Sandra A. Rigazio-DiGilio

Professor


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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

1989

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY – APA Accredited Counseling Psychology Program
University of Massachusetts: Amherst. Massachusetts. USA

1980

CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED GRADUATE STUDY (CAGS) – Counseling/Education
University of Massachusetts: Amherst, Massachusetts. USA

1979

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT – Family Psychotherapy
Bristol Hospital Family Therapy Training Institute: Bristol, Connecticut. USA

1977

MASTERS OF ARTS – Rehabilitation Counseling/ Education
University of Connecticut: Storrs, Connecticut. USA

1976

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – Human Development Summa Cum Laude
University of Massachusetts: Amherst. Massachusetts. USA

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS 

Connecticut Licensed Psychologist

Connecticut Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

AAMFT Approved Supervisor

SCHOLARSHIP AGENDA

Dr. Rigazio-DiGilio’s scholarship agenda focuses on cultural, contextual, integrative, and multidisciplinary proficiencies / competencies in the domains of theory building, model development, training, and supervision and the clinical adaptation of culture and context centered research instruments for interactive assessment and treatment in individual, couple, family, and network therapy. Her work to advance a Systemic Cognitive-Developmental Therapy Model and corresponding supervisory approach is recognized as addressing cultural and community issues, and as organizing traditional and contemporary models while keeping cultural and contextual factors in the forefront of therapy and supervision. Since 2000, she also has been working to identify and operationalize cultural, contextual, integrative, and multidisciplinary competencies and corresponding pedagogical and supervisory methods for the preparation of MFT scientist/practitioners and supervisors. Dr. Rigazio-DiGilio presents and publishes widely on all of these topics and has co-authored a book on Community Genograms: Using individual, family, and cultural narratives with clients.

Systemic Cognitive-Developmental Therapy and Supervision

Multicultural Foundations in Marriage and Family Therapy and Supervision

Cultural, Contextual, Integrative, and Multidisciplinary Proficiencies in MFT Training and Supervision

Clinical Adaptation of Culture / Context-Centered Instruments for Interactive Assessment and Treatment

Families Living Through the Dying Process – Children’s End of Life Phase

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

*  indicates student or graduate co-author

Book

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A., Ivey, A. E., Kunkler-Peck, K. P.*, & Grady, L T. (2005) Community genograms: Using individual, family and cultural narratives with clients. New York: Teacher’s College Press, Columbia University.

Chapters

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2016). MFT supervision: An overview. Chapter in K. Jordin (Ed), Couple, marriage, and family therapy supervision (pp. 25-50). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. & Kang, H.* (2015). Using Community Genograms to position culture and context in family therapy. Chapter in M. Stauffer & D. Capuzzi (Eds). Fundamentals of couples, marriage, and family counseling (pp. 25-52). John Wiley and Sons Publishing Company.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A., & Rohner, R. P. (2015). Interpersonal acceptance-rejection theory and clinical applications. In E. Kourkoutas, A. Hart, & A. Mouzaki (Eds.), Innovative practices and interventions for children and adolescents with psychosocial difficulties and disorders (476-515). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publications.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2014a). Supervising couple and family therapy practitioners. Chapter in C. Watkins & E. Miline (Eds.), The Wiley international handbook of clinical supervision (pp. 622-647). London, U.K. Wiley-Blackwell.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2014b) Common themes across systemic integrative supervision models. In T. Todd & C. Storm (Eds.), The complete systemic supervisor: Context, philosophy, and pragmatics, Second Edition (pp. 231 – 254).  John Wiley & Sons Publishing Company.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A., & Ki, P.* (2013). Resilience relative to Korean families, Chapter in D. S. Becvar (Ed.), The handbook of family resilience. (pp. 245-266). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S., & McDowell, T. (2013) Family Therapy. Chapter in M. Spiegler & J. Frew (Eds.), Contemporary psychotherapies for a diverse world, First Revised Edition (pp. 415-458). Routledge / Taylor & Francis Publishers.

Rigazio-DiGilio. S. A. (2012). Basic foundations of family counseling and therapy: Theoretical foundations and translations to practice. Chapter in A. Ivey, M. D’Andrea, M. Ivey, & L. Simek-Morgan, Theories of counseling and psychotherapy: A multicultural perspective, Seventh edition (pp. 623-670). Thousands Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.

Cheatham, H., Ivey, A., Ivey, M., Pedersen, P., Rigazio-DiGilio, S., Simek-Morgan, L., & Sue, D. (2002). Multicultural counseling and therapy I: Metatheory – taking theory into practice. Chapter in A. Ivey, M. D’Andrea, M. Ivey, & L. Simek-Morgan, Theories of counseling and psychotherapy: A multicultural perspective, Fifth edition (pp. 291-328). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon. (Authors listed alphabetically.)

Cheatham, H., Ivey, A. E., Ivey, M. B., Pedersen, P., Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A., Simek-Morgan, L., & Sue, D. W. (2002). Multicultural counseling and therapy II: Integrative practice. Chapter in A. Ivey, M. D’Andrea, M. Ivey, & L. Simek-Morgan, Theories of counseling and psychotherapy: A multicultural perspective, Fifth edition (pp. 329-362). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon. (Authors listed alphabetically.)

