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Adrian Blow - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Adrian Blow Adrian Blow

Professor | Michigan State University


Expert on military families, marital/couple/family therapy, infidelity, trauma


An expert in how citizen-soldiers and their families cope with the effects of war after deployment. Blow has worked with the Michigan National Guard since about 2006 to help military families in the transition from battlefield to civilian life. Blow, a South African native, also can speak to the effect on families of eating disorders, infidelity and international adoption.

Industry Expertise (3)



Mental Health Care

Areas of Expertise (5)


Marital Therapy

Military Families

Couple Therapy

Family Therapy

Accomplishments (1)

Community Engagement Scholarship Award (CESA)

2017 Michigan State University

Education (2)

Purdue University: Ph.D, Marriage and Family Therapy

Abilene Christian University: MA, Marriage and Family Therapy 1993

Affiliations (1)

  • Board of Directors (Treasurer), The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

News (1)

Military couples who avoid problems fare worse after deployment



“A deployment is a stressful event for couples who endure a lengthy separation,” said lead author Adrian Blow, a researcher at Michigan State University in East Lansing. “Service members are deployed in a combat zone with all of the dangers involved. Partners are faced with numerous stressors back home,” he told Reuters Health by email...

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Journal Articles (3)

Couples coping through deployment: findings from a sample of national guard families

Journal of Clinical Psychology

Adrian J Blow, Ryan P Bowles, Adam Farero, Sailaja Subramaniam, Sara Lappan, Emily Nichols, Lisa Gorman, Michelle Kees, Danielle Guty

2017 Military families face numerous changes and stresses as they negotiate deployments and other life transitions. How they cope with these events is an important part of their overall well‐being and resilience. This longitudinal study on coping in a sample of National Guard couples examined the association between the predeployment coping (active vs. avoidant) of each in the relationship, and their own and their significant others’ mental health (anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder [PTSD]) and family well‐being (dyadic adjustment and parenting stress) postdeployment.

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The Profession of couple, marital, and family therapy (CMFT): Defining ourselves and moving forward

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Karen S Wampler, Adrian J Blow, Lenore M McWey, Richard B Miller, Richard S Wampler

2017 The field of Couple, Marital, and Family Therapy (CMFT) has evolved and strengthened, but we still have work to do when it comes to identity, comprehensive scholarly resources, empirical support, and name brand recognition. We explore the reasons for these challenges and propose ways to address them: embracing the interdisciplinary nature of the field, consistently organizing treatment effectiveness by problem rather than by intervention model, continuing innovation in theory development, and utilizing more diverse and meaningful research methods. This approach provides a more accurate representation of the scope of practice of CMFTs, the range of mental and physical health problems we address, and the depth and extent of the existing research on the effectiveness of relational therapies.

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The Therapist’s Role in Effective Therapy: Three Key Priorities for Research

Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

Adrian J. Blow


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