The Minority Fellowship Program Alumni Community is your lifelong connection to the MFP. Currently, this branch of the MFP represents over 500 alumni living throughout the United States with an alumnus working abroad with the US military. We invite and encourage MFP Fellows who transition through the program to stay connected to AAMFT, the MFP, and each other through active participation in the MFP Alumni Community. As an alumnus, there are many ways to serve and continue the tradition of helping students who share in the same passion that drives MFP Fellows to further research, teaching, and service to underserved and minority populations in the Marriage and Family Therapy profession.  Follow the links below to stay connected.

MFP Featured Alum

Allison Tomlinson, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy, LCSW-S

Dr. Tomlinson is a Bahamian-American clinician with over 13 years of experience serving diverse populations of families and individuals in mental health. Dr. Tomlinson is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University Marriage and Family Therapy doctoral program where she was a MFP Dissertation Completion and MFP Doctoral Fellow with AAMFT Foundation's MFP program from 2011- 2014, 2017-2018. Since graduating Dr. Tomlinson has become the Director of Undergraduate Programs and an Assistant Professor of Practice at The University of Texas at Arlington in the School of Social Work. Dr. Tomlinson is the owner of a private psychotherapy practice; Point of Change Counseling Education & Training Services (POCCETS). Dr. Tomlinson is a graduate of Howard University School of Social Work concentrating in Macro Social Work Practice emphasis in Criminal Justice. Dr. Tomlinson’s research draws on her MFT education and examines the impact of non-normative life stress within family systems with an emphasis on addressing family separation issues. Dr. Tomlinson focuses on the impact of maternal incarceration within family systems specifically the mother-daughter dyadic relationship through the lens of intervention services intended to break the intergenerational cycle of incarceration. Dr. Tomlinson is currently working with the “Livable Black Futures Collective” using a participatory action research process to engage Black women in collaborative research in narrative storytelling-circles addressing birth justice issues.

In 2021, Dr. Tomlinson worked with community-based organizations to raise more than $100,000 for therapy services at the intersection of mental health and criminal justice. Dr. Tomlinson's practice and instruction draw on diverse career experiences in multiple areas of mental health including policy work focusing on criminal justice reform, medical social work as a former hospice administrator, as well as 13 years of clinical therapy with children and families in the child welfare system. Dr. Tomlinson believes in using her knowledge of mental health to help vulnerable populations and support families heal and grow. Dr. Tomlinson currently serves as a board member of Texas New Era/ Jobs with Justice, a non-profit community-based organization that generates public awareness about the rights and needs of working families. Dr. Tomlinson enjoys grant writing and program development to support the critical work of expanding mental health services to disenfranchised populations.


Past Features MFP Alumni

Janice M. Muña, M.Ed., MCFT    Sharde McNiel Smith, Ph.D          Shahrzad Yekta, MA       Laurelle Myhra, Ph.D, LMFT    Kara S. Erolin, Ph.D, LMFT

MFP Events

1. Join the MFP and network virtually with current Fellows at the 2022 MFP Doctoral Institute! The MFP is creating this opportunity of engagement with the MFP program and Fellows and alumni to create even greater relationships among the MFP recipients. Join via the link below! Reconnect with your cohort members or make new connections with the MFP! Our MFP Fellows are taking their educational path towards becoming culturally informed marriage and family therapists, working with diverse clients and clinical populations, and systemic/relational therapies.

Saturday, May 21, 2022 3:00 PM - 4:30PM EST Link to Virtual Zoom.

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2. Alumni Working Group Recap Documents

March 31, 2021 Meeting at 8PM EST
June 24, 2021 Meeting at 8 PM EST
January 20, 2022 at 8:00PM – 9:00PM EST