The MSMFT faculty is responsible for the execution of the academic and clinical components of the Program. All told there are 32 faculty members who contribute to the Program. There are four types of faculty: core, teaching, supervising and consulting. Some faculty members have more than one designation. Faculty members are recognized scholars with extensive clinical experience and all maintain active therapy practices. All faculty members are conversant with Integrative Systemic Therapy (IST), formerly known as Integrative Problem Centered Metaframeworks (IPCM) that serves as the umbrella perspective for learning systemic therapy, but they all have diverse backgrounds in a range of theories and practices. The composition of the faculty is also diverse with a mix of gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
Below is a list of faculty members followed by their biographies.
These faculty members are in charge of making sure the program runs smoothly, and they serve as the primary advisors to the students.
- Doug C. Breunlin, MSSA, LCSW, LMFT
- Tim Dwyer, PhD
- Shayna Goldstein, MSMFT, LMFT
- Jayne Kinsman, MSMFT, LMFT
- William Russell, MSW, LCSW, LMFT
- David E. Taussig, MSW, LCSW, LMFT
These are the faculty members that teach the courses in the MSMFT program.
- Danielle Black, PhD
- Doug C. Breunlin, MSSA, LCSW, LMFT
- Nancy Burgoyne, PhD, LCP
- Anthony Chambers, PhD, LCP, ABPP
- Tim Dwyer, PhD
- Shayna Goldstein, MSMFT, LMFT
- Carl Hampton, MSW, LCSW
- Catherine Buckley Hauser, PhD, LMFT
- Yaliu He, PhD,
- Jayne Kinsman, MSMFT, LMFT
- David Klow, MSMFT, LMFT
- Jennifer McComb, PhD, LMFT
- Julie Peterson, PsyD
- Cheryl Rampage, PhD
- Linda Rubinowitz, PhD, LCP, LMFT
- William Russell, MSW, LCSW, LMFT
- Alexandra Hambright Solomon, PhD, LCP
- Maru Torres-Gregory, PhD, JD, MS, LMFT
Clinical Supervising Faculty
These faculty members are group supervisors in charge of students' clinical cases.
- Brandon Bigby, MSMFT
- Beth Chung, MSMFT
- Tim Dwyer, PhD
- Karen E. Focht, MA, LMFT
- Dan Gill, MSMFT, LCPC
- Shayna Goldstein, MSMFT, LMFT
- Carl Hampton, MSW, LCSW
- David Hauser, PhD
- Carol Jabs, PhD, LCSW, LMFT
- Janet Donnelly London, MSSW, LCSW
- Corina Maria Teofilo Mattson, LMFT, AAMFT
- Jessica Miro, MSMFT, LMFT
- Chaaze Roberts, LMFT
- Linda Rubinowitz, PhD, LCP, LMFT
- Hannah Smith, MS, LMFT
- David E. Taussig, MSW, LCSW, LMFT
- Maru Torres-Gregory, PhD, JD, MS, LMFT
- Amy Wu, MS, LMFT
These faculty members augment the MSMFT program by lending their expertise to our students in terms of giving guest lecturers in courses and providing interested students with valuable research opportunities.
- Solomon Cytrynbaum, Ph.D
- Jacob Goldsmith, PhD
- Lynne Knobloch-Fedders, PhD, LCP
- Jay Lebow, PhD, LCP, ABPP, LMFT
- William M. Pinsof, PhD, LCP, ABPP, LMFT,
- Tamara Sher, PhD
- Richard E. Zinbarg, PhD, LCP
Brandon Bigby, MS, LMFT, Supervisor Candidate
Brandon Bigby provides both group and individual supervision in the MSMFT program. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Mr. Bigby received a Bachelor’s degree in French language and linguistics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and is a graduate of the Marital and Family Therapy Master’s program at The Family Institute. He is currently completing a doctoral degree in human development with concentration in couple and family therapy at Virginia Tech.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Bigby worked as a staff psychotherapist and the training coordinator at Live Oak, Inc. He has taught undergraduate courses on family relationships and human sexuality, as well as provided trainings and presentations on topics including maximizing supervision, multi-systemic/multicultural clinical practice, and trauma-informed practice.
Mr. Bigby’s research focuses on cyber bullying and gay identity development. His clinical interests include depression; LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families; and navigating life transitions.
Mr. Bigby is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Family Therapy Academy
Douglas Breunlin is a Clinical Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University and holds the McCormick Tribune Foundation Chair in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the Director of the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.
Mr. Breunlin received his Master’s in social work from Case Western Reserve University. His undergraduate degrees from the University of Notre Dame are in arts and letters and aeronautical engineering.
As Program Director, Mr. Breunlin oversees all aspects of graduate studies in the program, including academic and training design and implementation. He teaches “Methods of Systems Therapy” and several lectures in “Basic Concepts of Systems Theory.”
Mr. Breunlin is co-author (with Schwartz and MacKune-Karrer) of Metaframeworks: Transcending the Models of Family Therapy; editor of Stages: Patterns of Change Over Time; co-editor of the Handbook of Family Therapy Training and Supervision (with co-editors Liddle and Schwartz). He is currently working on a new book with several co-authors titled Integrative Problem Centered Metaframeworks (IPCM). This book addresses the perspective being taught in the Program. He is also an Editor-in- Chief (with Jay Lebow and Anthony Chambers) of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. He has written more than 65 articles and conducts workshops nationally and abroad.
