Dr. Owenz is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Services. She has a doctorate degree in counseling psychology and ten years of clinical experience working with adults and families in community mental health and residential settings. Her clinical expertise is in family issues and process addiction and she completed her pre-doctoral internship at Oliver-Pyatt Centers for Eating Disorder Treatment.
Her current research and writing focuses on children’s screen time, with an emphasis on exploring parenting issues and the displacement effect. She is a member of ACA, NCRE, SCRD, the Children’s Screen Time Action Network, APA, and the Society for Media Psychology and Technology. She devotes time to advocacy work protecting children from predatory advertising and commercialization practices and protecting play and family time. She published the book, Spoiled Right: Delaying Screens and Giving Children What They Really Need in 2021 with Praeclarus Press.
She teaches courses in Infant and Child Development, Group Counseling, Introduction to Disability Studies, Case Management, and Introduction to Rehabilitation and Human Services. Her teaching style focuses on experiential learning, community-based learning, and universal design for learning.
Owenz, M. B., & Fowers, B. J. (2020). A Goal‐Theoretic framework for parental Screen‐Time monitoring behavior. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 12(3), 335-349. doi:10.1111/jftr.12384
Owenz, M. (2020). Analyzing a memoir of disability: Utilizing a group writing assignment to increase applicability and comprehension of course material. Prompt, 4(1), 50-59. doi:10.31719/pjaw.v4i1.57
Owenz, M., & Fowers, B. J. (2018). Perceived post-traumatic growth may not reflect actual positive change: A short-term prospective study of relationship dissolution. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(10), 3098-3116. doi:10.1177/0265407518811662
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami
M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University
B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Albright College