Kristen Poppa

Co-Chair of Marriage and Family Therapy, Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

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Dr. Kristen Poppa is an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Marriage and Family Therapy Department. She has been teaching in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department since 2014 and is passionate about the program’s integration of psychology and theology. Dr. Poppa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Pennsylvania and has a private practice, which opened in 2008. Dr. Poppa is also an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, working with individuals who are pursuing their license or who are interested in doing therapy from a systemic perspective. Dr. Poppa cares deeply for those in pastoral ministry and practice, has worked extensively in the church, and welcomes dialogue around how to help diverse populations in clinical and pastoral settings.


PhD, Marriage & Family Therapy, Eastern University

MAMFT, Marriage & Family Therapy, Evangelical Seminary

BA, Pastoral Counseling, University of Valley Forge

Courses Taught
  • MRFM 815, Introduction to Systems Theory
  • MRFM 845, Advanced Family Systems Theory and Practice
  • MRFM 875, Professional Standards and Ethics
  • MRFM 905, Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • MRFM 910, Dissertation Proposal
  • MRFM 920, Dissertation I
  • MRFM 921, Dissertation II
  • MRFM 922, Thesis/Dissertation Continuation
Research Interests

Dr. Poppa’s interests and training are in marriage and family therapy, self-care, and pastoral ministry and practice, with special emphasis on the integration of psychology and theology.

Professional Associations and Services
  • American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Christian Association of Psychological Studies