Mr. Breunlin serves on the editorial board of Family Process and Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. He has served as Secretary, Treasurer and Board member of the American Family Therapy Academy. He is an Approved Supervisor and Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
His professional areas of interest have included family therapy training, the integration of family therapy models, working with school systems and consultation to family businesses. He has made unique contributions to the study of structure and sequences in families and the issue of personal competence within the family life cycle. Mr. Breunlin implemented the Peaceable Schools Initiative, designed to personalize a high school environment with the two-fold goal of improving performance of non-traditional learners and reducing school violence. Published studies have documented the efficacy of this program. As Program Director of the Family Business Program, Mr. Breunlin is the principal investigator of a study on the narrative of founders regarding succession. He also spearheads a group who provide consultation to family businesses.
Mr. Breunlin has been involved extensively in training marriage and family therapists. Before joining the Institute, he was Director of Student Unit Training at the Family Institute in Cardiff, Wales and was the Director of the Family Systems Program at Chicago’s Institute for Juvenile Research. He also consulted for 12 years to Cook County Hospital’s Departments of Pediatrics and Family Practice, and has provided consultation to mental health centers, special education programs and residential facilities.
Mr. Breunlin is licensed both as a clinical social worker and a marriage and family therapist, and is a certified mediator. His clinical interests include: family business issues; couples; siblings; male development; mediation and conflict resolution; intimacy and sexual problems; marital conflict; long-term marriages; school problems.
Nancy Burgoyne, PhD, Supervisor Equivalent
Nancy Burgoyne, PhD, is the Chief Clinical Officer and Vice President for Clinical Services at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Burgoyne is a licensed clinical psychologist and a marriage and family therapist. She is on the teaching faculty in Marriage and Family Therapy Program in the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies and a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University.
Dr. Burgoyne received her Bachelor's degree in Human Development from Boston College, summa cum laude, and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees, with distinction, in clinical-community psychology from DePaul University, where she was an Arthur J. Schmidt Academic Fellow. She completed her internship and postgraduate work in The Family Systems Program at the Institute for Juvenile Research, University of Illinois.
Dr. Burgoyne teaches two classes in the MFT program: “Self and Systems: Theory and Applications”, and “Family of Origin: A Systemic Perspective on Vulnerability and Resilience”. In both courses, she engages students in a thorough assessment of their own experience, beliefs and competencies in order to access, develop and then apply their strengths and expanded self-understanding to their clinical work.
In teaching, Dr. Burgoyne: (1) Seeks to create an environment in the classroom that stimulates and supports learning. To master the material in her classes requires intra-psychic and interpersonal risk-taking. Hence, Dr. Burgoyne solicits from and collaborates with her students to make the classroom environment safe. (2) Views teaching interactions as an opportunity to punctuate the contribution of cultural diversity to an issue at hand. She encourages her students to honor their own experience as a starting point for considering with greater respect, fewer assumptions, and invariably greater humility, the cultural contexts of their classmates, their clients, and the contexts in which they find themselves.
Dr. Burgoyne has an active clinical practice. Her clinical interest include life stage transitions (including: adolescent adjustment, emerging adults, adult children and parent relationship issues; personal/existential/ identity exploration & growth; cultural transition); systemically focused family of origin work; families with chronically mentally ill members; divorce recovery; post-divorce co-parenting; loss and grief. She is an LGBTQ ally and is committed to approaching her work with cultural humility.
Dr. Burgoyne is a member of The American Psychological Association, Division 43, Family Psychology, and of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. She has been a practicing clinician and mental health professional for over 25 years.
Anthony Chambers, PhD, LCP, ABPP, Approved Supervisor
Anthony Chambers, PhD, ABPP, is the Chief Academic Officer, Vice President for Education and Research, and a Board Certified Couple and Family Psychologist on staff at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Chambers is also the Director for Northwestern University’s Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. He is the former Director of both the Couple Therapy program and the Postdoctoral Fellowship program at The Family Institute, and one of the few Psychologists nationwide Board Certified in treating couples (ABPP-CFP). Dr. Chambers is also the current President for the American Psychological Association’s Society for Couple and Family Psychology, which is the premiere national organization for Couple and Family Psychologists.
Dr. Chambers received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Hampton University and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia (Department of Psychology). He completed his internship and post-doctoral clinical residency at Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital (HMS/MGH), specializing in the treatment of couples. Dr. Chambers also completed a two-year postgraduate fellowship specializing in couple therapy at The Family Institute. His clinical interests also include premarital counseling. Dr. Chambers has completed training and is an approved provider in two of the most comprehensive and well respected divorce-prevention/marriage enhancing programs in the world: PREP (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program) and PREPARE/ENRICH. Dr. Chambers has also completed training in and has published with the creator of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (ECFT), one of the few empirically validated treatments for couple distress.
Dr. Chambers' passion, clinical, teaching, and scholarly interests all focus on strengthening the relationships of couples from all walks of life. Dr. Chambers has been one of the faculty members teaching an exciting, innovative course at Northwestern University entitled "Building Loving and Lasting Relationships: Marriage 101". This course is taught to undergraduates about partner selection and the intricacies of committed, romantic relationships, especially marriage, with the ultimate goal of enhancing relationships and preventing problems.
Dr. Chambers embraces the Scientist Practitioner model of therapy by using research to inform clinical practice. Thus, in addition to maintaining a very large clinical practice comprised of 90% couples, Dr. Chambers also engages in scholarly writing, teaching and public speaking aimed at disseminating the latest knowledge about how to have a healthy relationship. He is the author of numerous book chapters, journal articles, and national presentations devoted to summarizing the science behind assessing and treating common couples’ problems (i.e., communication, trust, intimacy, parenting, conflict resolution). He has also published and lectured extensively on additional topics including the transition to marriage, the transition to parenthood, African American couples, and inter-racial couples. While at HMS/MGH, Dr. Chambers was a part of their IVF program aimed at helping couples struggling with fertility issues. Dr. Chambers’ has also made multiple media appearances discussing topics such as “Surviving Infidelity” and “Avoiding marriage’s No. 1 pitfall: Money troubles”.
