Bowden Templeton, PhD

Templeton, BowdenEducation

  • B.A., Anthropology and Sociology, Rhodes College
  • M.F.T., Marriage and Family Therapy, Mercer University
  • Ph.D., Child and Family Development, Marriage and Family Therapy, The University of Georgia

Research Interest

The underlying theme of Dr. Templeton’s scholarship focuses on the integration of primary care with behavioral and mental health services. Currently, a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program is funding telehealth infrastructure for provision of telebehavioral and mental health services at primary care sites in rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. The telemedicine equipment facilitates an integrated model of primary and behavioral health care services to help rural patients more effectively manage their overall health and wellness, especially those with chronic conditions exacerbated by untreated mental health and substance abuse issues. Data collected from the project addresses patient outcomes and the process and effectiveness of integrated telebehavioral and mental health services in primary care settings. Future directions involve funding to support the education and training of a behavioral health workforce for practice in rural and undeserved areas and to join a network of telebehavioral health providers working to establish an evidence base for telebehavioral health services.


  • Stinson, M. A., Bermudez, J., Gale, J., Lewis, D, M., Meyer, A. S., & Templeton, G.B. (2017). Marital satisfaction, conflict resolution styles, and religious attendance among Latino couples: Using the actor’s partner interdependence model. The Family Journal, 25(3), 215-223. DOI: 10.1177/1066480717710645
  • Meyer, A. S., Templeton, G. B., Stinson, M. A., & Codone, S. (2016). Teaching research methods to MFT master’s students: A comparison between scientist-practitioner and research-informed approaches. Contemporary Family Therapy, 38(3), 295-306. DOI: 10.1007/s10591-016-9385-7. Meyer, Templeton, Stinson & Codone (2016)
  • Templeton, G. B., Bush, K. R., Lash, S., Robinson, V., & Gale, J. (2008). Adolescent socialization in rural Appalachia: The perspectives of teens, parents and significant adults. Marriage & Family Review, 44(1), 52-80. DOI:10.1080/01494920802185322. Templeton, Bush, Lash, Robinson & Gale (2008)


Templeton, G. B. (PI) & Stinson, M. S. (Co PI) (2018).
Project Title: Mercer University School of Medicine Integrated Telebehavioral Health Project.
Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program.
Requested amount: $548,778.66.
Status: Funding decision received November 20, 2019
Amount funded: $403,332.00

Orr, J. M. (PI), Brown, R. (Co PI), & Templeton, G. B. (Co PI) (2007).
Project Title: Cancer Caregiver Education Program: Post Masters Certificate in Medical Family Therapy.
Funding Agency: Central Georgia Cancer Coalition and Mercer University School of Medicine.
Funding to develop Certificate in Medical Family Therapy.
Amount funded: $84,000.
Status: Completed.

Professional Involvement

  • The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • The Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT)

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