Zephon D. Lister, PhD, MS, MA, LMFT | School of Behavioral Health | Loma Linda University

Zephon D. Lister, PhD, MS, MA, LMFT

Associate Professor, Counseling and Family Sciences
Director, Systems, Families, and Couples PhD Program

Contact Information

Email zlister@llu.edu
Phone 909-558-4547, ext. 47007
Fax 909-558-0417

Department of Counseling and Family Sciences
Loma Linda University, Griggs Hall, Office 205
11065 Campus St., Loma Linda, CA  92350

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy - Loma Linda University, 2010
  • MS, Marriage and Family Therapy - Loma Linda University, 2003
  • MA, Religion - Andrews University, 2001
  • AAMFT approved supervisor candidate, 2015

Areas of Specialization

  • Couples and chronic illness
  • Medical family therapy/integrated behavioral health
  • Religion and family functioning
  • Trauma informed couples therapy

Professional Memberships and Licenses

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT (2009)
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • Collaborative Family Health Care Association (CFHA)
  • American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA)

Recent Publications

  • Fincham FD, Seibert GS, May RW, Wilson CM, Lister Z. (2017). Religious Coping and Glycemic Control in Couples with Type 2 Diabetes. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 2017 Jun 07. PMID: 28589560.
  • Lister, Z. D., Wilson, C. M., Fox, C. A., Herring, P., Simpson, C. Smith, L., Edwards, L. (2016). Partner Expressed Emotion and Diabetes Management Among Spouses Living With Type 2 Diabetes, Family Systems, and Health.
  • Freitas, C, Williams-Reade, J., Distelberg, B, Fox, C. A., Lister, Z. D. (2016). Paternal Depression During Pregnancy and Postpartum: An International Delphi Study, Journal of Affective Disorders.
  • Sudano, L.E., Patterson, J.E., Lister, Z.D. (2015). Training for teamwork: A case study. Family, Systems, and Health, 33 (3):262-9. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000152.
  • Zak-Hunter, L., Berge, J., Lister, Z., Davey, M., Lynch, L. & Denton, W. (2014). Medical Family Therapy Scientist-Practitioners from (Hodgson, J., Lamson, A., Mendenhall, T., Crane, D.R. eds.) Medical Family Therapy-Advanced Applications. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Lister, Z (2013). Therapeutic Divorce. In (Eds.) Emery, R. E. & Golson, J. G., Cultural Sociology of Divorce, Sage Publications.
  • Lister, Z., Fox, C., Wilson, C. (2013). Couples and Diabetes: A 30 Year Narrative Review of Dyadic Relational Research, submission to Contemporary Family Therapy.
  • Lister, Z (2013). No Religion/Different Faiths (as a risk for divorce). In (Eds.) Emery, R. E. & Golson, J. G., Cultural Sociology of Divorce, Sage Publications.