Dr. Chambers’ professional accomplishments have resulted in becoming a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and its Division of Couple and Family Psychology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology. Dr. Chambers is on the Board of Directors of several academic and professional organizations devoted to strengthening couples and families. He is also on the editorial board for the journal Family Process, and is the Associate Editor for the flagship journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.
Dr. Chambers’ most proud achievement is that he has been happily married for 13 years and has a beautiful daughter. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, watching movies and ESPN, watching reruns of Seinfeld and West Wing, and traveling.
Clinical Interests include couples struggling with intimacy, communication, and conflict; premarital counseling; African American couples/marriages; inter-racial/ethnic couples and marriages; transitions to parenthood and adulthood; individual adults; fathers’ & men’s’ issues; career planning.
Beth Chung, MS, LMFT, Approved Supervisor
Beth Chung is both an individual and group supervisor in The Family Institute’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program. After earning her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and English, she pursed and earned her Master’s degree from The Family Institute’s MSMFT program. She currently works in a partial hospitalization setting as a family therapist and clinical coordinator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and also sees patients in private practice. Beth specializes in mood disorders, adoption issues, behavioral dysregulation, trauma, self-harm, and suicidality and works extensively in the family context. She concentrates her clinical work to children, teens, and young adults with their parents to address life cycle transitions and support families along the process.
Tim Dwyer, PhD, LMFT, is a licensed marital and family therapist. Dr. Dwyer is Director of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Couple and Family Therapy. He is a Core Faculty of the MSMFT Program and a senior clinical staff therapist. He also teaches, provides clinical supervision, and supervision mentoring in the MFT program. He is the former Director of the MSMFT Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University and is currently the AAMFT President-elect.
Prior to joining The Family Institute, Dr. Dwyer was Associate Professor at Loyola University New Orleans; program director of graduate counseling and clinical director at Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans; Adjunct Clinical Professor at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry; and maintained a private practice in New Orleans.
Dr. Dwyer earned his PhD in 1995 from Purdue University in marriage and family therapy in 1995, his master's degree in family studies in 1990 and his bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology in 1982 from Michigan State University. He is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Tim is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Illinois, Louisiana and Michigan.
Dr. Dwyer treats individuals, couples and families.
Karen Focht, MA, LMFT, Approved Supervisor
Karen Focht is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who facilitates individual and group supervision within the MSMFT program. She received a BA from the University of Toledo in Social Work and then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University.
Prior to starting her private practice, Ms. Focht worked for Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4), where she provided crisis intervention and therapy services for children, young adults, and their families.
Ms. Focht currently owns a group practice made up exclusively of Marriage and Family Therapists who provide individual, couple, and family therapy in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Her clinical interests and expertise include effective communication, conflict resolution, transitional distress, anxiety, depression and trauma. Karen is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an active member in the Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT) Chicago Chapter.
Dan Gill, MSMFT, LCPC, Supervisor Equivalent
Dan Gill supervises in the Family Institute’s Community Program. He has extensive experience doing in-home therapy on Chicago’s south and west sides. In addition to his interest in social justice, Mr. Gill works with: children with anxiety, depression, and academic underachievement; families formed by fostering and adoption; divorce and changes in family leadership (loss, incarceration, transitions to extended family care and to fictive kin, etc.); adolescents and young adults with relationship, identity, and issues of Self; adults with marital and relationship issues; parents with issues raising adolescents and young adults; adults negotiating expected and unexpected life transitions; group and individual clinical supervision.
Jacob Goldsmith, PhD, Supervisor Candidate
Jacob Goldsmith is a staff therapist at The Family Institute and the Associate Clinical Director of The Epstein Center for Psychotherapy Change. Dr. Goldsmith received his PhD in clinical psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he studied psychotherapy change processes and client-therapist relationships. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Family Institute to further develop his skills as a researcher and clinician in the areas of couple and family therapy. Dr. Goldsmith has a particular passion for working with young adults with a broad range of issues including transition to adulthood, identity development, sexual identity, relationships, and recovery from trauma.
As Associate Clinical Director of The Epstein Center, Dr. Goldsmith conducts research on psychotherapy processes, and the integration of technology into clinical practice. He works to develop techniques for empirically informed therapy, bringing data into the therapy room in ways that fosters creativity. He provides training and empirically informed consultation to students and supervisors in the MFT program.
Shayna Goldstein, MSMFT, LMFT, Approved Supervisor
Shayna Goldstein is on faculty as a Clinical Lecturer of Psychology at Northwestern University and a Core Faculty member in the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. She is a first year Group Supervisor and supervision mentor. Ms. Goldstein co-teaches the Pre-Practicum course in the first quarter and presents lectures in the MSMFT program on clinical work with LGBTQ clients. She is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Ms. Goldstein received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies at Indiana University. She then received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University with extensive clinical training at The Family Institute's Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic. Ms. Goldstein completed two years of advanced training as a Postgraduate Clinical Fellow at The Family Institute and completed the Chicago Training Collaborative certificate program for clinical practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) individuals and their families.
Ms. Goldstein maintains an active clinical practice specializing in the treatment of couples, families and individuals. Some areas of clinical interest include: Individual adults and young adult therapy; couple conflict, intimacy and relationship satisfaction; LGBTQ identity and relationships; life transitions; stress; depression; anxiety.
Carl Hampton, MSW, LCSW, Supervisor Equivalent
Carl Hampton received his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice/Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981 and a Master of Social Work from University of Illinois, Jane Addams College of Social Work in 1985. Mr. Hampton is both a clinical supervisor and faculty member in the Master of Science Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northwestern University. He also serves as the Director of the Family Institute’s Community Outreach Program that provides on-site counseling services at several public schools and community agencies.
