Sesen Negash, Ph.D., LMFT

Sesen Negash

Director, AAMFT-approved Clinical Supervisor & Associate Professor
Marriage and Family Therapy
Department of Counseling and School Psychology



Primary Email: [email protected]


Primary Phone: 619-594-1209


North Education - 187
Mail Code: 1179


Dr. Sesen Negash is an associate professor and director in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at San Diego State University and co-director of the Center for Achieving Black Wellness and Anti-Racist Education. She earned her Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy (MFT) from Florida State University and a master’s degree in child development and family studies from Purdue University Northwest. Before her current position, she was faculty at Alliant International University in San Diego. She is also a licensed MFT, a clinical fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and an approved supervisor with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and AAMFT. Her program of research examines close relationships and barriers to family therapy post-incarceration, as well as the interpersonal implications of infidelity and pornography on monogamous dating relationships. Her work has received national mention in several media publications, including Men’s Health, The Daily Beast, The New York Times, GQ, and Business Insider.


  • English
  • Tigrinya


  • Close relationships and barriers to family therapy post-release
  • Romantic relationships post-release
  • Interpersonal implications of infidelity and pornography on monogamous dating relationships


  • Hirad, S., Lambert, J., Miller, M., Negash, S. (in press). Refugee Posttraumatic Growth: A Grounded Theory Study. Transcultural Psychiatry.
  • Negash, S., Roberson, P. N. E., Tadros, I., & DeJesus, S. Y. (in press). A Brief Relationship Education Pilot Intervention for Men Post-Release. The Prison Journal.
  • Negash, S., Fincham F. D., Cui, M., & McWey, L. (2020). Promoting Sexual Health on College Campuses: Implementing Brief Sexual Negotiation Strategies.  College Student Journal, 54(2), 241-257.
  • Welch, N., Negash, S., Ayres, K., & Nino, A. (2019). Through their lens: The parental experience of formerly incarcerated Black fathers. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 58, 500-516doi: 10.1080/10509674.2019.1621416
  • Salama, C., Jackson, J. B., Negash, S., & Daneshpour, M. (2019). Family of origin predictors of marital outcomes among Coptic Orthodox Christian Egyptian-American couples. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 18, 44-64.
  • Negash, S., Carlson, S., M., & Linder, J. (2018). Emotionally Focused Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: An integrated approach to heal the trauma of infidelity. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 7, 143-157.
  • Konzen, J., Lambert, J., Miller, M., & Negash, S. (2018). The EIS Model: A pilot investigation of a multidisciplinary sex therapy treatment. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. Advanced online publication.
  • Van Ness Sheppard, N., Miller, M., Negash, S., & Morgan, M. (2017). Embracing our eroticism: A Foucauldian discourse analysis of women's eroticism. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 29, 103 – 126doi:10.1080/08952833.2017.1245062
  • Graham, S. M., Negash, S., Lambert, N. M., & Fincham, F. D. (2016). Problem drinking and extradyadic sex in young adult romantic relationships. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 35, 152 – 170.
  • Negash, S., Cravens, J. D., Brown, P. C., & Fincham, F. D. (2016). Relationship dissolution and psychologically aggressive dating relationships: Preliminary findings from a college-based relationship education course. Violence and Victims, 31, 921 – 937.
  • Negash, S., & Morgan, M. L. (2016). A family affair: Examining the impact of parental infidelity on children using a structural family therapy framework. Contemporary Family Therapy38, 198 – 209. doi: 10.1007/s10591-015-9364-4
  • Negash, S., Veldorale-Brogan, A., Kimber, S. & Fincham F. D. (2016). Predictors of extradyadic sex among young adults in heterosexual relationships: A multivariate approach. Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1080/14681994.2016.1219334
  • Negash, S., Van Ness Sheppard, N., Lambert, N.M., & Fincham, F. D. (2016). Trading later rewards for current pleasure: Pornography consumption and delay discounting.  Journal of Sex Research, 53, 689 –700. doi:10.1080/00224499.2015.1025123
  • Negash, S., Nalbone, D. P., Woods, S., Wetchler, J. L., & Fontaine, K. L. (2015). Intimacy in the midst of caregiving: Examining relationship and sexual satisfaction of parents raising children with special needs. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 26, 190 – 209. doi:10.1080/08975353.2015.1067532
  • Negash, S., Cui, M., Fincham F. D., & Pasley, K. (2014). Extradyadic involvement and relationship dissolution in heterosexual women university students. Archives of Sexual Behavior43531 – 539. doi: 10.1007/s10508-013-0213-y


  • Volunteer, International Refugee Committee and Volunteers of America
  • Board Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy-California
  • Member, National Council on Family Relations
  • Member, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
  • Co-Director, Center for Black Wellness and Anti-Racist Education
  • Member of the  Policy Committee for the College of Education (COE)
  • Co-Chairperson for the Diversity, Equity, and Outreach Committee for the COE