Sandra Stith, a professor and director of the human development program at Virginia Tech's Falls Church campus, has been awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Stith, of Falls Church, has been a member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1986 and program director since 1991. She teaches many of the core courses in the marriage and family therapy program, supervises students in the university's on-site clinic, chairs thesis committees and conducts research, particularly in the area of partner violence. She has authored two books, numerous book chapters and articles on issues of domestic violence, and is a frequent speaker at both national and international conferences.

Stith received her bachelor's from Oklahoma State University, and her master's and Ph.D. from Kansas State University.

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), founded in 1942, is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy, representing the professional interests of more than 23,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.