Mr. Hampton has 30 years of experience in general practice treating adolescents, individuals, couples and families. He has a special interest in working with families around cultural issues. Mr. Hampton has been a practicing mediator for more than 20 years and specializes in high-conflict divorce, family business and commercial disputes. Clinical Interests include Ericksonian hypnotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Multi-Systemic Family Therapy, Mindfulness meditation, stress reduction and management consultation, life coaching and mediation; conflict resolution; premarital counseling, post-divorce and blended family consultation, addiction and substance use disorders, sport psychological services. He also provides substance use disorder treatment to the National Football League and has consulted to both college and professional sport organizations. Mr. Hampton is an AAMFT-approved supervisor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Catherine Buckley Hauser, PhD, LMFT, Supervisor Candidate
Dr. Catherine Buckley Hauser is a Clinical Lecturer in the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program. Dr. Hauser teaches “Working with Children in the Context of the Family”. This is a first-year course which provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge in working clinically with children individually and in the contexts of their families.
Dr. Hauser received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science with a specialization in Early Childhood Development from The Ohio State University, and has a second Master of Science degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Northwestern University. Dr. Hauser received her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University.
Dr. Hauser’s primary area of specialization is parenting young children. She has amassed significant clinical training in working with young children from all walks of life including children and families from under resourced communities. Her training has resulted in several publications devoted to effective parenting of young children with acting out behaviors and challenges regulating their emotions. Her research has also examined the co-parenting relationship in order to help parents work more effectively together as a unit as well as helping them navigate the transition to parenthood. Dr. Hauser’s cutting-edge research has resulted in numerous awards and presentations at local, national, and international conferences.
David Hauser, PhD, Supervisor Equivalent
Dr. David Hauser is a staff marital and family therapist at The Family Institute. He is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. Dr. Hauser teaches the “Advanced Intimated Relations” course for 2nd year students in the MSMFT program. Additionally, he supervises therapists-in-training at the Institute. Dr. Hauser has previously lectured at Loyola University of Chicago, Purdue University and Arizona State University on varied subjects including family therapy with older adults, introduction to family/systems therapy, psychological challenges for transgendered individuals, and the societal and psychological impact of new technologies in the 21st Century.
Dr. Hauser received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University researching manifestations of generativity across human development, in addition to a separate line of research on cross-cultural and humanistic values. He received his Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy at Northwestern in the MSMFT program.
His psychotherapy practice at The Family Institute focuses on working with families, couples, and individuals to better understand and heal relationships. He specializes in working with males across the lifespan, in addition to couples and family therapy. He also writes and publishes in the popular press on topics related to psychology, sports, and culture.
Dr. Yaliu He is the Madigan Family Clinical Research Postdoctoral Fellow with the Family Institute at Northwestern University. She is a Clinical Lecturer in the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program. Dr. He has a Master’s in Applied Psychology from Tsinghua University, P.R. China, and a PhD in Family Social Science from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Dr. He’s clinical interests include couple conflicts, premarital counseling, family transitions, acculturation and immigration issues, individual adults’ depression and anxiety, and adolescents’ self-image and adaptation. Dr. He has worked extensively with youth, couples and their families in community mental health, clients’ home, and private practice settings. In addition to clinical work, she has a rigorous research agenda on examining family-based prevention/interventions, psychotherapy change processes, and military families’ resilience and adjustment after reintegration. She works collaboratively on the Psychotherapy Change Project at The Family Institute to understand change-mechanisms within psychotherapy practice. She has published several peer-reviewed articles and given numerous national presentations. She teaches the Family Research course to train students to be critical consumers of research who incorporate research into their clinical practice.
Carol Jabs, PhD, LCSW, LMFT, Approved Supervisor
Carol Jabs is a clinical supervisor in Northwestern University's Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MSMFT) Program. She received her Master's and Doctoral degrees in social work from the University of Chicago and is a graduate of The Family Institute's Two-Year Postgraduate Training Program in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dr. Jabs has trained and practiced in community mental health and hospital settings. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in social work at the University of Chicago and since 1981, has been a faculty member at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. Dr. Jabs treats individuals, couples, and families, with specific clinical interests in the areas of marital interaction, depression and its impact on significant relationships, and life stage transitions in families.
Jayne Kinsman, MSMFT, LMFT, Approved Supervisor
Jayne Kinsman is the Director of Clinical Training at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a concentration in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University. She then completed two years of advanced clinical training in The Family Institute's Postgraduate Clinical Fellowship Program. She was the Chief Fellow in the second year of the program.
Ms. Kinsman is a member of both the MSMFT Core Faculty and the teaching faculty. She co-teaches the Pre-practicum course in the first quarter of the MFT program and has been invited to speak as a guest lecturer in several MFT courses. Ms. Kinsman also provides individual supervision to two MFT students each year. Her philosophy of supervision is founded in the Family Institute Perspective. She works to help her supervisees fully understand how to integrate systemic theory with practice using this integrative perspective.
In her clinical practice, Ms. Kinsman works with couples, families and individuals. Particular areas of interest include couple intimacy and conflict; families with adolescents; school-related issues; LGBT identity and relationships; mindfulness; stress management; depression; loss; trauma; and anger management. She also has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Ms. Kinsman is an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family therapy (AAMFT). She is a clinical member of AAMFT and IAMFT.
David Klow, MSMFT, LMFT, Approved Supervisor
David Klow is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Lecturer for Northwestern’s Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program. He is also in private practice at, and owner of, Skylight Counseling Center in Chicago and Skokie. He received his Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University along with extensive clinical training at The Family Institute’s Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic. He then completed advanced training in The Family Institute Post-Graduate Clinical Fellowship.
