Kevin P. Lyness, PhD

Professor and Director of PhD Program in MFT
Department of Applied Psychology

AUNE Contact Information


Highest Degree

PhD, Purdue University

Other Degrees & Credentials

MS, Family Studies, Texas Tech University
BS, Family Studies, minor in Substance Abuse Studies, Texas Tech University


I am interested in researching adolescent development in the family context  that is, how does the family influence adolescent development for good and bad. I am particularly interested in the interface between family variables and adolescent resiliency and the ability to face risks.

I am excited about being the program director for the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. So many of the problems that people come to therapy for are helped by Marriage and Family Therapists and I am committed to improving the training for MFT’s and increasing the visibility of Marriage and Family Therapy as a field.

I am also interested in processes in couple and family therapy. What leads to successful outcomes? What processes are effective? What variables are important to look at? In my professional writing, I am interested in addressing the clinical issues facing couple and family therapists  what are the influences of gender in families and on clinical work? What are the influences of culture? of Sexual Orientation? of Aging?

Current Activities

I am a clinical member of AAMFT and an Approved Supervisor. I am an LMFT in Colorado and New Hampshire. I am a site visitor for the COAMFTE. I was a certified alcoholism and drug abuse counselor in Texas and Indiana from 1988-1998.

On a more personal note, I am an avid photographer, and the link above is to my personal photography, taken here in the New England area.