Manijeh Daneshpour


Manijeh Daneshpour


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Manijeh Daneshpour is a professor of marriage and family therapy in the department of couple and family therapy at Alliant International University in Irvine, California and a licensed marriage and family therapist with 20 years of academic, research, and clinical experience. Dr. Daneshpour has served as the chair of Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy as well as chair of the election committee for the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapist. She is from Iran and identifies herself as a third wave feminist. Dr. Daneshpour main areas of research, publications, and presentations have been centered on issues of multiculturalism, social justice, third wave feminism, premarital and marital relationships, and Muslim family dynamics. She has studied Muslim families not as a religious group but as individuals, members of family units, and a distinct group within their own societal context. She has recently published a book titled: Family Therapy with Muslims using classic and contemporary family therapy theories in working with Muslim families cross culturally.


PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling, University of Minnesota; LMFT

Areas of Expertise

  1. Multicultural Couples and Families
  2. Gender
  3. Immigrants and Refugees
  4. Race and Ethnicity
  5. Couple and Family Therapy
  6. Marital Satisfaction
  7. Social Justice


Other Work

Muslim families and family therapy

Social axioms in Iran and Canada: Intercultural contact, coping and adjustment

Factors of successful marriage: Accounts from self described happy couples

Lives together, worlds apart? The lives of multicultural Muslim couples

Cancer’s impact on spousal caregiver health: A qualitative analysis in grounded theory

An examination of proactive coping and social beliefs among Christians and Muslims

Bridges crossed, paths traveled: Muslim intercultural couples

Couple therapy with Muslims: challenges and opportunities

Iranian successful family functioning: Communication

Stress and Adaptation among Iranian Families: A Multisystem Model of Personal, Couple, Family, and Work System

Self Described Happy Couples and Factors of Successful Marriage in Iran

Exploration of Cross-Cultural Couples’ Marital Adjustment: Iranian American Women Married to European American Men

Family Therapy with Muslims

Exploration of CrossCultural Couples’ Marital Adjustment: Iranian American Women Married to European American Men

A ‘mini-narrative” about my Praxis as a Muslim Feminist.

Cultural Neuroscience: Child and Adolescent Brain Development.

Cancer’s Impact on Caregiver Emotional Health: A Qualitative Analysis in Grounded Theory.

Self described happy couples and factors of successful marriage in Iran

Guest Editor’s Introduction: Systemic Thinking in Working with Muslim Families: The Importance of Marriage and Family Therapy Perspective

Factors of successful marriage: Accounts from self-described happy couples

Steadying the Tectonic Plates

Bridges Crossed, Paths Traveled Muslim Intercultural Couples Manijeh Daneshpour

My immigration Journey from Iran to Utah!.

Muslim Immigrant Families: Strengths and Challenges

Book Review: Explorations in Privilege, Oppression and Diversity by Sharon K. Anderson & Valerie Middleton

Book Review: Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy, Walsh, F. (1999). New York, NY, 301 pages, Guilford Press.

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