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J. Maria Bermudez

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Associate Professor

Dr. Bermudez is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Therapy and in the Ph.D. program in Marriage and Family Therapy.


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. MFT/ Human Development Virginia Tech 2002
M.S MFT/ Child & Family Development Purdue University 1997
B.A. Psychology, Minor in Spanish University of Houston 1991


Latino/a family dynamics, the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality among Latinos, narrative family therapy, and feminist informed therapy and research


Clinical Practicum in MFT, Couple and Sex Therapy, Supervision of Supervision, Family Intervention, Human Sexuality, Human Development Across the Lifespan, and Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (Women Studies)

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
Texas Tech University- Department of Human Development and Family Studies- Marriage and Family Therapy Program Visiting Professor 2001-2002
Texas Tech University- Department of Human Development and Family Studies- Marriage and Family Therapy Program Assistant Professor 2002-2006

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Editorial Board Member Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 2002-present
Editorial Board Member Journal of Feminist Family Therapy 2002-present
Editorial Board Member Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy 2006-present
Editorial Board Member Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy 2013-present


Marriage, couple and family therapy; helping couples and families work through difficult transitions, parent-child relationships, relational and personal issues specific for GLBT individuals and couples, and outreach for Latino families and marginalized populations

Areas of Expertise

Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Supervision in MFT, Latino Family Dynamics, Culturally Responsive Therapy and Research, and Feminist Family Therapy


McDowel, T., Knudsen-Martin, C., Bermudez, J. M. (co-authored book) (2018). Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy: Guidelines for Equitable Theory and Practice. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.


Current Classes

Ph.D. Courses-

Clinical Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy 

Clinical Supervision in Marriage and Family Therapy

Ecological Perspectives in Diversity in Family Science and Family Therapy

Undergraduate Courses-

Human Development across the Lifespan (in person and online)

Child Development (online)

Women in Families and Society

Feminism is For Everbody (first year odyssey)  

Job Description


The University of Georgia; Athens, Georgia (tenured, Fall 2013)

  -     Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science and Marriage and Family Therapy

  -     Affiliate Faculty of the Institute for Women's Studies

  -     Affiliate Faculty of the Institute for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACSI)

  -     Affiliate Faculty and Research Fellow of the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in

         Education (CLASE)

  -     Faculty member for the Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies Certificate Program


Curtis, M. G., Oshri, A., Bryant, C. M., Bermudez, J. M., & Kogan, S. M. (2020) Contextual adversity and rural Black men’s masculinity ideology during emerging adulthood. Psychology of Men and Masculinities.

Curtis, M. G., Ellis, E., Ann, S., Dai, Y., & Bermudez, J. M.  (2020). A Decade in Review: Intersectionality within family studies and family therapy journals from 2010-2020. Journal of  Family Theory & Review.

Alvarez-Hernandez, L. R., Bermudez, J. M. Matthew, R., Orpinas, P., Calva, A., & Darbisi, C. (accepted, 2020).  “No queremos quedar mal”: Boundary setting training with Latina community health workers. Journal of Latinx Psychology.

Terrazas, J., Muruthi, B.A., Thompson, R., Jackson, & Bermudez, J. M.  (accepted, 2020). Liminal legality among mixed-status Latinx families: Considerations for critically engaged clinical practice. Contemporary Family Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10591-020-09545-7

Seponski, D. M., Lewis, D., Bermudez, J. M., & Sotelo, J. M. (May 2020, online). Cambodian therapists’ perspectives of Western-based psychotherapy models: Addressing the challenges for service providers. Journal of Family Psychotherapy. https://doi.org/10.1080/08975353.2020.1759018

Orpinas, P. Matthew, R. A., Alvarez-Hernandez, L. R., Calva, A., & Bermudez, J. M. (May 2020, online) Promotoras voice their challenges in fulfilling their role as community health workers. Health Promotion Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839920921189

Matthew, R., Orpinas, P., Calva, A., Bermudez, J.M., Darbisi, C. (2020). Lazos Hispanos: Promising strategies and lessons learned in the development of a multisystem, community-based promotoras program. Journal of Primary Prevention, 41(3), 229-243. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10935-020-00587-z 

Muruthi, B.A., Bermudez, J. M, Chou J. Shivers, C., Gale, J., Lewis, D. (February, 2020, published online) Mother-adult daughter questionnaire: Psychometric evaluation across first and second-generation Black immigrant women. The Family Journal. 28(2), 168-175. https://doi.org/10.1177/1066480720906123

