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Maria Bermudez

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Associate Professor, College of Family and Consumer Sciences,
Human Development and Family Science


Clinical Practicum in MFT, Couple and Sex Therapy, Supervision of Supervision, Family Intervention, Human Sexuality, Human Development Across the Lifespan, and Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (Women Studies)


Marriage, couple and family therapy; helping couples and families work through difficult transitions, parent-child relationships, relational and personal issues specific for GLBT individuals and couples, and outreach for Latino families and marginalized populations

Areas of Expertise

Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Supervision in MFT, Latino Family Dynamics, Culturally Responsive Therapy and Research, and Feminist Family Therapy

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. MFT/ Human Development Virginia Tech 2002
M.S MFT/ Child & Family Development Purdue University 1997
B.A. Psychology, Minor in Spanish University of Houston 1991
Research Interests:

Latino/a family dynamics, the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality among Latinos, narrative family therapy, and feminist informed therapy and research

Selected Publications:

Bermudez, J. M, Muruthi, B., Zak-Hunter, L., Stinson, M. A., Seponski, D., Taniguchi, N., & Boe, J. (2018). “Thank you for including us!”- Introducing a community-based collaborative  approach to translating clinic materials. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

doi: 10.1111/jmft.12317


Boe, J. L., Maxey, V. A., & Bermudez, J. M.  (2018) Is the closet a closet?  Decolonizing the coming out process with Latin@ adolescents and families. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. 



Knudson-Martin, C., McDowell, T., & Bermudez, J. M. (2018). From knowing to doing: guidelines for socioculturally attuned Family Therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

doi: 10.1111/jmft.12299


Stinson, M. A., Bermudez, J. M., Gale, J., Lewis, D, M., Meyer, A. S., & Templeton, G. B. (2017). Reexamining marital satisfaction and conflict resolution among Latino couples: Using the actor-partner interdependence model. Family Journal, 25(3), 215-223;                                                 

doi: 10.1177/1066480717710645. 


Carlson, M., Oed, M., & Bermudez, J. M. (2017). Satir’s Communication Stances and Pursue–Withdraw Cycles: An Enhanced Emotionally Focused Therapy Framework of Couple Interaction.  Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 16(3), 253-270;

doi: 10.1080/15332691.2016.1253517.


Jordan, L. S., Grogan, C., Muruthi, B. & Bermúdez, J. M. (2017) Polyamory: Experiences of Power from Without, from Within, and in Between, Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 16(1), 1-19. 

doi: 10.1080/15332691.2016.1141135


Abrams, B. A., Bermúdez, J. M., Bush, K., McCoy, M., & Stinson, M. A. (2016).  Afro-Caribbean mothers in the US:  An exploratory study from a transnational feminist perspective.  Women & Therapy.


Jordan, L.S., Grogan, C., Muruthi, B., Bermudez, J.M. (2016). Polyamory: Power within, power without, and power in between. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy.


Willis, A. B., Haslam, D. R., & Bermudez, J. M. (2016).  Using Play Therapy to Facilitate Powerful Emotional Experiences in Families with Young Children. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.


Bermúdez, J. M., Sharp, E. A., & Taniguchi, N. (2015). Tapping into the complexity: Ambivalent sexism, dating, and familial beliefs among Hispanic young adults. Journal of Family Issues, 36(10), 1274-129. doi:10.1177/0192513X13506706


Abrams-Muruthi, B., Bermudez, J. M., Chou, J., & Farnham, A. (2015). Working with transnational immigrant families. Family Therapy Magazine (pp12-17).


Bitar, G. W., Kimball, T., Bermúdez, J. M., & Drew, C.  (2014).  Therapist self-disclosure and culturally competent care with Mexican American court mandated clients: A phenomenological study.  Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy, 36, 417-425. doi: 10 1007/s10591-014-9308-4. 


Stinson, M. A., George, D. V., Hjelmstad, L. R., McCoy, M. A., Mennenga, K. D., & Bermudez, J. M.  (2014).  Finding Your Cadence: Introducing the Dynamic Developmental Framework of Supervision.  Journal of Systemic Therapies, 32(4), 19-32. doi: 10.1521/jsyt.2013.32.4.19


Bermúdez, J..M., Zak-Hunter, L., Stinson, M. A. (2014).  “I am not losing my kids to the streets”: Meanings and experiences of motherhood among Mexican origin women.  Journal of Family Issues, 35, 3-27.  doi:10.1177/0192513X12462680


McCoy, M., Stinson, M., & Bermúdez, J. M., Gladney, L. (2013). Utilizing a narrative approach to increase intimacy after prostate cancer.  Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 8(1), 48-69.  doi: 10.1080/15401383.2013.763684


Bermudez, J. M., & Mancini, J. (2013). ‘Familias fuertes’: Resilience among Latino families.  In D. Becvar (Ed.)  Handbook of Family Resilience (pp. 215-227). New York: Springer


Seponski, D. M., Bermudez, J. M., & Lewis, D. C. (2013). Creating culturally responsive family therapy models and research: Introducing the use of responsive evaluation as a method. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 39(1), 28-42. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00282.x.


Bermúdez, J.M., Stinson, M, A.,&  Zak-Hunter, L. M. & Abrams, B. (2011).  Mejor sola que mal acompañada:  Strengths and challenges of Mexican origin mothers parenting alone. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 52(8), 622-641.


Bermúdez, J. M., & Stinson, M. A. (2011).  Redefining conflict resolution styles for Latino couples: Examining the role of gender and culture. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy 23(2), 71-87.


Bermúdez, J.M., Zak-Hunter, L., Silva, L. (2011).   Experiences of parenting classes for Mexican American mothers parenting alone: Offering culturally responsive approaches.  American Journal of Family Therapy, 39, 360-374.


