Ileana Ungureanu, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

"I believe that students are most likely   
to learn when class activities, assignments,  
and projects require them to use their  
minds & their hearts."  
– Ileana Ungureanu, M.D., Ph.D.

"I believe that students are most likely
to learn when class activities, assignments,
and projects require them to use their
minds & their hearts."

– Ileana Ungureanu, M.D., Ph.D.

Ileana Ungureanu, M.D., Ph.D.
Core Faculty, Couple and Family Department

My intentional purpose in creating and carrying out each class is to provide a learning experience where lives can be changed. I believe in Romanian philosopher Constantin Noica’s position that a teacher is “a mediator between his/her students and themselves,” a catalyst for growth and development. My hope for each student is that at the end of the course, he or she will see themselves and the world differently, change his or her way of thinking, and relate to those around them in healthier, more caring ways. I have found this philosophy especially useful in training therapists, who in turn will help their clients with their own shifts in thinking and changes of heart.

Another important aspect of training clinicians is helping them become sensitive to diversity issues and social justice. Addressing cultural issues throughout Couple and Family Therapy classes is an essential part of becoming a therapist. Adler University, through its mission, provides a supportive environment for classroom experience with multicultural aspects. I also strongly believe that students learn more when they are producing knowledge as well as consuming it. One of the key in helping them in this process is to encourage student participation through the use of specific in-class activities that stimulate learning and discussion.

Please email or call me 312.662.4314 if you have questions or would like more information about me.


  • Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University
  • M.D., Universitatea de Stat de Medicin? ?i Farmacie ‘Victor Babes’

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • International Center for Excellence in EFT (ICEEFT), Lifetime Member
  • International Family Therapy Association (IFTA)
  • Collaborative Family HealthCare Association (CFHA)
  • Romanian Family Therapy and Systemic Practice Association, Founding Member

Professional Projects

  • Adler School Global Scholars Project in Romania, in collaboration with the Areopagus Institute for Family Therapy, Timisoara, Romania

Select Publications

  • Ungureanu, I. (in press). Death of a child: impact on the parents’ couple relationship. In J. Fitzgerald (Ed.), Foundations for couples' therapy: Research for the real world. Oxon, UK: Taylor & Francis.
  • Ungureanu, I., & Sandberg, J.G (2010). "Broken Together" - Spirituality and religion as coping strategies for couples dealing with the death of a child: A literature review with clinical implications. Contemporary Family Therapy, 32 (3), 302-319.
  • Ungureanu, I., & Sandberg, J.G. (2008). Caring for dying children and their families: MFTs working at the gates of the Elysian Fields. Contemporary Family Therapy, 30(2), 75-91

Select Presentations

  • Johnson, B.K., & Ungureanu, I. Growing up poor: The impact of poverty on families and early childhood development. International Family Therapy Association. Kona, Hawaii, March 2016.
  • Ungureanu, I., Williams, I.D., & Thomas, C. Developing Opportunities for Faculty Exchanges Abroad. Northern Arizona University 6th International Conference on Psychology Education. Flagstaff, Arizona, August 2014. Panel presentation.
  • Ungureanu, I., & Lister, Z. Developing a psychosocial integrative component in an existing diabetes treatment program: Reflections and recommendations for interdisciplinary collaboration. 12th Collaborative Family Healthcare Association Annual Conference. Louisville, Kentucky, October 2010.
  • Ungureanu, I., & Sandberg, J.G. Losing a child: An EFT perspective on couples’ experience. 67th American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference. Sacramento, California, October 2009.


  • 2012 All University Doctoral Prize, Syracuse University
  • Irving B. Harris Fellowship, Chicago Center for Family Health
  • Graduate Assistantships, Syracuse University, 2005–2008