Dr. Irvin received her BS in secondary education from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. She taught at the secondary level for six years, and then pursued her masters in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, which was granted in 1976. She received her doctorate in Family Social Science in 1995. Dr. Irvin worked with Hennepin County Court Services for six years, where she specialized in divorce mediation and custody evaluations. She has been in private practice since 1981 in St. Paul, where the focus of her work is on separating and divorcing individuals, couples and families. Dr. Irvin's greyhounds are an integral part of her clinical work. She provides mediation, custody evaluations and parenting consulting, and has provided training in these areas nationally and internationally. Dr. Irvin taught in the marriage and family therapy program at Argosy University for seven years, serving as program chair for two of the seven years. Dr. Irvin specializes in teaching ethical and professional issues for marriage and family therapists, as well as teaching family law mediation. She is also co-founder of the Institute for Relational and Systemic Therapy, which provides structured supervision toward MFT licensure in Minnesota.