Alyssa Banford Witting, Associate Professor

Department: Family Life



Office: 258 TLRB

Phone: 801-422-6767


Alyssa Banford Witting recently joined the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) faculty at BYU. Before coming to BYU, Alyssa was an Associate Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy program at Alliant International University, San Diego since the fall of 2013. She obtained her master’s in MFT from Auburn University in 2009 and her PhD in MFT from Texas Tech University in 2011. She then completed a one year post-doctoral fellowship in MFT followed by a one year appointment as a visiting assistant professor of MFT, both at the University of Connecticut.


  • PhD in MFT from Texas Tech University, 2011
  • MS in MFT from Auburn University, 2009
  • BS in Marriage, Family & Human Development from BYU, 2007

Research Interests

Alyssa is interested in studying mass trauma, culture and trauma symptoms, systemic treatment of trauma symptoms, and MFT process research regarding trauma treatment.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association, Division 56, Trauma Psychology
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • National Council on Family Relations

Recent Publications

  • Witting, A. (2017). PTSD symptoms among Tsunami exposed mothers in Sri Lanka: The role of disaster exposure, culturally-specific coping strategies and recovery efforts.. , 30(4), 415–427.
  • Witting, A. (2017). Subjective reactions to international research participation: An illustration of ethical considerations with women heading households in Sri Lanka.. .
  • Witting, A. (2017). “We walk on eggshells”: A phenomenological inquiry of wives’ experiences of living with active-duty Marine husbands with PTSD. , 20(2), 162–181.
  • Witting, A. B. (2016). Evaluating the Utility of MFT Models in the Treatment of Trauma: Implications for Affect Regulation. , 38(3), 262–271.
  • Witting, A. (2016). The role of natural disaster in individual and relational adjustment in Sri Lankan mothers following the 2004 tsunami. , 40(1), 134–157.
  • Witting, A. (2016). War and disaster in Sri Lanka: Depression, family adjustment and health among women heading households. , 62(5), 425–433.
  • Witting, A. B. (2016). War and disaster in Sri Lanka: Implications for widows’ family adjustment and perception of self-efficacy in caring for one’s family. .
  • Witting, A. (2015). Ecofeminism and natural disasters: Sri Lankan women post-tsunami.. , 16(2), 170–187.
  • Witting, A. (2014). Physical health problem intrusion linking religious attributions to marital satisfaction in survivors of the 2004 tsunami. , 4(1).
  • Witting, A. (2014). Strategies for managing difficult clinical situations in between sessions. , 42(5), 413–425.
  • Witting, A. (2014). The relationship between family-of-origin experiences and current family violence: Mediation by attachment and mental health. .
  • Witting, A. (2013). Experiences of MFTs working with intimate partner violence. , 24, 1–16.
  • Witting, A. (2012). Posttraumatic stress symptoms and perceived safety as predictors of dyadic adjustment: A test of mediation and moderation. , 40, 349–362.
  • Witting, A. (2011). The relationship between physical health problems and couple violence and conflict in survivors of the 2004 Tsunami: Mediation by marital satisfaction.. , 29, 149–170.