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Dr. Sarah Woods

Sarah B. Woods, Ph.D., LMFT-Supervisor,
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Associate Professor, Family Therapy
(The Florida State University, 2012)

Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

  • Medical family therapy
  • family relationships and physical health outcomes
  • collaborative and integrated care
  • couple and family interventions for health problems/for use in primary care
  • underserved medical populations and health disparities


How the Word ‘Diagnosis’ is Sparking a Mental Health Turf War – Dallas Morning News, Opinion (October, 2016)

Opinion Piece Response: TMA Lawsuit– AAMFT (November, 2016)

Therapy and Mental Health – The Houston Chronicle, Letter to the Editor (October, 2016)

Overreaching Texas Medical Association Limits Access to Care: Marriage and Family Therapists Fight to Maintain Diagnosis Ability – AAMFT (June, 2016)

How Texas is Creating a Mental Health Care Crisis – Dallas Morning News, Opinion (June, 2016)


Woods, S.B. (in progress). Biopsychosocial theories. In B.H. Fiese, K. Deater-Deckard, M. Celano, E. Jouriles, & M. Whisman (Eds.), APA Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology: Vol. 1. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Woods, S.B. (2016, November/December). Calling all emerging professionals and students: Get involved in advocacy today! Family Therapy Magazine, 15(6), 38-39. Retrieved from:

Woods, S.B. (2016, July/August). The active advocate. Family Therapy Magazine, 15(4), 20-21. Retrieved from:

Woods, S.B. (2016). Anyone can cook (in the MedFT kitchen)! Collaborative Family Healthcare Association Families and Health Blog. Retrieved from:

Woods, S.B., Priest, J.B, Denton, W.H, & Rodriguez, J.E. (2015). Tell me where it hurts: A pilot study assessing mental and relational health in primary care using a biopsychosocial assessment intervention. The Family Journal, 23, 109-119. doi: 10.1177/1066480714555671

Negash, S., Nalbone, D., Wetchler, J., Woods, S. & Fontaine, K. (2015). Intimacy in the midst of caregiving: Examining relationship and sexual satisfaction of parents raising children with special needs. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 26, 190-209.

Priest, J.B., Woods, S.B., Maier, C.A., Parker, E., Benoit, J., & Signs, T.R. (2015). Allostatic load and the Biobehavioral Family Model: Measuring reactivity using biomarkers. Social Science and Medicine, 142, 232-240. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.08.026

Priest, J.B., & Woods, S.B. (2015). The role of close relationships in the mental and physical health of Latino Americans. Family Relations, 64, 319-331. doi: 10.1111/fare.12110

Harris-McKoy, D.E., Woods, S.B., Brantley, C.W., & Farineau, H.M. (2015). Experiences of family therapists working with families in a transitional homeless community. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41, 192-204. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12062

Woods, S.B., Priest, J.B., & Denton, W.H. (2015). Predicting improvement in depression across   therapies using indicators of romantic relationship functioning. American Journal of Family Therapy, 43, 44-56. doi: 10.1080/01926187.2014.935689

Woods, S.B., Lambert, N. M., Brown, P., Fincham, F., & May, R. (2015). “I’m so excited for you!”: How an enthusiastic responding intervention enhances close relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 32, 24-40. doi: 10.1177/0265407514523545

Woods, S.B., Priest, J. B., & Roush, T.R. (2014). The Biobehavioral Family Model: Testing social support as an additional exogenous variable. Family Process, 53(4), 672-685. doi: 10.1111/famp.12086 

Woods, S.B., & Denton, W.H. (2014). The Biobehavioral Family Model as a framework for examining the connections between family relationships, mental, and physical health for adult primary care patients. Families, Systems, & Health, 32(2), 235-240. doi: 10/1037/fsh0000034

Woods, S.B., Priest, J.B., Fish, J.N., Rodriguez, J.E., & Denton, W.H. (2014). Relational discord in urban primary care: Prevalence rates and psychiatric comorbidities. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25(2), 913-929. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2014.0101

Woods, S.B., Priest, J.B., & Denton, W.H. (2013). A preliminary investigation of a telephone administration of the Quality of Marriage Index. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 39, 261-267. doi: 10.111/jmft.12002

Woods, S.B., Farineau, H.M. & McWey, L.M. (2013). Physical health, mental health, and behaviour problems among early adolescents in foster care. Child: Care, Health, and Development, 39, 220-227. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01357.x

Woods, S.B. & McWey, L.M. (2012). A biopsychosocial approach to asthma in adolescents encountering the child welfare system. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37, 404-413.  doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsr104

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