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At the Family Institute, you will be part of a team of therapists, therapists-in-training, researchers, educators and other professionals who work together to strengthen and strengthen and heal children, couples, families and individuals while advancing behavioral health through research and education.

We Partner to See Change

Together, we are reshaping how relationship-based behavioral health impacts our society.

Within the behavioral health community, The Family Institute at Northwestern University has a reputation for excellence within the realm of clinical work. There are leading experts and knowledgeable clinicians working here and there are wonderful opportunities for clinical growth. I feel appropriately supported in my clinical work and feel valued and respected as a therapist.

Daniel Lopez

Daniel Lopez

I've been working at The Family Institute for 21 years. Joining this organization was an outstanding decision, no regrets — The Family Institute's mission and values mirror my belief system, and I like our dedication to educating and training young marriage and family therapists to be excellent clinicians and thought leaders in the field. We have a lot of superstars in the field of marriage and family therapy here, and to be able to rub shoulders with them has been a wonderful experience for me. I would encourage anyone to come to The Family Institute. It's a very supportive and validating place to work.

David Taussig
Core Faculty member of the Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy Program

David Taussig
When I first joined The Family Institute, I was a student in the Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program, class of 2014. My academic experience was led by some of the most influential researchers and clinicians in the field. I quickly learned that The Family Institute prides themselves on maintaining an inclusive, informative and innovative voice in the field of marriage and family therapy. Upon receiving my doctorate, making the decision to return to such an integrative and collaborative space was a no brainer. I am incredibly excited to start my post-doctoral career at The Family Institute, ultimately gaining the opportunity to practice exceptional clinical work among outstanding colleagues.
Heather Lofton, Ph.D.
Core Faculty, MSMFT Program

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I have been at The Family Institute for close to seven years now. I started as an intake coordinator, then moved to client services manager, and most recently became online program assistant. The Family Institute has helped me re-discover my passion for helping others. My mission in life closely identifies with The Family Institute's mission — to help heal individuals, couples and families from all walks of life. I walk into work knowing we are changing lives and I am part of this change. My favorite thing about this organization is the people I work with every day and the impact this organization has had on my professional development. Thank you, The Family Institute!

Eduardo Cristiano
Online Program Assistant


In my tenth year at The Family Institute, I'm still excited to be here. With so many skilled colleagues up and down the halls, I'm able to tap into the best thinking that others have to offer. Behavioral health has become too complex for any one of us to know all the best practices, and so collaborating with my co-workers is a huge advantage in doing my best work.

Aaron Cooper

Aaron Cooper
Competitive Benefits
  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Voluntary life insurance for employees and family
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Working Mother's Initiative
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • 403B Retirement Savings Plan
Time Off
  • Vacation Time
  • Paid Sick Time
  • 8 Paid Holidays
  • Floating Holiday
  • Paid Jury Duty
  • Bereavement Leave
Professional Development
  • Tuition Program
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Dues for one Professional Organization

The Family Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.