Anthony G. Pennant Jr, Ph.D., is a 2022 graduate of the PhD Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University, New England

Dissertation Committee:

  • Kevin Lyness, PhD, Committee Chair
  • Denzel Jones, PhD, Committee Member
  • Bryson Greaves, PhD, Committee Member


Autism spectrum disorder, family therapy, SFT, family-based anxiety

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This research study is an exploratory single case experiment which was conceptualized through the concept of change as outlined in structural family therapy (SFT). This family reported increases in their levels of cohesion, flexibility, and satisfaction with their relationships. The family reported decreases in the levels of disengagement, rigidity, chaos, and communication. Lastly, levels of anxiety increased over time and were generally rated divergently by parents and the child with autism spectrum disorder. Given the outcome of the study, SFT shows promise in being an appropriate clinical model in providing family-based therapy for families who have a child(ren) with autism spectrum disorder.


Anthony G. Pennant Jr

ORCID Scholar ID# 0000-0003-3181-9716