Leadership Team

This topical interest network is lead by a group of volunteers with a shared dream of collaboration and growth.
If you are interested in serving in any of the positions below, please contact couples@aamft.org for more information!


Term: January 2022 - December 2024 (Then to assume the position of Past Chair)

Tina M. Timm, PhD LMFT
Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Tina M Timm, PhD LMFT

Tina Timm, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University where she teaches graduate students specializing in clinical social work and couple and family therapy. Dr. Timm is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and licensed as both a marriage and family therapist and a clinical social worker. Her research focuses on couples and families with an emphasis on issues related to sexuality. She completed post-graduate training at Masters & Johnson Institute in both sex therapy and sexual trauma. She has been doing clinical work for over 27 years in a wide range of settings and is a frequent presenter on topics related to the integration of sex therapy into clinical practice, affair recovery, trauma informed treatment, and attachment.


Chair Elect

Term: January 2022 - December 2024 (Then to assume the position of Chairperson)

Jennifer VanBoxel, MS, LMFT
PhD Student, Michigan State University

JenniferVanBoxel.pngJennifer VanBoxel MMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently located in East Lansing Michigan, earning her Doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies Couple and Family Therapy program at Michigan State University. Her clinical and research interests focus on couples who have experienced trauma. She is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trauma therapy trained and has seven years of clinical experience working with a diverse range of couples, families, and trauma survivors both in the US and abroad. 



Term: January 2022 - December 2024

Erica Mitchell, PhD LMFT
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Dr. Mitchell is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She earned her Ph.D. in Couple and Family Therapy from Michigan State University in 2019. She is a fully licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Mitchell has specialized clinical training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Her research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions for couples with an emphasis on under-resourced couples and couples experiencing the transition to parenthood. Dr. Mitchell also conducts research on infidelity and affair recovery. 


Term: January 2022 - December 2024 

Mia Parker


Director of Membership Engagement

Term: January 2022 - December 2024 

Cheryl Coleman, MS, LMFT
Marriage and Family Therapist, Grace to Heal Counseling Services


Cheryl Coleman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist currently located in South Carolina. She received her undergraduate degrees from Claflin University, then went on to receive her masters degree in MFT from Valdosta State University. She currently serves her community through her private practice, Grace to Heal Counseling Services, located in Columbia, SC. Cheryl is trained in hypnotherapy, sex therapy and trauma-focused therapy. She holds an interest in promoting positive sexuality within couples and individuals and holding space for clients of color, especially within the African-American community. 

Director of Education and Research

Term: January 2022 - December 2023

VACANT - Email couples@aamft.org if interested in this position

Family TEAM Liaison


VACANT - Email couples@aamft.org if interested in this position.

Past Chairpersons

Christopher K. Belous, PhD - ChairChristopher K. Belous, PhD LMFT
Associate Professor, Purdue University Northwest
Term as Chair: January 2018 - December 2020
Serving as Past Chair: January 2021 - December 2022