Mr. Klow is a faculty member in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at The Family Institute and teaches the Group Therapy Internship. He believes in the power of experiential learning in the classroom, and aims to educate the entire person.
Mr. Klow works with families, couples and individuals, and has created and runs numerous therapy groups. His clinical interests include men’s issues, personal growth and transitions, meditation, couple intimacy and communication, family transitions, depression and anxiety, anger management, and group therapy. He is a Clinical Member of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Lynne Knobloch-Fedders, PhD, LCP
Lynne Knobloch-Fedders is a Staff Therapist at The Family Institute. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She completed her internship in clinical psychology at the University of Notre Dame, where she treated individuals and couples. She also completed the Dr. John J.B. Morgan Fellowship at The Family Institute. In addition to her own research work in the area of depression, she is currently collaborating on The Family Institute's Psychotherapy Change Project. Her clinical interests are: individuals; couples; family therapy with adolescents and adults; premarital counseling; family life-stage transitions; gender issues.
Jay Lebow, PhD, LCP, ABPP, LMFT, Approved Supervisor
Jay Lebow is a Clinical Professor of Psychology in Northwestern University's Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program, and leads a practicum group for the doctoral clinical psychology program at Northwestern University. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist, licensed marital and family therapist and research consultant at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Lebow received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University and is also a graduate of The Family Institute's training program.
Dr. Lebow has maintained a large clinical practice in individual, couple and family therapy for more than 30 years. He is also involved in ongoing treatment research at The Family Institute concerned with assessing progress in psychotherapy and the development of the STIC® (Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change).
Dr. Lebow is board certified in Family Psychology, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and its Divisions of Clinical and Family Psychology, a clinical member and an approved supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, treasurer of the American Family Therapy Academy, past president of The American Psychological Association's Division of Family Psychology, a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Psychology, a fellow of the Academy of Family Psychology and a former member of the Board of the Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
His publications include three edited volumes: Family Psychology: The Art of the Science (with William Pinsof), The Clinical Handbook of Family Therapy, and the Integrative/Eclectic volume of the Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy. He is also the author of 100 book chapters and articles including an end-of-decade review of couple therapy; the practice update concerned with couple therapy for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; a chapter reviewing the research literature in family therapy for the Annual Review of Psychology; chapters overviewing couple and family therapy in Comprehensive Clinical Psychology, the Psychologist's Desk Reference, and the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry; as well as numerous articles and chapters dealing with integrative therapy, research in couple and family therapy, and assessment and treatment in divorce when there is conflict over child custody and visitation. He is a contributing editor and writes a regular column on the relation of research to practice for Family Therapy Networker and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy and the editor of Family Process.
Janet Donnelly London, LCSW, Approved Supervisor
Janet Donnelly London is a Group Supervisor in the MSMFT Program and an Individual Supervisor of Supervision at TFI. She received a BS from Cornell University in human development and family studies, an MSSW from UW-Madison, and a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from TFI’s two-year postgraduate training program.
Prior to starting her private practice, Ms. London worked at a psychiatric hospital with adolescents, at the Institute for Juvenile Research providing community based treatment and supervision, and at a private medical clinic in the Chicago area. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who treats individuals, couples, and families, an Approved Supervisor of AAMFT, and a trained divorce mediator. Her clinical interests include couple intimacy and conflict, women’s issues, blended families, young adults, parenting issues across the life cycle, lesbian and gay relationships, and bilingual (Spanish-English) therapy.
Corina Maria Teofilo Mattson, LMFT, Approved Supervisor
Corina Mattson is a Clinical Supervisor at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Ms. Mattson provides group supervision to a cohort of first year students in the Cinic as well as a cohort of second year students who provide family therapy support within the community. In addition to her role at The Family Institute, she is a Bilingual Therapist and the Director of Programs and Administration at Live Oak in Chicago. Ms. Mattson is also an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor for which she provides supervisory mentoring to developing Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisors.
Ms. Mattson graduated with a Bachelor degree in Family and Social Science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI. Her clinical training was at the Clinical Services Center in Menomonie, WI and at St. Paul Youth Services in St. Paul, MN.
Ms. Mattson started her career Pillars, a community mental health agency in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. While at Pillars, she gained experience facilitating family therapy in both English and Spanish. Since 2012, Ms. Mattson has worked at Live Oak as the Director of Programs and Administration. In this role she conducts clinical work focusing on English and Spanish language therapy with Multi-Cultural Couples. In addition to the clinical work, Ms. Mattson facilitates supervision, engages in program development, and manages a range of administrative responsibilities for the organization.
Since 2011, Ms. Mattson has been a Group Supervisor at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, focusing on providing students with exposure to a range of supervisory interventions. In addition to clinical training, she provides her students with an education on interacting with the range of providers and resources that are relevant to the clients with whom the students work.
Jennifer McComb, PhD, LMFT, CST, Approved Supervisor
Dr. Jennifer McComb is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Dr. McComb is a certified sex therapist by the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), a member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) and a member of the Scientific Network on Female Sexuality and Cancer.
Dr. McComb received her Master's degree in Family Relations and Human Development with a specialization in human sexuality from the University of Guelph. She has extensive training in human sexuality/sex therapy and treats individuals and couples with sexuality related concerns. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Jennifer worked in a problem gambling treatment program where she specialized in working with individual, couples and families impacted by problem gambling.
Dr. McComb received her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University. She is an adjunct professor at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She currently teaches the Sex Therapy Course for students in the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, has authored several publications, and has presented on sexuality, gambling, and clinical supervision at local and national conferences.
