Mariana K. Falconier, Ph. D.

  • Program Director
  • Associate Professor




Northern Virginia Center
7054 Haycock Rd
Room 202E
Falls Church, VA 22043




  • MS, University of Maryland
  • Ph. D., University of Maryland

Research Interests:

  • Stress and Coping in Couples
  • Economic Stress, Immigration Stress
  • Domestic Violence in Latino Couples


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Dr. Mariana Falconier is the Program Director and a associate professor in the Virginia Tech Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Program. She was the Clinical Director at the Center for Family Services from 2008-2016. She is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been in the U.S. since 1999. She completed her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and her doctoral degree in Family Studies at the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an AAMFT approved supervisor and has been working as a therapist since 1992 in both inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics, including Latino and French-speaking populations. Her research focuses on how couples cope with stress, with special focus on economic stress and immigration stress in Latino couples. She has developed and pilot-tested TOGETHER, an interdisciplinary program to help couples improve their communication, coping, and financial management skills. She is the Principal Investigator of the project TOGETHER: A Couple's Model to Enhance Relationship and Economic Stability.  This is a 7.5 million dollar project funded by the Office of Family Assistance,  Administration of Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and includes the 20-hour psychoeducational program TOGETHER, case management, and employment support services. She is the leading editor of the book Couples Coping with Stress: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Dr. Falconier teaches multicultural issues and postmodern approaches in family therapy.