The MSMFT faculty is responsible for the execution of the academic and clinical components of the Program. All told there are 36 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.

Core Faculty

These faculty members are in charge of making sure the program runs smoothly, and they serve as the primary advisors to the students.

Teaching Faculty

These are the faculty members that teach the courses in the MSMFT program.

Clinical Supervising Faculty

These faculty members are group supervisors in charge of students' clinical cases.

Consulting Faculty

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.

Bios

Brandon Bigby, MS, LMFT
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

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Douglas C. Breunlin, MSSA, LCSW, LMFT Director of Master’s Program in Marriage & Family Therapy
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.

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Nancy Burgoyne, PhD
Dr. Nancy Burgoyne is a Clinical Lecturer at The Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies, The Family Institute at Northwestern University and Core Faculty member in the MSMFT Program at The Family Institute. She received a BA in Human Development from Boston College and a MA and PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from DePaul University. Her post-graduate work was through The Family Systems Program and the Department of Child Psychiatry at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Dr. Burgoyne teaches the "Self and Other Systems: Theory and Interventions" and "Family of Origin" courses. She is also a clinical supervisor for first year MSMFT students. As both a teacher and supervisor, Dr. Burgoyne seeks to engage students in a thorough assessment of their own beliefs and competencies in order to access, develop and then apply their strengths to clinical work.

Dr. Burgoyne is a licensed clinical psychologist with an active private practice. Her clinical interests include: cultural transition, intimacy and conflict with couples, especially couples with a history of trauma, and couples with mixed cultural heritage; and adolescent and young adult females and their families.

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Anthony Chambers, PhD, LCP, ABPP
Dr. Anthony Chambers is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern and the Chief Academic Officer at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Prof. Chambers received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampton University where he majored in Psychology (with departmental honors) and minored in Chemistry and Mathematics. He completed his MA and PhD 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, specializing in the treatment of couples. Prof. Chambers also completed the Dr. John J.B. Morgan Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowship specializing in couples' therapy and psychotherapy research at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

My Role in the MFT program and Teaching Philosophy
Prof. Chambers is a member of the Core Faculty, Teaching Faculty, and is a Group Supervisor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at The Family Institute and the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies at Northwestern University. He teaches the "Family Research" course, and gives guest lectures on various aspects of couples functioning in the "Systemic Assessment", "Cultural Diversity", and "Special Topics" courses. He is also a Group Supervisor for 2nd year graduate MFT students. Finally, Prof. Chambers is one of the faculty members teaching an exciting, innovative undergraduate course at Northwestern University entitled "Marriage 101". Marriage 101 teaches college students about mate selection and about the intricacies of committed, romantic relationships, especially marriage, with the ultimate goal of enhancing relationships and preventing problems.

Teaching Objectives
My overarching pedagogical goal is to impart knowledge to students such that they are able to take that knowledge and apply it to future endeavors whether that may be employment or graduate school. To that end, I have several more specific objectives.
1. Improve students' critical thinking in order to be better consumers of information.
2. Make difficult concepts more understandable.
3. Create a classroom environment that facilitates intellectual exchange of ideas.
4. Allow students to feel comfortable in seeking me out for assistance when needed.
5. Improve students' oral and written forms of communication.

Role of Teachers
I view the role of the teacher as a multifaceted, symbiotic relationship that is interwoven with the role of the student. First and foremost, I believe that teachers are responsible for providing students with the appropriate materials and information needed to learn. In addition, I believe that teachers need to provide a structure for students that provide the opportunity to increase their knowledgebase, their critical thinking, and their overall intellectual growth (i.e., my teaching objectives). Part of that structure includes facilitating students to take responsibility for their learning which means making myself available to the students, creating a comfortable classroom environment, and bridging the gap between abstract concepts and real life. Whether or not a student takes full advantage of their opportunity is their choice, which highlights the inextricable nature of the student/teacher relationship, but as a teacher I believe it is our job to provide each student with that opportunity for the pursuit of intellectual growth. Finally, I believe that teachers need to show their zeal for their discipline. If the teacher is not enthusiastic about their subject matter, how can we expect our students to be enthusiastic? Hence, I believe it is important for us as pedagogues to do what we can to make our zeal contagious.

My Clinical, Scholarly, and Professional Interests and Activities
In addition to conducting couples therapy, Prof. Chambers' clinical interests also include premarital counseling. Prof. 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.

