Dr. Eli Karam

Associate Professor

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Eli Karam, Ph.D., LMFT is a graduate of both The Family Institute at Northwestern University and Purdue University's Department of Child Development and Family Studies. Dr. Karam is currently the President for the Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (KAMFT) and an Assistant Professor in the Family Therapy Program in the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. There he conducts research on couple and family relationships, teaches and supervises therapists-in-training.

He has been recognized both locally and nationally by AAMFT for his contributions to the profession of marriage and family therapy, including the 2009 AAMFT National Research Award. In addition, he has presented at national conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of couple therapy, research and practice integration in marriage and family therapy training programs, the therapeutic alliance, and enhancing couple intimacy and communication skills.

Dr. Karam's current research interests revolve around studying the impact of relationship enhancement curriculums with vulnerable populations and bridging the scientist – practitioner gap in mental health and social service delivery.

Dr. Karam also researches and practices a “Common Factors” approach to therapy that prioritizes the therapeutic alliance and client motivations and strengths.