Ellis, E. & Bermudez, J. M. (February, 2020, published online,). Funhouse mirror reflections:  Resisting internalized sexism in family therapy and building a women-affirming practice.  Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1080/08952833.2020.1717903

Orpinas, P., Matthew, R. A., Bermúdez, J. M., Alvarez-Hernandez, L. R., & Calva, A. (2020). A multistakeholder evaluation of Lazos Hispanos: An application of a community-based participatory research conceptual model. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(2), 464-481.  https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22274 

Walsdorf, A. A., Machado, Y., & Bermudez, J. M. (Nov. 2019, published online). Undocumented and mixed-status Latinx families: Sociopolitical considerations for systemic practice. Journal of  Family Psychotherapy, 30(4), 245-271, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08975353.2019.1679607

Bower, K. L, Lewis, D., Bermudez, J. M., & Singh, A. A. (2019, published online). Narratives of generativity and resilience among LGBT older adults: Leaving positive legacies despite social   stigma and collective trauma. Journal of Homosexuality.  https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2019.1648082

Bower, K. L, Lewis, D., Bermudez, J. M., & Singh, A. A. (2019). Adding grey to the rainbow: A narrative analysis of generational identity through stories and counter-stories of older gay men. Aging & Society, 1-23. http://dx.doi/10.1017/S0144686X19001429

Boe, J. L., Bermudez, J. M., Baldwin, D. R., & Sharstrom, K. A. (2019). Easing the transition:  A critical narrative therapy approach to working with couples navigating gender transition.  Journal of Systemic Therapies, 38(1), 1-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1521/jsyt.2019.38.1.1

Smith E. P, Witherspoon, D., Bhargave, S, & Bermudez, J. M. (2019). Cultural values and behavior among African American and European American children.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28(5), 1236-1249.  http://dx.doi/10.1007/s10826-019-01367-y

Knudson-Martin, C., McDowell, T., & Bermudez, J. M. (2019). From knowing to doing: Guidelines for socioculturally attuned family therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 45(1), 47- 60.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12299

McDowell, T., Knudson-Martin, C, & Bermudez, J. M. (2019). Third order thinking in family therapy:  Addressing social justice across family therapy practice. Family Process, 58(1), 9-22.  http://doi/10.1111/famp.12383

Bermudez, J. M, Muruthi, B., Zak-Hunter, L., Stinson, M. A., Seponski, D., Taniguchi, N., & Boe, J. (2019). “Thank you for including us!”- Introducing a community-based collaborative approach to translating clinic materials. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 45(2), 309-322.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12317

Boe, J. L., Maxey, V. A., & Bermudez, J. M.  (2018). Is the closet a closet? Decolonizing the coming out process with Latin@ adolescents and families. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 30(2),  90-108.  https://doi:10.1080/08952833.2018.1427931

Stinson, M. A., Bermudez, J. M., Gale, J., Lewis, D, M., Meyer, A. S., & Templeton, G. B. (2017). Re-examining marital satisfaction and conflict resolution among Latino couples: Using the actor-partner interdependence model. Family Journal, 25(3), 215-223.  https://doi:10.1177/1066480717710645

Carlson, M., Oed, M., & Bermudez, J. M. (2017). Satir’s communication stances and pursue– withdraw cycles: An enhanced emotionally focused therapy framework of couple interaction.  Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 16(3), 253-270.  https://doi:10.1080/15332691.2016.1253517

Jordan, L. S., Grogan, C., Muruthi, B. & Bermúdez, J. M. (2017).  Polyamory: Experiences of power   from without, from within, and in between, Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 16(1), 1-19. https://doi:10.1080/15332691.2016.1141135

Bermudez, J. M., Muruthi, B., & Jordan, L. (equal authorship) (2016).  Decolonizing Research Methods for Family Science: Creating space at the center.  Journal of Family Theory & Review, 8, 192–206. http://doi:10.1111/jftr.12139

Abrams, B. A., Bermúdez, J. M., Bush, K., McCoy, M., & Stinson, M. A. (2016).  Afro-Caribbean mothers in the US:  An exploratory study from a transnational feminist perspective.  Women & Therapy, 39(3-4), 413-431. http://doi:10.1080/02703149.2016.1116872

Willis, A. B., Haslam, D. R., & Bermudez, J. M. (2016).  Harnessing the power of play in emotionally focused family therapy with preschool children.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 42(4),   673-687. http://doi:10.1111/jmft12160

Bermúdez, J. M., Sharp, E. A., & Taniguchi, N. (2015). Tapping into the complexity: Ambivalent sexism, dating, and familial beliefs among Hispanic young adults. Journal of Family Issues, 36(10), 1274-129. http://doi:10.1177/0192513X13506706