Prof. Chambers is the recipient of numerous awards and is the author of several publications, grants, and presentations focused on couples' functioning. He was the principal investigator for a NIH funded study examining minority fathers' reported relationship satisfaction and its impact on the transition into fatherhood. Prof. Chambers has also contributed to the Psychotherapy Change Project at The Family Institute. His current research and writing endeavors include a decade in review for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy on couple therapy; studying how therapists in training learn how to do systemically oriented psychotherapy; writing about marriage education; and investigating the impact of partner selection on relationship development and functioning. He has a particular interest in understanding the unique factors that explain the disproportionately low marriage rate and high divorce rate among African American couples.

His professional activities have included being appointed to the American Psychological Association's Minority Fellowship Program's Initial Grant Review Committee, being appointed to the American Psychological Foundation's Randy Gerson Family Systems Grant Review Committee, reviewing articles for several journals including the Journal of Marriage and Family, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the American Psychological Association's Society for Family Psychology. Prof. Chambers has frequent requests for guest appearances on radio and television programs, and has been interviewed for several national magazines. His media appearances revolve around various issues pertinent to healthy relationship functioning.

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Beth Chung, MS
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.

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Timothy F. Dwyer, PhD, LMFT
Tim Dwyer is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies at Northwestern University, and senior staff therapist at the Institute. Mr. Dwyer is on the Core faculty, and teaches and supervises in the MSMFT program. He rejoined the Institute in 2012 after a brief return to New Orleans. He is a past director of the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University (2006-2009). Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Dwyer was Associate Professor at Loyola University New Orleans (2009-2012); Program Director of Graduate Counseling and the Clinical Director and Associate Professor at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans (1997-2006); Adjunct Clinical Professor at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry (1996-2006). He also maintained a thriving private practice in New Orleans.

Mr. Dwyer earned his PhD in 1995 from Purdue University in marriage and family therapy, 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. Mr. Dwyer also served two terms on the Board of Directors of AAMFT (2006-2008; 2009-2010), and is past-president of the Louisiana division of AAMFT (LAMFT) (2002-2005). He won the AAMFT Division Contribution Award in 2005.

Mr. Dwyer is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Illinois, Louisiana, and Michigan. He works with families, couples, and individuals. His clinical interests are wide and deep, but has special focus on couple conflict and intimacy; family life cycle issues; adolescence; divorce adjustment; mid-life and aging; grief; loss; medical family therapy; substance abuse; addiction.

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Karen Focht, MA, LMFT
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 works with individuals, couples, and families in downtown Chicago. 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.

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Greg B. A. Friedman, PhD, LCP
Greg Friedman is a licensed clinical psychologist and a supervisor of practicum training at The Family Institute and a lecturer at Northwestern University. He received his PhD from the University of Nebraska in 1979 and served as a Fellow in the Post-doctoral Training Program in Clinical Psychology at the Menninger Foundation.

Since his work as a Fellow, Dr. Friedman has held numerous positions at leading mental health facilities throughout Chicago. He was the Director of the Rehabilitation Program (Psychiatry), Extended Ambulatory Care, with the Institute of Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. There he later became the Clinical Leader, Director of Psychological Assessment, and Coordinator of Research. Most recently he was the Director of Psychology at the Rock Creek Center, a psychiatric hospital, and Director of Research and Training at the Rock Creek Center Foundation.

Dr. Friedman currently treats adult individuals and couples, and adolescents. His research interests include treatment outcomes and client satisfaction. His clinical interests include depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, personality disorders, and the stability and their impact on work and relations.

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Jacob Goldsmith, PhD
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.

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Shayna Goldstein, MSMFT, LMFT
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 an Individual Supervisor. Ms. Goldstein presents lectures in the MSMFT program on clinical work with LGBT clients. She is a clinical member 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 and transgender (LGBT) individuals and their families.

Ms. Goldstein maintains an active clinical practice specializing in the treatment of couples and individuals. Some areas of clinical interest include: Individual adults and young adult therapy; couple conflict, intimacy and relationship satisfaction; LGBT identity and relationships; life transitions; stress; depression; anxiety.

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Carl Hampton, MSW, LCSW
Carl Hampton is a licensed clinical social worker at The Family Institute at Northwestern University and a Group Supervisor in the Master of Science Program in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the former Director of Family Institute Community Outreach Programs, the Coordinator of The Family Institute Community Programs at Evanston Township High School and Weissbourd-Holmes Family Focus, and is a clinical supervisor and faculty member of the MFT Program. He received his Bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 1981 and a Master of Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1985.

