203 Family Science Center II (House D)
405 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
workOffice Phone: 706-542-4821
HDFS 9070: Family Therapy Practicum, HDFS 2200: Lifespan Development
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|BA||Psychology & Women's Studies, Minor: Math||Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana||2004|
|MS||Child & Family Development, MFT||The University of Georgia||2008|
|PhD||Child & Family Development, MFT||The University of Georgia||2011|
My scholarly interests are in the field of marriage and family therapy, specifically critical couple, family. and societal programs including family health, immigration, family diversity, and trauma. My research is broadly focused on culturally responsive therapeutic intervention processes and outcomes (US, International: Cambodia, Southeast Asia), with particular interests in immigrant and marginalized families who have experienced poverty, trauma, and discrimination. I am guided by Social Justice and Feminist Family Therapy lenses, especially focusing on the intersections between Gender, Aging, Spirituality, and Ethnicity. My current work explores the implementation of Western-based therapy models in Southeast Asia, specifically EMDR, Solution-Focused, and Narrative Therapies. I am also interested in therapy models that emerge within indigenous cultures, and how these may be responsively integrated with Western models.
MFT Theories, Clinical Practicum in MFT, Human Development across the Lifespan
Visiting Professor at the Royal University of Phnom Penh Cambodia, outreach for marginalized clinical populations in US
Certifications in EMDR, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and PREPARE/ENRICH. Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFTA-Texas), AAMFT Approved Supervisor.
Seponski, D. M., Lewis, D. C., & Megginson, M. C. (in press). A responsive evaluation of mental health treatment in Cambodia: Intentionally addressing poverty to increase cultural responsiveness in therapy. Journal of Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy, and Practice.
Seponski, D. M., Bermudez, J. M., & Lewis, D. C. (2013). Creating culturally responsive family therapy models and research: Introducing the use of responsive evaluation as a method. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 39(1), 28-42.
Lewis, D. C., & Seponski, D. M. (2012). Transcendent sacrifice and spirituality: Cambodian grandparents raising orphaned grandchildren. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 10(4), 355-369.
Futris, T. G., Barton, A., Aholou, T. M., & Seponski, D. M. (2011). The impact of PREPARE on engaged couples: Variations by delivery format. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 10(1), 69-88.
Lewis, D. C., Seponski, D. M., & Camp, T. (2011). Religious and spiritual values transactions: A constant-comparison analysis of grandmothers and adult-granddaughters. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 23(3), 184-205.
Seponski, D. M., & Lewis, D. C. (2010). My Grandmother and Me: International service- learning in Cambodia with children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Information For Action: Journal on service-learning research with children and youth. 3(2). Retrieved from http://www.service-learningpartnership.org/site/DocServer/IFA-CambodianYouth.Vol3No2.pdf?docID=4204