Jessica Miro, MSMFT, LMFT, Approved Supervisor
Jessica Miro is a Group Supervisor in the MSMFT Program. She received a BA from the University of Rochester in Psychology and is a graduate of TFI's MSMFT program. Prior to private practice, Ms. Miro worked for Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) in both the outpatient and crisis therapy departments, working with couples, families, and children. She now owns and runs a group practice, Pinnacle Counseling, located in downtown Chicago dedicated to serving individuals, couples, and families. Ms. Miro is a Clinical Member of AAMFT and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Her areas of special interest include couples' issues (primarily around life cycle changes, trust issues, and premarital work), bereavement and loss, difficulties around life transitions, and issues in family business relationships.
Julie Peterson, PsyD
Dr. Julie Peterson is a Clinical Postdoctoral Fellow with The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a double minor in English and Community Conflict Resolution from North Central College in Naperville, IL. She has also had the opportunity to study Neuropsychology and Psycholinguistics for a semester at the University of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland. Dr. Peterson continued her education at Adler University where she received both her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dr. Peterson's training has focused on becoming a socially responsible practitioner by working with diverse underserved populations from various areas of Chicagoland and work towards community well-being. She places a large emphasis on support in addition to symptom reduction and uses her training in cultural diversity to respectfully inform her therapeutic approach. Dr. Peterson thoughtfully integrates perspectives from Family Systems and Adlerian theory to assist clients through discouragements in their lives that may cause them to feel stuck in life transitions. Her therapeutic interventions encourage the client’s assets and creativity to empower his or her ability to enhance every aspect of his or her life.
Her clinical interests include: Adult Children and Parent Relationship Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety/Panic, Autism/Asperger’s, Child Behavioral Problems, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Couples Conflict, Depression/Mood Disorders, Developmental Disorders, Life Stage Transitions, Parenting Issues, Premarital Issues and Counseling, School Issues, Sibling Issues, Special Needs Children and their Families, Transition to Parenthood, Women’s Issues, Work/Life Balance Issues.
Dr. William Pinsof received his PhD in clinical psychology from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His academic and research work has focused on evaluating the outcome of marriage and family therapy, understanding the process of marriage and family therapy and the integration of different therapeutic approaches for maximal cost effectiveness.
His work on psychotherapy integration culminated in the publication, by Basic Books, of Integrative Problem Centered Therapy: A Synthesis of Family, Individual and Biological Therapies (1995). He has also edited four books: the 2005 volume that he co-edited with Jay Lebow, Family Psychology: The Art of the Science, published by Oxford University Press; a special issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy (1995) that he co-edited with Lyman C. Wynne, dedicated to reviewing all of the controlled research on the outcomes of couple and family therapy; a special issue of Family Process (Vol. 41, No. 2, summer 2002) entitled, "Marriage in the 20th Century in Western Civilization: Trends, Research, Therapy, and Perspectives"; and the classic work he co-edited with Leslie Greenberg, The Psychotherapeutic Process: A Research Handbook, (1986) New York: Guilford Press.
Additionally, Dr. Pinsof is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Pinsof received the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Family Therapy Research Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in 1996, the Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice Award from the American Family Therapy Academy in 2001, and the 2001 Family Psychologist of the Year from the American Psychological Association Division 43 - Family Psychology.
Dr. Pinsof is a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist as well as an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Cheryl Rampage, PhD, Approved Supervisor
Dr. Cheryl Rampage is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, a licensed clinical psychologist and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She teaches “Intimate Relations II” in the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program. Dr. Rampage is the co-author of Feminist family therapy: A casebook, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles on the subjects of gender in couple therapy, issues of adoptive families, and training of marriage and family therapists.
Dr. Rampage is the founding director of the marriage and family therapy program at Northwestern University, and has supervised more than 200 graduate students. In addition to Intimate Relations, she has taught Law and Ethics in Marriage and Family Therapy, Human Development, Family Life Cycle, and Psychopathology. She was previously the director of the marriage and family therapy program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She has maintained an active clinical practice for more than 30 years.
Chaazé Roberts, LMFT, Supervisor Candidate
Chaazé Roberts is a Community Supervisor in the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program at The Family Institute. He holds a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University, where he obtained his extensive clinical training. Mr. Roberts then completed two years of advanced training in The Family Institute Postgraduate Clinical Fellowship Program. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana.
Mr. Roberts works with families, couples, individuals, groups and children/adolescents. He has a particular passion and commitment to working with adolescents dealing with emotional and behavioral regulation difficulties, low self-esteem and life transition issues. In addition, he works with men and their issues, including emerging adult males dealing with the stresses of life transitions. Mr. Roberts is the Chief of Staff at The Family Institute. He also leads the Men's Group as well as being involved with groups for pre-adolescent and adolescent boys.
In all of these contexts, his understanding and sensitivity of multiculturalism and its impact on the therapeutic process is a prominent part of his work. This in part stems from his personal four year traveling journey that he took across four continents and into more than 20 countries throughout North America, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, India, and West Africa. Mr. Roberts has worked with individuals, various combinations of cross-cultural couples and families from the USA, Poland, Mexico, Colombia, Israel, Ecuador, Jamaica, Venezuela, Nigeria, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Greece, India, Spain, Philippines, Zimbabwe, France, Suriname and Pakistan to name a few. He is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
His clinical interest include Multicultural, immigrant, and African American family systems; child and adolescent family systems; adoptive and blended families; couples issues; inter-racial and cross-cultural couples; premarital therapy; men and emerging adult male issues; group therapy; spirituality.
Linda Rubinowitz, PhD, LCP, LMFT, Approved Supervisor
Dr. Linda Rubinowitz is a licensed clinical psychologist and a licensed marriage and family therapist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Psychology Department at Northwestern University.
Dr. Rubinowitz graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor's degree in Speech and Language Pathology, from National-Louis University with a Master's degree in early childhood/special education and from Northwestern University with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology.
