Monique E. Willis, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor, Counseling and Family Sciences
Director of Clinical Training, Marital and Family Therapy Programs

Contact Information

Phone 909-558-4547, ext. 81211

Department of Counseling and Family Sciences
Loma Linda University, Griggs Hall, Office 106
11065 Campus St., Loma Linda, CA  92350

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Marital and Family Therapy - Loma Linda University, 2014
  • MS, Marital and Family Therapy - Loma Linda University, 2004

Areas of Specialization

  • Caregivers and chronic illness
  • Intersectional justice, health equity, and wellness
  • Person of the therapist and self-care
  • Black and brown women's leadership in academia
  • Qualitative research

Professional Licenses and Memberships

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), 2011
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Recent Publications and Presentations


  • Willis, M., Jagasia, J., & Robinson-Perez, A. (2021). Black and Brown Women Fostering Authentic Activism in Counseling Programs Amid Social Unrest. In Rodriguez, S & Brown, K. (Eds.), Black and Brown Leadership and the Promotion of Change in an Era of Social Unrest. (pp. 149-183). Hershey PA: IGI Global.


  • Brown, K., Willis, M., et al. (2022). Creating Equitable Spaces: Improving Schools Through the Lens of Diverse Voices. American Educational Research Association. San Diego, California.
  • Moore, D. & Willis M. (2020). Starting a Practice: What I wish I would have been taught in School. Professional Development presentation for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Orlando, Florida.
  • Willis, M., Jonathan, N., & Seshardri, G. (2019). Legacy Narratives to Promote Familial Healing in Alzheimer’s. Presented at the meeting of the American Family Therapy Academy. Oakland, CA.
  • Willis, M., Jonathan, N., & Seshardri, G. (2019). Minority Professionals Healing Through Social Attunement. Presented at the meeting of the American Family Therapy Academy. Oakland, CA.
  • Cowdery, R., Jonathan, N., Seshardri, G. & Willis, M. (2018). LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care and Issues around Ambiguous Loss and Relational Connections. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Council of Family Relations. San Diego, CA.

Community Engagement

  • AAMFT, Election Council (2020-present)
  • SAMHSA/AAMFT Minority Fellowship, Advisory Board (2020-present)