Family functioning, couple relationship and attachment, couple communication and interaction patterns, family therapy with children, early family intervention
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.