Kevin Smith

  • Academic self-bio: Kevin is a doctoral student in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Iowa. Kevin is from San Antonio, Tx. He received his MS from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Marriage and Family Therapy along with BA’s in Psychology and music from Texas State University.  Kevin spent two and half years practicing as a licensed MFT intern in the state of Nevada working toward full licensure, which he obtained in February, 2018 in the state of Iowa. Kevin is pursuing a career as a tenure track faculty and plans on using a blend of research, focused mentoring of graduate students, and private practice work as his primary career goal. Kevin hopes to focus his research on couples and their experiences of loneliness that lead to various outcomes such as depression, decreased marital satisfaction, and relationship dissolution.
  • Current advisor: Dr. Kayla Fitzke
  • Primary research interests: Couple relationship satisfaction, Loneliness, Musical inclusion
  • Social justice focus: Reducing restrictive masculine gender role socialization
  • Email: kevin-m-smith@uiowa.edu

Kate Cobb

  • Academic self-bio: Kate is a doctoral student in the Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Iowa. Kate also holds a master’s degree in religious studies and has researched scrupulosity, its relationship to obsessive compulsive disorder with religious themes and how families do or do not accommodate symptoms. She hopes to continue her clinical work and doctoral research with the eventual goal of developing attachment and internal-systems based interventions in families from a multicultural perspective.
  • Current advisor: Dr. Jacob Priest
  • Primary research interests: how internalizing disorders in children, adolescents and emerging adults are affected by attachment relationships with their mothers, fathers and romantic partners who also struggle with a mental health diagnosis
  • Social justice focus: Integrating multicultural perspectives into research and clinical practice
  • Email: kate-cobb@uiowa.edu

Elizabeth Watters

  • Academic self-bio: Elizabeth Watters is a doctoral student in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Iowa. She received her B.A. in Family Studies with a minor in Communication, as well as her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. As a first generation female college student who grew up in poverty, which have focused her research and social advocacy efforts during this program.
  • Current advisor: Dr. Kayla Fitzke
  • Primary research interests: The majority Elizabeth’s research has been focused on social advocacy for women who experiences significant gender differences, individuals who have a history of childhood trauma, and the effects of shame and resiliency.
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  • Email: elizabeth-watters@uiowa.edu

Casey Gamboni

  • Academic self-bio: Casey Gamboni is a doctoral student in the Couple and Family Therapy doctoral program at the University of Iowa. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities with a bachelors in family social science and a minor in youth studies. He then completed his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy the spring of 2016 from the Family Institute at Northwestern University where he was trained as an Integrative Systemic therapist. He holds publications ranging from a conceptual piece on the varied stances mental health organizations have on sexual orientation change efforts to a qualitative work on the significance of the sibling relationship within the foster care system. Casey has an interest in translating academic literature to the masses for everyone to conceptualize and understand the importance of research findings.
  • Current advisor: Dr. Armeda Wojciak
  • Primary research interests: Inclusive of, but not limited to, LGBT community and the support systems they surround themselves with (particularly the sibling relationship).
  • Social justice focus: Cultural curiosity and diverse representation (i.e. race, gender, & sexual orientation) in clinical and research practice.
  • Email: casey-gamboni@uiowa.edu

Bryan Range

  • Academic self-bio: Bryan P. Range grew up in the inner city of Chicago.  He is a doctoral student in the Couple and Family Therapy program at the University of Iowa.   Bryan graduated from Saint Louis University with M.A. in marriage and family therapy and his B.S. in family and consumer sciences.  After graduating with his master’s degree Bryan gained experience in substance abuse, sexual offender treatment, and domestic violence clinical work.  He opened up a private practice in Iowa in 2014.  In the future, Bryan hopes to open a private practice in the Chicago area and specialize in treating trauma within families as well as teach.  Bryan hopes to develop new ways at understanding trauma that can address the social stigma of trauma and how traumatized individuals can be more taken care of in society.
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  • Primary research interests: Multicultural and social justice-oriented trauma informed approaches, sibling relationships in the foster-care system, and race-based trauma.
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  • Email: bryan-range@uiowa.edu

Dumayi Gutierrez

  • Academic self-bio: Dumayi Gutierrez is a doctoral candidate in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Iowa. Dumayi constantly examines power contexts, parallel processes and intersecting identities within the Latinx community. Currently, her focus is exploring experiences of bisexual and lesbian Latinx women through culture, identity navigation and minority stressors. When she is not researching, she serves as clinical coordinator to her program's LGBTQ clinic and adjunct professor in the marriage and family therapy program at Mercy College in Bronx, New York. Dumayi hopes to utilize her research and clinical skills to increase cultural competency work in CFT master/doctoral programs for marginalized communities. Additionally, she will continue to work clinically with marginalized and at-risk communities.
  • Current advisor: Dr. Armeda Wojciak
  • Primary research interests: Minority stress, intersectionality, social support and resiliencies of Latinx lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, couples, families and communities. 
  • Social justice focus: Brining multiple marginalized community voices to the forefront of diversity research, clinical implications and advocacy.
  • Email: dumayi-gutierrez@uiowa.edu

Maria Ramos

  • Academic self-bio: Maria Isabel Ramos is a doctoral student in the Couple and Family Therapy program at the University of Iowa. Maria Isabel received her BA in psychology with a minor in sociology, as well as an MA in marriage and family therapy from Mount Mercy University. As both a Hispanic female, military dependent, and veteran, Maria Isabel's focus has been on barriers to accessibility for mental health services for Hispanic immigrants as well as on the impact that separation has on attachment patterns for military dependents and families within the military culture.
  • Current advisor: Dr. Armeda Wojciak
  • Primary research interests: Accessibility of Mental Health for Hispanic Immigrants, separation impact on attachment patterns military dependents and families within the military culture.
  • Social justice focus: Increasing Hispanic immigrant accessibility to mental health and improving military family attachment patterns
  • Email: mariaisabel-ramos@uiowa.edu