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PhD, University of Maryland at College Park
Associate Professor
Human Development and Family Science

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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 1101
4400 University Dr.
MS 4C2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Bethany Letiecq is an associate professor in the Human Development and Family Science program--a joint academic program of the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She received her PhD in health education/family studies and her MS in family and community development from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Dr. Letiecq employs community-based participatory and action research approaches to conduct research in partnership with families systematically marginalized by society to promote family health and justice. She is keenly interested in how social policies and practices facilitate or hinder family functioning and health across all families. Currently, she is working on two projects in Virginia: 1) conducting research to establish a partnership with and document the lived experiences of low-income African American families residing in public housing targeted for redevelopment; and 2) conducting research and action with undocumented immigrant families mainly from Central America to document their family and community contexts, including housing and engagement within the public school system. She also continues to work in partnership with Mexican migrants to Montana to support access to health care, education-based services, and migrant justice. With her community partners, she co-founded the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (, a statewide nonprofit working for immigrant rights. 

Dr. Letiecq teaches courses on family law and public policy; individual and family development; and family-based human services delivery systems. She serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Family Issues, and has published her research in such professional outlets as Family Relations, Journal of Family Theory and Review, Fathering, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, and Health Education and Behavior. She is affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations (currently serving on the NCFR Board of Directors), the American Sociological Association, and the American Public Health Association. She also serves as president of the Mason advocacy chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). 



Research Interests

Trauma and resilience among families residing on the social, racial, and economic margins 

Intersections of social policies, familiy diversity, and justice

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) and scholar-activism

Culturally-appropriate, contextually relevant methodologies and interventions

Recent Publications

Recent Publications

              Letiecq, B. & Anderson, E. (2018). From education to advocacy and activism: Alternative approaches for translating family science to policy. Family Relations. (Invited: Special Issue on Translational Family Science)

Goodman, R., Vesely, C., Letiecq, B., & Cleaveland, C. (2017).  Trauma and Resilience among Refugee and Undocumented Immigrant Women. Journal of Counseling and Development

Vesely, C., Letiecq, B., Goodman, R. (2017). Immigrant family resilience in context: Using a community-based approach to build a new conceptual model. Journal of Family Theory and Review.

Letiecq, B. L., Grzywacz, J. G., Gray, K. M., & Eudave*, Y. M. (2014). Depression among Mexican men on the migration frontier: The role of family separation and other structural and situational stressors. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 16, 193-200. doi:10.1007/s10903-013-9918-1

Bailey, S., Haynes, D., & Letiecq, B. (2013). “How can you retire when you still got a kid in school?”: The economics of raising grandchildren in Montana. Marriage and Family Review, 49 (8), 671-693, DOI: 10.1080/01494929.2013.803009

Letiecq, B., & Schmalzbauer, L. (2012). Community-based participatory research with Mexican migrants in a new rural destination: A good fit? Action Research Journal, 10 (3), 244-259. DOI: 10.1177/1476750312443571

Fitzgerald*, M., Roy, K., Anderson, E., & Letiecq, B. (2012). The effect of depressive symptoms on low income men in Responsible Fathering programs. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers, 10(1), 47-65.

Bailey, S., Letiecq, B., & Porterfield*, F. (2009). Family coping and adaptation among grandparents rearing grandchildren. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (Special issue: Grandparents and Other Relatives as Parents), 7(2-3), 144-158.

Christopher, S., Gidley*, A., Letiecq, B., Smith, A., Knows His Gun McCormick, A. (2008). A cervical cancer community-based participatory research project in a Native American community. Health Education and Behavior, 35(6), 821-834.

Smith, A., Christopher, S., LaFromboise*, V., Letiecq, B., & Knows His Gun McCormick, A. (2008). Apsáalooke Women’s Experiences with Pap Test Screening, Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center, 15(2), 166-173.

Letiecq, B.L., Bailey, S.J., & Porterfield*, F. (2008). “We have no rights, we get no help”: The legal and policy dilemmas facing grandparent caregivers. Journal of Family Issues (Special Collection: Transforming the Discussion on Diversity: The Influence of Policies and Law on Families), 29(8), 995-1012.

Letiecq, B.L., Bailey, S.J., & Kurtz*, M.A. (2008). Depression among rural Native American and European American grandparents raising grandchildren. Journal of Family Issues, 29(3), 334-356.


Recent Book Chapters/Edited Volumes:

Goodman, R. D., Letiecq, B. L. Vesely, C. K., Marquez, M., & Leyva, K. (2017). Community practice with immigrants and refugees.  In A. Hilado & M. Lundy (Eds.), Models for practice with transnational populations: Collaboration, cultural awareness and integrative theory. New York, NY: SAGE.

Goodman, R. D., Vesely, C. K., & Letiecq, B. L. (in press). Counseling refugees. In J. Webber & J. B. Mascari (Eds.), Disaster mental health counseling: A guide to preparing and responding (4th ed.).  Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association Foundation.

Vesely, C., Letiecq, B., & Ewaida, M. (2016). Immigrant families. In C. Shehan (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Family Studies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Anderson, E.A., & Letiecq, B.L. (2014). Family policy through a human rights lens.  In J. A. Arditti (Ed.). Family Problems: Stress, risks, and resilience. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Letiecq, B., Anderson, E.A., & Joseph, A. (2013). Social policies and families. In G.W. Peterson & K. Bush (Eds.),  Handbook of Marriage and the Family, 3rd ed. New York: Springer Publishing. (Invited).

Bailey, S., Letiecq, B., Erickson, M., & Koltz, R. (2013). Resilient grandparent caregivers: Pathways to positive adaptation. In B. Hayslip & G. Smith, Resilient grandparent caregivers: A strengths-based perspective. New York: Rutledge Taylor & Francis. (Invited).

Letiecq, B. (2010). African American men rearing children in violent neighborhoods. In R. Coles & C. Green (Eds.). The myth of the missing black father. New York: Columbia University Press. (Invited).

Letiecq, B., Bailey, S., & Dahlen, P. (2008). Ambivalence and coping among custodial grandparents. In B.Hayslip & P. Kaminski (Eds.). Parenting the custodial grandchild. New York: Springer. (Invited).