Carmen Knudson-Martin directs the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program. Her scholarship focuses on how the larger social context influences health and well-being and how therapists can address the inequities that result. Carmen especially loves working with couples and is widely recognized for her work regarding gender, marital equality, and relational health. She is a founder of Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy, an approach that attends to the ways couple interaction, emotion, and socio-cultural context come together in clinical process. Carmen’s teaching and practice are based on her conviction that how therapists conceptualize client concerns is an ethical issue and that clinical practices have consequences that are never neutral.
Carmen is an AAMFT approved supervisor and licensed MFT. She served as an associate editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and is currently editor of the Springer Series in Family Therapy, vice-president of the Family Process Institute, board member of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), and past president of the California Division of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT-CA). Prior to coming to Lewis and Clark, she directed family therapy programs at Loma Linda University in Southern California, Montana State University, and Valdosta State University in Georgia.
Carmen’s current CV can be viewed here.