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Lab Director & Associate Professor of Psychology

Independent Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist



Post-doc. Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois-Chicago (2015)

Ph.D. Human Development & Family Science with a Specialisation in Couple and Family Therapy, The Ohio State University (2014)

M.A. Human Development & Family Science, The Ohio State University (2008)

B.A. Psychology, Boğaziçi University (2006)

Current Positions 

Faculty Member, Koç University 

Senior Member, National Mentoring Resource Center Research Board (Chicago, IL)

Chair, International Section, National Council on Family Relations

Clinical Fellow, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy 

Approved Supervisor, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy 

Member, Young Academy Turkey (Istanbul)

Member, Turkish Academy of Sciences, Young Scientist (Ankara)

Past Positions 

Visiting Scholar, Utrecht University (Netherlands) 

Associate Editor, Journal of Child and Family Studies 

Member, Society for Research on Adolescence, COVID19 Task Force (USA)

Visiting Scholar, Harvard University (USA)

Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar, ISCHTE University Lisbon (Portugal)

Secretary & Treasurer, NCFR Family Therapy Section (USA)

New Professional Representative, NCFR International Section (USA)

Treasurer & Board Member, Association of Couple and Family Therapy (Turkey)

Consultant, US Department of Justice

Consultant, UNICEF Turkey

Research interests: 

Prevention of adolescent substance misuse & juvenile delinquency

Youth mentoring, resilience, positive youth development

Family-focused interventions

Protective roles of relationships with peers, parents, non-parental adults, and romantic partners

Substance use stigma

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