Family Research and Resource Center

The Family Research and Resource Center (FRRC) is part of the Human Development and Family Science Program in the Department of Family and Consumer Science at New Mexico State University (NMSU). 

The facility was initially established in December of 2001 to meet the needs of student families attending New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Dona Ana Community College (DACC).

Over time, the mission of the FRRC is has evolved and now seeks to nurture the development of healthy relationships by providing therapy, evidence and research-based resource information, education, activities and referral services to students and families of New Mexico State University, Dona Ana Community College, and the larger Las Cruces, NM Community. 

This mission aligns with NMSU’s mission to serve the diverse needs of the state through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension and outreach, and public service. As the state’s land-grant and space-grant university, and as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, NMSU fosters learning, inquiry, diversity and inclusion, social mobility, and service to the broader community.

Couple, Marital and Family Therapy Clinic

Imbedded within the FRRC is NMSU’s Couple, Marital, and Family Therapy Clinic which provides strength-based and culturally responsive mental health services to individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan residing in New Mexico.  Additionally, family play therapy is offered through the Child and Family Play Therapy Center to assist children and families process emotions and situations that affect overall wellbeing.

All services are provided by graduate level students who are under close supervision of independent practitioners. The MFT interns are in the second year of training in the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program at NMSU.  The core faculty providing supervision to the interns are Dr. Merranda Romero Marin, a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Dr. Kourtney Vaillancourt, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and Dr. Marcel Montanez, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Given the rich, multi-disciplinary context that students are exposed to, the program prepares well-trained clinicians who can work in a variety of traditional mental health care settings, private practice, school-based and integrated healthcare settings.                                                                                


The FRRC offers a wide variety of educational activities to promote an understanding of living among diverse families and communities to increase connection and enhance healthy relationships. Our programs are designed for individuals, couples, parents and children to enhance their relationships as they interact as members of ecological systems.

Workshops are offered regularly, as are psychoeducational groups and research activities.  For a list of current activities, please visit our website at

We hope to meet your family soon!

Please call or email us for office hours.

Contact Info

Family Resource Center
4145 Sam Steel Way
200 Cervantes C-100
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Look for the green doors!
Phone: 575-646-2065
Fax: 575-646-1889

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