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Quality of Life Center Speaker Series to Host Dr. Monique Willis as Keynote

The Quality of Life Center at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) is proud to announce Dr. Monique Willis as the keynote speaker for the Quality of Life Speaker Series on Monday, March 20, 2017. The talk will be entitled, “Underserved Parents with a Child with Autism: Considerations for Promoting Familial Well-being” and will be held in the Student Union Multipurpose Room from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

“Quality of Life can be a highly subjective measure of happiness, but we know it is an important component of successful community living and integration. This spring speaker series will bring some objectivity to some of the key indicators of successful living, and we are excited that CSUB’s own Dr. Monique Willis has agreed to be our first speaker,” said Interim Associate Dean for the School of Social Sciences and Education, Tanya Boone-Holladay.

Monique Willis is a graduate of Loma Linda University, with both a M.S. and Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in medical family therapy. During her time at Loma Linda University, she was an AAMFT minority fellow. She earned her B.S. in Psychology and Social Behavior with a minor in Cognitive Science at the University of California, Irvine, where she was also a McNair Scholar. Prior to her appointment at CSUB, Dr. Willis taught at Mercer University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Willis maintains an active private practice as a licensed clinician. She retains membership with both CAMFT and AAMFT and is an AAMFT approved supervisor. Currently, her professional work centers on supporting individuals and families with a person diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Her current research agenda bridges her clinical interest in health conditions and focuses on health disparities and access to quality health care. Dr. Willis strives to ensure that marriage and family therapist and other professional counselors aid in providing culturally competent care for minority and underprivileged families impacted by a variety of health conditions.

Her academic presentations encompass issues of social justice, gender inequality within couple relationships, and familial well-being. Her publications have centered on power, culture, family, intimate relationships, and health dipartites.

The goal for the Quality of Life Center is to promote wellness in the Kern County region through collaborative community partnerships, innovative research, intervention programs, training and consultation. The Quality of Life Center at CSUB is a local resource for improving the well-being of areas in need of attention by policymakers. The Center is available to collaborate on projects, such as: applied health and policy research; needs assessments; program evaluation; intervention program development; and organizational and community technical assistance. The Quality of Life Center will also generate a report card that reports on the state of Kern County’s well-being.

There will be free parking in Lots M, K1 and K2. The next Quality of Life Speaker in the series will be City Councilman, Andrae Gonzales on Monday, April 24 at 6 p.m. For more information, please contact Tanya Boone-Holladay at (661) 654-2219 or via email at

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