College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Dr. Bethany Letiecq
PhD, University of Maryland at College Park
Associate Professor
Human Development and Family Science

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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
West Building 2102
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 Black 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 health and 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 on the editorial board of the Journal of Marriage and Family and has published her research in such professional outlets as Family Relations, Journal of Family Theory and Review, Journal of Family and Community Health, 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, the Council on Contemporary Families, and the American Public Health Association. She also serves on the GMU Faculty Senate and as president of the Mason advocacy chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). 


Research Interests

Family policies, family privilege, and (in)justice

Community-based participatory (action) research (CBPR/PAR) and scholar-activism

Immigration, illegality and deportation regimes, family separation, and trauma

Anti-Blackness, policing in Black family life, and structural change 

Ecosystemic resilience

Recent Publications

Sanchez, R., Letiecq, B., & Ginsberg, M. (2019). An integrated model of family strengths and resilience: Theorizing at the intersection of Indigenous and western paradigms. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 4(11), 561-575.

Kuvalanka, K. A., Newsome, W., Letiecq, B., Neff, J., Neubeiser, K., Snodgrass, J., & Valentic, G. (2019). Grandmothers raising their transgender grandchildren: An exploratory study. Journal of GLBT Family Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1550428X.2019.1630883

Letiecq, B. (2019). Family privilege and supremacy in family science: Toward justice for all. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 11(3), 398-411. DOI: 10.1111/jftr.12338

Letiecq, B.L., Mehta, S.*, Vesely, C.K., Marquez, M., Goodman, R.D., & Moron, L. (2019). Central American immigrant mothers’ mental health in the context of illegality: Structural stress, parental concern, and trauma. Journal of Family and Community Health, 42(4), 271-282. DOI: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000233, PMID: 31403988

Vesely, C., Letiecq, B., & Goodman, R. (2019). “Parenting across two worlds”: Low-income Latina immigrants’ adaptation to motherhood in the U.S. Journal of Family Issue, 40, 711-738. doi: 10.1177/0192513X18821398

Bailey, S., Letiecq, B., Visconti, K., & Tucker*, N. (2019). Resilience among Native American custodial grandparents. Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology, 34(2), 131-148.

Vesely, C.K., Letiecq, B.L., Goodman, R.D., Marquez, M.*, Alves, L.* Lazo, W.*, & Martinez, M.* (2019).  “What does this mean to you?” Partnering with Amigas de la Comunidad to Analyze the Housing Conditions of Undocumented Latina immigrants.  In A. Humble and E. Radina (Eds.) How qualitative data analysis happensMoving beyond “themes emerged”. Taylor & Francis.

Allen, K. R., Letiecq, B.L., Roberto, K.A., Rosenblatt, P.C., & Wieling, E. (2019). Dialogue about reflexivity. In A. Humble and E. Radina (Eds.) How qualitative data analysis happensMoving beyond “themes emerged”. Taylor & Francis.

Goodman, R. D., Vesely, C. K., & Letiecq, B. L. (2018). 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.

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 immigrants and refugees: Collaboration, cultural awareness and integrative theory. New York, NY: SAGE.

Letiecq, B. & Anderson, E. (2017). From education to advocacy and activism: Alternative roles for translating family science to policy. Family Relations, 66(4), 729-740(Special Issue on Translational Family Science).

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, 9, 93-110.