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Marriage & Family Therapy PhD Program
 Fred Piercy
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Fred was born in Philadelphia and raised in Riverside, New Jersey.  His BA was in psychology from Wake Forest University, followed by a master’s in counseling from the University of South Carolina.  After his master’s, Fred was drafted into the Army and served in the child consultation section of the mental health clinic at Fort Benning, Georgia.  Then the Army sent Fred to Seoul, South Korea, where he continued his work in mental health.   After that, Fred received his PhD in counselor education from the University of Florida.  He then worked in the family therapy doctoral programs at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M, Commerce), Purdue University, and then here at Tech, where he was department head and then associate dean before joining the family therapy program full-time.  Fred had a small private practice for 25 years, and was a frequent consultant at the University of Indonesia and Atma Jaya University, in Jakarta, Indonesia.  He led a train-the-trainer workshop with colleague Maggie Keeling after the Great Tsunami of 2004.  Fred has won national, university, and college teaching awards, as well as college awards for administration, outreach, and graduate student advising.  He received the AAMFT 2007 Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award, Virginia Tech’s 2007 Alumni Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Advising, the 2013 Kathleen Briggs Outstanding Mentoring Award from the National Council on Family Relations, and the 2014 American Family Therapy Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Fred has two married sons, four grandchildren, a dog, and two granddogs.

Research Interests

Fred's research has addressed a wide range of topics, including family therapy education, interventions for substance abusing adolescents, HIV/AIDS research and prevention, infidelity treatment, technology and couple therapy, common factors in MFT models, and international family therapy.

Publications and Grants
Fred has authored or coauthored over 185 refereed journal articles and book chapters, five books, and has been a principal or coinvestigator on funded grants and contracts totaling over four million dollars.

Student Research Teams
Fred has led student research teams on a variety of topics including family therapy education, technology and couples, alternative forms of data representation, stand-up comics and those that heckle them, and an internally funded cross-national family therapy research project involving six countries and two regions of China.  All his research teams have resulted in at least one refereed journal articles or book chapter.

Clinical Work
Beyond his Army mental health and more traditional private practice work, Fred has worked as a therapist in a university counseling center and a community mental health clinic.  He’s also supervised a number of community therapists, students and graduates.  For many years, for example, Fred was the supervisor for the FOCUS program, a program for adjudicated delinquent youth and their families, in Lafayette, Indiana.  Fred also has led psychoeducational programs on such topics as couple enrichment, divorce recovery, trauma and loss, assertion training, parenting, and communications skill training.

Fred has been the doctoral chair for the 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007 winners of the AAMFT Graduate Student Research Award. He also was chair of the 1986, 1988, 1990, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016 winners of the AAMFT Dissertation Award.  Fred is currently working with doctoral students on research papers related to family therapy education, common factors, cultural competence, mate selection, LGBT issues, and several topics related to international family therapy.
susan perkins and fred
Fred and 2011 AAMFT Dissertation Award Winner Susan Perkins
Other Professional Activities
Fred’s other scholarly activities include serving as Editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, serving as the technical curriculum advisor on a large funded substance abuse education  project, and holding a leadership role in and writing about a number of university-funded faculty mentoring and diversity initiatives.  He also is a former chair of the AAMFT Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, and was twice elected to the AAMFT Board of Directors..

Recent Publications
Piercy, F., Earl, R., Aldrich, R., Nguyen, H., Steelman, S., Haugen, E., Riger, D., Tsokodayi, R., West, J., Keskin, Y., & Gary, E., (in      press).  Most and least meaningful learning experiences in family therapy education.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Chen, R., Piercy, F., Huang, W., Jaramillo-Sierra, A., Karimi, H., Chang, W. Palit, M., Martosudarmo, C., & Antonio, A. (in press).
     A cross-national study of therapists’ perceptions and experiences of dropout: A preliminary report.  Journal of Family      Psychotherapy.

Jaramillo-Sierra, A.,  Piercy, F. P., Chen, R.,  Chang, W., Palit, M., Karimi, H., , Martosudarmo, C., & Antonio, A. (2015).  Couple
     and family therapists’ perceptions of women’s depression and preferred treatment modalities: A cross-national
     exploration.  Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 26(3), 226-242. DOI:10.1080/08975353.2015.1067534

Cole, E., Piercy, F., Wolfe, R., & West, J. (2014).  Development of the Multicultural Therapy Competency Inventory-Client
     Version.  Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy. DOI: 10.1007/s10591-014-9320-8

Chen, R., Austin, J., Miller, J., & Piercy, F. (2014).  Chinese and American individuals’ mate selection criteria: Updates,      modifications, and extensions.  Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 1-18. DOI: 10.1177/00 22022114551793

Gambrel L.E., Piercy F.P. (2014). Mindfulness-based relationship education for couples expecting their first child—part 1: A      randomized mixed-methods program evaluation. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12066.

Gambrel L.E., Piercy F.P. (2014). Mindfulness-based relationship education for couples expecting their first child—part 2:      Phenomenological findings. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12065

Dattilio, F., Piercy, F., & Davis, S. (2014). The divide between “evidence-based” approaches and practitioners of traditional
     theories of family therapy.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 40, 5-16, doi: 10.1111/jmft.12032

Piercy, F. P., Chang, W., Palit, M., Chen, R., Karimi, H., Jaramillo-Sierra, A, Martosudarmo, C., & Antonio, A. (2014).  A
     cross-national study of family therapy training: A collaborative pilot project.  Contemporary Family Therapy. 36(2), 250-259.  
     DOI: 10.1007/s10591-014-9300-z

Technology and Couple Therapists Research Team 2014 (from left to right): Fred, Emily Haugen, Dana Riger, Winnie Chang; Len Sturdivant, and Tina Voskanova Tyhurst.
fred's team