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Meet the Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee members assist the MFP is achieving its objectives of expanding the delivery of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to undeserved minority populations, and to increasing the number of doctoral level culturally competent ethnic minority Marriage and Family therapists.

They do this through the provision of programmatic and professional guidance in the growth and development of the AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program, from a variety of perspectives. Advisory Committee members provide guidance on program related policy matters. Advisory Committee members lend their experience and expertise to the establishment of criteria for application review, Fellow selection, and expansion of the MFP.


Adriatik Likcani, PhD

Adriatik Likcani is a PhD Candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at Kansas State University.He received a master’s degree in MFT from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004 and completed a post-graduate certificate program in Medical Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

While in his PhD program at K-State, he was awarded the AAMFT/MFP. He also earned a Master's in Social Work (MSW) in 2011from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Mr. Likcani is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT) and clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and a Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CRAADC) and approved supervisor in Missouri.

Adriatik Likcani is the co-founder and director of Recovery Lighthouse, Inc., a nonprofit community-based organization providing an array of services to individual and families in search of recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs. Through his involvement over the past several years with the Access To Recovery (ATR) program of SAMHSA/CSAT and re-entry programs, Mr. Likcani has been invested in the development of recovery oriented systems of care in central Missouri. Part of this included recruitment and training of stakeholders from minority and underserved populations in order to increase access to care and representation in Access To Recovery services for underserved and underrepresented groups. He has served as consultant and trainer for Missouri Access To Recovery and a number of other programs and organizations in the Midwest providing training and technical assistance on evidence-based practices and programs for substance abuse treatment; diversity and cultural competence; program development; addiction and family dynamics; integration of family systems concepts and theories into substance abuse treatment.

J. Ruben Parra-Cardona, PhD

Dr. Parra-Cardona is an Associate Professor in the program of couple and family therapy at Michigan State University (MSU). He is also Associate Director of the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. His current research is focused on the cultural adaptation of evidence-based parenting interventions for Latino populations. He is the principal investigator of a R34 study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The primary goal of this investigation is to compare and contrast the differential treatment efficacy and cultural relevance of two culturally adapted versions of an evidence-based parenting intervention. His violence research focuses on the evaluation of cultural relevance of services for Latina survivors as well as Latino men who batter and abuse.

Dr. Parra-Cardona serves on the editorial boards of three leading journals in the fields of family therapy and family studies (i.e., Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Family Process, and Family Relations). Dr. Parra-Cardona’s clinical experience has included the provision of services to Latino street children engaged in drug trafficking and prostitution, child and adult victims of sexual abuse and violence, federal adult probationers convicted for drug trafficking, Latino parents, and Latino youth involved in the justice system.  

Dr. Parra-Cardona is a member of the board of directors of a leading family therapy institute in Mexico and Latin America (Centro de Investigación Familiar A.C; CIFAC) and adjunct clinical faculty and researcher in a leading family therapy institute in northern Mexico (Instituto Regional de Estudios de la Familia, IREFAM). He supports the state of Chihuahua in the implementation of parenting prevention programs as well as services for intimate partner violence (IPV). Most recently, Dr. Parra-Cardona was awarded the 2013 early career award by the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), based on his innovative work on cultural adaptation research

Maria Flores, PhD

Maria T. Flores, PhD is currently the Director of the Marriage and Family Institute of San Antonia, a private non-profit counseling center. She has served on the AAMFT, TAMFT, SAAMFT Board of Directors.  In addition she served on the Judicial Council and the Minority Committee of AAMFT. Dr Flores was appointed on its inception by Governor Ann Richards and then by George Bush to the Texas State Licensing Board for Marriage and Family Therapists, 1992-1999, where she served as Ethic's Chair.  She has also served on the Board of Trustees at the University of the Incarnate Word, 1997-2005 (Emeritus Status).

Dr. Flores received an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Incarnate Word, a Sp. MFT in counseling from St. Mary's University and a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University. She is a Clinical Member of and Approved Supervisor of AAMFT. She has writter articles and done many workshops and has a book: Family Therapy with Hispanics: Towards Appreciating Diversity, Allyn & Bacon, 200. She is currently an adjunct clinical supervisor at St. Mary's University.

Manijeh Daneshpour, PhD

Dr. Manijeh Daneshpour is a full professor and chair of the department of Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy at St. Cloud state University. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and an AAMFT Approved supervisor. She teaches marriage and family therapy graduate courses and provides family therapy for individuals and families in her private practice in Minnesota. Dr. Daneshpour has served on the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy and as the chair of the election committee for the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapist. She is from Iran and identifies herself as a postmodern feminist. Her research interests, presentations, and publications are in the areas of multicultural family therapy, gender relations, social justice, and third wave feminism.


Suzanne Midora Hanna, PhD

Dr. Suzanne Hanna has been a marriage and family therapist for over 30 years.  She is a Clinical Member (1981) and Approved Supervisor (1984) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  She began her professional career in 1977,  at a hospital outpatient psychiatric center with adults and adolescents.  Other clinical work has taken her to two marriage and family counseling clinics, a residential facility for adolescent boys, full-time private practice, mental health collaborations with medicine and home-based family therapy for those with Alzheimer’s Disease, HIV/AIDS and other chronic health conditions. Her current focus is upon consultation, training and research with non-profit agencies who wish to provide evidence-based family therapy services for underserved groups.

In the 1980's, these experiences began her extensive work with mind-body issues in mental health, and more recently, the neurobiological elements of evidence-based and cutting edge family therapy.  Her recent specialization in integrative trauma treatment has led to state-wide collaborations with the African American community in California and to projects with family therapy graduate students researching PTSD in military families.  She is author of The Practice of Family Therapy:  Key Elements Across Models, fourth edition (2007)and coedited The Aging Family: New Visions in Theory, Practice and Reality, (Hargrave and Hanna,1997).  Other research includes the neurocybernetics of  birth order and interpersonal communication, smoking cessation and substance abuse treatment for African American women, and mental health disparities for African Americans in California.  Other publications include various book chapters on family interventions and family therapy training.

She is a former professor of Counseling and Family Sciences at Loma Linda University, associate professor and program director of the Family Therapy Program at the University of Louisville, instructor at Edgewood College, Madison, WI and is currently a professor for Amridge University’s School of Human Services.

Dr. Hanna’s personal model of intervention is an intersection of mind, body, spirit and relationships within developmental, strategic and narrative models of family therapy.  She credits the influence of gender, race, culture, class, sibling position and Milton Erickson upon her own integrative model of family therapy. She received specialized training in couples therapy from the Marriage and Family Counseling Service in Rock Island, IL and has received training in three models of evidence-based family therapy from NIH-funded project teams and in the neurobiology of trauma treatment.

Adrienne Mills

Ms. Adrienne Mills holds a baccalaureate degree in Marketing and International Business from The American University.  Her diverse professional background includes working on membership campaigns, marketing plans, and communication efforts, with marketing firms, trade associations and currently, in the retail industry as the Manager for the Neiman Marcus Group.

Ms. Mills believes in giving back to the community and has demonstrated her commitment through service as a volunteer at the Crisis Link in Northern Virginia.  Crisis Link is a non-profit regional provider for national and Virginia crisis hotlines, providing suicide prevention and crisis de-escalation 24 hours a day.   

Through her service at the Crisis Link, Ms. Mills became further aware of the tremendous need for culturally sensitive mental health services for underrepresented and minority groups. She hopes to lend her voice and skills to the MFP Advisory Committee to support the mission of the Minority Fellowship Program to train culturally competent marriage and family therapists who can provide the much needed service to underserved and minority populations.

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