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Chad A. Graff, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC-S

Dr. Graff earned his Bachelors degree in Family Studies from Brigham Young University. He completed a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue University Calumet. He also completed his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy here at Texas Tech University. Dr. Graff is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is also a Clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a Board-Approved LPC Supervisor.

Dr. Graff has a strong interest in working with individuals, couples, and families struggling with substance and sexual addictions, divorce, and intimacy issues. He also has a diverse research experience working with the development of data management plans and implementation of evidence-based behavioral health programs. He is currently the Director of the Criminal Justice Clinical Program for the Southwest Institute for Addictive Diseases.

Amber Anderson, Ph.D. Candidate, LMFT-Associate

Amber Anderson graduated with her Bachelors degree in Social Work from Abilene Christian University, and then graduated with a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. She is currently working on a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Tech University. Amber is also licensed as a marriage and family therapist associate and a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. Her research and clinical interests include pre-marital therapy, solution-focused therapy, differentiation, group counseling, and substance addictions. She currently serves as a therapist at the Southwest Institute for Addictive Disease.

Amanda Szarzynski, M.MFT, LMFT-Associate

Amanda Szarzynski graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from York College before continuing on to complete her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Tech University, and her research interests include working with military couples and families, as well as differentiation and family-of-origin issues in couples. She has experience working with individuals, couples, and families in private practice and agency settings in which anxiety and depression, divorce recovery, addiction, and other marital and family issues were frequently addressed.  Amanda is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate. She is currently a therapist at the Southwest Institute for Addictive Diseases.

Chris Bedard, M.MFT

Chris Bedard completed his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University in August of 2010. He also holds a Master of Science in Christian Education and have over 12 years of experience working with churches and parachurch organizations. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Tech University. Additionally, he has led groups for a non-profit organization that specializes in job skills training for those that are under-employed or un-employed. He is currently a therapist at the Southwest Institute for Addictive Diseases.

Carlos Perez, M.MFT

Carlos Perez is a current resident of Lubbock, TX, attending Texas Tech University as a Ph.D. student studying Marriage and Family Therapy. Being a native of the Rio Grande Valley, his passion lies in working with the Latino population. His interests consist of family togetherness/cohesion, alcohol addiction, and family satisfaction in Latino families. His clinical experience includes working with adolescents and their families. He has worked in a variety of settings including the Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center. Future goals in his professional life include becoming a university professor and beginning a private practice.
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