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Author: Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, has a doctorate in counseling psychology and has worked in the areas of child abuse, violence against women, and challenging family issues for over 25 years. A professor, researcher, and popular conference speaker, she teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She survived a relationship that included coercive control and stalking. Her website is

Dr. Fontes has dedicated two decades to making the mental health, social service, and criminal justice systems more responsive to culturally diverse people. In addition to her new book, Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship, she has authored, Interviewing Clients Across Cultures: A Practitioner's Guide and the book, Child Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families.

She has written numerous journal articles and chapters on child maltreatment and violence against women, cross-cultural research, and ethics. She teaches at the University Without Walls at the University of Massachusetts. She has worked as a family, individual, and group psychotherapist, and has conducted research in Santiago, Chile, and with Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and European Americans in the United States. Dr. Fontes is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She is a popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator. She completed a Fulbright Foundation Grant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a volunteer, Dr. Fontes worked for three years with Somali refugees in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Courses By Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD:

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651112 Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship 9