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2001). Postmodern theories of counseling. Chapter in D. C. Locke, J. E. Meyers, & E. L. Herr (Eds.) The handbook of counseling (pp. 197–218) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2001). Videography: Re-storying the lives of clients facing terminal illness. Chapter in R. Neimeyer (Ed.), Meaning reconstruction and the experience of loss (pp. 331-344). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2000). Reconstructing psychological distress and disorder from a relational perspective: A systemic, coconstructive-developmental framework. Chapter in R. Neimeyer & J. Raskin (Eds.). Constructions of  disorder (pp. 309-332). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A., & Cramer-Benjamin, D.* (2000). Families with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and other childhood challenges. In W. C. Nichols, M. A. Pace-Nichols, D. S. Becvar, & A. Y. Napier (Eds.), Handbook of family development: Dynamics and therapeutic interventions (pp. 415-438). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Articles

O’Brien, N. L.*, & Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A., (2016). Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual supervisees’ experiences of LGB-affirmative and non affirmative supervision in COAMFTE-accredited training programsJournal of Feminist Family Therapy, 28 (4), 115-135.

Baker, L. K.*, & Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2013). Evaluation of a spiritually based child maltreatment prevention training programCounseling and Values, 58, 3 – 22.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2012). Developmental therapy and systemic cognitive-development therapy: Postmodern implications and beyond. The Japanese Journal of Microcounseling, 7, 1, 2 – 25.

Ivey, A. E., Ivey, M. B., & Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2011). Developmental counselling and therapy: A brain-based approach to counselling and therapy. Counselling Australia, 11-17.

Ivey, A. E., & Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2009). Developmental counseling and therapy: The basics of why it may be helpful and how to use it. Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Journal, 4 (32), 1-11.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2000). Relational diagnosis: A constructive-developmental perspective for assessment and treatment [Special Edition: New Developments in Relational Therapy. M. Goldfried (Ed.) & J. Magnavita (Guest Ed.)]. Journal of Clinical Psychology/ In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice, 56, 1017-1036.

Anderson, S. A., Cochran. M. C.*, & Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2000). Family therapy trainees: Evaluations of their best and worst supervisory experiencesJournal of Marital and Family Therapy, 26, 79-91.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A., Gonçalves, D. F., & Ivey, A. E. (1996). From cultural to existential diversity: The impossibility of an integrative psychotherapy within a traditional frameworkApplied and Preventive Psychology: Current Scientific Perspectives. 5, 235-248.

Anderson. S. A., Rigazio-DiGilio S. A., & Kunkler, K. P.* (1995). Training and supervision in marriage and family therapy: Current issues and future directions. Family Relations: Journal of Applied Family and Child Studies, 44, 489-500.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS 

International

Froude, C. K.*, & Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2015). Women’s healthcare experiences across the young adult breast cancer continuum: Retrospective perceptions of medical and social support networks. Research presentation for the Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference. Toronto, Canada.

Gurman, M. S.*, Ki, P., Rohner, R. P., Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A., & Ruan, C-C.* (2014). Asian American intimate partner relationships. Paper presented at the 5th International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection. Chisinau, Moldova.

Ki, P.*, Rohner, R. P., & Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2012). How do they do it? Coping with perceived rejection. Research presentation for the Society for Cross-cultural Research, Las Vegas, NV.

Donoghue, J.*, Rigazio-DiGilio, S. & Thurston, K.* (2010). An initial investigation of the clinical application of Parental Acceptance-Rejection Theory measures in relational therapy, assessment, and treatment. Workshop presented at the Third International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection, Padua, Italy.

Ivey, A. E., & Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2009). Microcounseling and DCT: Today and beyond. Keynote Address for the 25th Japanese Association of Clinical Psychology Convention: Tokyo Convention Center: Tokyo, Japan.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (Chair and Organizer), Borders, L., Ellis. M., Mattell, P. & LaPlante, D. (2008). Interdisciplinary explorations on advancing cultural and contextual competencies. Invited Panel Presentation for the Fourth Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision. Sponsored by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the University of Buffalo. Amherst, New York.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2007). Towards the operationalization of cultural and contextual competencies in clinical supervision: A marriage and family therapy model. Invited Plenary Session for the Third International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision. Sponsored by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the University of Buffalo. Amherst, New York.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2007). Systemic Cognitive-Developmental Supervision: Accessing and extending meaning and options within the supervisory exchange. Invited workshop for the Third International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision. Sponsored by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the University of Buffalo. Amherst, New York.

National

Froude, C. K.*, Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A., Donorfio, L., & Bellizzi, K. (2016). Contextualizing the young adult female cancer experience. Research poster presented at the 124th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Denver, Colorado.

Green, H. D.*, & Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2014). Factors impacting HBU student decisions to pursue MFT. Research poster presented at the Annual American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

O’Brien, N. L.*, & Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2014). LGB affirmative and non-affirmative supervision experiences. Research poster presented at the Annual American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Ki, P.*, Gürmen, S.*, Rohner, R., Rigazio-DiGilio, S. & Ruan, C-C.* (2013). Partner and parental acceptance and psychological adjustment of Asian Adults in the US. Research Poster presented at the Annual NCFR Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Ki, P.*, & Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2013) Honoring diversity: Multicultural MFT supervision. Poster presented at the Annual AAMFT Conference. Portland, OR.

Ki, P.*, Rohner, R. P., & Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2012). How do they do it? Coping with perceived rejection. Research presentation for the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Las Vegas, NV.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2010). Using community genograms in family therapy and in wider system consultation for the 2010 AAMFT/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program’s Bi-Annual Cultural Competence-Substance Abuse Training Conference.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. & LaPlante, D. (2009) Supervision refresher course. Invited Pre-Conference Institute for the Annual AAMFT Conference: Sacramento, CA.

Rigazio-DiGilio, S. A. (2005) Community Genograms: Exploring culture and context in therapy. A refereed, three-hour presentation for the 63rd Annual American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Conference: Kansas City, Missouri.

Contact Information
Emailsandra.rigazio-digilio@uconn.edu
Phone860 486 2095
Mailing Address348 Mansfield Road, U-1058 Storrs, CT 06269-1058 USA
Office LocationFamily Studies 303D
CampusStorrs
Office HoursBy Appointment