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Christine Ajayi Beliard, Ph.D.

Christine Beliard
Associate Professor / Director of Doctoral Programs
Faculty Advisor to the HASS Student Government Association
Dept. of Family Therapy
(954) 262-3044 cajayi@nova.edu
Office: Maltz 1035

Education

  • Ph.D. Florida State University
  • M.A. University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • B.A. Spelman College

Professional Interests

Christine Ajayi Beliard, Ph.D., is the Director of Doctoral Programs (PhD and DMFT) in the Department of Family Therapy at NSU. She has also served the President-Elect of the Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She came to NSU in the fall of 2011, and served in the capacity of a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Family Therapy Department. She enthusiastically decided to continue as a permanent faculty member in the department beginning in 2012. Dr. Beliard teaches Diversity, Ethics, Supervision, Group, Couples, Doctoral Seminar, Quantitative Research courses, and Narrative Therapy in the Masters and Doctoral programs. She also serves on dissertation committees, and is the former faculty advisor for the college’s Graduate Student Government Association.

Dr. Beliard is currently using the National Longitudinal Study of Youth 1997 (NLSY97), which includes nearly 10,000 participants, to study relational processes during the period of emerging adulthood. Her program of research centers on healthy relationship processes for those most at risk for encountering high conflict and violent relationships. Her primary interest is in the study of relationships over the course of emerging adulthood, when intervention may help to counter social and family risk factors that oftentimes lead to dysfunctional patterns in later adulthood. Dr. Beliard is committed to social justice and the provision of relevant mental health services to minority families through best practices in training and service delivery. She is an alumna of the SAMHSA/AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program, has served as a mentor for the program, and has recently been appointed to the program’s advisory committee.

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