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Fred Piercy Retires

Professor and former Human Development Head Fred Piercy retired after 17 years at Virginia Tech.  Coming to Tech after serving as doctoral MFT program head at Purdue, Fred also served here as Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, and Director of College Diversity Initiatives, for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.  

Fred is simply one of the most prolific academic scholars in the field, with over 200 academic papers and chapters, five books, and several million dollars in funded grants.  He is coauthor with Doug Sprenkle of the classic, Family Therapy Sourcebook, still in print after 32 years, along with studies on HIV and relationships, cross-cultural issues in MFT, ethics, research methods, and numerous other important topics.

Fred has also had a commendable record of professional service, having served as Editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, been twice elected to the AAMFT Board of Directors, chairing the Commission on Accreditation, and serving on the divisional level of AAMFT as well.

In addition, he has been an outstanding mentor to dozens of students over the years, chairing the committees of over 23 AAMFT doctoral student research award winners, and winning several Virginia Tech and national awards himself, including AAMFT's "Outstanding Contribution to Marriage & Family Therapy" award.  Fred's students have gone on to lead other graduate training programs, serve on licensing and regulatory boards, work in hospitals and major mental health clinics, and establish successful private practices.

Said retired Tech MFT PhD Program Director and former AAMFT President Scott Johnson, "Fred Piercy has perhaps a handful of peers in the world of academic education, and few of them have the all around breadth of service, publication, and classroom expertise that he has.  He will be sorely missed.”

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