Dr. Rubinowitz is on the teaching faculty and is a second-year clinical group supervisor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She developed and teaches a course in family of origin from a systemic and psychodynamic approach. She is an Approved Supervisor from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. For a decade she was the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern where she taught multiple courses, provided clinical supervision and administration. Her systemic relational perspective is woven throughout her teaching, supervision and administrative approach.
Her clinical interests include stress, depression, anxiety, adult children and parents, midlife and aging issues, health psychology, medical family therapy, grief and loss, gender issues, couple intimacy and conflict, transition to marriage, parenting across the life cycle, and family life cycle transitions.
She is a member of the American Family Therapy Association (AFTA), American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Rubinowitz is a media expert with over 100 citations in national and local media, including The New York Times, US News & World Report, Newsweek, Parenting Magazine, Child, Parents, Working Woman, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, USA Weekend Magazine. Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Crain's Chicago Business, and other local newspapers and magazines. In the area of broadcast journalism she has been featured on NBC Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and did a 14-part ABC parenting series that aired nationally. She has been a frequent guest on local TV channels and local and national radio shows including National Public Radio.
William P. Russell, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, Approved Supervisor
William P. Russell is a Senior Staff Therapist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University and the Core Faculty Director for the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy (MSMFT) Program at Northwestern University. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University’s Department of Psychology. Mr. Russell graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He received a Master’s degree in social work from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1976. He completed three years of postgraduate training in marital and family therapy and family therapy supervision at the Family Systems Program of the Institute for Juvenile Research.
Mr. Russell has a number of roles in the MSMFT Program. He teaches the “Basic Concepts in Systems Therapy” course, lectures in several other courses, provides supervision mentoring to AAMFT Supervisor Candidates, and advises students. As Core Faculty Director, he works closely with the Program Director on program development and planning, provides leadership to the core faculty, participates in the admissions process, and serves on several committees. As chair of the accreditation committee, he has successfully led two reaccreditation efforts on behalf of the MSMFT program. Integrative Systemic Therapy (IST), formerly known as Integrative Problem Centered Metaframeworks (IPCM), guides his clinical practice, teaching, supervision, and core faculty activities. He is a former Program Director of the MSMFT program.
For over 35 years, Mr. Russell has practiced systemic psychotherapy, developed and administered mental health service programs, and trained and supervised therapists. He has worked in academic institutions, community agencies, private practice, a therapeutic school, and the Veterans Administration. For many years he was the Director of Community Programs at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. In this role he developed, supervised, and administered a network of twelve community-based mental health programs for economically disadvantaged families. Over the years he has taught and supervised systemic, integrative psychotherapy in several contexts, with past faculty appointments at The School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, the Family Systems Program of the Institute for Juvenile Research, and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Mr. Russell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. He is a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a Member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. His clinical interests include couples, loss, young adult and adolescent adjustment, post-traumatic stress disorder, veterans’ readjustment, men’s issues, substance abuse, depression, and life cycle/relationship transitions. He has given many presentations on his clinical interests, including recent talks at national and state-wide professional conferences on the training of marriage and family therapists, the treatment of veterans and their families, and the Integrative Problem Centered Metaframeworks (IPCM) perspective, now called Integrative Systemic Therapy (IST). Earlier in his career, Mr. Russell wrote journal articles on a therapeutic school for adolescents with behavior disorders and the conduct of family therapy with adolescents. In the last five years, he has co-authored journal articles and book chapters on IPCM. He is lead author of the IPCM chapter in the Handbook of Family Therapy and co-author of the forthcoming book on IST.
Tamara Sher, PhD
Dr. Tamara Sher is a licensed clinical psychologist. She maintains an active clinical practice specializing in the treatment of couples and individuals. Dr. Sher is a health psychologist which means that she includes couples where one member has a medical illness and individuals with medical issues as particular areas of expertise.
Dr. Sher received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. She completed her internship training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago where she then served on the medical school faculty for seven years. She was also the head of the health psychology track of the internship program at Rush and Director of the Couples and Health program there.
In 1994, Dr. Sher moved to Illinois Institute of Technology where she progressed from Assistant Professor to Full Professor and Director of Clinical Training over the 17 years that she worked there.
Dr. Sher moved to The Family Institute in 2011 to take over the position of Vice President of Research and to move her private practice to The Family Institute.
Dr. Sher is the author of dozens of research publications, a co-editor of a book published by the American Psychological Association (The Psychology of Couples and Illness) and serves on the editorial boards of Health Psychology and Journal of Family Therapy.
Hannah Smith, MS, LMFT, Supervisor Candidate
Hannah Smith is a licensed marriage and family therapist at The Family Institute and serves as both an individual and community group supervisor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She also acts as research coordinator within the program, connecting graduate students interested in research with researchers in the broader Northwestern community.
Ms. Smith received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Northwestern University. She then received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University with extensive clinical training in integrative and systemic models at the Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic. Prior to joining the staff practice at The Family Institute, Ms. Smith was an outpatient therapist at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) serving under-resourced populations.
Ms. Smith maintains an active clinical practice specializing in the treatment of couples, families, and individuals. She believes in the importance of considering cultural issues, larger societal factors, and the mind-body-spirit connection when addressing various presenting concerns.
Alexandra Hambright Solomon, PhD, LCP
Dr. Alexandra H. Solomon is an Clinical Assistant Professor and a Staff Therapist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Solomon received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies, and graduated with High Distinction and with High Honors in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She then received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University in 2001 as well as a graduate certificate in Gender Studies. During graduate school, she was awarded the Dr. John J.B. Morgan Fellowship and worked at The Family Institute as a research and clinical fellow.
