Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
The Fletcher School
160 Packard Ave.
Medford, MA 02155
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Laurie L. Charlés, Ph.D., LMFT, is a family therapist and qualitative researcher based in Greater Boston, Massachusetts. She earned her Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University (1999), her M.A. in Counseling Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy from Our Lady of the Lake University (1993), and her B.A. in Psychology from St. Mary’s University (1988). A licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) since 1997, Laurie has taught family therapy courses, performed qualitative rapid needs assessments, and supervised and trained psychiatrists, psychosocial workers, and family therapists in, among other places, Kosova, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, England, Egypt, and the U.S. Using naturalistic inquiry, qualitative, and appreciative methodologies, she analyzes and implements family therapy practices and training in international humanitarian relief contexts and psychosocial service delivery with vulnerable populations in fragile states . Her clinical practice and recent research are focused on innovative forms of family therapy and psychosocial programming that develop during post-conflict reconstruction.
The author of two books:
Laurie’s scholarly and trade publications have appeared in Family Process, Journal of Family Therapy (UK), Journal of Systemic Therapies, The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Qualitative Inquiry, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, and the Boston Globe Magazine. Laurie is a Co-Editor of The Qualitative Report (http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/index.html), an open-access online journal dedicated to publishing creative and well-done qualitative research in all disciplines worldwide. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, as a reviewer for Qualitative Health Research, and as an editorial consultant for the Philippine Journal of Counseling Psychology.
A recent U.S. Senior Fulbright Scholar (Colombo, Sri Lanka 2010-2011), Laurie is an Approved Supervisor of the AAMFT, and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Togo, 1999). She is currently a degree candidate in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she is working on a project analyzing economic inefficiencies in mental health as an instrument of humanitarian aid.