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Become a Site Visitor

Who is a Site Visitor?

  • Volunteers their time on behalf of the Commission on Accreditation
  • Serves as the 'Eyes and Ears' of the Commission
  • Verifies quality in academic programs
  • Contributes to the MFT Profession

Why Become a Site Visitor?

  • Help expand the MFT field by providing on-site review of prospective COAMFTE accredited programs.
  • Meet other peers in the field and broaden your network.
  • Develop a wider knowledge base of the inner workings of a program.
  • Get to see firsthand how accreditation brings value and validation to the MFT field.
  • Help to ensure quality instruction of Marriage and Family Therapy.

What does it take to become a Site Visitor:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of advanced experience as a licensed MFT practitioner and/or educator/researcher in the field of marriage and family therapy (which includes but is not limited to: experience in a university, clinical, or related setting)
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor and/or State Approved Supervisor
  • Current knowledge of the standards for marriage and family therapy education
  • Successful completion of COAMFTE Site Visitor Training
  • Licensed marriage and family therapist
  • Current knowledge and experience in the profession of marriage and family therapy
  • Participation in a site visit or site visitor refresher training every two (2) years to maintain 'active' status

How to become a Site Visitor?

  • Submit Eligibility Application for Site Visitors  
  • Engage in Self-Paced Online Site Visitor Training.
  • Complete a Site Visitor Training Survey: complete a short survey of your experience and provide feedback on the training.

Active Site Visitors

Programs are required to complete and submit the Conflict of Interest Form with their self-study materials. Full disclosure of all potential and actual Conflicts of Interests with any of the active site visitor listed below must be noted on the Conflict of Interest Form. Please note that the completion of the Conflict of Interest Form does not guarantee a site visit. Site visits are scheduled based on the review of the program’s self-study materials by Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Darren Adamson, PhD, LMFT DeAnna Harris-McCoy, PhD, LMFT
Mary Sillup, PhD, LMFT
Rob Atchison, PhD, LMFT
Dale Hawley, PhD, LMFT
Monica Simon, PhD, LMFT
Elizabeth Banks, PhD, LMFT Susan Hastings, PsyD, LMFT Craig Smith, PhD, LMFT
Patricia Barros, PhD, LMFT
Brandon Henline, PhD, LMFT Thomas Smith, PhD, LMFT
Russ Bartee, PhD, LMFT
Jennifer Hodgson, PhD, LMFT Misti Sparks, PhD, LMFT
Alise Bartley, PhD, LMFT
Brandon Jensen, MS, LMFT Nenetzin Stoekle, PhD, LMFT
Roy Bean, PhD, LMFT Naveen Jonathan, PhD, LMFT Linnea Swanson, PsyD, LMFT
Ben Beitin, PhD, LMFT Douglas Jones, PhD Bowden Templeton, PhD, LMFT
Christopher K. Belous, PhD Rene Jones, MS, LMFT Tojuana Thomason, PhD, LMFT
Blake Berryhill, PhD Heather Katafiasz, PhD, LMFT Glade Topham, PhD, LMFT 
Dale Bertram, PhD, LMFT Lisa Kelledy, PhD, LMFT Anibal Torres, PhD, LMFT 
Leonard Bohanon, PhD, LMFT Jennifer King, MS Loren Townsend, PhD, LMFT
Stephanie Brooks, PhD, LMFT
Kristin Kloberstein, MS, LMFT Laura Wallace, PhD, LMFT
Matthew Brosi, PhD, LMFT
Angela Lamson, PhD, LMFT Linna Wang, PhD, LMFT
Jay Burke, PsyD, LMFT Zephon Lister, PhD Dyane Watson, PhD, LMFT 
Jimena Castro, PhD Kevin Lyness, PhD, LMFT Alyssa Weiss-Quittner, PhD, LMFT 
Jeff Chang, PhD
Martha Marquez, PhD, LMFT Jeffrey White, PhD, LMFT 
Michael Cook, ThD, LMFT James Trevor Milliron, PhD, LMFT Mark White, PhD, LMFT
Joy Corby, PhD, LMFT James Morris, PhD, LMFT Susan Wilkie, PhD, LMFT
Suzanne Coyle, PhD, LMFT 
Rikki Patton, PhD Monique Willis, PhD, LMFT
Canaan Crane, PhD, LMFT  Kristen Poppa, PhD Jonathan Wilson, PhD, LMFT
D. Russell Crane, PhD, LMFT  Anne Prouty, PhD Nathan Wood, PhD, LMFT
Robin Felix, MAMFT Karen Quek, PhD, LMFT Arnold Woodruff, MS, LMFT
Kami Gallus, PhD, LMFT  Dave Robinson, PhD, LMFT Hana Yoo, PhD
Tyon Hall, PhD Brandon Rodgers, PhD, LMFT  



To maintain active site visitor status, site visitors must:

  • Participate in a site visit within two years from their site visitor training; and 
  • At least once every two years.

Site visitors who do not participate in a site visit every two years will be considered inactive and must retake the site visitor training prior to participation in a site visit (COAMFTE Accreditation Manual: Policies and Procedures).

Eligibility Review Committee

The Eligibility Review Committee (ERC), a subcommittee appointed by the COAMFTE chair, is responsible for conducting reviews of Eligibility Criteria documents and determining when a program has demonstrated, through a substantially complete response, that it is prepared to proceed in the accreditation process. The ERC is comprised of marriage and family therapy educators and doctoral students enrolled in COAMFTE-accredited programs, who have a minimum of a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or a related mental health field and familiarity with COAMFTE’s accreditation standards, policies and processes.

COAMFTE is looking forward to working with the following of ERC Members:

  • Dale Bertram, PhD
  • Leonard Michael Bohanon, PhD
  • Megan L. Chapman
  • Christie Eppler, PhD
  • Kami Gallus, PhD
  • Heather A. Katafiasz, PhD
  • Lisa V. Merchant, PhD
  • G. Bowden Templeton, PhD
  • Jeffrey W. White, PhD
  • Monique E. Willis, PhD

Standards Review Committee

The Standards Review Committee (SRC), a subcommittee appointed by the COAMFTE chair, is responsible for: (1) implementing procedures for the review process every five (5) years and (2) providing the COAMFTE with on-going feedback reflecting the state of accreditation standards and interpretations throughout the five-year cycle. 

COAMFTE is looking forward to working with the following SRC Members:

  • Suzanne Bartle-Haring, PhD
  • Elizabeth Fawcett, PhD
  • Jennifer Hodgson, PhD
  • Heather Katafiasz, PhD
  • Daniel Lord, PhD
  • Carol Messmore, PhD
  • Craig W. Smith, PhD

Accreditation Reviewer Program

The Accreditation Reviewer Program, appointed by the COAMFTE Chair, is responsible for conducting reviews of COAMFTE accreditation documents (including self-study materials, annual reports and initial and renewal of accreditation documents) to identify areas of program’s compliance and non-compliance with COAMFTE accreditation standards and provide recommendations to the Commission regarding accreditation actions

COAMFTE is looking forward to working with the following members who will be part of the inaugural cohort of the pilot Accreditation Reviewer Program:

  • Jay Burke, PsyD
  • Rashmi Gangamma, PhD
  • Dale Hawley, PhD
  • Douglas Jones, PhD
  • Kelly Kennedy, PhD
  • Martha Marquez, PhD
  • Aaron Norton, PhD
  • Lori Pantaleao, PhD
  • Krista Speicher, DMFT
  • Emma Sterrett-Hong, PhD
  • Daniel Stillwell, PhD