Stith awarded fellow status by family relations council

By The Mercury

Sandra M. Stith, director of the marriage and family therapy program at Kansas State University, has been awarded fellow status by the National Council on Family Relations.

An internationally recognized expert on family violence and the treatment of intimate partner violence, she holds the Vera Mowrey McAninch endowed professorship in the School of Family Studies and Human Services.

She received her doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Kansas State University and also served as a professor, family therapist and supervisor at Virginia Tech.

Her book “Couples Therapy for Domestic Violence: Finding Safe Solutions” was published by the American Psychological Association.

She has edited three books on intimate partner violence, is author of more than 60 articles and book chapters, and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test a couple’s treatment program for intimate partner violence. Stith helps couples improve the way they deal with conflict by teaching them how to take a time out and how to calm themselves.

She also helps them improve their relationships. Much of her work involves violence in military families.

Stith has received the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy

Award, the American Family Therapy Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award, Kansas State University’s Distinguished College of Human Ecology Alumni Award and the College of Human Ecology’s Faculty Research Excellence Award.

A former Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela, Stith has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Family Relations and the American Journal of Family Therapy.

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