Anthony Chambers is the Chief Academic Officer, Vice President for Education and Research, and a Staff Licensed Clinical Psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Chambers is the former Director of both the Couple Therapy program and the Postdoctoral Fellowship program at The Family Institute. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University, and he is one of the few Psychologists nationwide Board Certified in treating couples (ABPP-CFP). Dr. Chambers is also the President-elect 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 MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia (Department of Psychology). He completed his internship and postdoctoral 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), which is 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. For instance, 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, etc.). He has also published and lectured extensively on additional topics including the transition to marriage, the transition to parenthood, African American couples and interracial 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 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: 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
Location: Downtown Chicago, Evanston
Call 847-733-4300, ext. 263 to speak with Registration and make an appointment with this therapist.