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AAMFT Members of Color Survey

Grant Winners

  • Kara Erolin, Ph.D. – College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Elizabeth Jarquin, M.S. – College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


  • Honggang Yang, Ph.D. – College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Award Winners The purpose of this study is to find out the status of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) members of color in their training, clinical work, professional challenges and opportunities, and how AAMFT can better meet their needs. The term “person of color” is being broadly applied, including persons of immigrant or refugee status who do not identify as being White European American. The Principal Investigator recognizes the complexity of race and ethnicity as being interrelated, but representing different aspects of identity. In some ways, using dominant definitions perpetuates racist ideology; however, labels that define individuals and groups have implications and are connected to culture, history, gender, etc. Given that we continue to live in a racist society, these terms were used purposefully in order to show how these definitions replicate problematic constructions of racism. Participants will take a one-time, anonymous electronic survey on SurveyMonkey consisting of quantitative demographic questions and qualitative questions about their experiences. The family therapy literature about the experiences of MFTs of color as a group is limited. The findings of this study will broaden our understanding of this group, potentially leading to institutional changes in graduate programs and the AAMFT organization to include more multicultural training and support for scholars of color in the family therapy field.
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