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Dr. Ashley Landers

Interim Program Director and Assistant Professor

NVC Room 202C

(703) 538-3796



  • BA: St. Cloud State University, 2005
  • MS: St. Cloud State University, 2007
  • Ph.D: University of Minnesota, 2016

Research Interests

  • Families in Child Welfare
  • First Nations/American Indian Families Involved with Child Welfare
  • Interventions for Child Welfare Involved Families

Dr. Ashley Landers is the Interim Program Director and an Assistant Professor in the Virginia Tech Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Program at the Northern Virginia Center. She completed her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Cloud State University and her doctoral degree in Family Science with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Landers is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Minnesota and Virginia as well as an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor. She has extensive experience providing individual, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. As a systems thinker, Dr. Landers believes in the importance and role of the family in mental health. Her specialized training areas include serious and persistent mental illnesses, sexual abuse, trauma treatment, and reunification.

Dr. Landers program of research focuses on families in child welfare, more specifically marginalized underserved minority families such as First Nations/American Indian families involved with the child welfare system. Most of her research has been at the intersection of secondary data analyses and community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods. Dr. Landers works collaboratively with community partners at the First Nations Repatriation Institute (FNRI) in Minnesota. Her research examines child welfare-related outcomes (e.g., reunification, adoption, placement instability) and mental health outcomes (e.g., internalizing and externalizing behavior problems, mental health service use) of children involved in the child welfare system.