Faculty & Associates

Monica McGoldrick, LCSW, PhD (h.c.)

Director, Multicultural Family Institute

Teacher, author and family therapist. Books include: The Genogram Journey: Reconnecting with Your Family (2nd ed, 2011), Re-Visioning Family Therapy (2nd Ed. 2008), The Expanded Family Life Cycle (4th Ed., 2011), Ethnicity & Family Therapy (3rd Ed., 2005), Genograms Assessment and Intervention (3rd Ed., 2008), Women in Families, and Living Beyond Loss, (2nd Ed, 2004). Faculty, Psychiatry Dept., RWJ Medical School, Visiting Professor, Fordham University School of Social Service (1991-2001). Honorary Doctorate, Smith College School for Social Work(1991). American Family Therapy Academy Award (1988) for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory & Practice. Formerly: Co-Director, Cultural Competence Training Center for Central NJ.

Nydia Garcia Preto, LCSW

Associate Director, Multicultural Family Institute

Nationally known teacher, presenter, and family therapist. Coeditor of Ethnicity & Family Therapy (3rd ed., 2005) & The Expanded Family Life Cycle (4th ed. 2011), and many publications on working with Latinos and their families and adolescents and their families. Private Practice, Highland Park, NJ. Formerly: Co-Director, Cultural Competence Training Center for Central NJ. & Dir. Of Adolescent Day Program at UMDNJ, Piscataway, NJ. Has served on Boards of several professional organizations and received awards for her work in promoting social justice in the field of family therapy. Her MSW is from Rutgers Univ.

Roberto Font, LCSW

Manager & Faculty of the Multicultural family Institute



Barbara Petkov, Ed.S, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Core Faculty at the Multicultural Family Institute. Private practice in Highland Park with extensive experience with young children, adolescents and families. Certified therapist in EMDR. Coordinator and trainer for Cultural Diversity and issues of social justice.

Sueli Petry, Ph.D.

Psychologist and family therapist

Core Faculty at MFI, clinician and faculty at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, and private practice in Highland Park. Experience with Latino families and with survivors of sexual abuse. Co-author Genograms: Assessment and Intervention, 3rd edition, as well as other publications on genograms, Brazilian families, and Spirituality Through the Life Cycle.

Angelina Belli, PhD

Associate Professor at the Institute of Psychology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, University of Brazil, MFI visiting faculty and liaison in Brazil; research on Brazilian immigrant families living in the United States. Angelina is our good friend and angel helping us to coordinate the special small group seminar for groups from Brazil.

CharlesEtta Sutton, LCSW

One of MFI’s founding faculty, serves on the faculty of the Center for Family Community and Social Justice Princeton, NJ and the Turtle Island Project, Phoenix, AZ. As an International trainer, program development specialist, and author her work includes larger systems intervention work which influences prevention, spiritual well-being, and health promotion.  She is part of the CTS Group Sutton and Associates, Plainfield, NJ, which offers consultation, training, and clinical services (supervision and therapy).


Paulette Hines, PhD

Private Practice, Highland Park, NJ, Trainer and Consultant.  Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Rutgers Medical School.  Founding Faculty, MFI.  Director Emerita, Center for Healthy Schools, Families & Communities at University Behavioral HealthCare, UMDNJ.