Tara Lehan, PhD

Core Faculty, Director of Assessment, The Graduate School

Contact:
tlehan@ncu.edu

Areas of Expertise:
• Couple and Family Therapy
• Medical Family Therapy
• Mental Health (Cross Cultural)
• Grief and Loss
• Adjustment to Serious Illness and Injury
• Family Dynamics
• Social Science Research Methods
• Statistics

Education:
• Postdoctoral Fellowships, Ohio State University and Virginia Commonwealth University
• Ph.D., Florida State University
• M.S., East Carolina University
• B.S., College of William and Mary

Dissertation:
The Importance of Meaning in the Adjustment of Lung Cancer Patients and Their Partners

Selected Publications:
• “Distress associated with patients’ symptoms and depression in a sample of Mexican caregivers,” Rehabilitation Psychology (2012)
• “Balancing act: the influence of adaptability and cohesion on satisfaction and communication in families facing TBI in Mexico,” NeuroRehabilitation (2012)
• “Mother-daughter relationships in adulthood: life course reflections,” The Family Journal (2011)
• “Ambiguous loss and boundary ambiguity for parents involved in the foster care system: I thought I was the adult in this house,” Journal of Social Service Research (2009)

Selected Professional Experience:
• Instructor: Ohio State University, Florida State University, Capella University, and Argosy University
• Reviewer: Brain Injury, Disability and Rehabilitation