Past Presidents

Murray BowenMurray 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.

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Dr. Bowen joined the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center in 1959. He became a Clinical Professor, was Director of Family Programs, and in 1975 founded the Georgetown Family Center. Dr. Bowen was the Director of the Family Center until his death in 1990. He also maintained a private psychiatric practice at his home-office in Chevy Chase, Maryland. His concepts of “differentiation of self,” “family projection process,” “multigenerational transmission process,” among others, continue to be taught as “Bowen Systems Theory” at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family Georgetown Family Center in Washington, D.C. and at other locations. Among his many publications is Family Therapy in Clinical Practice (Jason Aronson). He was recognized as Alumnus of the Year by the Menninger Foundation in 1985 and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1986. Dr. Bowen served two consecutive terms as the first President of the American Family Therapy Association. AFTA gave him an award for Distinguished Achievement in Family Therapy in 1981, and, the following year, a Special Award for Contribution to the Founding of the Association as its First President.

farmoJames 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.

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Prior to that, he worked closely with Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy at the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Framo was a fellow and supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, which designated him as a founder in the field in 1992. He was also a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He also served as advisory editor for several journals in the field, such as Family Process, Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, and Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. His writings helped integrate object relations/psychodynamic theory with family systems theory, laying the foundation for intergenerational/family of origin work in the context of couple and family therapy. With Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, he edited one of the earliest texts in family therapy, Intensive Family Therapy (Brunner/Mazel, 1965). Among his more than 60 other publications are: Family Interaction: A Dialogue Between Family Researchers and Family Therapists (Springer, 1972); Family Therapy: Major Contributions (co-edited with Robert J. Green, International Press, 1981); Explorations in Marital and Family Therapy: Selected Papers of James L. Framo (Springer,1982); Family-of-Origin Therapy: An Intergenerational Approach (Brunner/Mazel, 1992); and Coming Home Again: A Family of Origin Consultation (co-authored with Timothy Weber and his wife Felise Levine) and published posthumously by Brunner/Routledge in May 2003. A founding member of AFTA, Dr. Framo served as its Secretary, Vice-President, and its second President. He received AFTA's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy in 1984.

KittyKitty 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.

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Dr. La Perriere joined the Ackerman Institute at its inception and taught both internationally and nationally. She later became the Institute's first Director of Training. She has a multicultural-multilingual background, having grown up in Czechoslovakia and Switzerland. Dr. La Perriere is the author of "The Thread of Time" in the February 1998 issue of The Atlantic Monthly and has a number of professional publications on training in family therapy. She is one of the original 20 founders of AFTA and, in addition to being AFTA’ s first woman president, has served as a Board Member and as chair of the Nominations, Liaison, and Senior Involvement Committees. She received a Special Award from AFTA for her service to the field of family therapy in 1998.

LymanLyman 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.

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With his wife Adele, Dr. Wynne was the co-founder of the Wynne Center for Family Research in Rochester, New York. He served as President of the Board of Family Process. Conceptualizing families as the unit of treatment as early as 1947, Dr. Wynne's studies of communication deviance in the families of schizophrenia were first published in a series of articles with his colleague, Margaret T. Singer, in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 1963-65. He co-edited The Nature of Schizophrenia with R. L. Cromwell and S. Matthysse (Wiley, 1978). For many years Dr Wynne studied the interaction of genes and environment in the development of schizophrenia in a longitudinal study in Finland. He made major theoretical contributions to our understanding of systems consultation, intimacy, and relationship formation. A Charter Member, Dr. Wynne also served AFTA as a Board member and as Chair of the Awards and Liaison Committees. He received AFTA' s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Family Therapy Research in 1981 and for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice in 1989.

CarolCarol 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.

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Dr. Anderson's projects included studies of mothers of emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children, and the reasons they do not accept mental health services, continuity of care using online support, education and treatment for schizophrenic patients, and a collaborative study with a community agency to increase the relevance of mental health services for low income individuals. In addition to authoring 33 articles in peer reviewed journals, and 27 book chapters, she was the co-author of Schizophrenia and the Family: A Practitioner’s Guide to Psychoeducation and Management (Guilford), Mastering Resistance: A Practical Guide to Family Therapy (Guilford); Flying Solo: Single Women in Midlife (Norton); and co-editor of Women in Families: A Framework for Family Therapy (Norton). She was the Editor of Family Process from 1999 through the end of 2003. Dr. Anderson has also served AFTA as Vice-President, Secretary, Board Member, and as chair of the Membership and Clinical-Research Conference committees. She received an award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy in 1985 from AFTA and for Distinguished Professional Contribution to Family Therapy in 1987 from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

rachelRachel 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.

