About Us

Richard B. Miller, PhD
Richard B Miller (Rick )is a systemic family therapy (SFT) researcher and professor in the MFT Program at Brigham Young University.  While at BYU, he has served as Director of the School of Family Life and Chair of the Sociology Department.  Prior to teaching at BYU, he taught at Kansas State University for 11 years, where he served as Program Director of the MFT Program.  He is passionate about facilitating and enhancing clinical research in the field.  His personal program of research focuses on therapist effects in couple therapy. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters and, along with Lee Johnson, edited the book, Advanced Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy Research, in 2014.  He served as an editor of The Handbook of Systemic Family TherapyVolume 1The Profession of Systemic Family Therapy.
Chair Elect
Lenore M. McWey, PhD
Lenore M. McWey is a systemic family therapy (SFT) intervention researcher, professor, and director of the Marriage and Family Therapy doctoral program at Florida State University. She has received National Institutes of Health (NIH) research support for her work with children and families involved with the child welfare system. Results of her research have been widely published in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals. Currently, she serves as a scientific reviewer for the Health, Behavior, and Context subcommittee of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of NIH. She has been the recipient of the Florida State University Distinguished Teacher of the Year and the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor awards. She recently served as an editor of The Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy, Volume 2, Systemic Family Therapy with Children and Adolescents. She is the editor elect of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.
Keeley J. Pratt, PhD
Keeley J. Pratt is a medical family therapy and systemic family therapy (SFT) intervention scholar and Associate Professor in Couple and Family Therapy and Human Development and Family Science at The Ohio State University (OSU). She also has appointments at OSU in Surgery and Pediatrics, and is a Faculty in Residence with the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Global Engagement. Dr. Pratt has published extensively and has received funding for her work on family-based assessment and intervention in pediatric and adult weight management and bariatric surgery contexts. She is currently an Associate Editor for Families, Systems, & Health and Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care, and is a Topic Editor for IJERPH. She served as a scientific reviewer/panelist for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) and the US. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Amber Vennum, PhD

Amber Vennum (she/they) is a systemic family therapy (SFT) intervention scholar and Associate Professor in Couple and Family Therapy at Kansas State University. Dr. Vennum has received federal funding for intervention research with underserved adolescent populations and is passionate about increasing the capacity of systemic relationship researchers to employ the spectrum of community engaged research approaches to increase equitable methods and outcomes.

Past Chair 
Adrian J. Blow, PhD
Adrian Blow works as a Systemic Family Therapy (SFT) intervention researcher and educator at Michigan State University (MSU). Adrian is a Professor and Chair in the Human Development and Family Studies department. He obtained his PhD from Purdue University in 1999 where the late Doug Sprenkle served as his primary mentor. After Purdue, he joined the faculty at Saint Louis University where he worked for six years. He subsequently joined MSU in 2005. His research is focused on families and trauma, military families, and on change processes in interventions pertaining to SFT. He has acquired over 2 million dollars in research grants as Principal Investigator, published numerous peer-reviewed publications (60+), and book chapters (12). He has mentored many students and in 2017 was awarded the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Training Award, which recognizes excellence in family therapy education. In 2017 he was awarded the Michigan State University Outreach and Engagement Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Research. He has served the field of SFT in a number of capacities, and was the AAMFT Board Secretary from 2012 to 2014, and Board Treasurer from 2016-2019. He is the editor (with Karen Wampler) of The Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy, Volume 3, which focuses on Systemic Family Therapy with Couples.

Leaders are 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 research@aamft.org.