Personal Information

California School of Professional Psychology

Couple & Family Therapy

San Diego Campus

Site Director

Associate Professor

Alliant International University San Diego
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego CA 92131

858-635-4878

Courses, Research Interests, Publications

PSY 9310 Integrating Spirituality into Therapy: Theory, Practice, and Research, PSY 7112 History and Systems of Psychology, PSY 9325 Advanced Research Methods 2: Qualitative, PSY 6312 MFT Theories & Techniques 1, PSY 6322 MFT Theories & Techniques 2, PSY 8315 Advanced Intergenerational Models of Marriage & Family Therapy, PSY 7360 MFT Practicum, PSY 6328 Individual and Family Life Cycle, PSY 6312 MFT Theories, PSY 9360 MFT Advanced Practicum, PSY 6303 Group Therapy

Spirituality in MFT training and practice; qualitative methodology; feminist issues; eating disorders

Ahn, Y., Miller, M. M., Wang, L., & Laszloffy, T. (2014). "I didn't understand their system, and I didn't know what to do": Migrant parents' experiences of mandated therapy for their children. Contemporary Family Therapy, 36, 25-40. doi: 10.1007/s10591-013-9291-1

Coy, J., & Miller, M. M. (in press). Intimate partners who struggle with formal commitments: Attachment styles, major challenges, & clinical implications. The American Journal of Family Therapy.

Essakow, K., & Miller, M. M. (2013). Piecing together the shattered heirloom: Parents' experience of relationship resilience after the violent death of a child. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 41, 299-310. doi: 10.1080/01926187.2012.701590

Miller, M. M., & Chavier, M. (2013). Clinicians' experiences of integrating prayer into the therapeutic process. Journal of Spirituality and Mental Health, 15(3/4), 70-93. doi: 10.1080/19349637.2013.776441

Gilmore, M., & Miller, M. M. (2013). Writings of lions: Narrative inquiry of a Kenyan couple living in the U.S. The Qualitative Report, 18(Art. 8), 1-14. Retrieved from http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR18/gilmore8.pdf

Ahn, Y. J., & Miller, M. M. (2010). Can MFTs address spirituality with clients in publically funded agencies? Contemporary Family Therapy, 32, 102-116. doi: 10.1007/s10591-009-9107-5

Miller, M. M., & Ivey, D. C. (2006). Spirituality, gender, and supervisory style in supervision. Contemporary Family Therapy, 28, 323-337. doi: 10.1007/s10591-006-9012-0

Miller, M. M., Korinek, A., & Ivey, D. C. (2006). Integrating spirituality into training: The spiritual issues in supervision scale. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 34, 355-372. doi: 10.1080/01926180600553811

Marshall, J. P., Kimball, T. G., Shumway, S. T., Miller, M. M., Jeffries, V., & Arredondo, R. (2005). Outcomes of a structured family group in outpatient substance abuse treatment. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 23, 39-53. doi: 10.1300/J020v23n04_03

Miller, M. M., & Bryan, L. (2005). Beyond the frying pan: Addressing work issues with women in therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy, 27, 51-63. doi: 10.1007/s10591-004-1970-5

Miller, M. M., Korinek, A., & Ivey, D. C. (2004). Spirituality in MFT training: Development of the spiritual issues in supervision scale. Contemporary Family Therapy, 25, 71-81. doi: 10.1023/B:COFT.0000016913.62876.86

Miller, M. M., Kimball, T. G., Korinek, A. W., Shumway, S. T., & Arredondo, R. (2004). Enhancing teams in the workplace. Employee Assistance Quarterly, 19, 35-50. doi: 10.1300/J022v19n02_03

Miller, M. M., & Bermudez, J. M. (2004). Intersecting gender and social exchange theory in family therapy. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 16, 25-42. doi: 10.1300/J086v16n02_02

Miller, M. M., & Wieling, E. (2003). Points of connection and disconnection: A look at feminism and postmodernism in family therapy. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 14, 1-19. doi: 10.1300/J086v14n02_01

Miller, M. M. & Van Ness, N. (2013, November). Discourse analysis of family therapy graduate students' constructions of spirituality. Paper will be presented at the National Council on Family Relations 75th Annual National Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Konzen, J., & Miller, M. M. (2013, November). A phenomenological study of experiences of shame about sexuality for married, evangelical Christian women. Poster will be presented at the National Council on Family Relations 75th Annual National Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Van Ness, N., & Miller, M. M. (2012, September). Understanding couple resiliency in the wake of trauma. Poster presented at the 17th International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma, San Diego, CA.

Miller, M. M., & Van Ness, N. (2013, June). Measuring spirituality in the spiritual issues in supervision scale: Ethical implications and clinical application. Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Christian Scholars Conference, Nashville, TN.

Vella, S., & Miller, M. M. (2012, September). Cognitive and behavioral functioning of survivors of strangulation during intimate terrorism. Advanced session conducted at the 17th International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma, San Diego, CA.

Miller, M. M., & Van Ness, N. (2012, June). Constructions of spirituality. Paper presented at the 32nd Annual Christian Scholars Conference, Nashville, TN.

Coy, J., & Miller, M. M. (2011, November). A phenomenological inquiry of relational partners grappling with formal commitments. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations 73rd National Conference, Orlando, FL.

