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CFT Faculty & Staff


Clinical Faculty

Jerome F. Adams, Ph.D., (Purdue University). Professor and director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program. Interests: family therapy process research, adolescent drug abuse, family assessment, and family therapy training and supervision. Rhode Island Licensed Psychologist; member American Psychological Association, Division 43; clinical member and approved supervisor AAMFT.

Tiffani Kisler, Ph.D., (Arizona State University). Assistant professor. Interests: sex therapy, human sexuality and couples therapy. Clinical member and supervisor candidate AAMFT; member National Council for Family Relations; International Association of Relationship Research; The Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality.

Jacqueline Sparks, Ph.D., (Nova Southeastern University). Associate professor. Interests: Client-directed, outcome informed therapy, community and family based services, brief and postmodern applications to client-directed change. Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; clinical member and approved supervisor AAMFT.

Gina MacLure, M.S., (University of Rhode Island). Coordinator of Family Therapy Clinic.


Additional Faculty

Phillip Clark, Sc.D. (Harvard University). Professor and Director, Program in Gerontology. Interests: geriatric health promotion, comparative health care policy, ethical issues in caring for the elderly, interdisciplinary health care teams, and aging and developmental disabilities/mental retardation. Member, Gerontological Society of America; Canadian Association on Gerontology; Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Barbara M. Newman, Ph.D. (University of Michigan). Professor. Interests: lifespan development, adolescent-parent relationships, theories of human development, psychosocial theory, and parent involvement and its relationship to academic achievement.