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Molly O'Phelan, Planning Committee Chair
(Ph.D, RN, LMFT)


Molly O’Phelan, PhD, RN, LMFT first came to St. Mary’s University to earn her master’s and then later her doctorate, after having reared a family while they served in assignments around the globe in the U.S. Air Force. She is both a Registered Nurse and an LMFT. Her love of nursing and caring for those critically and terminally ill set the stage for her desire to become a therapist specializing in loss and grief. Connecting the dots between the clinician’s experience of loss and how
it affects one’s therapeutic practice is of particular interest.Besides spending time with her husband, two grown children, and two cats, Molly enjoys entertaining guests with a good meal, gardening, being out in nature, travel, and most
things German.