Matthew Pace PhD

 
 
Clinical Director of SHU Center for Family Therapy; Assistant Professor
Seton Hill Faculty
 
 

Bio

I am an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training for the SHU Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program. Both my Masters and Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy were earned at Syracuse University. I am a licensed family therapist, clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. My clinical experience ranges from private practice, community agency, hospital, and college/university settings working with a diverse population of individuals, couples and families dealing with a wide range challenges. I have taught at the graduate level for 5 years and been active in clinical work for 9 years.

About

Joined Seton Hill: 2014
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Personal Areas of Interest: I most enjoy playing with my children and reading with/to them, trail running, cycling, weight lifting, golfing, or any activity that helps me stay fit, watching movies, and exploring new places with my family.
Academic Areas of Interest: Interests include clinician burnout, the use of emotion as main clinical agent of change, individuals and families dealing with chronic medical conditions, sibling loss, intercultural/interracial relationships, LGBT student retention, and the lifelong impact of divorce on family relationships. Publications have focused on clinician burnout and the use of emotion in family therapy. Graduate level courses taught include Counseling and Family Therapy Theory, Multicultural Diversity in Family Therapy, Practicum, Ethics, Psychopathology in Family Therapy, Family Therapy Assessment, Addictions, and Introduction to Systems Thinking.

Education

  • PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University, 2007
  • MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University, 2002
  • BA, Psychology, LeMoyne College, 1997

Publications

  • Pace, M., & Sandberg, J (2012). Emotion and Family Therapy: Female and male clinician’s attitudes about the use of emotion in therapy. Journal of Systemic Therapies, Vol. 31, 1-21. Pace, M., & Rosenberg, T. (2010) When a bad day is more than just a bad day: guidelines about burnout for early career therapists and supervisors. Family Therapy Magazine, Fall Issue. Pace, M., & Rosenberg, T. (2006). Burnout among mental health professionals: special considerations for the marriage and family therapist. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Volume 32, No. 1, 87-99.

Awards

  • Two Time Recipient of Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Stephen Shank Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence

Organizations

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - Clinical Member

Presentations

  • Pace, M., Rosenberg, T. (2001). Burnout among mental health professional: correlates of burnout for marriage and family therapists. Poster presented at the 59th annual national conference for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Pace, M., Espitia, B., Hinkson, G. (2002). Hidden tears: the impact of loss on the sibling relationship. Workshop presented at Hospice of Central New York.
  • Pace, M., Rosenberg, T. (2002). Examining factors of burnout in the field of marriage and family therapy. Poster presented at the Central New York Association of Marriage and Family Therapy graduate research assembly.
  • Pace, M., Hardy, K., Espitia, B., Hinkson, G. (2002). Unexplainable loss: exploring the death of a sibling. Workshop conducted at the 60th annual national conference for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Pace, M., Reynolds, S., Zavada, A., Downey, N. (2004). Retention through connection. Workshop presented at the 27th annual symposium on Developmental Education and Learning Assistance.
  • Pace, M., Jesness, T. (2008). Conversations with the Experts. Invited presentation of challenges to families dealing with at-risk children and adolescents. Sponsored by Family Voices for Family Choices, Plantation, Fl.
  • Pace, M. (2008). Talking Chronic Illness Makes Healthy Families. Presentation for the Florida Hemophilia Foundation at the 25th Annual Family Education Symposium.
  • Pace, M., Sandberg, J. (2008). Emotion and Family Therapy: Male clinician’s attitudes and use of emotion as a main component of therapeutic intervention and theory. Research poster presented at the 2008 AAMFT national conference.
  • Pace, M. (2009). Examining the nurse-patient relationship in Hemophilia care: promoting a healthy htc partnership. Presentation for hemophilia nurse practitioners regional conference, Raleigh, NC.
  • Pace, M., Dutka, A., Ocean, M., Marley, M., Young, K. (2009). Safe zone training: educating faculty and staff of Broward College on LGBTQ student needs and concerns.
  • Pace, M., Dutka, A., Ocean, M., Marley, M., Young, K. (2010). Addressing LGBTQ issues on campus through language and awareness. Presentation as part of Broward College Language of Inclusion day conference.
  • Pace, M. (2011). Alcohol awareness for college freshmen. Training for Niagara University new student orientation.
  • Pace, M. (2011). Mental health on the college campus. Training for Niagara University residence hall advisors.
  • Pace, M. (2011). Essential skills for the family therapist. Guest lecture given for family therapy Masters students at Medaille College, Buffalo, New York.

Certifications

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Achievements