Lenore McWey, Ph.D.


Graduate Program Director – MFT

lmcwey@fsu.edu    850-644-3217    Vita

Dr. McWey is accepting new graduate students for 2020-21.

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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 deemed “at-risk” by 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 Selected Articles

McWey, L. M., Cui, M., +Cooper, A. N., & Ledermann, T. (2018). Caregiver-adolescent disagreement on the mental health of youth in foster care: The moderating role of the caregiver relationship. Child Maltreatment, 23, 294-302. doi:10.1080/01488376.2018.1477701

Radey, M. & McWey, L. M. (2019). Informal networks of low-income mothers: Support, burden, and change. Journal of Marriage and Family, 81, 953-967. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12573

Wampler, K., Blow, A., McWey, L. M., Miller, R. & Wampler, R. (2019). The profession of systemic family therapy: Defining ourselves and moving forward. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 45, 5-18. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12294


  • 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
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