Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Piercy, Fred

  • Sean D. DavisEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_790


Dr. Piercy is a professor of family therapy in the Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Program, Department of Human Development, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, and the current editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy


Dr. Piercy received a B.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University, a master’s in counseling from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Florida. He came to Virginia Tech in 2000, where he spent 8 years as department head of the Department of Human Development and 3 years as associate dean of research and graduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences before returning to full-time teaching. Prior to coming to Virginia Tech in 2000, Dr. Piercy spent 18 years teaching family therapy at Purdue University and, before that, 7 years as a family therapy educator at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M Commerce). Prior to that, while in the Army, Dr. Piercy worked in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologyAlliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rachel Diamond
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWest HarfordUSA