Recent Presentations

  • Ojeda VD, Berliant E, Hiller SP, Parker TP, Jimenez C, Linke S, Lister Z. Implementing UCSD RELINK: A health and wellness program aimed at reducing health disparities among Transition Age Youth on Probation from San Diego County Jail. Academic Conference on Correctional Health. (Oral Presentation) Houston, Tx. March 21-23, 2018.
  • Ojeda VD, Berliant E, Hiller-Venegas S, Parker T, Lyles M, Jimenez C, Linke S, Edwards T, Lister Z. "Mental Health and HIV Testing Among Youth Aged 18-26 Years on Probation from San Diego County Jail: Findings from the UCSD RELINK Program." Oral Presentation. 12th Academic& Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health. Las Vegas, NV. March 21, 2019.
  • Hiller-Venegas S, Parker T, Lyles M, Berliant E, Linke S, Jimenez C, Edwards T, Lister Z, Ojeda VD. (2019). "Correlates of Informational and Emotional Social Support among Transition Age Youth (TAY) on Probation from San Diego County Jail attending the UCSD RELINK program." Oral Presentation. 12th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health. Las Vegas, NV. March 21, 2019.
  • Hsieh, N., ChenFeng, J., Lister, Z. D., Banjoko, S. (2019). Bicultural Shame Resiliency for Chinese Americans, American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA).
  • Torres, J, Reyes, C. & Lister, Z. D. (2019). Living as a Filipino American: History and Healing, American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA).
  • Lister, Z. D., Siebert, G., May, R. (2018) Couple engagement in shared glycemic control Activities: The role of perceived warmth. National Council of Family Relations (NCFR).
  • Wilson, C. M., Lister, Z. D., Pollard, P., Wilson, L. (2018). Education and suicide in Guyana. Caribbean Studies Association (CSA).
  • Lister, Z. D. and Premo, J S. (2018) The family that prays together, stays together: The role of prayer on child rearing practices. International Family Therapy Association (IFTA).
  • Lister, Z. D. and Premo, J. S. (2018) The influence of religious practices on relationship functioning: Clinical implications. International Family Therapy Association (IFTA).
  • Premo, J. S. and Lister, Z. D. (2018) Mental health screening in coordinated and integrated primary care: Lessons learned. International Family Therapy Association (IFTA).
  • Williams-Reade, J. and Lister, Z. D. (2016). Integrating Spirituality into Supervision of Clinicians in the Medical Setting, for Collaborative Family Health Care Association (CFHA) 2016.
  • D.R. Strong, W. J. Sieber, Z.D. Lister, M. Noble, A. Newsome, G. Kallenberg (2015). Understanding cessation among smokers with depression: Linking population to clinical practice. for Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) 2015.
  • J. S. Funderburk, R. Fielder, G. Beehler, Z. D. Lister, W. J. Sieber, R. Kallenberg, M. Baker, T. J. Meadows, Hosterman (2014). Implementing a primary care behavioral health model of care: How do you evaluate it?, for Collaborative Family Health Care Association (CFHA) 2014.
  • J. Patterson, Z.D. Lister, T.M. Edwards, J.E. Scherger, A.P. Shahtaji, D. Slater, W.J. Sieber, K. Linderman (2014). Family Therapy in Primary Care, for California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) 2014-Plenary.
  • Z.D. Lister, W.J. Sieber, K. Lindeman, T. Ikeda, C.B. Morn, E. Albani, B. Fennessey, E. Gregory, J.L. Johnson, G.A. Kallenberg, for Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Practice Improvement Conference (STFM) 2013.
  • W.J. Sieber, S. Chammas, G. Kallenberg, Z.D. Lister, J. Schultz, D. Spees (2013). Integrating Behavioral Health Into a PCMH: Practical Implementation Issues, for Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Practice Improvement Conference (STFM) 2013.
  • W.J. Sieber, Z.D. Lister, A. Newsome, D. Himeless, S. Sampson (2013). Screening and Management of Depression in Primary Care: Feasibility, Utility, and its Role in Clinical Outcomes, for Collaborative Family Health Care Association (CFHA) 2013.
  • C Freitas, W.J. Sieber, Z.D. Lister (2013). Improving Behavioral Health Access for At-Risk Patients in an Integrative Health Care Site, for Collaborative Family Health Care Association (CFHA) 2013.
  • Z.D. Lister (2013). Expressed Emotion and Type 2 Diabetes Management among Couples. International Family Therapy Association (IFTA) 2013.

Community Engagement

  • Well One Clinic, Volunteer Director and Provider for Behavioral Health Services (2016-present)
  • Perris 5th Street/Lake Perris Church District, Lay Assistant Pastor and Family Ministries Leader (2014-present)
  • Black Hills Health and Education Center, Behavioral Health Research Consultant (2012-2014)
  • Health and Development Services International (HANDS), Board Member (2009-2010)
  • National Association for the Prevention of Starvation (NAPS), Co-director (2005-2007)
  • Del Rosa SDA Church, Youth and Community Outreach Coordinator (2001-2008)
  • Norton Neighborhoods Initiative, Loma Linda University Representative (2000-2003)