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Dr. Hare-Mustin's work in theory, research, and practice has been recognized by awards from a number of groups, including AFTA, the American Psychological Association Divisions of Psychotherapy, Family Psychology, and Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, as well as by a Presidential Citation from the APA. In addition to two books and numerous chapters, many of her articles in journals have become classics, including, in Family Process, “A feminist approach to family therapy,” (1978); “Discourses in the mirrored room: A postmodern analysis of therapy” (1994); (with J. Maracek) “The meaning of difference: Gender theory, postmodernism, and psychology,” American Psychologist (1988); and “Sex, lies, and headaches: The problem is power,” Journal of Feminist Family Therapy (1991). In addition to being a Past President of AFTA (1990-1991), Dr. Hare-Mustin has also served as Secretary, Board Member, and Chair of the Bylaws Committee. She received AFTA’ s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice in 1993.

fromaFroma 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.

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Dr. Walsh has developed a strengths-building Family Resilience model for counseling and prevention efforts to enhance the ability of couples and families to rebound from crises, weather persistent adversity, recover from trauma and loss, and deal resourcefully with disruptive life challenges. Over 45 publications include: Strengthening Family ResilienceNormal Family Processes (Guilford): Growing Diversity and Complexity (3rd. Ed. Guilford, 2002); Living Beyond Loss: Death in the Family (Norton); Women in Families: A Framework for Family Therapy (Norton, w/ M. McGoldrick, C. Anderson); Chronic Disorders and the Family (Taylor & Francis, w/ C. Anderson); and Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy (Guilford). She has served AFTA as Secretary, Board Member, and Chair of the Bylaws, Credentialing and Career Development, Family Policy, and Annual Meeting Program Committees. She received AFTA’ s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice in 1995.

RichardRichard 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.

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With Grunebaum and Margaret Herzig, he co-edited One Couple, Four Realities: Multiple Perspectives on Couples Therapy (Guilford, 1988). His contributions include the use of action methods in family therapy. He has written articles, some with Sallyann Roth, LICSW, on action methods and narrative therapy. Since the early 1980s he has applied family therapy methods to larger system conflicts. With Rick Lee, Ph.D., in 1984, he designed the psychological component of the Negotiation Workshop, a very large, popular, all-department graduate course held annually at Harvard Law School. Dr. Chasin is a Senior Associate at the Public Conversations Project (PCP) in Watertown, MA. This organization, founded by Laura Chasin, LICSW, is devoted to fostering dialogue and mutual understanding on hotly polarized political, social, economic and religious controversies. In 1997, the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution gave PCP its Mary Follett Award for Innovative Contributions. A charter member of AFTA, Dr. Chasin has also served AFTA as Vice-President and as Chair of the Nominations and Publications committees. Along with Laura Chasin, Carol Becker, William Madsen & Sallyann Roth, fellow AFTA members at the Public Conversations Project, he received AFTA's award for Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy in 1999.

EvanEvan 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.

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Dr. Imber-Black served as Editor of Family Process from 2003 to 2012. She has also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and the International Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. She is on the advisory board of the Psychotherapy Networker. Dr. Imber-Black has authored and edited several books, including Families and Larger Systems (Guilford); Rituals in Families and Family Therapy (Norton, w/ J. Roberts & R. Whiting); Rituals for Our Times (Aronson, w/ J. Roberts); Secrets in Families and Family Therapy (Norton); and The Secret Life of Families (Bantam). She received AFTA’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice in 1990.

Don'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.

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Dr. Bloch's special interest was in families as they interact with the healthcare system. He was a founder and co-chair of the Collaborative Family Health Care Coalition. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Minuchin Center in New York. He was the co-editor, with Robert Simon, of The Strength of Family Therapy: The Selected Papers of Nathan W. Ackerman (Brunner/Mazel) and has numerous publications in the field. A Charter Member of AFTA, Dr. Bloch also served on its Board of Directors and as Chair of the Awards, Nominations, and Credentialing & Career Development Committees. He received an Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution to Family Therapy in 1982.

FalicovCelia 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.

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Dr. Falicov's publications include two edited books: Family Transitions (Guilford) and Cultural Perspectives in Family Therapy (Aspen). She is the author of Latino Families in Therapy: A Guide to Multicultural Practice (Guilford Press). A Charter Member, Dr. Falicov has served AFTA as President (1999-2001), Secretary (1991-1993), Board Member (1987-1989), Program Chair (1985), Local Arrangements Chair (1991), and Liaison Chair (2003-2005). She was the recipient of AFTA' s Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice Award in 1997.

JanineJanine 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.

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Dr. Roberts is Past-President, as well as a former Board Member and Treasurer of AFTA. She is on the editorial boards for Family Process, Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and is the former editor of the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. Particular areas of interest include working with all the diverse family forms found in today's societies; cross-cultural counseling and issues of social justice; gender and counseling; school counseling and family-school partnerships; group work in schools; families and illness; and training and supervision in school counseling.

LoisLois 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.

