261 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|M.S.||Marriage and Family Therapy||University of Southern Mississippi||August 2012|
|B.A. Magna Cum Laude||Psychology||Tougaloo College||May 2009|
My research interests broadly center around prevention-intervention programming for at-risk African American children and adolecents through family-centered approaches. I am specifically interested in positive racial identity formation in African American children and ethnic-racial socialization processes in African American families. My research endeavors are influenced by critical race theory and a firm commitment to social justice work.
I am part of a research team conducting a qualitative study examining the use of cultural brokers by marriage and family therapists engaged in cross-cultural work. I am focusing specifically on the importance of clinicians demonstrating cultural humility in the therapist-client relationship. Additionally, I am engaged in a quantitative research project exploring the distinctive concepts of marital commitment vs. marital happiness in African American marriages and the impact of relgiosity and/or spirituality.
Anderson, L. A. (2017, September). Working with families from diverse backgrounds. SOWK 5534: Generalist Practice II, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
Anderson, L. A. (2017, June). Ethics in MFT. ECHD 6010: Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy. University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
Anderson, L. A. (2017, April). Whose ethics are they, anyway? Ethical dilemmas in MFT practices. SOWK 6010: Issues and Ethics in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
Anderson, L. A. (2017, February). MFT community practices and an introduction to solution-focused therapy. SOWK 7232: Advanced Social Work Practice with Families, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
Multicultural therapy practices and social justice; community-based, school-based, and in-home therapy; wraparound treatment for youth and families.
|Award Name||Awarded By||Year Awarded|
|Minority Fellowship Program||American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)||2016 - 2018|
|Doctoral Research Award||University of Georgia Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate Program||2017|
|Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship||University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences||2016 - 2017|
|Behavioral Health Leadership Development Program - Project L.I.F.T.||Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)||2015|
Boe, J. L., Gale, J. E., Karlsen, A. S., Anderson, L. A., Maxey, V. A., & Lamont, J. L. (2017). Filling in the gaps: Listening through dialogue. Contemporary Family Therapy, 39(4), 337-344.
|National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)||Conference Abstract Reviewer||2017 - Present||Volunteer Reviewer|
|American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)||Conference Abstract Reviewer||2016 - Preseent||Volunteer Reviewer|
Anderson, L. A. & Seponski, D. (in progress). The effects of community-level trauma on individual levels of alcohol consumption in post-conflict Cambodia. To be submitted to the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health.
Somo, C., Walsdorf, A., Anderson, L. A., & Seponski, D. (in progress). The use of cultural advisors, consultants, and brokers by MFTs. To be submitted to The Journal of Family Therapy.
Anderson, L. A. & Bryant, C. M. (in progress). The spirituality and religiosity of African American couples: Marital satisfaction vs. marital commitment. To be submitted to the The Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.
Anderson, L. A. & Somo, C. (in progress). Building on the spiritual and religious strengths of African American couples in therapy: A solution-focused approach. To be submitted to The Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.
Dr. Desiree Seponski (Chair), Dr. Chalandra Bryant, & Dr. Llewellyn Cornelius
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Mississippi, License #: T0471
PREPARE/ENRICH, Certified Provider