Welcoming Dr. Rebecca Cobb as Lecturer & Clinical Coordinator

Written by Hannah Crivello
August 28, 2014

On behalf of Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry, Dean Mark S. Markuly, PhD is pleased to announce that Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Cobb will be joining the school's faculty as Lecturer and Clinical Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Relationship & Pastoral Therapy (MARPT)?a couples and family therapy program.

Dr. Christie Eppler, the program?s interim director, shares:

?I am grateful that we are adding a stellar clinician, lecturer, and researcher to the MARPT team. Dr. Cobb comes to the School of Theology and Ministry with a strong pedigree of training in couples and family therapy. Her areas of professional interests align well with what our students need to know in order to become competent, effective clinicians. Dr. Cobb has researched in the area of intimate partner violence and has published on working creatively with children. Dr. Cobb is a Washington licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), and she is an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Supervisor Candidate. The list of Dr. Cobb?s own past supervisors reads like a who?s-who list of leading couple and family therapists! Dr. Cobb is vibrant and energetic. I have witnessed her excitement to help our students excel in their courses and clinical placements. I look forward to working with her to help train future therapists who infuse spirituality into their clinical practice.?

Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, Dr. Cobb will be teaching courses, such as Fall Quarter?s STMC 5230 ?Professional Ethics & Law,? and serving as the school?s liaison to off-campus placement sites for the degree?s clinical program.

Dr. Cobb shared a few words with us this month as we welcome her to the school community.

?I am excited about the opportunity to work with faculty, students and community partners in this role at Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am passionate about a holistic, systemic, client-centered, collaborative, strengths-based, and integrative approach to therapy. I look forward to journeying alongside students in their work to becoming holistic and competent therapists. It will be a joy meeting those in the community that work with students in their clinical program, and ensuring that we provide the world-class degree program experience and clinical preparation expected from Seattle University and its School of Theology and Ministry.?

Dr. Cobb comes to the school with a rich background in couples and family therapy, having been trained in the gamut of therapy models. Cobb is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Washington and is certified in Educational Measurement and Statistics from the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University. Cobb?s research has focused on intimate partner violence within multiple contexts. Cobb was hired by the Lake County Sheriff?s Department in Indiana to conduct countywide study of the provision of services to those impacted by ?intimate partner violence. She worked to survey domestic violence service providers and couple and family therapists to explore how providers service clients individually and as couples at risk.

Cobb earned a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University and previously specialized in Marriage and Family Therapy throughout her Master of Science program in Child Development and Family Studies at Purdue University Calumet. She additionally received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Westmont College.

Lorna Hecker with CobbIn her program at Purdue, Dr. Cobb was supervised by none other than Lorna Hecker (pictured right), the author of one of the MARPT program?s core texts--Hecker, L. (2010). Ethics and professional issues in couple and family therapy. New York: Routledge, a Taylor and Francis Group. Hecker was one of the core faculty under which Dr. Cobb studied, and Dr. Hecker played an active role in Dr. Cobb?s own formation as a therapist and clinician.

A warm welcome to Dr. Cobb as she transitions to this multifaceted role in the coming months.