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NMSU Family Scientist Takes Over as Family Therapy Association President

LAS CRUCES - Robert DelCampo, a family scientist at New Mexico State University, begins a two-year term as president of the New Mexico Association for Marriage and Family Therapy this month.

Part of the association's mission is to educate people about the profession. "A lot of people don't realize that family therapy is a distinct mental health profession that is different from individual therapy or psychology," he said. "We are therapists, but we specialize in interpersonal relationships, couples and family counseling. We provide ways for people to function more effectively on all issues related to relationships, marriages and families."

Members of the state association, which is affiliated with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, advocate for consumers to get quality mental health services.

DelCampo joined NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences in 1988. He studies how stress and issues at work affect family life. He teaches classes in the family and child sciences program about intimate relationships, human sexuality and family systems theory.

In the 10 years DelCampo has been at NMSU, he's helped the program grow from seven to 100 undergraduate students and from three to 50 graduate students.

Before coming to NMSU, DelCampo was a professor of human development and family studies at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich. He has a master's degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in marriage and family therapy and a doctorate from Florida State University in family relations and child development.