Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Almeida, Rhea

  • Willie TolliverEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1123


Rhea Almeida, MS, PhD, is the founder and director of the Institute of Family Services in Somerset, NJ, and a former faculty member of Rutgers University School of Social Work. Dr. Almeida is co-founder of the Liberation-Based Healing Conference (LBHC) held annually in locations throughout the United States. Almeida is an internationally renowned leader in decolonizing couple and family therapy and developed the cultural context model of family therapy.


Rhea Almeida was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. She moved to the United States to attend Florida State University in Tallahassee for her undergraduate studies. She earned a BA in social work and psychology at Florida State University and an MS in social work at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Almeida completed her PhD in anthropology at Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda.

From 1980 to 1987, Dr. Almeida was on the faculty of Rutgers University School of Social Work and completed her postgraduate...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter CollegeNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam R. Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA