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Julia M. Bernard, Ph.D., CFLE, MFT-I

Julia M. Bernard, Ph.D., CFLE, MFT-I

Dr. Julia M. BernardDr. Julia M. Bernard

Office: Kaufman Hall 107-L
337-475-5688 (Office)
337-475-5973 (Fax)

Dr. Bernard began her career with families after receiving her bachelor's degree from Purdue University in 2002. She soon decided to pursue her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue Calumet, in Hammond, Indiana. She got the opportunity to teach during her graduate school experience and found a real love of being in front of the class. To this end, she pursued her Ph.D. from Purdue University back in West Lafayette, and also received a Women's Studies certificate. While at Purdue, she was exposed to many wonderful research projects (MFRI, the Military Family Research Institute with Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, for example) as well as family life education (becoming a Certified Family Life Educator, CFLE). After a wonderful experience of research and teaching about families, she joined the faculty of McNeese State University. McNeese also has an NCFR approved program for the CFLE, and she loves preparing future family professionals.

Her research thus far has focused on co-parenting after divorce and adultified children who parent their siblings. She has been teaching both classroom and online courses through the CALL (Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana) program. This allows many students to return to school and get a degree fully online that they can utilize to help families in their own communities.  She teaches Freshman Foundations, Family Relations, Parenting, Family Sexuality, Adolescents in the Family, Adult Development and Aging, Family Life Education Methods and Practice, Grant Writing, and Research Methods.

Recent Publications:

  • Bernard, J. M. (2012, March). "Co-parenting factors that contribute to academic success." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Council on Family Relations, Chattanooga, TN.
  • Whiteman, S. D., Jensen, A., & Bernard, J. M. (2012). "Sibling influences." In J. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of adolescence. New York: Springer.
  • Whiteman, S. D., Bernard, J. M., & Jensen, A. C. (2011). "Sibling influence in human development." In J. Caspi (Ed.), Sibling relationships in practice: Cultural and Environmental Influences. New York: Springer.
  • Whiteman, S. D., Bernard, J. M., & McHale, S. M. (2010). "The nature and correlates of sibling influence in two-parent African American families." Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 267-271.
  • Becerra Bernard, J. M., Manick, N. A. & Hecker, L. (2009). "Ethics, legal and professional issues in mediation and parent coordination." In L. Hecker (Ed.), Ethics and Professional Issues for Couple and Family Therapists, 187-201. New York: Taylor-Francis.