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 2019 - January 2021 (Then to assume the position of Past Chair)

Christopher K. Belous, PhD LMFT
Associate Professor, Purdue University Northwest

Christopher K. Belous, PhD - ChairDr. Belous is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Center at Purdue University Northwest. Affectionately known as “Dr. B” he is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, Certified Sex Educator with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, a Certified Family Life Educator with the National Council on Family Relations, and a Certified Gay Affirmative Psychotherapist through the California Division of AAMFT. He sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and the American Journal of Family Therapy. Additionally, he currently serves as the founding Chairperson of the Couples and Intimate Relationships Topical Interest Network for AAMFT, the Treasurer of the Queer and Trans Affirmative Network for AAMFT, and as a Site Visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. His research focuses on sex and sexuality (broadly defined), social justice, and couple and family therapy education and supervision. As of today he has over 20 published works, 40+ Presentations at Inter/National and Local conferences, and has completed 7 different research grants. His most recent research involves the examination of theory, training, and efficacy of sex therapy and treatment from certified professionals.

Chair Elect

Term: January 2019 - January 2021 (Then to assume the position of Chairperson)

Rafee Al-Mansur, MS MFT-R
Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy, Wellness Through Counseling

Rafee Al-Mansur
Rafee Al-Mansur received his Masters in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland and his Bachelors in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University. Rafee is doing his residency in Marriage and Family Therapy in a private practice under the supervision of Salma Abugideiri, LPC LLC. Like most therapists, he has been working across a wide variety of issues. However, most of his clients are either couples or adolescents, and tend to be Muslim due to the lack of Muslim mental health professionals.

Rafee's current research interest focuses on the mate selection and courtship patterns of Muslims living in the United States. He recently conducted a survey through the popular Muslim dating app, Muzmatch, to investigate changing dynamics in how Muslims find romantic partners. Rafee also works as a group facilitator for the Together Program, a six-week couples’ workshop on healthy communication and stress management for financial issues.

As of present, Rafee serves as the Chair-Elect of the Couples and Intimate Relationships Topical Interest Network within the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.


Term: January 2019 - January 2021

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

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.


Term: January 2020 - December 2022 

Nathan Hardy, PhD LMFT
Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

Nathan_Hardy.jpgDr. Hardy is an Assistant Professor of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Oklahoma State University. He received his MFT degrees at Kansas State University a Bachelor's degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development at Brigham Young University. He currently serves as an editorial advisor for Family Process and sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Hardy's research focuses on the predictors of long-term healthy marriage, the content and delivery of marriage and relationship education programs, and the processes of change in couple therapy. He has also written and presented about research-informed and integrative-systemic training and practice in MFT.

Newsletter Editor

Term: January 2019 - January 2021 

Jennifer VanBoxel
PhD Student, Michigan State University


Jennifer 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.

Briefs Director

Term: October 2019 - December 2020

Ronald Asiimwe, MS
PhD Student, Michigan State University


Ronald is currently a second-year doctoral student in Michigan State University’s COAMFTE Accredited Program in Couple & Family Therapy. His primary area of research focuses on trauma, parenting and attachment- specifically looking at the impact of trauma on child-parent relationships and couple relationships. He is also interested in examining the development and implementation of evidence-based systemic family therapy interventions in Africa as well as, research in diversity, intersectionality, and multicultural training in MFT COAMFTE accredited programs in the United States.

Family TEAM Liaison

Term: January 2019 - January 2021

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