Heather C Lofton, Ph.D.

Core Faculty, Marriage & Family Therapy Program


Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Studies/Couple & Family Therapy, Michigan State University
M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Northwestern University
B.A. in Women & Gender Studies and Psychology, DePaul University

I Treat

  • Adult
  • Couple & Marriage
  • Interracial Couples

Issues I Treat

  • Couples Conflict
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Women’s Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Depression / Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Work / Life Balance
  • Divorce / Marital Separation / Post-Divorce Adjustment
  • Affairs & Infidelity
  • Remarriage
  • Family of Origin Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Couple Therapy
  • Integrative Systemic Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Relational Cultural Therapy


Dr. Lofton is an integrative therapist, well-versed in addressing mental health concerns among individual adults and couples from diverse racial ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, religious beliefs and sexual orientations. Her specialty areas of treatment are women’s health issues and professional women with depression, anxiety and work-life balance concerns. Dr. Lofton’s primary area of research and treatment more specifically focuses on high-achieving minority female professionals who are presented with mental health constraints. Her more common areas of treatment for couples specifically include communication issues, conflict, trust building, premarital work, infidelity and divorce. Dr. Lofton is dedicated to providing culturally competent and systemic care.

Other Professional Involvement/Leadership Positions

American Association For Marriage and Family Therapy

National Council on Family Relations

Selected publications/presentations

Dr. Lofton has a number of pending and under-review publications. Her work with low-income families in Flint, Michigan who are affected by the water crisis highlights her community-based interests.

Custack-Saxe, A., Lofton, H., Victor, C., Hanna-Attisha, M., Reyes, G., & LaChance, J (2018) Caregiver Perceptions of Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program for Low-Income Pediatric Patients. Public Health Nutrition. Impact Factor 2.483*

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