Marsha Kline Pruett, MS, MSL, PhD

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Maconda Brown O'Connor Professor

Marsha Kline Pruett is the Maconda Brown O’Connor Professor and current Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Smith College School for Social Work. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from University of California, Berkeley and masters’ degrees in psychological services in education (UPenn) and in legal studies (Yale School of Law) and is a Board Diplomate in Couples and Family Psychology. At SSW, she teaches in the doctoral, masters and undergraduate programs across practice and policy sequences. In addition, she maintains a small private practice, specializing in couples counseling and co-parenting consultation as well as intervention design and evaluation. She has published extensively for professional and lay audiences, including two books, on topics such as couple relationships before and after divorce; father involvement; family conflict; attachment; and coparenting. She is involved in consulting and research projects spanning supporting father involvement interventions; the evaluation of online parenting programs; and model ADR programs that help families resolve disputes outside of the adversarial system. Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett consults on national boards and Task Forces and provides training nationally and abroad to mental health and legal professionals. She is past President for the Association of Family and Conciliation Court Professionals (AFCC) and Social Science Editor for Family Court Review.