Kim, J-H., Gale, J., Goetz J , Bermúdez, J. M. (2011).   Relational financial therapy:  An innovative and collaborative treatment approach.  Contemporary Family Therapy, 33(3), 229-241. 


Bermúdez, J. M. (Nov./Dec., 2011). Supervising multi-lingual/multi-cultural therapists in training:   What do we need to know? Family Therapy Magazine (pp44-45).


Bermúdez, J. M., Kirkpatrick, D., Hecker, L., & Torres-Robles, C. (2010). Describing Latino families and their help-seeking experiences: Challenging the family therapy literature.  Contemporary   Family Therapy, 32(2), 155-172.


Bermúdez, J. M., & Parker, M. L. (2010). Context and culture in intimate partner infidelity: Co-Constructing preferred couple narratives. Invited book chapter in J. Carlson and L. Sperry (Eds.) Recovering Intimacy in Love Relationships: A Clinician’s Guide (pp. 271-290). New York: Routledge.

Gale, J., Goetz, J. & Bermúdez, J. M. (2009). Relational financial therapy. Family Therapy Magazine (pp.25-29).


Green-Pimentel, L., Goetz, J., Gale, J., Bermúdez, J. M. (2009). An innovative collaboration between financial and relationship experts: Counselors’ perspectives and opportunities for Extension professionals.  The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues (FFCI) 14(2).


Bermúdez, J. M., Keeling, M., & Carlson, T. S. (2009). Using art to co-create preferred problem-solving narratives with Latino couples. In M. Rastogi and V. Thomas (Eds.) Multicultural couple therapy (pp. 319-343). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Sharp, E. A., Sorelle-Miner, D. Bermudez, J. M., Walker, M. (2008). “The glass ceiling is kind of a bummer”: College women's reflections of a gender development course.  Family Relations, 57, 530-542.


Bitar, G. W., Kimball, T.G., Gee, R., & Bermúdez, J. M. (2008). Overcoming “man pride:” Redefining masculinity with Mexican American men on federal probation. Special Issue for the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy,20(1), 21-45.


Gale, J., Bermúdez, J. M. (2008). Clinical Research (pp. 79-84). In L. M. Given (Ed.). The SAGE   encyclopedia of qualitative research methods (Vols. 1 & 2) (pp. 79-82).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Bitar, G.W., Bean, R., & Bermúdez, M. (2007). Influences and processes in theoretical orientation development: A grounded theory pilot study.  American Journal of Family Therapy, 35(2), 109-121.


Parker, M. L., Bermúdez, J. M., & Neustifter, R. (2007). Kite in Flight: Identity and empowerment of adolescent girls in dating relationships. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 19 (4), 1-20.


Sharp, E. A., Bermúdez, J. M., & Watson, W., & Fitzpatrick, J. (2007). Reflections from the trenches: Our development as feminist teachers. Journal of Family Issues, 28, 529-548.


Keeling, M. & Bermúdez, J. M. (2006). Externalizing problems through art and writing: Experiences of process and helpfulness. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 32(4), 405-419.


Bermúdez, J.M., Reyes, N. A., & Wampler, K., (2006). Conflict resolution styles among Latino couples.  Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 5(4), 1-21.


Miller, M. M. & Bermúdez, J. M. (2004). Intersecting gender and social exchange theory in family therapy. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 16(2), 25-42.


Aguirre, C., Bermúdez, J.M., Parra, J.R., Reyes, N.A., & Zamora, J.A. (2004). The process of integrating language, context, and meaning: The voices of bilingual and bicultural therapists. In E. Wieling & M. Rastogi (Eds.), Voices of Color (pp. 189-209). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Bermudez, J. M. and Bermudez, S. (2003).  Altar-making with Latino families : A Narrative therapy perspective.  Journal of Family Psychotherapy 13(3/4), 329-347.  [Reprinted in T. D. Carlson and M. J.  Erickson (Eds.),  Spirituality and Family Therapy (pp. 329-248).  New York:  Haworth Press, Inc.]


Bermúdez, J. M., & Bermúdez, S. (2002). Altar-Making with Latino families: A Narrative therapy perspective. Journal of Family Psychotherapy 13(3/4), 329-347.


Edwards, S., Bermúdez, J. M., Canady, D., & Protinsky, H. O. (2000). Interviewing a therapist in the presence of a couple: A description of the therapeutic process.  Contemporary Family Therapy, 22(2), 223-232.


Prouty, A. M., & Bermúdez, J. M. (1999).  Experiencing multiconsciousness:  A feminist model for therapy.  Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 11(3), 19-39.


Bermúdez, J. M. (1998). Recalling the way we were: Narrative therapy for couples.  In L. Hecker and S. Deacon, The Therapist’s Notebook:  Homework, handouts, & activities (pp. 159-162).  New York:  The Haworth Press, Inc.


Bermúdez, J. M. (1998). Changing hats during therapeutic impasses.  In T. S. Nelson & T. S. Trepper (Eds.), 101 More interventions in family therapy (pp. 194-197).  New York: The Haworth Press, Inc.


Bermúdez, J. M. (1997).  Experiential tasks and therapist bias awareness. Contemporary Family Therapy, 19(2), 253-267.


Penn, C., Hernández, S. & Bermúdez, J. M. (1997). Using a cross-cultural perspective to understand infidelity in marital therapy.  American Journal of Family Therapy, 25(2), 169-185.        


McDowel, T., Knudsen-Martin, C., Bermudez, J. M. (co-authored book) (2018). Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy: Guidelines for Equitable Theory and Practice. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

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