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Meet the Commission


 Professional Members:


Kevin Lyness Kevin P. Lyness, PhD, LMFT - Chair
Antioch University New England
Keene, NH
James C. Billings, PhD, LMFT
Northcentral University
Prescott Valley, AZ

Dan Lord, PhD, LMFT
Friends University
Witchita, KS
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Martha Marquez, PhD, LMFT
Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Megan Murphy, PhD, LMFT
Purdue University - Calumet
Hammond, IN

Karen Quek, PhD, LMFT
Alliant International University
Irvine, CA

Barbara Riggs, PhD, LMFT
Indiana Wesleyan University
Indianapolis, IN
Public Members:


  Susan E. Abbe, PhD, RN
Durham, CT
Lloyd S. Kaufman, MA
Gaithersburg, MD

About Accreditation

Accreditation is a voluntary process whose major purpose is to ensure quality in higher education. Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) reviews graduate programs in marriage and family therapy at a masters, doctoral and post-degree levels and grants accreditation to programs that meet and/or exceed accreditation standards.

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Accreditation Standards

Programs applying for COAMFTE accreditation are required to meet or exceed current Accreditation Standards throughout their period of accreditation.

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COAMFTE Accreditation Manual: Policies and Procedures

The accreditation process is governed by the COAMFTE Accreditation Manual: Policies and Procedures.

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