Laura M. Frey is an Associate Professor in the Couple & Family Therapy Program housed within the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. She is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Clinical Supervisor, and the Program Director for the University of Louisville's Couple & Family Therapy Program.
She has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Youth, Adult, and Family Services from Purdue University. Laura also earned a Master of Science (M.S.) in Family Studies and Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Family Sciences from the University of Kentucky.
Her primary interest is in the intersection of family processes and mental health. As a licensed clinician and family scientist, she aspires to conduct applied research that has clear implications for both family life educators and mental health service providers. Her research has utilized both quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the role of stigma and family interactions following a member's disclosure of suicidal behavior. Additionally, she has examined parental suicide attempts and how this information is communicated to children. Her programmatic line of research moving forward is centered on the role of suicide-related disclosure and subsequent family reactions. Her work aims to equip families with skills needed to respond to a loved one's suicidal episodes in compassionate ways that promote safety and reduce risk moving forward.
As a clinician, she advocates for examining the family's role in experiences leading up to suicidal behavior and the assets family can provide in the treatment process. She also provides continuing education for professionals regarding the assessment and treatment of suicidal behavior.