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

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

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

  • 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)