Simpson University professor wins national award

For Immediate Release


Dr. Michelle Engblom-Deglmann

REDDING, Calif. – Dr. Michelle Engblom-Deglmann, clinical training director for Simpson University's Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) program, has won the prestigious Dissertation Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

"This is a huge honor and ranks her among the best researchers in the field of family therapy," said MACP Program Director Addie Jackson.

Each year, the association, which is the national organization for marriage and family therapists, selects one or two recipients from across the nation to be honored for doctoral thesis work completed the year before.

Dr. Engblom-Deglmann submitted a condensed version of her 180-page dissertation, titling it "Impact of Divorce Adjustment and Trust in Remarriage." Her work examines how the decision to divorce impacts adjustment, how that adjustment influences trust in a remarriage, and how the trust level relates to remarital satisfaction.

Award committee members were impressed by the rigor of Dr. Engblom-Deglmann's methodology, the clarity of her writing, and the significance of her topic, said Kaye Nelson, chair of the AAMFT's awards committee and a professor at Texas A&M University.

"We believe her topic has relevance to clients as well as marriage and family therapists," she said.

A licensed marriage and family therapist, Dr. Engblom-Deglmann received her M.S. in community counseling from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and her Ph.D. in counseling and family therapy, with a minor in research methodology, from Saint Louis University.

Simpson University launched its MACP program in spring 2010. The two-year program is designed to prepare students for California licensure as marriage and family therapists. In addition to teaching courses, Dr. Engblom-Deglmann oversees the placement of students in clinical field work.

She will be honored with a plaque at the association's annual conference in September in Ft. Worth, Texas. She will also have her conference fee waived and receive up to $500 for travel expenses.

"Dr. Engblom-Deglmann's award is a testimony to the quality of her scholarship," said Dr. Stanley Clark, Simpson University's provost. "We are delighted and proud that she is an integral part of our MACP program."

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