Leslie A. Anderson, M.S., LMFT

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Ph.D. MFT Student and Graduate Assistant

261 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


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Curriculum Vitae


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.

Current Research

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 satisfaction in African American marriages and the impact of religiosity 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. 

Areas of Expertise

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

Journal Articles

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.


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
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

Working Papers

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. 

Advisory Committee

Dr. Desiree Seponski (Chair), Dr. Chalandra Bryant, & Dr. Llewellyn Cornelius 

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Mississippi, License #: T0471

PREPARE/ENRICH, Certified Provider