Dr. Santisteban completed his undergraduate work at Rutgers University, received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami, and completed his predoctoral internship at Bellevue Hospital/NYU. Dr. Santisteban began his research at the Spanish Family Guidance Center/Center for Family Studies investigating the process and outcomes of family therapy and adolescent treatment, and identifying the ways in which cultural factors influence the treatment process.
A licensed psychologist, his more recent program of research has led to the development of an adaptive and evidence-based family therapy called Culturally Informed and Flexible Family Based Treatment for Adolescents (CIFFTA). CIFFTA eschews a “one size fits all” approach, creates a process for tailoring the treatment to the unique adolescents and family cultural and clinical characteristics, and includes decision rules that will allow the treatment to be replicated.
Dr. Santisteban, a member of the American Psychological Association, has been the recipient of six NIH clinical research grants to develop and test enhancements to family treatments for special populations, a grant from the American Suicide Foundation, and more recently a SAMHSA grant to provide training in Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. His lab welcomes students, postdoctoral fellows, and professionals who wish to learn family therapy and family research.
Dr. Santisteban has published over 35 book chapters and articles on family therapy outcomes, family processes, cultural competence, adolescent co-occurring disorders, and the blending of research and practice. He is the co-editor of the book Family Psychology: Science-Based Interventions. In addition, he has received numerous awards including the 2004 American Family Therapy Academy award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research, and the 2012 University of Miami Civic Engagement Award. He has been a contributor to national NIH grant review committees, treatment guidelines panels, journal editorial boards, and consults with State agencies focused on bridging research and practice.
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