Leadership Team

In its launch phase, our Topical Interest Network is supported by a team of volunteer leaders.

Position Name
Chair Erica Hartwell

Erica Hartwell is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Director in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at Fairfield University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Connecticut and a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and is the founding chairperson of the Queer and Trans Affirmative Network. She was a member of the AAMFT Queer Affirmative Caucus for 10 years and is passionate about affirmative and effective therapy with LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families. At Fairfield, she teaches a course to prepare students to work with LGBTQ clients and is currently designing an online postgraduate certificate program in the same. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Triangle Community Center, Connecticut’s largest LGBTQ resource, and founded Pride and Wellness, an LGBTQ-focused health and wellness fair.

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Chair Elect Alex Iantaffi

Dr. Alex Iantaffi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, Certified Sex Therapist with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, Somatic ExperiencingⓇ practitioner, writer and independent scholar. Alex co-owns a small group private practice, Edges Wellness Center LLC, and is passionate about healing justice and community-based scholarship. They are adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where they teach on the Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy. They were the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy for eleven years and have researched, presented and published extensively on gender, disability, sexuality, bisexuality, polyamory, BDSM, Deafness, education, sexual health, HIV prevention, and transgender issues. They are a trans masculine presenting, non-binary identified, bi queer, disabled, Italian immigrant who has been living on Dakota and Anishinaabe territories, currently known as Minneapolis, MN (US) since 2008. Alex has recently co-authored the book "How to Understand Your Gender: a practical guide for exploring who you are" with Meg-John Barker (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) and they host a podcast called Gender Stories. You can find out more about them at www.alexiantaffi.com

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Christopher Belous
Dr. 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 efficacy and development of approaches to sex therapy and treatment.
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Sheila Addison 
Raised by a feminist single mother in the Midwest, Dr. Sheila Addison, LMFT was taught early on that women deserve equal opportunities. In her training as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Sheila expanded her perspective on social justice to include intersections of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, weight, and more.  She earned her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University where she developed and co-taught one of the first academic courses covering LGBT issues in family therapy. Currently, she heads Margin to Center Consulting which encompasses her private practice and supervision; cultural competency trainings for mental health professionals; and providing diversity and inclusion resources, including the Ally Skills Workshop, to corporate, academic, and community clients. She resides in Oakland, California where her private practice, focused on couples and relationships, is also located. In 2018 she was named “Best Psychotherapist in the East Bay” by the East Bay Express.
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Education and Training Officer Mary Nedela
Mary Nedela is a Visiting Lecturer in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Michigan and Nevada, an Approved Supervisor in Training, and Clinical Fellow in AAMFT. Additionally, she is also a Doctoral Candidate at Virginia Tech completing her dissertation entitled “Bisexual Relationships: Investigating the impact of Attitudes Regarding Bisexuality on Relationship Satisfaction Among Female Same-Gender Couples.” She is passionate about advocating for relational health and well-being among all sexual and gender minorities.
Moving forward leaders will be elected from within the group's membership. If you are interested in leadership opportunities (either in a filling a vacant position, a future elected position, or volunteering for other support roles) please contact qtan@aamft.org.