Lenore McWey, Ph.D.


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Get to know Dr. McWey


I am passionate about using my Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) training as a researcher and clinician to make a positive difference in the lives of families. I am particularly interested in the mental health needs of families involved with the child welfare system and evidence-based relational interventions aimed to improve well-being. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and state and AAMFT approved supervisor.


  • B.S. Psychology (Florida State University)
  • M.Ed. Mental Health Counseling (University of North Florida)
  • Ph.D. Marriage and Family Therapy (Florida State University)

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

Published research in flagship disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals including:

  • Journal of Marriage and Family
  • Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Journal of Research on Adolescence
  • Family Relations

Recent Select Publications

McWey, L. M., Cui, M., & Wojciak, A. (in press). The importance of sibling relationships in buffering against depressive symptoms of youth in foster care. Families in Society.

McWey, L. M. (2022). Systemic interventions for traumatic event exposure: A 2010-2019 decade review. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 48, 204-230. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12547

McWey, L. M. & Cui, M. (2022). More frequent contact with biological parents predicts shorter length of time in out-of-home care and youth mental health.  Children and Youth Services Review, 128. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106164. PMID: 34421162; PMCID: PMC8372933.

McWey, L. M. (Ed.) (2020). Systemic family therapy with Children and Adolescents (Volume 2). The Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy. K. S. Wampler, Editor in Chief. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.


  • Journal of Marital and Family Therapy Article of the Year Award (2020)
  • Our team was awarded the U. S. President’s Volunteer Service Award — Awarded for the delivery of evidence-based parent education to local families experiencing homelessness.
  • Florida State University Distinguished Teacher Award
  • Florida State University Graduate Teaching Award
  • Florida State University Graduate Faculty Mentor Award
  • Florida State University Undergraduate Teaching Award