Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Bava, Saliha

  • Kristen BensonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1081


Saliha Bava, Ph.D. (1969–)


Saliha Bava has offered numerous revolutionary, creative, and constructionist contributions to the field of couple and family therapy. She is an innovator of actively engaging the art of exploring play, risk-taking, and improve in clinical work, scholarship, and everyday life. She is a leader in engaging community leaders and nonprofit agencies in organizing collaborative disaster response. Bava addresses identity and social justice through collaborative-dialogic practices and hyperlinked identity, developing a concept coined from her doctoral research.


Bava graduated with honors from the University of Delhi, India. She earned her M.S. in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India in 1992 and a post masters certificate in Research Methodology in 1997. She moved to the USA in 1995 to enroll in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she earned her Ph.D. in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Appalachian State UniversityBooneUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kristina S. Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.Couple and Family Therapy DepartmentAdler UniversityChicagoUSA