Deanna Linville is an Associate Professor in the College of Education. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist as well as a clinical member and approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Linville's research interests include obesity and eating disorder prevention and treatment, family wellness, and integrated healthcare/medical family therapy.
Linville received specialized training in medical family therapy (collaborative family healthcare) through her doctoral fellowship at University of Chicago-Chicago Center for Family Health. During this fellowship, Linville worked at three medical sites: MacNeal Family Practice Center, Gilda's Club, and the Chicago Center for Family Health and provided therapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups dealing with acute and chronic illness, disabilities and loss. This training background still influences her current intervention research, clinical supervision and pedagogy.
Linville has worked as a mental health and relational psychotherapist for the last two decades, often providing her clinical and consultation services for families navigating the challenges of eating disorders and chronic health conditions. These applied experiences inspire and inform her clinical intervention research as well as allow her to stay on the cutting edge of best practices for training family therapists.