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Ashley Hicks is new Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Jan 06, 2016

Ashley HIcksAshley A. Hicks, a specialist in couples/family therapy, has been named Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Hicks (pictured), who is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate, will begin her tenure-track position with the seminary in August 2016.

“Professor Hicks is a gifted scholar and teacher,” said Louisville Seminary President Michael Jinkins. “She will bring our students the latest in cutting-edge research. Joining our already world-class faculty, she will help ensure that the Marriage and Family Therapy program of Louisville Seminary remains one of the top-rated theologically based MFT programs in the country.”

Hicks is currently a doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) program with a specialization in couples and family therapy at The Ohio State University, where she has taught several courses in the university’s HDFS program. She will complete her doctoral requirements in August 2016. Hicks received her Master of Science degree in human ecology, her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and another Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, all from The Ohio State University.

"I believe that my strong clinical background and teaching experience will allow me to make a significant contribution to the legacy of academic and clinical excellence at Louisville Seminary,” said Hicks, who has served as a ministry leader for several programs at New Salem Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio. “I am passionate about marriage and family therapy and the unique opportunity to participate in the transformative work of Christ that is occurring at the seminary."

Hicks has worked in a number of clinical settings serving clients from diverse backgrounds including racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ populations, homeless and low socio-economic individuals and families. Her current research focuses on bullying in Ohio schools, family-based approaches of adolescent eating disorder treatment, and the relationship between trauma and eating disorder symptomology in adolescence.

“Ashley comes to us with a strong academic and clinical background in marriage and family therapy,” said Loren Townsend, Louisville Seminary’s Henry Morris Edmonds Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. “This is enhanced by her active commitment to congregational ministries and social action to change the circumstances in which families live. We look forward to the contribution we know she will make to our program, our students and our community.”
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