Dr. Solomon teaches “Intimate Relations I”, a first year course that teaches students about love, intimacy and commitment while preparing them to work competently with couples in the treatment room. She is also an individual supervisor in the MSMFT program. She also teaches an innovative and popular undergraduate course at Northwestern University, “Building Loving and Lasting Relationships: Marriage 101”. The course has received local, national and international media attention, and Dr. Solomon was selected by Northwestern University’s Class of 2015 to deliver the Last Lecture during Senior Week.
Dr. Solomon’s clinical work focuses on couples and individual adults, and she maintains a practice at The Family Institute’s Northbrook location. She was a central investigator in TFI’s Family Business Project, has published journal articles in top-shelf journals like Family Process and book chapters for academic publications like The Handbook of Couple Therapy, and she serves as an ad hoc reviewer for a variety of academic journals and publishers. She has written for Psychotherapy Networker magazine and presented at their conference a number of times. Dr. Solomon is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA). She presents to a variety of audiences, locally and nationally, on topics related to marriage and family and frequently consults to media outlets including Oprah Winfrey Network (#OWNshow), O Magazine, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, the CBS Early Show, and NPR.
Her first book, Loving Bravely: 20 Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want, will be published by New Harbinger Publications in February 2017. This relationship self-help book integrates a variety of clinical perspectives in order to help the reader expand his/her “relational self-awareness” — the cornerstone of a healthy romantic relationship.
David E. Taussig, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, Approved Supervisor
David Taussig received his BA in Anthropology from the University of Illinois. He received his Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School of Social Work in 1983. A 1992 graduate of The Family Institute's Postgraduate Training Program in Marriage and Family Therapy, he also completed its two-year Supervision Program in 1995. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work.
Mr. Taussig is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University and a staff therapist at The Family Institute. Prior to joining The Family Institute staff, Mr. Taussig was the Director of Family and Social Services at the Rock Creek Center, a psychiatric hospital in Lemont, Illinois.
He is a Core Faculty member and Coordinator of Group Supervisors in the MSMFT program. Additionally, he is a Second Year Group Supervisor. His other Core Faculty responsibilities include teaching and mentoring supervisors in the MSMFT program. Mr. Taussig's supervision philosophy is grounded in The Family Institute Perspective.
He currently practices family, couple and individual psychotherapy in the Westchester, Naperville and Evanston offices of The Family Institute. His areas of special interest are couples, divorce and post-divorce issues, families with adolescent/adult children, families with severe/chronic mental illness, and men's separation/divorce issues.
Maru Torres-Gregory, JD, PhD, LMFT, Approved Supervisor
Maru Torres-Gregory, JD, PhD, LMFT, is a Staff Therapist, Clinical Lecturer, and Group Supervisor at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Torres-Gregory received her Bachelor of Science in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University with a Double Major in French and Portuguese, her Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, and her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and her PhD in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She completed clinical internships at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, The Brief Therapy Institute, and at the Fort Lauderdale Hospital, Child and Adolescent Unit, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Dr. Torres-Gregory is a member of both the teaching and supervising faculty in the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program. She teaches Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy, has taught Human Development, and is a First Year Group Supervisor. She has also supervised therapists in training individually and in community settings.
Dr. Torres-Gregory has clinical experience in diverse settings: private practice, in-patient and community, and has facilitated both therapeutic and support groups. In addition, she has lectured on various topics such as coaching parents through their children's emotional breakdowns, sibling rivalry, diversity sensitivity training, working in community settings with culturally diverse populations, the clinical application of the “culture metaframework”, difference-sensitive therapy, and on the provision of difference-sensitive supervision of marriage and family therapists in training. Dr. Torres-Gregory has participated in professional panels discussing teen pregnancy and trauma of incest/abuse/domestic violence, as well as strategies for unlocking career and business growth. She was awarded a Woman of Purpose award in 2016 for Leadership, Family, and Community Service.Dr. Torres-Gregory is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and holds the Approved Supervisor Designation. Her clinical interests and experience include working with couples, adolescent girls, adult women and men, and families, in issues such as marital conflict, women's issues, body and self-image, disordered eating, self-harm, and relationship issues in general.
Prior to becoming a therapist, Dr. Torres-Gregory practiced as an attorney for five years.
Amy Wu, MS, LMFT, Approved Supervisor
Amy Wu is a Group Supervisor in the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program at The Family Institute. Ms. Wu earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, and then completed the Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program at The Family Institute. Ms. Wu has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and their families in community mental health, hospital, and private practice settings. Ms. Wu’s areas of clinical interest include acculturation and immigration issues, life transitions, parenting support, and crisis stabilization.
Richard E. Zinbarg, PhD, LCP
Dr. Richard E. Zinbarg is a Professor in Psychology and Director of Clinical Psychology Training at Northwestern University, and a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders. He is the Patricia M. Nielsen Research Chair and co-director of the Anxiety and Panic Treatment Program at The Family Institute. He received his PhD from Northwestern University in 1989. He also directed the Oregon Program for Anxiety Study and Treatment at the University of Oregon. For the past 15 years he has published and presented extensively on anxiety disorders. He received a 5-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health through the Northwestern University Psychology Department to study predictors of risk for anxiety disorders and major depression starting at high school age. He plans to use this research to design a program to prevent the development of these problems among those identified as being at high risk. His clinical interests include individual adults and adolescents with anxiety, panic and depression.
Dr. Zinbarg's research Interests include the study of personality traits that might act as vulnerability factors to the development of anxiety disorders including the cognitive and affective processes that might mediate these associations; psychotherapy for anxiety disorders with a main focus currently on generalized anxiety disorder; associations between anxiety disorders and couple functioning including the impact of couple functioning on the outcome of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders; the structure and measurement of anxiety and related affects; measurement and psychometric theory.