Dr. Sandra M. Stith is a Professor and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy programme at Kansas State University. Her primary research interest is in understanding and treating intimate partner violence.
She has edited three books on intimate partner violence including Understanding Partner Violence: Prevalence, Causes, Consequences and Solutions co-edited with Dr. Murray Straus, and Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence published by Haworth Press. She publishes widely in the professional literature and has received funding, with Drs. McCollum and Rosen, from NIH to develop and test a couple's treatment programme for intimate partner violence.
Dr. Stith has worked with the USAF Family Advocacy Programme since 1998 managing and conducting a variety of family violence-related research projects.
In 2004 Dr. Stith received the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award and in 2007 she received the American Family Therapy Association's Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award and Kansas State University's Distinguished Alumni Award.
Dr. Eric E. McCollum is Professor and Programme Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Master's programme at Virginia Tech. He had a 15 year clinical career -- including 12 years as a staff member of the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, KS -- before beginning his academic career in 1989 as a faculty member in the MFT doctoral programme at Purdue University. He came to Virginia Tech in 1992.
His academic interests include the treatment of intimate partner violence and the use of mindfulness meditation in treatment and in the training of therapists.
In addition to his many contributions to the professional literature, he has published two prior books; Family Solutions for Substance Abuse with Terry Trepper, and More than Miracles: The State of the Art of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Steve de Shazer, Yvonne Dolan, Harry Korman, Terry Trepper and Insoo Kim Berg, and is co-editor, with Cynthia Franklin, Terry Trepper and Wallace Gingerich, of the forthcoming Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: From Practise to Research Informed Practise.
In 2008, he received the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's Training Award.
Dr. Karen H. Rosen was a faculty member at the Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Programme at Virginia Tech for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she was a clinician and supervisor and directed the training clinic at Virginia Tech.
Her academic interests lay in the area of understanding and treating intimate partner violence. Primarily a qualitative researcher, she was the author of many professional papers and one book -- Violence Hits Home: Comprehensive Treatment Approaches to Domestic Violence with Sandra Stith and Mary Beth Williams.
At the time of her death in 2008, Dr. Rosen was Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech.