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Curriculum Vitae
Mariana Karin Falconier, Ph.D.

Office Phone Number: (703) 538-8461

Email: marianak@vt.edu

Present Position
Assistant Professor

Clinical Director, Center for Family Services

Marriage and Family Therapy Program

Department of Human Development

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

7054 Haycock Road

Falls Church, VA 22043
Professional Memberships and Licenses


  1. Editorial Board Member, Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy

2012 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia (License # 0717001238)

2009- Member, Organizing Committee for the Greater Washington Latino Mental Health Network Conferences

2007- Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

2005- Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland (LCM 199)

2005- Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

2002- Member, Greater Washington Latino Mental Health Network



  1. Licensed Psychologist in Argentina (License # 20809)



Education
Degrees
Ph.D., Family Studies (2005)

Department of Family Studies, University of Maryland, College Park



M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy (2002)

Department of Family Studies, University of Maryland, College Park




Licenciate in Psychology (equivalent to MA in Psychology) (1992)

School of Psychology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina




National Professor of English (1994)

Superior National Institute of Professorship Dr. J. V. Gonzalez, Buenos Aires, Argentina




Major Trainings



2009-2010: Internal Family Systems – Level I Training (180 hours)

Center For Self-Leadership



2006: Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (36 hours)

Maryland Center for Emotion Focused Therapy - Presenters: Susan Johnson and Douglas Tilley


1998: Specialization Program in Anxiety Disorders (100 hours)

Argentine Association of Anxiety Disorders




1996-1997: Postgraduate Program in Systems Clinical Psychology-Emphasis on Postmodern Marriage and Family Therapy (525 hours)

University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. School of Psychology



1997: Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program in Mediation and Negotiation (134 hours)

School of Psychology -University of Buenos Aires, Argentina



1995: Postgraduate Training Program in Systems’ Family Therapy-Emphasis on Strategic, Structural, MRI models (300 hours)

Fundation-Institute Gregory Bateson, Argentina - Mental Research Institute

1993: Training in Neurolinguistic Programming (140 hours)



First Argentine School of Neurolinguistic Programming -The Society of Neurolingüistic Programming in the USA, and The Southern Institute of NLP

Research
Research Interests
Main Focus: Individual and dyadic stress coping in couples (Models: Conger et al.’s Family Stress Model (1994), Bodenmann’s Systemic Transactional Dyadic Coping Model (1995), and APIM (Kenny, Cashy, & Cook, 2006)


  1. Economic Stress

  1. Effects of economic stress on couples’ relationship – Dyadic coping

  2. Assessment of dyadic coping with economic stress

  3. Prevention and intervention programs to help couples cope  with economic and marital stress

  1. Latino Couples

  1. Effects of Immigration related stressors on couple’s relationship – Cultural factors affecting dyadic coping

  2. Prevention and intervention program to prevent physical and psychological aggression - Focus on coping with stressors



Research Projects as Main Investigator





  • TOGETHER- A program for Couples with Marital and Financial Strain- Feasibility and Pilot Test Studies

TOGETHER was developed in collaboration with Dr. Celia Hayhoe. It is an 18-hour program whose goal is to improve couples’ communication, coping, and financial management skills. Sessions conducted by a couples’ therapist and a financial counselor, 4-8 couples/group.


  • Domestic Violence Program for Latino Couples

This study collected qualitative data on Latino perceptions about interpartner violence (help-seeking behaviors, available assistance, and program recommendations). The study was conducted in partnership with the Latino Health Initiative, Montgomery Co, Maryland.


  • The Impact of Stress on Latino Couples’ Functioning

This study examined various sources of stress (daily, economic, immigration related, trauma related) and its relation with marital satisfaction, couple’s negotiation skills, and partners’ emotional and physical aggression toward each other. In addition, the study collects data on values related to family and gender roles and on individual psychological functioning (PTSD, depression, substance use). Data were collected from Latino couples living in the Washington, DC area. Data is currently being analyzed. The study was funded by the start-up funds provided by Virginia Tech.


  • Economic Strain in Argentinean Couples

Data collected in Argentina in 2003 and 2004 following a major economic crisis in Argentina. The study examined the effects of economic strain on individual and relational functioning. Part of these data were used for the dissertation. Committee Chair: Norman B. Epstein, Ph.D.


  • Chinese Parents’ Perceptions of Their Parenting Styles, Parenting Incompetence, Family Cohesiveness, and Their Children’s Maladjustment.

Master’s thesis study that used secondary data that had been collected in Beijing, China. Committee Chair: Norman B. Epstein, Ph.D.

Competitive Grants as Main Investigator

Falconier, M. K. (2011, July). TOGETHER- A Couples’ Program for Improving Communication, Coping, and Financial Management Skills – Pilot Test. Faculty Grant Program, Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation. Amount: $15,000 for July 2011-July 2013.


Falconier, M. K. (February, 2011). Virginia Tech Mentoring Micro-Grant, $1,500.
Falconier, M. K. (June 2010-July2011). TOGETHER – A Couples’ Program for Managing Financial and Marital Strain - Jerome Niles Award, Dean’s Research Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech. Amount:$11,500.
Falconier, M. K. & McCollum, E. (December 2009- June 2010) Domestic Violence Program for Latino Couples Community Participatory Health Research Initiative, Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment, Virginia Tech. Amount: $8,200 for January-June 2010.

Research Assistant Positions

  • Evaluation of Lifelines Project (foster care children in concurrrent permanency planning), funded by a USDHHS grant. (2001-2002). Main Investigator: Jacqueline Wallen, PhD, Department of Family Studies, University of Maryland, College Park.





  • Hand in Hand – Infant Development Project/At-Risk Irritable Infants.(2000-2001). Main Investigator: Jude Cassidy, PhD, Child and Family Development Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park.




  • Attachment and Relationships in Adolescence (2000-2001) Main Investigator: Jude Cassidy, PhD, Child and Family Development Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park. Responsibilities included collecting data at schools, conducting the family labs, and administering adult attachment interviews.



Publications
Falconier, M. K., McCollum, E., Austin, J., Wainbarg, M., Hasbun, G., & Mora, S. (in press). IPV among Latinos: Community perceptions on help-seeking and needed programs. Partner Abuse.
Falconier, M. K. (in press). Traditional Gender Role Orientation and Dyadic Coping in Immigrant Latino Couples: Effects on Couple Functioning. Family Relations.
Mojta, C., Falconier, M. K., & Huebner, A. (in press). Fostering Self-Awareness in Novice Therapists Using Internal Family Systems Therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy. DOI:10.1080/01926187.2013.772870
Austin, J., & Falconier, M. K. (2013). Spirituality and common dyadic coping: Protective factors from psychological aggression in Latino immigrant couples. Journal of Family Issues. DOI: 10.1177/0192513X12452252
Finkbeiner, N. M., Epstein, N. B., & Falconier, M. K. (2012). Low Intimacy as a moderator between depression and relationship satisfaction. Personal Relationships. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475- 6811.2012.01415.x
Falconier, M. K., Nussbeck, F., & Bodenmann, G. (2012). Validation of the Spanish version of the Dyadic Coping Inventory. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping. DOI: 10.1080/10615806.2012.699045
Falconier, M. K., & Epstein, N. B. (2011). Female demand/male withdraw communication in Argentinian couples: A mediating factor between economic strain and relationship distress. Personal Relationships, 18, 586-603.
Falconier, M.K., & Epstein, N. B. (2011). Couples experiencing financial strain: What we know and what we can do. Family Relations, 60, 303-317.
Falconier, M. K. (2010). Female anxiety and male depression: The link between economic strain and psychological aggression in a clinical sample of Argentinean couples. Family Relations. Special Issue: Finances, families, and hard times, 59, 424-438.
Falconier, M. K., & Epstein, N. B. (2010). Relationship satisfaction in Argentinean couples under economic strain: Mediating factors and gender differences in a dyadic stress model. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 781-799.
Baucom, D. H., Epstein, N. B., Kirby, J. S., & Falconier, M. K. (2010). Couple therapy: Theoretical perspectives and empirical findings. In D. H. Barlow (Ed.), Oxford handbook of clinical psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
Epstein, N. B., & Falconier, M. K. (2011). Shame in couple therapy: Helping to heal the intimacy bond. In R. Dearing & J.P. Tangney (Eds.), Shame in the therapy hour (pp.167-1992). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Wainstein, M., & Falconier, M. K. (2000). Intervenciones constructivas [Constructivist interventions]. In M. Wainstein (Ed.), Intervenciones con individuos, parejas, familias y organizaciones [Interventions with individuals, couples, families, and organizations] (pp. 97-115). Buenos Aires, Argentina: EUDEBA.
Falconier, M. K. (1999). La importancia de la comunicación en la mediación [The importance of communication in mediation]. In R. Veiga, R. Lapidus, & M. Falconier (Eds), Mediacion educativa[Educational Mediation] (pp. 88-102).Buenos Aires: ISIP.
Falconier, M. K. (1999). El proceso de mediación y las habilidades del mediador [The mediation process and the mediator’s skills]. In R. Veiga, R. Lapidus, & M. Falconier (Eds), Mediacion educativa [Educational Mediation] (pp. 104-137). Buenos Aires: ISIP.


Manuscripts Under Review.
Falconier, M. K., Nussbeck, F., & Bodenmann, G. (revise and resubmit). Immigration Stress and Relationship Satisfaction in Latino Couples: The Role of Dyadic Coping . Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
Falconier, M. K., Nussbeck, F., Bodenmann, G., & Bradbury, T. N. (under review). Stress from daily hassles in couples: Effects on health and relational satisfaction. Journal of Family Psychology.
Quach, A., Epstein, N. B., Riley, P., & Falconier, M. K. (under review). Effects of each academic pressure and warmth in Chinese adolescents’ anxiety and depression symptoms.
Regan, T. W., Lambert, S. D., Kelly, B., & Falconier, M. K. (under review) Couples coping with cancer: A critical review of the conceptual models and empirical results. Health Psychology.

Working Manuscripts
Falconier, M. K., Bodenmann, G., Randall, K. Couples’ coping processes: A review of the literature.
Falconier, M. K., Bodenmann, G., Jackson, J., & Hilpert, P. The Dyadic Coping Inventory: A meta- analytic review.
Falconier, M. K. Couples’ program to prevent financial and marital distress: Pilot test.

Conference Presentations
Falconier, M. K., Nussbeck, F., Bodenmann, G., & Bradbury, T. (2012, November). External and Internal Stress in Couples: Effects on Individual Physical and Psychological Well-being and Relationship Satisfaction. Poster presented at the National Council for Family Relations 74th conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Austin, J., & Falconier, M. K. (2012, November). Spirituality and Common Dyadic Coping: Protective Factors from Psychological Aggression in Latino Immigrant Couples. Poster presented at the National Council for Family Relations 74th conference, Phoenix, AZ.


Falconier, M. K., & Epstein, N. B. (2011, November). Clinical Guidelines for Helping Couples with Financial and Marital Distress. Workshop to be presented at the annual conference of the National Council for Family Relations, Orlando, FL.
Hayhoe, C., & Falconier, M. K. (2011, November). TOGETHER – A Couple’s Program for Managing Financial and Marital Distress. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Council for Family Relations, Orlando, FL.
Hayhoe, C. R., & Falconier, M. K. (2011, September). TOGETHER – A Couples’ Program for Managing Financial and Marital Strain. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Financial Therapy Association, Athens, GA.
Falconier, M. K., & Epstein, N. B. (2011, September). Helping Couples Cope with Financially Based Marital Distress. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the American Association or Marital and Family Therapy, Fort Hood, TX.
Falconier, M. K., & Epstein, N. B. (2010, November). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Couples Experiencing Financial Strain. Poster presented at the anual conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco, CA.
Falconier, M. K., Guidorizzi, C., Werlinich, C A., Stephenson, T., & Baladares, S. (2010, September) . Latino couples therapy: MFT models through a cultural lens. Workshop to presented at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Atlanta, GA.
Falconier, M. K., & Epstein, N. B. (2010, March). Couples under economic strain: Empirical findings from research on Argentinean couples and guidelines for clinical work. Poster presented at the XVIII World Family Therapy Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Falconier, M. K. (2009, November). Economic strain in Argentinean couples: Gender differences in a dyadic stress model. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Council on Family Relations, Little Rock, AR.
Falconier, M. K. (2009, October). The impact of economic strain on couples’ functioning. Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Sacramento, CA.
Falconier, M.K. (2006, October). The impact of financial stress on Spanish speaking couples: Research findings and clinical applications. Presentation at the Second Latino Mental Health Network Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Falconier, M.K., & Epstein, N.B. (2005, September). Economic strain and relationship satisfaction in Argentinean couples. Paper presented at the College Graduate Research Interaction Day. University of Maryland, College Park.
Falconier, M.K., & Epstein, N.B. (2005, October). Economic strain and relationship satisfaction in Argentinean couples. Paper presented at annual convention of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas City, KS.
Falconier, M.K., & Epstein, N.B. (2004, November). The role of spousal psychological aggression and positive behaviors in the relation between economic strain and marital distress in Argentinean couples. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleáns, LA.
Falconier, M. K. (2004, January). La Terapia for Internet [Therapy Online]. Seminar at Centro Privado de Psicoterapias, Buenos Aires.
Falconier, M.K., Wallen, J., Meyers, S., & Riley, D.B. (2003, November). Importance of grief and loss: Depressive symptoms of foster children. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Council on Family Relations, Vancouver, BC.
Riley, D.B., Wallen, J., Falconier, M. K., & Kohler, J.K. (2002, November). The Lifelines for Kids program: Reducing the stress of concurrent planning on children in foster care. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Council on Family Relations, Houston, TX.
Wallen, J., Riley, D.B., Falconier, M. K., & Kohler, J.K. (2002, November). The Lifelines for Kids evaluation: Baseline and three-month findings. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Council on Family Relations, Houston, TX.
Kohler, J.K., Fravel, D.L., Wallen, J., Falconier, M., & Riley, D.B. (2002, November) The psychological presence of birth parents for children in foster care: Implications for concurrent planning. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Council of Family Relations, Houston, TX.
Falconier, M.K., & Epstein, N.B. (2002, October). Parenting and children’s maladjustment in Chinese families. Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Cincinnati, OH.
Falconier, M.K., & Epstein, N.B. (2001, September). Chinese parents’ perceptions of their parenting styles, parenting incompetence, family cohesiveness, and their children’s maladjustment. Paper presented at the College Research Review Day, College of Health and Human Performance, University of Maryland, College Park.
Falconier, M.K., & Epstein, N.B. (2002, November). Parenting and children’s maladjustment in Chinese families. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Reno, NV.

Invited Keynote Presentations and Panel Participation
Falconier, M. K. (February 6, 2013). Panel member in Career Panel for Preparing Future Faculty Professionals. Department of Family Science, University of Maryland, College Park.
Falconier, M. K. (October 19, 2011). Panel member in Living an Empowered Life: How to Maintain a Healthy and Positive Family and Lifestyle. Domestic Violence Awareness month at the World Bank, International Development Bank (IDB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). IMF Auditorium, Washington DC.
Falconier, M. K. (August 11, 2011). Colloquium on Similarities and Differences Between TOGETHER and Couples Coping Enhancement Training. Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Zurich.
Falconier, M. K. (August 8, 2010). Colloquium on Dyadic Coping in Hispanic Couples and Measurement Issues in the DCI. Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Zurich.
Falconier, M. K. (June, 2010). Ethical Issues in Teletherapy and Cybertherapy, at the Northern Virginia Center, June 11, 2010. Seminar for VT alumni and therapists.
Falconier, M. K. (May 21, 2010). Working Collaboratively with Latino Couples and Families in Therapy. Invited presentation at Child Center and Adult Services hosted at John Hopkins University, Montgomery County Center, Rockville, Maryland. Audience 60 therapists.
Falconier, M. K. (April 14, 2010). Guidelines for Working Collaboratively with Latino Clients. Invited

presentation at Crossroads Counseling Center, Fairfax, Virginia. Audience: therapists


Falconier, M. K., (October, 2009). Working with Latino youth and their families. Invited presentation at Foundations, Fairfax, VA. Audience: Therapists.
Falconier, M. K. (September, 2009). Guidelines for working collaboratively with Latino families in therapy. Invited lecture at the School of Public Health Passport Event, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Audience: faculty and graduate and undergraduate students.
Falconier, M. K (April, 2008). Working with Latino families in the mental health system. Invited presentation at Vesta, Inc., Maryland. Audience: Clinical and administrative staff.
Falconier, M. K. (February, 2008). Collaborative work with Latino families. Invited lecture at Couple Therapy graduate course, Marriage and Family Therapy program, Department of Family Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Audience: MFT students.
Falconier, M. K., Niño, A., & Doherty, P. (September, 2007). Working Collaboratively with Latino Clients. Invited seminar presentation at Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, MD. Audience: Social Workers.
Falconier, M. K. (January, 2004). La Terapia por Internet [Therapy Online]. Invited seminar presentation at Centro Privado de Psicoterapias, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Audience: Therapists.

Teaching Interests


  • Marriage and family therapy models

  • Supervision

  • Multicultural issues in therapy, emphasis on Latino population

  • Couples’ therapy interventions

Teaching Experience

  • Clinical Marriage & Family Therapy II: Postmodern Approaches, Spirituality, Mindfulness and Acceptance, and Integrative Approaches in Marriage and Family Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy Program,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2009 - present)

  • Multicultural Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy (2010- present). Marriage and Family Therapy Program,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum (2009 - present). Marriage and Family Therapy Program,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Children in Families (2003-2004). Department of Family Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

  • Theory and Techniques of Marriage and Family Psychotherapy (1995-1999) School of Psychology, University of Buenos Aires

  • Theory and Techniques of Marriage and Family Psychotherapy (1999).School of Psychology, Interamerican University, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Theory and Techniques of Marriage and Family Psychotherapy (1994) School of Psychology, University J.F. Kennedy, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Training Program for Systems Therapy (1996-1999). Fundación Instituto Gregory Bateson, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Peer Mediation for Children and Teachers (1997-1999). Instituto Superior de Investigaciones Psicológicas, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (1990-1999)

Various schools and companies: Federal School of Police R.L. Falcon, University 3 de Febrero, Colegio Jesus Maria, Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, Feedback , Coca Cola de Argentina S.A., Eveready. Diverse English levels and age groups (children, teenagers, and adults)

Clinical and Management Experience


  • 2008-present: Supervisor and Clinical Director, Center for Family Services, MFT program, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.




  • 2008: Current Private Practice in Silver Spring, MD. Supervision and Therapy




  • 2006-2008: Regional Director – Responsible for three outpatient mental health clinics (1,200 clients, 80 therapists). Horizon Region, Vesta, Inc.




  • 2005-2006: Clinic Director and Clinical Supervisor, Silver Spring Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and Director of International Counseling and Support Services, Washington Assessment and Therapy Services




  • 2002-2006: Outpatient Marriage and Family Therapist, Washington Assessment and Therapy Services




  • 2000-2002: Marriage and Family Therapy Internship - Family Service Center, University of Maryland, College Park




  • 1998-1999: Outpatient Therapist - Private Center of Psychotherapy (Centro Privado de Psicoterapias), Buenos Aires, Argentina




  • 1997-1998: Outpatient Therapist - Psychiatric Clinic Alvear-Alem, Argentina




  • 1995: Therapy Internship - Psychiatric Hospital “José T. Borda”, Argentina. Service 30: Emergency and Admission Department. Family Area. Inpatients.




  • 1994: Outpatient Therapist Internship - Mitre Hospital, Argentina. Department of Psychopathology. Internship.




  • 1993-1994: Therapy Internship - Psychiatric Hospital Torcuato de Alvear, Argentina. Department of Psychopathology, Marriage and Family Area. Inpatients.




  • 1995-1999: Private Practice as therapist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.



Honors and Awards
Award of Excellence, Vesta Inc., July 2008.
Special Recognition: High Pass in Doctoral Comprehensive Exam, Department of Family Studies, University of Maryland, College Park.

Goldhabber Travel Award. University of Maryland, College Park. 2003.
P.E.O. Scholar (International Peace Scholarship). August 2000-August 2002.
University of Buenos Aires, School of Psychology. Diploma de Honor (Diploma of Honor)

Policy Involvement
Participation in October, 2007 in the Maryland House Bill 524 Workgroup on Cultural Competence and Worforce Development for Mental Health Professionals

Language Skills
Fluent written and spoken French and Spanish (native language)

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