M.A., Ph.D., University of Montana
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
Postdoctoral fellowship, Stanford University Medical Center
Predoctoral internship, San Francisco VA Medical Center
Areas of Expertise:
As a clinical psychologist, I have expertise in the origins, manifestations, and treatments of psychological distress in human beings. My particular focus has been in the area of intimate relationships and the ways in which we encounter challenges and struggles as we navigate the rich interpersonal territory of marriage and parenthood.
Courses I Teach:
- Abnormal Psychology
- Advanced Topics in Psychology: The Psychology of Parenthood
- Personality Theories
- Practicum I & II
- The Psychology of Marriage and Relationships
- Research Methods II
Research and Scholarly Interests:
Broadly, my research has been in the area of marital and relationship functioning, whith a recent focus on the transition to parenthood (the birth of the first child) and its impact on couples. I am also interested in psychotherapy process, particularly seeking a deeper understanding of the central role of the therapeutic relationship in engendering change and growth.
Recent Publications and Presentations:
- Millwood, M. (2011). Empathic Understanding in Couples with a History of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 10(4).
- Millwood, M. (2010, August). Cesarean Birth as a Risk Factor for Postpartum Relationship Distress. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), San Diego, CA
- Millwood, M., and Waltz, J. (2008). Demand-Withdraw Communication in Couples: An Attachment Perspective. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 7(4).
Life Off Campus:
In addition to my position as a full-time professor at Saint Michael's College, I have a part-time psychotherapy practice where I see a range of adult clients, with a specialty in couple therapy and post-partum adjustment issues. My hardest, most important, and most rewarding job is as a mother to my two young children, whose boundless energy saps every last bit of mine. When not recovering from the rigor of keeping these two beautiful little creatures happy and safe, I enjoy long walks in our rural mountain town, culinary adventures in the kitchen with my husband (who missed his calling as a chef), reading, cross-country skiing, music, movies, and endeavoring to write books and poetry.