Barth, K., & Miller, M. M. (2011, November). Couples staying resilient after the violent death of a child. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations 73rd National Conference, Orlando, FL.

Walsh, F., Daneshpour, M., Carlson, T., & Miller, M. M. (2011, November). Steadying the tectonic plates: On being spiritual, feminist, and professional. Special Session held at the National Council on Family Relations 73rd National Conference, Orlando, FL.

Miller, M. M., & Rankin, M. (2011, August). Black individuals in recovery from substance abuse. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 111th Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

Coy, J., & Miller, M. M. (2011, August). Standing still: A phenomenological inquiry of relational partners who struggle to make formal commitments. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 111th Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

Dorian, M., Kawahara, D., Miller, M. M., Stewart, A., & Zens, M., (2011, August). Family stress and resilience in military and international marriages. Presentation held at the American Psychological Association 111th Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

Barth, K., & Miller, M. M. (2010, May). Couple resilience after violent death of child. Poster presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Ahn, Y. J., & Miller, M. M. (2010, May). Experience of migrant parents whose children are in mandated therapy: A phenomenological inquiry. Poster presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Ahn, Y. J., & Miller, M. M. (2010, May). Experience of migrant parents whose children are in mandated therapy: A phenomenological inquiry. Poster presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Dorian, M., Miller, M. M., Regan, P., & Kilabrew, J. D. (2010, August). Incorporating mindfulness into clinical training. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association 110th Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

Barth, K., & Miller, M. M. (2010, August). Experience of relationship resilience after violent death of a child. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 110th Annual Convention, San Diego, CA

Ahn, Y. J., Miller, M. M., Wang, L., & Laszloffy, T. A. (2010, August). A phenomenological exploration of migrant parents' experience of mandated child therapy. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 110th Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

Gilmore, M., & Miller, M. M., & Natrajan-Tyagi, R. (2010, September). A Kenyan marriage in the U.S.: A narrative inquiry. Poster presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 68th Annual National Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Barth, K., & Miller, M. M. (2010, September). Marital resilience after violent death of child. Poster presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 68th Annual National Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Ahn, Y. J., Miller, M. M., Wang, L., & Laszloffy, T. A. (2010, September). Migrant parents and child mandated therapy. Poster presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 68th Annual National Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Miller, M. M., & Rankin, M. (2010, November). Stories of resilience: Black individuals in recovery from substance abuse. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations 72nd Annual National Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Gilmore, M., & Miller, M. M. (2010, May). A guided inquiry of Kenyan and American life. Paper presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Ahn, Y. J., & Miller, M. M. (2009, November). Experience of migrant parents whose children are in involuntary/mandated therapy: A phenomenological inquiry. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual National Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Miller, M. M., & Chavier, M. (2009, November). A phenomenological study of fam ly therapists' use of prayer. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations 71st Annual National Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Miller, M. M., & Chavier, M. (2009, October). Prayer and the therapeutic process. Poster presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 67th Annual National Conference, Sacramento, CA

Miller, M. M., & Ahn, Y. J. (2009, April). Can MFTs address spirituality at publically funded agencies? Workshop presented at AAMFT-California Division Networking District Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Hull, C. E., Suarez, E., & Miller, M. M. (2009, October). Addressing spirituality as a multicultural competency in counseling supervision: Comparing supervisor/supervisee perceptions using the spiritual issues in supervision scale (SISS). Presentation conducted at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Annual National Conference, San Diego, CA

Jella, S., Lawson, A., Taniguchi, N., & Miller, M. M. (2008, October). The family environments of self-injuring adolescents. Poster presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 66th Annual National Conference, Memphis, TN.

Jella, S., Lawson, A., Taniguchi, N., & Miller, M. M. (2008, March). Self-injuring female adolescents family environments. Poster presented at the XVI World Family Congress, Porto, Portugal.

Jella, S., Lawson, A., Taniguchi, N., & Miller, M. M. (2008, September). The family environment typologies of female adolescents who self-injure. Poster presented at the 13th annual International Conference for Violence, Abuse, and Trauma, San Diego, CA.

Van Ness, N., & Miller, M. M. (2011, August). Intimate recoveries: A phenomenological approach toward understanding couple resiliency in the wake of trauma. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association 111th Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

Academic History and Background

PhD, Texas Tech University, 2003

California Marriage and Family Therapist Intern #62559, Employed by Sally Leboy, MFT #14768

Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #5209

American Psychological Association (APA)--Member--Divisions 35 (Society for Psychology of Women; & Division 36 (Society for the Psychology of Religion & Spirituality)

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)--Clinical Member

National Council of Family Relations (NCFR)--Member--Religion & Family Life Section; Family Therapy Section

Professional Practice and Community Service

Employed within the private practice of Sally Leboy, MFT#14768; Specializing in couples, spiritual and religious issues, trauma, binge eating disorder

Chronic Pain Support Group

Integrating spirituality in Couple and Family Therapy practice and training, spiritual transformation and couples, incorporating prayer and mindfulness in clinical training and practice, treating chronic pain in couple, family, group, and individual therapy, addressing trauma, chronic pain, and spirituality in treatment