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Her many publications and international presentations challenge the assumptions implicit in major schools of family therapy about women's role in the family, in the workplace, and in the psychotherapeutic setting. Her special areas of interest are women's friendships and marital relationships, depression and marital dynamics, couple therapy with marginalized couples, and issues of power in couple therapy. She is founding editor of the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy and author of Women, Feminism and Family Therapy (Haworth). Joining AFTA in 1984, she has served AFTA as President (2003-2005), Program Chair (1994, 2001), Membership Chair (1997-99), Secretary, (1995-97), Board Member, (1992-95), and Nominations Committee Chair (1990-91). She was the recipient of the American Family Therapy Academy's Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy Award in 1994.

PaulettePaulette 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.

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Dr. Hines also serves as Chief Psychologist for University Behavioral HealthCare and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of New Jersey where she maintains a private practice. She was also on the founding faculty of the Multicultural Family Institute of New Jersey. She has authored numerous articles, chapters, and book reviews and has presented widely on the topics of African American families, multi-problem families, and culturally-based intervention and youth violence. She is involved in the conduct of preventive intervention research on a variety of issues including youth interpersonal violence, HIV, unwanted/unplanned pregnancies, and school dropouts as well as cultural competency promotion. In AFTA, Dr. Hines served as the President from 2005 to 2007, and as Chair of the Awards Committee from 2003 to 2005. She served as Chair of the Membership Committee from 1999 to 2003, was a member of the Nominations Committee in 1998 and 1999 and previously served as convener of the Black Families Interest Group.

John RJohn 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.

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Dr. Rolland is widely recognized for his Family Systems Illness model, clinical work, and research with families facing serious physical disorders. His first book, Families, Illness, and Disability: An Integrative Treatment Model, was nominated for book-of-the-year by the American Medical Writers' Association. He is co-author on a new edited book: Individuals, Families, and the New Era of Genetics: Biopsychosocial Perspectives. A member of AFTA since 1986, Dr. Rolland served as Treasurer, Board member, and Chair of its Family Policy and Human Rights Committees. In 2000, he co-founded and co-led an international human rights project in Kosovo, the Kosovar Family Professional Education Collaborative. He was the 2006 recipient of AFTA’s Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy Award. He serves on the Editorial Boards of a number of journals including: Family Process, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and AIDS Education and Prevention, and the Board of Directors of Families, Systems, & Health: The Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare. Dr. Rolland is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and former Fellow at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale.

John sJohn 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.

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Dr. Sargent also served as the Clinical Director of the System of Hope, a community system of care for seriously emotionally disturbed children in Houston. He is currently a member of the Massachusetts Children’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council which is responsible for monitoring and improving children’s behavioral health throughout the state. He has experience in all aspects of clinical child and adolescent psychiatry and special interest in developing clinical systems of care for poor and underserved children and adolescents with mental health problems. His other special interests include child and family responses to trauma and violence, eating disorders, adolescent suicide, family therapy and international child mental health program development. Dr. Sargent has published over 70 articles and books on these topics. He is a nationally known family therapist and has training and certification in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics. Before joining the Baylor College of Medicine faculty in 2001, Dr. Sargent had been Director of Education and Research at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas and previously was Director of General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He also has served as Deputy Director of the Eastern European Child Abuse and Child Mental Health Project and has extensive experience in training mental health professionals throughout the world. Dr. Sargent is President of the American Family Therapy Academy. He has served as Treasurer from 2007-2009 and edited the Winter 2007 issue of the AFTA Monograph. He was a member of the Kosovar Professional Education and Training Project sponsored by AFTA.

HindaHinda 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.

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The Center serves approximately 1200 economically disadvantaged children and families who are unlikely to be able to access quality care. A countering racism organization (trained by the People's Institute) the Center is committed to multiple dimensions of diversity of at all levels including trustees, staff, faculty, and administration. The Center's Family Empowerment Program Model has been developed for the state of New Jersey since 1994. A member of an Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ) Action Network the Center has begun to adapt its approach to healthcare settings in collaboration with the Billings Clinic and with Cabin Creek Health Care Systems, West Virginia. Hinda Winawer is long-term faculty of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, where she was a founding member of the Ackerman Institute Alcohol, Drugs and the Family Project. On the Family Process Editorial Advisory Board, she is former Adjunct Faculty, Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work and a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association for Women in Psychology, the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association and Fellow in the American Orthopsychiatric Association, as well as faculty, Multicultural Family Institute Culture Conference. She has taught and presented in academic and clinical settings in the US, Europe, China and Latin America and has authored chapters and articles addressing clinical training as well as social justice. Within AFTA: Charter Member, Policy Committee member and Chair, Program Chair, Racial Domination and Privilege Interest Group Convener, Publications Committee, Monograph contributor, Plenary Presenter, and Regional Meetings and Fundraiser host. Hinda was honored to be the 2012 co-recipient of AFTA's Distinguished Contribution to Social Justice Award.

Gonzalo BacigalupeGonzalo 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.