ÖzÜÇAM includes 1 program director, 1 clinical coordinator, 1 assistant, 1 secretary, Couple and Family Therapy master degree faculty members and students and master degree supervisors. All faculty members of ÖzÜÇAM has doctoral degrees in Couple and Family Therapy.
Staff Members Working as Full and Part-Time:
Asst. Prof. Dr. Senem Zeytinoğlu SAYDAM
Dr. Senem Zeytinoğlu Saydam is the Director of the Couple and Family Therapy program at Özyeğin University and one of the supervisors at ÖzÜÇAM. She is also a full-time faculty member of the Psychology Department of Özyeğin University.
Dr. Saydam received her BA in psychology from Koç University. She completed her masters at Teachers College, Columbia University in psychological counseling. She completed her PhD in couple and family therapy from Drexel University and was the recipient of Ivan Boszomenyi-Nagy Social Justice Award. Her doctoral dissertation was on couples’ experiences when raising their children born with cleft lip and/or palate. Zeytinoğlu’s research focuses on couples and families coping with illness, emotionally focused couple therapy, medical family therapy applications and experiences of coping with trauma. In addition to all of these, Dr. Zeytinoğlu Saydam became the first and only The International Center of Excellence in Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy (ICEEFT) approved Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy supervisor of Turkey.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Selenga GÜRMEN
Dr. Selenga Gürmen is a full time faculty member of the Psychology Department of Özyeğin University and one of the supervisors at ÖzÜÇAM.
Dr. Selenga Gürmen graduated summa cum laude from Bogazici University with a BA in Psychology in 2010. She obtained her Masters and PhD in Marriage and Family therapy from University of Connecticut in 2012 and 2015, respectively. Her research on Marriage and Family Therapy field focuses mostly on issues around co-parenting, divorce, and high-conflict therapy. Currently, she aims to understand extended family relationships after divorce and extended family’s supportive role on co-parenting among divorced families. In light of the findings from her research, Dr. Gürmen also develops various therapy modalities and parent education programs that target decreased conflict and increased cooperation among high-conflict co-parents. Dr. Gürmen also engaged in several studies that examine several tenets of Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection Theory (IPARTheory) and she is actively involved in translations and adaptation of measures of IPARTheory. Dr. Gürmen completed her training on couple and family therapy supervision and gained more than 200 hours of supervision experience. Therefore, she has been qualified as an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nilüfer KAFESÇİOĞLU
Dr. Nilüfer Kafescioğlu is a full-time faculty member of the Psychology Department of Özyeğin University.
Nilufer Kafescioglu received her BA in Psychology from Ege University in 1997. After receiving her MA in Clinical Psychology from University of Indianapolis in 2002, she received her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University in 2008. She also has a minor in Women's Studies from Purdue University. Her research focuses on the role of family functioning in the development and treatment of emotional and behavioral problems of children and adults. In her research with couples she has utilized an attachment theory perspective and focused on the role of couples relationship on coping with chronic illness and the link between relationship distress and couple communication patterns. In her research with children, she has focused on effective family therapy interventions for children at risk for emotional and behavioral problems.
Dr. Serkan ÖZGÜN
Dr. Serkan Özgün is a part-time faculty member of the Psychology Department of Özyeğin University and one of the supervisors at ÖzÜÇAM.
Serkan Özgün obtained his B.A. in 1998, and M.A. in Psychology in 2002 with his dissertation titled “Communication Effectiveness and Express of Emotion in Families with Children Diagnosed with Schizophrenia” from İstanbul University. Following the 17thAugust Earthquake, he started to work as a volunteer of Turkish Psychological Association (TPD) as a therapist at the earthquake area. After receiving Master's degree, he stayed at New York for two years and completed two postgraduate programs in the fields of trauma (ITSP, NYU) and family therapy (Ackerman Institute, NYU) before he came back to Turkey. He received his PhD with his thesis study titled “The Predictors of the Traumatic Effect of Extramarital Infidelity on Married Women” from Middle East Technical University in 2010. Following his doctorate, he gave lectures in the fields of trauma and family psychology at universities. Between 2012 and 2016, he took part in Trauma Master's Program at Okan University. Serkan Özgün started to work as a psychotherapist at Davranış Bilimleri Enstitüsü (DBE) in 2004 and continued at İNDA Solution Focus Consultancy and Training Center, where he was one of the founders. Currently, he continues to work as a therapist at Bude Psychotherapy Center, where he is the founder and he continues to work focusing on disaster and field studies within TPD.
Clinical Psychologist Tuğçe BAĞCI, MA
Tuğçe Bağcı works as a manager at ÖzÜÇAM.
Bağcı received her BA degree in Bogazici University-Psychology. She received her master degree from Istanbul Bilgi University-Clinical Psychology and she specialized as “couple and family therapist”. She completed her master degree thesis with the title “Intergenerational Transmission of Couple Relationship Values in Turkey”. She received TÜBİTAK scholarship during her undergraduate and graduate education and she conducted academic and scientific based research by the support of this scholarship. Currently, she provides individual therapy and couple therapy. Her clinical interests are intergenerational transmissions processes, communication problems, relational difficulties, divorce, family and kinship relationships. Also, as a specialized interest, she is working with pre-birth, birth moments and after birth process with pregnants and couple issues in pregnancy.
Saniye İhtiar SALİ ALİ
Saniye İhtiar Sali Ali works as an administrative expert at ÖzÜÇAM.
She received her BA in Economics from Anadolu University in 2013. She worked as an assistant at Kariyer Danışmanlık between the years of 1998 and 2000. She worked as a doctor’s assistant at Tanyeri Health Services between the years of 2002 and 2010. Then, she worked as a medical school officer at Faculty of Medicine in Acibadem University between the years of 2010-2014.
Saniye İhtiar Sali Ali works as an administrative expert at ÖzÜÇAM.