Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Our Marriage and Family Therapy content area of the Human Development program integrates research-based knowledge with human-based values.

Funding through Assistantships
Teaching Apprentice Program
Intensive Research Opportunities
Clinical Training at the Family Therapy Center
Our Doctoral Program in Marriage and Family Therapy

Individuals, couples, families, and communities face numerous challenges. Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) offers potential solutions that can enhance quality of life as well as individual, family, and community mental health and well-being. Students in the MFT program in the department of Human Development & Family Science at Virginia Tech focuses on research and scholarship that promotes well-being in individuals, families, and communities.  

Why Study Marriage and Family Therapy Here?

The Virginia Tech Marriage and Family Therapy PhD Program, in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, is the oldest continuously accredited MFT doctoral program in the nation, attracting students from across the country and around the world.   Students, faculty, and graduates have singular records of achievement, winning prestigious honors, holding important positions, and publishing some of the most respected articles in the field.

Faculty Research Interests


- Grandparent-Headed Families

- Grandparenting

- Aging Families and Marriage and Family Therapy

- Community-Based Interventions

- Research Methods and Policy


- Psychosocial health and Well-Being of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth and their Families

- Affirmative Family Therapy Practices

- Qualitative Research Methods

- Mixed-methodology and Community-Based Participatory Intervention Development


 - Relationship education

 - Marriage and family

 - Therapy resilience

Marriage and Family Therapy Research Highlights

MFT faculty employ theoretically rich research questions with rigorous analytic techniques, resulting in publications in top-tier academic journals and other academic sources including Ageing and Society, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, and Family Relations. Human Development faculty across the focus areas of Adult Development and Aging, Child and Adolescent Development, Family Studies, and Marriage and Family Therapy often collaborate on research and service projects. Graduate students are often a part of research projects and subsequent publications through collaborations with Human Development & Family Science faculty and faculty in other departments such as Psychology.

Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the Marriage and Family Therapy (Ph.D. in Human Development) degree should contact the MFT coordinator, Dr. Megan Dolbin-MacNab by email at

Visit our office at 366 Wallace Hall, 295 West Campus Dr, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

*Fall: Janurary 5

International Application

*Fall:  Janurary 5

*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding:  January 5


Cindy Smith
Director of Graduate Studies
303 Wallace Hall
295 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Megan Dolbin-MacNab
Marriage and Family Therapy Area Coordinator
840 University City Blvd Suite 1
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Department of Human Development and Family Science
366 Wallace Hall (0416)
295 West Campus Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-4794
FAX: 540-231-7012