Lara Pirro Jancetic, Ph.D., is a 2023 graduate of the PhD Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University, New England

Dissertation Committee:

  • Kevin Lyness, PhD, Committee Chair
  • Sheila McNamee, PhD, Committee Member
  • Jonathan Wyatt, PhD, Committee Member


post-qualitative, new-materialist, post-humanist, agential realism, relational mindfulness, John Shotter

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This post-qualitative study branching from new-materialist, post-humanist epistemology and ontology examines relationality through the lens of three different theories: agential realism, John Shotter’s communication theory, and relational mindfulness. These theories each describe the dynamics involved in relationships, how they each make sense of these dynamics, and what they entail for human relations. Using a post-qualitative diffractive methodology, this study examines these theories and how they intersect to bring about new insights in our understanding of relationships and how this information can support therapy practice. The results are a series of nine principles of orientation, which were applied to marriage and family therapy and the therapeutic encounter. I conclude with a discussion on historical and current work in the field of MFT that connects to these ideas and the possibilities for future directions.


Lara Pirro Jancetic

ORCID Scholar ID# 0009-0002-3564-1134