Bitar, G. W., Kimball, T., Bermúdez, J. M., & Drew, C.  (2014). Therapist self-disclosure and culturally competent care with Mexican-American court mandated clients: A phenomenological study.  Contemporary Family Therapy, 36, 417-425. http://doi:10.1007/s10591-014-9308-4

Stinson, M. A., George, D. V., Hjelmstad, L. R., McCoy, M. A., Mennenga, K. D., & Bermudez, J. M.  (2014). Finding Your Cadence: Introducing the Dynamic Developmental Framework of   Supervision.  Journal of Systemic Therapies, 32(4), 19-32. http://doi:10.1521/jsyt.2013.32.4.19

Bermúdez, J.M., Zak-Hunter, L., Stinson, M. A., & Abrams, B. A. (2014).  “I am not losing my kids to        the streets”: Meanings and experiences of motherhood among Mexican origin women. Journal  of Family Issues, 35, 3-27.  http://doi:10.1177/0192513X12462680

McCoy, M., Stinson, M., & Bermúdez, J. M., & Gladney, L. (2013). Utilizing a narrative approach to increase intimacy after prostate cancer.  Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 8(1), 48-69. http://doi:10.1080/15401383.2013.763684

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. http://doi:10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00282.x

Bermúdez, J.M., Stinson, M, A.,&  Zak-Hunter, L. M. & Abrams, B. (2011).  Mejor sola que mal      acompañada:  Strengths and challenges of Mexican origin mothers parenting alone. Journal of  Divorce & Remarriage, 52(8), 622-641.  https://doi.org/10.1080/10502556.2011.619939

Bermúdez, J. M., & Stinson, M. A. (2011).  Redefining conflict resolution styles for Latino couples:  Examining the role of gender and culture. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy 23(2), 71-87.  https://doi.org/10.1080/08952833.2011.575349

Bermúdez, J.M., Zak-Hunter, L., Silva, L. (2011).  Experiences of parenting classes for Mexican American mothers parenting alone: Offering culturally responsive approaches. American Journal of Family Therapy, 39, 360-374.  https://doi.org/10.1080/01926187.2010.539477

Parker, M. L., Bermúdez, J. M., & Neustifter, R. (2007). Kite in Flight: Identity and empowerment of adolescent girls in dating relationships. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 19 (4), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1300/J086v19n04_01

Sharp, E. A., Bermúdez, J. M., & Watson, W., & Fitzpatrick, J. (2007). Reflections from the trenches:  Our development as feminist teachers. Journal of Family Issues, 28, 529-548.  https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0192513X06297473

Keeling, M. & Bermúdez, J. M. (2006). Externalizing problems through art and writing: Experiences of process and helpfulness. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 32(4), 405-419. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1752-0606.2006.tb01617.x

Bermúdez, J.M., Reyes, N. A., & Wampler, K., (2006). Conflict resolution styles among Latino couples. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 5(4), 1-21.


Miller, M. M. & Bermúdez, J. M. (2004). Intersecting gender and social exchange theory in family therapy. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 16(2), 25-42.


Bermúdez, J. M., & Bermúdez, S. (2002). Altar-Making with Latino families: A Narrative therapy perspective. Journal of Family Psychotherapy 13(3/4), 329-347.  https://doi.org/10.1300/J085v13n03_06


McDowell, T. Knudson-Martin, C., & Bermudez, J. M. (in press). Socioculturally Attuned Ethical Practice in Family Therapy.  In AAMFT Ethics.

McDowell, T. Knudson-Martin, C., & Bermudez, J. M. (in press). Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy.  In J. L. Lebow, A. L. Chambers, and D. C. Breunlin (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. New York: Springer.  https://doiorg/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1093

Knudson-Martin, C., McDowell, T. & Bermudez, J. M. (in press). Sociocultural Attunement in Systemic Family Therapy.  In K. Wampler (Ed.) The Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy.

Bermudez, J. M., & Mancini, J. (2013). ‘Familias fuertes’: Resilience among Latino families.  In D.    Becvar (Ed.). Handbook of Family Resilience (pp. 215-227). New York: Springer.  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3917-2_13

Bermúdez, J. M., & Parker, M. L. (2010). Context and culture in intimate partner infidelity: Co-Constructing preferred couple narratives. Invited book chapter in J. Carlson and L. Sperry (Eds.) Recovering Intimacy in Love Relationships: A Clinician’s Guide (pp. 271-290). New York: Routledge.

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