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How marriage impacts couples' mental and physical health

"The marriage benefit describes the fact that married adults live longer, rate their health better and report fewer chronic conditions and functional limitations compared to their non-married counterparts. And, this is specific to marriage," says Tamara Goldman Sher, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist and core faculty member of the Marriage and Family Therapy program. Read More

Progressive Approach Positions The Family Institute at the Forefront of Behavioral Health

CHICAGO – March 4, 2019 – January 1 officially ushered in The Family Institute at Northwestern University's 50th year of strengthening and healing families, couples, children and individuals from all walks of life through a high-quality system of results-oriented care. Read More

When rumination is and is not healthy

According to Jacob Goldsmith, Ph.D., thinking about embarrassing moments in the past is a normal part of how we function. It actually helps us identify opportunities for self-improvement and change our behaviors.  But this habit becomes problematic when it's all-consuming and is "part of a pervasive pattern of negative thoughts about self, [and] anxiety about the past or future. Or, when it causes significant distress and interferes with day-to-day life," says Dr. Goldsmith… Read More

Signs that you should seek out couples therapy

In this article on Bustle, Anthony Chambers, Ph.D., ABPP, discusses the signs that you and your partner could benefit from seeing a couples therapist. He identifies feelings of resentment, constant fighting, a sense of growing distance and absence of intimacy as warning signs of an unhealthy relationship.  Read More

Dr. Erika Lawrence quoted on newlyweds' depression

"One common reason why people feel depressed after getting married is because they spend most of their time, energy, and attention on planning for the wedding day rather than planning for the marriage," says Erika Lawrence, Ph.D., Director of Translational Science at The Family Institute. Read More

Dr. Maru Torres-Gregory is weekly guest on Noticias Univision Chicago - Primera Hora

As a weekly guest, Maru Torres-Gregory, J.D., Ph.D., will appear in three- to four-minute segments every Tuesday to discuss relationship and family issues of interest to the Spanish-speaking community in the Chicago area. Read More

Dr. Anthony Chambers provides tips for strengthening your relationship

In speaking with Business Insider, Anthony Chambers, Ph.D., ABPP, shares a few relationship tips to help couples strengthen their bond in 2019.  One of the most vital steps in improving your relationship is by focusing on your role as an individual, Dr. Chambers said. It's essential to concentrate on what you can do to change, not on what you can do to change your partner, he explained. Ultimately, the only person you have the ability to change is yourself. Read More

How to start and sustain a healthy lifestyle in the new year

In this Chicago Tribune article, Jacob Goldsmith, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, offers insights on how to improve your mental health in the new year. Some of his advice includes spending time on self-focus to figure out what you want and keeping a balance with your social life. The article appeared in both the online and print versions of the Chicago Tribune. Read More

Strategies for managing holiday stress and anxiety

Bustle recently published a series of articles to help readers navigate the coming holidays, addressing issues like holiday anxiety, stressful family reunions and heated family discussions about politics and religion. Featured as an expert in this series, Jacob Goldsmith, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist at The Family Institute, provides tips for taking care of your mental health during this holiday season. Read More

Senior Scholar Publishes New Book About Treating Difficult Divorce

In this newly published book, Jay Lebow, senior scholar and senior therapist at The Family Institute, presents his approach to treating difficult divorce that psychotherapists can use when working in various settings — with the whole family, a divorcing couple, a parent and child, or even an adult or child seen in individual therapy. Read More

Advice for helping someone with depression

Dr. Nancy Burgoyne describes how to help a loved one who is suffering with depression in an interview with Elizabeth Bernstein, Bonds columnist from The Wall Street Journal. Read article in The Wall Street Journal Read More

Dr. Jacob Goldsmith provides tips for keeping family discussions calm during the holidays

"Even the happiest, healthiest, most connected families can have some tension around the holidays. So whatever you're going through, rest assured, there are lots of other people out there going through the same thing," Dr. Goldsmith said. If your family didn't fare well this Thanksgiving, these tips can help you avoid and de-escalate arguments during the coming holidays.  Read More