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Awards / Honors

Professor elected president-elect of the Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

April 16, 2013

Jenn Matheson, associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, has been elected president-elect of the Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Jenn Matheson"Jenn's vision and goals for CAMFT are equally matched by her work ethic, meeting the needs of a diverse membership and assuring strong leadership within the entire state-wide professional mental health community,"  said current past president of CAMFT, Barbara Stratton.

Matheson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the department’s award-winning, accredited master’s program in marriage and family therapy. She also is director of the department’s Center for Family and Couple Therapy, a community-based family therapy training clinic that provides high quality therapy to individuals, couples and families in Northern Colorado.

Matheson focuses on better systems, communication

Part of her focus as the director of the center has been to streamline policies and procedures and improve communication through social media, newsletters and other mediums. Matheson plans to use her passion for increased efficiency and improved outreach and networking through technology in her role as president of CAMFT.

“Our membership spans across every county in the state, and many of our members are in remote locations,” Matheson said. “While most of our legislative and outreach efforts are concentrated across the Front Range, I hope to make it easier for members in all corners of the state to receive the same high quality education and resources that those in the Denver area and across the Front Range currently enjoy.”

Matheson’s five year term on the board of CAMFT began Jan 1. She will be president-elect for two years, president for the next two years, and past president for an additional year. Matheson will succeed current president Darin Wallis, who is a therapist at the Denver Family Institute.

Research focuses on substance abuse

Matheson’s research at CSU focuses on substance abuse treatment on college campuses. She also is interested in issues of grief and loss. She has been funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and has won the Tenure-Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Award through the College of Health and Human Sciences at CSU.

Matheson began her career in marriage and family therapy as a student in 1999. Her internships focused on adolescent and family therapy, often in the realm of substance abuse and other mental health issues. She is trained in all major marriage and family therapy theories and has specialized training in internal family systems theory and family play therapy. She is an approved supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Colorado.

Matheson received her bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University in psychology, a master’s degree in sociology from George Mason University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Virginia Tech. She formerly was employed at the Research Triangle Institute, also known as RTI International, where she was a health and social policy analyst for 11 years.

Matheson has been a member of the Colorado Association of Marriage and Family Therapy since she came to Colorado in 2005 and a member of the Virginia division before that. While a member of the Virginia division, she was elected the student/associate representative to their board for two years during her graduate training.

About the association and center

Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is Colorado’s professional organization for all clinical fellows, associates and students in the profession of marriage and family therapy as well as other affiliated mental health professionals. The Colorado association’s mission is to be a dynamic, vibrant division of AAMFT that supports, provides resources, links people and advocates effectively for its membership and its larger constituency: the individuals, couples and families whose mental health and relationships are a primary concern.

To learn more about CAMFT, visit their website at  To learn more about the Center for Family and Couple Therapy, visit

Colorado State University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies is in the College of Health and Human Sciences.