Deanna Linville

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Deanna Linville is an Associate Professor in the College of Education. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist as well as a clinical member and approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Linville's research interests include obesity and eating disorder prevention and treatment, family wellness, and integrated healthcare/medical family therapy.

Linville received specialized training in medical family therapy (collaborative family healthcare) through her doctoral fellowship at University of Chicago-Chicago Center for Family Health. During this fellowship, Linville worked at three medical sites: MacNeal Family Practice Center, Gilda's Club, and the Chicago Center for Family Health and provided therapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups dealing with acute and chronic illness, disabilities and loss. This training background still influences her current intervention research, clinical supervision and pedagogy.

Linville has worked as a mental health and relational psychotherapist for the last two decades, often providing her clinical and consultation services for families navigating the challenges of eating disorders and chronic health conditions. These applied experiences inspire and inform her clinical intervention research as well as allow her to stay on the cutting edge of best practices for training family therapists.


Ph.D., 2003, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA
Major: Human Development, Specialization in Marriage & Family Therapy

Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 2002-2003, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Behavioral Health Doctoral Fellowship, Chicago Center for Family Health

M.S., 2003,Virginia Tech University, NOVA Center, Falls Church, VA
Major: Human Development & Family Studies, Specialization in Marriage & Family Therapy

B.S., 1997, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA
Majors: Psychology and Family & Child Development

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Education, University of Oregon, 2018

Contributions to Diversity Award, College of Education, University of Oregon, 2012

Innovations in Graduate Education Award (CFT Program as recipient), University of Oregon, 2011

Sony Scholars Award, University of Oregon, 2010

Summer Proposal Writing Workshop Awardee, Research Office, University of Oregon, 2007

Summer Proposal Writing Workshop Awardee, Research Office, University of Oregon, 2005

Commitment to LGBT Community Award, University of Oregon, 2005
Center on Diversity and Community Reading Group Award, Overlapping LGBTQ Identities: Building knowledge, awareness, and skills, Co-recipient, University of Oregon, 2004


Shune, S. & Linville, D. (In Press). Redefining dining practices in care facilities through community based participatory research. International Journal of Nursing Studies.

Linville, D., Savercool, V., Barrera, S., Mintz, B., & Shune, S.  (2018). Qualitative Perspectives on a Family Group Intervention Program for Improving Physical Wellness. Journal of Family Psychotherapy. 

Linville, D., Blow, A. (In Press). Systemic Treatment of Eating Disorders across the Lifecycle. Handbook of Systemic Family Therapy.

Linville, D., Todahl, J., Brown, T., Terrell, L. & Gau, J. (2017). The effectiveness of a brief couple intervention for new parents. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. †

Linville, D., Cobb, E., Shen, F., & Stadelman, S. (2016). The reciprocal influences of eating disorders in couple relationships. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 42, 326-340. doi:10.1111/jmft.12133†

Linville, D., Cobb, E., Lenee-Bluhm, T, Lopez, G., Gau, J., & Stice, E. (2015). The effects of an eating disorder prevention program disseminated in a primary pediatric setting.  Behavioral Research and Therapy, 75, 32-39.  doi:10.1016/j.brat.2015.10.004 † 


  • Eating Disorder, Obesity and Family Physical Wellness Intervention
  • Medical Family Therapy (Integrated Care Practices)