Christie Eppler is the program director and professor in Couples and Family Therapy. Dr. Eppler’s teaching, scholarship, and service contribute to the growing field of multifaith, resiliency-based, spiritually integrated therapy. Her passion is to work with future therapists who desire to integrate life’s ultimate mysteries with the practice of couples and family therapy. Her research explores the intersections of faith, resiliency, and clinical practice. Dr. Eppler’s current qualitative research projects include multifaith perspective on family therapy theory, Buddhism and narrative family therapy, spirituality and cinematherapy, and trauma in young adult literature. Dr. Eppler’s research promotes justice and embodies care by assisting therapists to integrate clients’ spirituality into clinical practice.
Dr. Eppler enjoys engaging in the community. Most recently, she has presented on the use of energy in relationship on World Marriage Day at Sacred Heart Parish in Bellevue, WA. She has also presented at several American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s National and Regional Conferences. Last year, she spoke on self-care at Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s Mentor Day. In addition to teaching and scholarship, one of her most creative endeavors was to achieve COAMFTE accreditation for Seattle University’s Couples and Family Therapy Program (2015).