriculum for agency. Graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work, Minuchin Center for Family Studies; Chair, Queens Geriatrics Committee; Executive Board, Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies; Secretary, AFTA and Queensboro Council for Social Welfare; Instructor of FT, Adelphi School of Social Work; Clinical FT supervisor.
Victoria Dickerson, Ph.D.
Past President, 2017-2019
Currently in private practice in Los Gatos and Aptos, California, Vicki has been active in AFTA for 25 years as Board member, officer, program chair and committee chair. In 2012 Vicki received AFTA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She currently is the Social Media/Communications Strategist for the Family Process Institute and also organizes and moderates a Webinar Series for Family Process in partnership with Ackerman. Vicki recently edited a special section on narrative and poststructural ideas for the journal Family Processand also an AFTA Springer Brief on the same topic. She has been the director of two training centers, a founder of one of the first mental health websites, and a professor in various universities.