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Carissa D'Aniello Wins AAMFT Dissertation Award

Dr. Carissa D'Aniello, Class of 2015, won the 2016 AAMFT Dissertation Award for her thesis, Couple and Family Therapy Clients' Perceptions of How Therapy Productivity Impacts Intended Retention: A common Factors Informed Mixed Methods Analysis.  In essence, her work looked at what happened in therapy sessions that clients believe most contributed to reaching their therapeutic goals.  A total of 93 participants were studied through interviews and survey data to learn what factors most contributed to their decisions to continue in therapy. The most important were the therapist's understanding of the presenting problem, the particular interventions, and the interventions' pacing and timing.  Her committee was chaired by Fred Piercy, with members Susan Perkins, Peggy Meszaros, and Megan Dolbin-MacNab. Carissa is an assistant professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Master's Program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Carissa joins previous VT winners Sara Smock, Sean Davis, Carolina Castanos, Susan Perkins, Laura Gambrel, and Rouxi Chen.