Teresa McDowell

Professor Emerita

Dr. McDowell is professor emerita and former department chair. Teresa spent much of her career working to re-envision marriage and family therapy education and practice in ways that better support social and relational equity. Teresa was the co-founder of Lewis & Clark’s Problem Gambling Services, where she focused on including families in disordered gambling treatment.

Prior to coming to Lewis & Clark, Dr. McDowell served as Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral and Master’s programs at the University of Connecticut (UConn). Teresa also taught family therapy at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) and at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Originally from Arizona, Teresa has spent most of her adult life in the Pacific Northwest.

Personal Statement

It has been an honor to work with students, faculty, clients and the community over the past 14 years at Lewis & Clark. I found Lewis & Clark to be a supportive and challenging academic home where I could grow, explore new ideas, and expand my work. 

Areas of Expertise

Marriage and Family Therapy; Professional Education; Problem Gambling Treatment; Program Evaluation; Social Research

Current Research

Dr. McDowell and her colleagues, Carmen Knudson-Martin and J. Maria Bermudez, are currently working on the 2nd edition of their book “Socially Attuned Family Therapy: Guideline for Clinical Practice.”  Teresa continues to work in the areas of social research, professional education, and program evaluation.


McDowell, T. (2019).  Working with Families in Problem Gambling Treatment.  Oregon Health Authority Problem Gambling Services.

McDowell, T., Knudson-Martin, C. & Burmudez, M. (2018).  Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy: Guidelines for Equitable Theory and Practice. Routledge.

McDowell, T. (2015). Applying Critical Social Theories to Family Therapy Practice. AFTA Springer Briefs in Family Therapy. 


Academic Credentials

Ed.D. 2003 Northern Illinois University

MA 1985 Pacific Lutheran University

Location: Rogers Hall