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Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Marriage & Family Therapy
multicultural 2-year face-to-face training program
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Sarah Z. Kahn, Ph.D., LMFT

Director, Counseling and Social Change Undergraduate Program & Lecturer

Dr. Kahn is the Director of the Counseling and Social Change undergraduate program at San Diego State University (SDSU) and has been teaching at SDSU for the past seven years. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and is an AAMFT approved supervisor candidate. She received her MA in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University and earned her Ph.D. in Multicultural Education from the Joint Doctoral Program at Claremont Graduate University and SDSU. In addition, Dr. Kahn maintains a therapy practice and supervises marriage and family therapy interns at Narrative Health Initiatives, a community based therapy practice and training center located in San Diego. In addition she has a strong interest in the study abroad experience and has led study abroad programs in Northern Cyprus and China for SDSU undergraduates.

Research & Teaching Interests:

Dr. Kahn’s research focuses on the clinical supervision process, narrative therapy and social justice.  Her teaching pursuits center on the areas of identity construction, cultural competence, family life cycle/ family process and applied clinical training.

Recent Selected Professional Presentations:

Narrative Supervision and Social Justice, Narrative Health Initiatives San Diego, San Diego, May 2013 

Fundamentals of MFT Supervision, San Diego State University, Dede Alpert Center for Community Engagement, San Diego, April 2012. 

Narrative Therapy in a Relational Community: Attending to Power in Relationships, 2012 AAMFT- CA Student Conference, February 2012 

Exploring the Cultural, Social and Political Influences that Shape Identity: Student Experiences Constructing Discursive Genograms in an Undergraduate Counseling Class, 4th Annual Diversity Conference, San Diego, CA. April, 2011

Personal Interests:

Clinical specialization in mental health care within integrative health care contexts; working with LGBT youth, families and couples; supervising and mentoring current and future mental health professionals.


Email Address:


Marriage & Family Therapy Program


Phone: 619-594-6109