Personal Information

California School of Professional Psychology

Couple & Family Therapy

San Diego Campus

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92131

858-635-4708

Courses, Research Interests, Publications

PSY 6326 - Diversity and the Family, PSY 8314 - Advanced Brief Models, PSY 6322 - MFT Theories and Techniques II

Person-of-the-therapist training, Immigration, immigrant families and immigrant therapists, Diversity and social justice in Couple and Family Therapy

Book Chapters

Kissil, K., Nino, A., & Aponte, H. (in press). The Beginning of the Person-of-the-Therapist Journey; Using Signature Themes to Facilitate Greater Therapist's Effectiveness. In Bean, R.A., Davis, S., & Davey, M (Editors). Clinical Supervision Activities for Increasing Competence and Self-Awareness. Wiley Press, Inc.

Nino, A, Kissil, K., & Aponte, H. (in press). The Next Step of the Person-of-the-Therapist Journey: The Clinical Case Instrument. In Bean, R.A., Davis, S., & Davey, M (Editors). Clinical Supervision Activities for Increasing Competence and Self-Awareness. Wiley Press, Inc.

Journal articles

Nino, A, Kissil, K., & Apolinar, F. L. (in press). Professional gains of master level Marriage and Family Therapy students following a nine-month Person of the Therapist Training program. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Kissil, K., Nino, A, Ingram, M., & Davey, M. (in press). "I knew from day one that I was either gonna fight this thing or be defeated": African American parents' experiences of coping with breast cancer. Journal of Family Nursing.

Kissil, K., Nino, A., & Davey, M. (2013). Doing therapy in a foreign land: when the therapist is "not from here". American Journal of Family Therapy, 41, 134-147. doi: 10.1080/01926187.2011.641441

Davey, M., Nino, A, Kissil, K., & Ingram, M. (2012). African American parents' experiences navigating breast cancer while caring for their children. Qualitative Health Research, 22, 1260-1270. doi: 10.1177/1049732312449211

Davey, M., Tubbs, C., Kissil, K., & Nino, A. (2011). "We are survivors too": African American adolescents' experiences of coping with parental breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 20, 77-87. doi: 10.1002/pon.1712

Davey, M., Kissil, K., & Nino, A., Tubbs, C. (2010). "They paid no mind to my state of mind": African American breast cancer patients' experiences of cancer care delivery. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 28, 683-698. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2010.516807

Kissil, K., Nino, A. Jacobs, S., Davey, M., & Tubbs, C., (2010). "It has been a good growing experience for me": Growth experiences among African American youth coping with parental cancer. Family Systems and Health, 28, 274-289. doi: 10.1037/a0020001

Nino, A., Kissil, K. (2013, February). Helping supervisees use their personal struggles to facilitate clinical effectiveness. Workshop presented at the XXI World Family Therapy Congress, Orlando, FL.

Nino, A. (2013, February). ABFT: Attachment Based Family Therapy for depressed adolescents. Workshop presented at the XXI World Family Therapy Congress, Orlando, FL.

Nino, A., Kissil, K. (2013, June). CFT students' experiences of growth in the "Person of the Therapist Training" (POTT) class. Workshop presented at the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) Annual Meeting and Open Conference, Chicago, Il.

Nino, A., Kissil, K. (2012, March). Helping trainees use their struggles to promote a deeper therapist-client connection. Brief presentation at the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA) Annual Congress, Vancouver, Canada.

Nino, A., Kissil, K., Davey, M. & Tubbs, C. Y. (2010, August). African American breast cancer patients' experiences of cancer care delivery. Poster session presented at the 11th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Kissil, K., & Nino, A. (2010, April). The immigrant therapists: Applying multicultural awareness to an unseen area of the therapist-client system. Poster session presented at the Fourth Biennial Cultural Competency Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Kissil, K., Nino, A., Davey, M. & Tubbs, C. Y. (2010, November). 'We are survivors too':African American youths' experiences of coping with parental breast cancer. Poster session presented at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Kissil, K., Nino, A., Davey, M. & Tubbs, C. Y. (2010, August). 'We are survivors too': African American youths' experiences of coping with parental breast cancer. Paper presented at the 11th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Nino, A., Kissil, K., Davey, M. & Tubbs, C. Y. (2010, November). African American breast cancer patients' experiences of cancer care delivery. Poster session presented at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Academic History and Background

PhD; Marriage and Family Therapy, Drexel University-2013

BS; Psychology, Universidad de los Andes (Bogot-Colombia)-2000

MS; Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Maryland at College Park-2005

BS; Anthropology, Universidad de Los Andes (Bogot-Colombia)-2001

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - State of Maryland (LCMFT # LCM328)

Therapist Certification in Attachment Based Family Therapy, Attachment Based Family Therapy Training Program, 2013

Teaching Excellence Award, Graduate Excellence Committee - Drexel University, 2012

Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2008

Professional Practice and Community Service

Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, since 2013.