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Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith, Ph.D. Student in Marriage and Family Therapy

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Kathleen Smith, Ph.D. Student in Marriage and Family Therapy

Department of Human Development and Family Science

Kathleen (She/Her/Hers) is a first year doctoral student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program area. Her research interests include adaptations of clinical interventions for LGBTQ+ couples, the science of attachment, therapeutic interventions for other therapists or clinicians, and the discourse and disease process surrounding substance use disorder. Kathleen has experience in leadership, research, and holds a license as a graduate marriage and family therapist in the state of Maryland. She is interested in a mixed methods approach to her scholarship at Virginia Tech and is theoretically oriented through deconstruction and systems theories.

  • Attachment Theory
  • Theory Construction
  • Clinical Interventions and Adaptations
  • Substance Abuse and Prevention in the Family Process
  • Identity Development in Early Adulthood
  • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Appalachian State University (2019)
  • B.S. Human Development, Virginia Tech (2016)
  • Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health grant recipient for mental health & substance abuse treatment in rural populations (2018)

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