Julie Liefeld


Julie Liefeld, RN, LMFT, PhD graduated in 2006 from the University of CT with a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, she earned her Master’s from UCONN in 1999 in Marriage and Family therapy and was licensed in 2001 and became an AAMFT approved supervisor in 2005. Her undergraduate degree is in nursing from Boston College granted in 1987, she is a registered nurse in CT and worked in pediatric oncology before pursuing her family and advanced degrees. Dr. Liefeld is the director of the Southern Connecticut State University Counseling Center and an adjunct faculty member of the MFT department. Her practice specialties focus on positive youth development, adjustment (in families and systems) to difference esp. learning and mental health disabilities and healing and recovery to child sexual and other trauma. Her clinical training model with MFT students is integrative and she believes in letting trainees co-create their practice model with guidance from her supervision. Dr. Liefeld’ s research and presentation focus is on millennial student adjustment in college and university systems and the promotion of cross campus suicide prevention in colleges and universities. At SCSU, she is the chair of the Suicide Prevention and Education Task Force, a member of the Campus Behavioral Intervention Team and Student Affairs Team member. She is currently pursuing a certification in Yoga Teacher Training and is very excited to explore how yoga and mindfulness augment her supervision and practice of MFT.