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Who will teach me?

The CFT Program has nationally recognized, AAMFT-award winning faculty that value clinical work, and the practice of CFT with ethnically diverse and underserved populations. The CFT faculty are scientist-practitioners who do real-world, practical research based in the community.


In addition to their teaching and research, consistent with the mission of the Kent School of Social Work and Family Science, the CFT core faculty are also heavily involved in community endeavors.

Links to Bios, CV's and Community Involvement 

Faculty Bio

Laura Frey,

Ph.D., LMFT. AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Program Director

Dr. Laura Frey is interested in family communication about suicide, specifically Dr. L. Freyhow suicidal individuals choose whether to disclose suicidal behavior and to whom they choose to disclose. She provides continuing education for social workers and marriage and family therapists regarding the assessment, management, and treatment of suicidal behavior. She also provides clinical supervision for marriage and family therapist associates working towards independent licensure.

Tiffany Farmer,

MSSW, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate, Clinical Director

picture of tiffany farmerTiffany Farmer works with multiple populations, but specializes in working with adults who experience patterns of relationship difficulties. Of particular interest is adult attachment and childhood trauma and their effects on relationship stability. Tiffany owns a group private practice, Best Life Mental Health Services, which focuses on inclusive and accessible services for all, especially historically marginalized populations. She has been involved with Therapists for Protestor Wellness, activism in the community, and sits on the Kent School Alumni Council. 

Eli Karam,

Ph.D., LMFT. AAMFT Approved Supervisor.

Dr. Eli Karam

Dr. Eli Karam serves on the National Board of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is a Past President for the Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (KAMFT). He promotes the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy regularly through his weekly psychoeducational segments on Louisville TV and radio. He also serves on the editorial board on the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and recently served guest editor on special virtual edition of JMFT focusing on MFT Common Factors.

Justin Romney

Ph.D., LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Professor of Professional Practice

Dr. Justin Romney has a passion for teaching and preparing evidence informed therapists to work in a variety of settings. Justin was awarded the Helen DeVitt Jones Excellence in Teaching Award at Texas Tech University. He also completed a doctoral fellowship with a Certificate of Advanced Specialization from University of Colorado School of Medicine and St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency. In both his research and clinical work Justin seeks to address the systemic treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

Emma Sterrett-Hong, Ph.D., LMFT. AAMFT Approved Supervisor.

Dr. Emma Sterrett-Hong

Dr. Emma Sterrett-Hong helps co-facilitate an HIV support group at the University of Louisville 550 HIV clinic. Previously, she was a board member of West Louisville Community Ministries. Many research projects in which Dr. Sterrett-Hong is involved are run through collaborations with community partners, including the Freedom House project for women in residential substance abuse recovery program, in partnership with Volunteers of America (VOA), and the GLoBAL study examining health and social support among young Latino and African American gay and bisexual men, conducted through partnerships with VOA, the 550 clinic, and the Kentuckiana AIDS Alliance.

Becky Antle, Ph.D., MSSW, LMFT  

Dr. Becky Antle has been involved for the past fifteen years in community-based and image of Dr. Antlecommunity-oriented research, including projects on violence prevention (child maltreatment, domestic and dating violence), relationship education, solution-based child welfare practice, the impact of domestic violence on children, and training/evaluation issues in human services. Currently, she has developed a program of training and evaluation, in advanced issues of marriage and family formation for the child welfare population. She is also conducting an assessment of child care services as well as utilization of key health and community initiatives for children.  Dr. Antle has been involved with numerous community-based organizations, including Board of Trustees for Brooklawn Children's Home, Anchorage Public School (Junior Great Books, Community Connections Chair), Junior League Louisville, Girl Scouts of America, Uspiritus Children's Home, and Maryhurst Children's Home.


Part-time Faculty

  • Tonya Clay, MA, LMFT, AAMFT- Approved Supervisor
  • Andrew Swan, MSSW, LMFT, AAMFT-Approved Supervisor Candidate
  • Michael Taylor, M.Div., LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

“The CFT department is genuinely invested in the success of their students, and it shows.  I'm grateful to have had program mentors who held me to the highest standard (even when it was difficult to hear), because it told me that they knew my potential and they were going to do everything in their power to make sure I achieved it." Kristin Armstrong, CFT Alumnus