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Sandra M. Stith, Ph.D., LCMFT

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Dr. Sandra Stith is a university distinguished professor in the couple and family therapy program at Kansas State University. She is also a licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and an Approved Supervisor in the state of Kansas. Her research focuses on partner violence. In 1997, she received NIMH funding to develop and test the effectiveness of a couples treatment program for partner violence. She has published four books: Couples Treatment for Domestic Violence: Finding Safe Solutions.; Understanding Partner Violence: Prevalence, Causes, Consequences and Solutions, NCFR.; Violence Hits Home: Comprehensive Treatment Approaches to Domestic Violence. She has authored over 140 articles and book chapters on the topic, including a newly published article which describes how the program she developed has been adapted and delivered in Columbia, Iran, and Finland. She has provided training to therapists all over the US and internationally who are seeking to safely provide treatment to couples who choose to stay together after experiencing Intimate Partner Violence. Dr. Stith also works with the U.S. Military Family Advocacy Programs managing and conducting a variety of family violence-related research projects. In 2004, Dr. Stith received the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award and in 2007 she received the American Family Therapy Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award. She currently serves on the board for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Manhattan, KS. She was the recipient of a 2015 APA Presidential Citation for her work in APA; the recipient of the 2002 Ethics Educators Award presented by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's Ethics Committee; and the recipient of the 2004 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Knauss maintains a private clinical practice where she sees children, adolescents, adults, and families.