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       Redditt House: Medical Family Therapy Research Academy

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On August 15, 2011 the doors to the Redditt House: Medical Family Therapy Research Academy were opened as a place for national and international opportunities for collaborative and integrated healthcare research and training.


The MedFT Research Academy Mission Statement




The Medical Family Therapy Research Academy cultivates national leaders in research, teaching, policy, supervision, and advanced practice in collaborative and integrated health care.


Making a Difference


The Redditt House neighbors the ECU Family Therapy Clinic and was given to the University by Ms. Nina Belle Redditt. The Academy promotes education and research opportunities for students and professionals with a focus on collaborative health care including local initiatives with Greene County Health Care, the University Health Systems, Brody School of Medicine as well as on military bases with couples and families. In addition, Medical Family Therapy is growing new national and international partnerships through the use of the Research Academy.

What does a Medical Family Therapist do?

Medical family therapists from East Carolina University have training in research, policy, teaching, and clinical services using the biopsychosocial-spiritual approach; an approach that honors the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being of all persons in the context of their relationships.

Medical family therapists from East Carolina University routinely include biomedical, psychosocial, and spiritual data in the collaborative research, education, treatment, and theoretical understanding of medical and mental health issues.

Medical family therapists are often first trained as marriage and family therapists and are able to assess, diagnose, and provide interventions for individuals, couples, and families who have mental health concerns that are often complicated by physical symptoms, diagnoses, trauma, or loss.

Did You Know:

  • Since the inception of the MedFT program in 2005, our faculty has procured well over 1 million dollars in grants and funding for projects and research. Over 55 assistantships have been offered through the success of our external funding.

  • The first ever doctoral program in Medical Family Therapy was established at East Carolina University in August of 2005 and graduated the first group of MedFT doctoral students in the nation in May of 2008.

  • In 2011, ECU MedFT and MFT faculty published research on a wide variety of topics including childhood obesity, diabetes, families dealing with cancer, autism, palliative care, relationship education, and forgiveness.
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