Please join us in congratulating our AY21-22 Virginia Tech marriage and family therapy (MFT) doctoral program area graduates Dr. Allie King, Dr. Manasi Shankar, and Dr. Bradford Stucki.

  • King’s dissertation was entitled, “Therapists’ Use and Management of Eating Disorder Lived Experience in the Treatment of Clients with Eating Disorders.” This coming year, Dr. King will be a clinical faculty member at Drexel University in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy.
  • Shankar’s dissertation was entitled, “She is a Formidable Woman, a Powerhouse of Sorts: A Transcendental Phenomenology Examining the Experience of Growing up with Parental Disability.” Dr. Shankar currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco’s Counseling Psychology program and a psychotherapist at Palo Alto Therapy. She also conducts research on expanding Disability dialogue within the field of MFT.
  • Bradford Stucki’s dissertation was entitled, “Grandfamilies and Grandchild Adverse Childhood Experiences: An Examination of Service Needs, Utilization, and Best Practices.” Dr. Stucki currently lives in Provo, Utah, and is building a private practice, BridgeHope Family Therapy, that serves Utah residents (in-person and telehealth) and Virginia residents (telehealth only).