Grace Chen, PhD, LMFT

Education
2003, PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Major: Family and Child Ecology, Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization
Dissertation: Influence of Early Attachment on Couple Relationship for Child Sexual Abuse
Survivors and Their Partners

1996, MS, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Major: Counseling and Human Services

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MA, License #1447
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MI, License #4101006438
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Member
National Council on Family Relation Professional Member

AWARDS & HONORS
Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate School, Michigan State University, $ 6000
Best New Professional Poster Award, Family Therapy Section, National Council on Family Relation 2009 Annual Conference.

CERTIFICATE
PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator ID # 1236932
Gottman Level 1 & 2 Completed

CLINICAL EXPERIENCES
12/19/2011 to 05/15/2015
Marriage and Family Therapist
Lowell Vet Center, Lowell, MA

08/2005—05/2007
Ingham Counseling Center, Lansing, Michigan
MFT student intern in Child and Adolescent Unit providing family therapy for children and their parents

05/2005—12/2005
Eve’s Place, Lansing Michigan
MFT student intern counseling with women and children in the intimate partner violence shelter

08/2003—07/2006
MSU Family and Child Clinic, E. Lansing Michigan
MFT student intern providing individual, couple, and family therapy

9/2002-05/2003
Beta Foster Care   La Mirada, California
Full-time Social Worker providing case management for the foster parents and foster children

09/2002—05/2003
YWCA WINGS West Covina, California
Volunteer,  Domestic Violent Women’s Shelter Crisis Line Volunteer

01/1999-02/2002
The Garden Of Hope Foundation   Taipei, Taiwan
Full-time Therapist, Weekly individual and group therapy with adult survivor of child sexual abuse, and domestic violence female victims

01/2000-05/2002
Kuan-Yin Lin Buddhist Association   Taipei, Taiwan
Part-time counselor for individual and couple’s counseling

12/1999-09/2001
Soochow University   Taipei, Taiwan
Part-time student individual counseling

12/1998-06/1999
Mercy’s Sex Therapy and Counseling Clinic Taipei, Taiwan
Part-Time Therapist, individual and couple counseling

10/1997-06/1998
Kuan-Yin Lin Buddhist Association   Taipei, Taiwan
Full-Time Social Worker

08/1996-09/1997
Taipei City Psychiatric Center   Taipei, Taiwan
Full-Time Weekly counseling and case management with substance abusers and their family.

TEACHING EXPERIENCES
08/2009 to 12/2011
The University of Akron, Akron, OH
Assistant Professor Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Department of Counseling

01/2004 to 05/2007
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Teaching Assistance, Dept. of Family and Child Ecology

06/1998-01/1999
Eternal Christian Community College, Taipei, Taiwan
Instructor

PUBLICATIONS
Chen, C. G. & Carolan M. T. (2010). Phenomenon of comparative development between female survivors and their partners: Implications for couples therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy, 32 (4)396-411.

PRESENTATIONS
Chen, C. G. & Carolan, M. T.(2010). Intertwining couple and parenting relationships in female
survivors of abuse. Abstract submitted to the American Association of Marriage and Family
Therapy 2010 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Chen, C.G. & Carolan M.T. (2009). Child vs. Adult Attachment: Child Sexual Abuse Survivors and
Their Partners. Poster presented in the 71st National Council on Family Relation Annual
Conference, San Francisco, CA.
Chen, C.G. & Carolan M.T. (2009). Healing individual wound systematically: Treatment with CSA
adult female survivors and their partners. Poster presented in the 2009 American Association
of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA.
Horodynski, M. A., Brophy-Herb, H. E., Chen, C. G., Weatherspoon, L. (2008). “My toddler won’t eat
her veggies!” Mothers’ self-efficacy, “picky eaters,” and toddler feeding practices in low-income
African American and Non-Hispanic/White Mothers. Abstract accepted to Midwestern Nursing
Research Society 2009 Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Wade, K. Horodynski, M. A., Brophy-Herb, H. E., Chen, C. G. (2008). Mealtime socialization and
early self-regulation in toddlers of low-income families. Abstract submitted to Midwestern
Nursing Research Society 2009 Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Sirer, K, Contraras, D., Chen, C. G., London, E. (2008). It’s Not about Getting Them Married: The
Case for Co-Parenting Education for Parents and Caregivers in Low-Income Communities.
Abstract accepted in Society for Research in Child Development 2009 Biennial Conference.
Chen, C,-J., Contraras, D. & Shirer, K. (2008). Factors Influencing the Effectiveness of a Marital
Education Program. Abstract accepted in the 2008 National Council on Family Relation Annual
Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas,
Chen, C.-J., Shirer, K., Parra Cardona, J. R., London, E., & Contreras, D. (2007). Influence of Co-
Parenting Relationship on Parenting Competence in Divorced and Unmarried Population. Poster
presented in the 2007 National Council on Family Relation Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
Chen, C.-J. (2006). An ecological model for marriage and family therapy with midlife adults. Poster
presented in the 2006 Michigan Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference
Lansing, MI.
Chen, C.-J. (2005). Dual relationship issues in the supervisory relationships. Poster presented in the
2005 Michigan Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Lansing, MI.
Shimabukuro, S. & Chen, C.-J. (2005). Evidence based treatment: Enhanced or obscuring cultural
richness? Poster presented in the 2005 American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.

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