James Hibel, Ph.D., co-developed the first family therapy training program in South Florida, the Commuter Family Therapy Training Program, while serving at a local agency. He then entered private practice in 1981 as a marriage and family therapist. In 1996, he began teaching in NSU's Department of Family Therapy and became a full-time faculty member in 1998. In addition to his faculty duties, he has served since 2000 as Executive Director of Academic Affairs for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) and was the Director of Institutional Assessment, Planning and Relations.
Dr. Hibel's research interests examine postmodern approaches to psychotherapy, particularly with adolescents, and underlying assumptions about the nature of psychotherapy and helping relationships, particularly as they impact students training to become family therapists. He has published and presented on these issues at a variety of regional and national conferences, as well as on issues relating to clinical supervision. Dr. Hibel has also been performing assessments of student learning outcomes for the school and has been exploring ways to utilize learning objectives as ways of describing the transformative nature of the curricula in the programs.