Lasell Professor to Receive American Family Therapy Academy Award

Lasell Professor to Receive American Family Therapy Academy Award

November 20, 2013

Marsha Mirkin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at Lasell College, will receive the 2014 Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy Award from the American Family Therapy Academy in June.

Mirkin's primary scholarly interests involve the impact of social and political contexts (including race, gender, ethnicity, class, immigration status, and religion) on the psychological issues faced by individuals and families. The author of five books, Mirkin's focus is on family therapy including strengths and challenges of adolescence, couples' relationships and parenting.

Her published works include Psychotherapy with Women: Exploring Diverse Contexts and Identities (with Karen Suyemoto and Barbara Okun, Guilford Press), Women in Context: Toward a Feminist Reconstruction of Psychotherapy (Guilford Press), Social and Political Contexts of Family Therapy (Allyn and Bacon), Handbook of Adolescence and Family Therapy (with Stuart Koman, Allyn & Bacon) and, most recently, The Women who Danced by the Sea: Finding Ourselves in the Stories of our Biblical Foremothers (Monkfish Press). Her articles have appeared in journals such as Family Process, International Journal of Family Therapy, Journal of Clinical Child Psychology Behavior Analysis and Modification, and Journal of Feminist Family Therapy.

Prior to joining the faculty at Lasell College, Mirkin was a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center. She has also been on the faculties of the Cambridge Hospital Couples and Family Training Program (Harvard Medical School), Jean Baker Miller Institute at Wellesley College Centers for Women, and Boston University Medical School. She also was the Director of Adolescent Psychotherapy at Charles River Hospital.