Mr. Hampton treats adolescents, individuals, couples and families. He has a special interest in working with families around cultural issues. He is also a trained mediator who specializes in family and commercial disputes. Clinical Interests: Eriksonian hypotherapy; mediation; conflict resolution; premarital counseling; sport psychological services.

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Catherine Buckley Hauser, PhD, LMFT
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.

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David Hauser, PhD
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.

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Elizabeth Jacobsen, MSMFT
Liz Jacobsen is a Clinical Lecturer at The Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, and a family therapist at The Center for Eating Disorders and Self-Injury Recovery at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. She is a candidate to become an Approved Supervisor through The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Ms. Jacobsen graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Religious Studies from Kenyon College and received her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University, with clinical training at The Family Institute’s Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic. Ms. Jacobsen has experience working in community mental health with survivors of sexual assault and domestic trafficking, and currently works with families and couples who are navigating severe mental illness, personality disorders, eating disorders, and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). Ms. Jacobsen enjoys working with students on their transition into their professional lives.

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Carol Jabs, PhD, LCSW, LMFT
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.

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Gretchen King, MS, LMFT
Gretchen King is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Ms. King received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy with clinical training at The Family Institute's Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic. She completed a two-year Post-graduate Fellowship at Womencare Counseling Center specializing in treating trauma survivors with a feminist relational model of therapy. She trained extensively in Internal Family Systems Model of Therapy with Dr. Richard Schwartz and is a Certified IFS Therapist. She staffed several Level 1 and Level 2 trainings for The Center for Self Leadership and is currently an Assistant Trainer of IFS. As an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, she facilitates individual and group supervision of Master’s-level students. Ms. King has been in private practice in Evanston and Chicago since 2004. In her active clinical practice, Ms. King works with individual adults and couples with clinical interests in the areas of relationships, couple intimacy and communication, women's issues, relationship with food and body, trauma, personal growth, spirituality and life transitions.

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Jayne Kinsman, MSMFT, LMFT
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.

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David Klow, MSMFT, LMFT
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.

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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.

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Jay Lebow, PhD, LCP, ABPP, LMFT
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.

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Janet Donnelly London, MSSW, LCSW
Janet Donnelly London is a Group and Individual Supervisor in the MSMFT Program. She received a BS from Cornell University, an MSSW from UW-Madison, and completed TFI's postgraduate training program in Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to starting her private practice, she worked at the Institute for Juvenile Research for five years and subsequently, at a private medical clinic. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who treats individuals, couples, and families, and is an Approved Supervisor of AAMFT. Her areas of special interest include marital problems, women's issues, families with children, young adults, lesbian and gay relationships, and bilingual (Spanish-English) therapy.

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Susan K. Mackey, PhD
Susan K. Mackey, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and marriage/family therapist with 35 years of clinical experience. She earned her BA from St. Olaf College with honors in biology and psychology and her MA and PhD in clinical, developmental psychology from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has taught and supervised family and couples therapy at both the Institute for Juvenile Research's Family Systems Training Program and at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Before opening her private practice, she spent 10 years at The Family Institute where she served as both Director of Clinical Services and Director of Postgraduate Education. She treats individuals, couples and families.

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Jennifer McComb, PhD, LMFT
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. Dr. McComb is an affiliate therapist and 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.

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William M. Pinsof, PhD, LCP, ABPP, LMFT, Chief Executive of The Family Institute
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.

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Kelly Quirk, PhD
Dr. Kelley Quirk is the Madigan Family Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She received her BA in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling at Central Michigan University, and earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Louisville. Dr. Quirk received additional training in mindfulness techniques and approaches within the APA accredited internship at the University of Utah Counseling Center.

Dr. Quirk has served as an instructor for a number of graduate courses around the country. At Central Michigan University, Dr. Quirk was an instructor for the undergraduate course Developmental Career Counseling. At the University of Louisville, Dr. Quirk taught Master’s-and Doctoral-level classes including Theories and Techniques of Counseling, Theories and Techniques for Couple/Family Therapy, and Theoretical Foundations of Psychotherapy. At The University of Utah, Dr. Quirk taught Multicultural Issues.

Dr. Quirk is grounded in a teaching philosophy that believes that effective teaching is not only measured by questions answered, but by new questions generated. Beyond translating theory, relating research to life experiences, and promoting skill development, it is important to inspire students to be curious and evaluate the origins and validity of ideas; including evaluating their own cultural worldviews. Additionally, Dr. Quirk ascribes to a teaching philosophy built upon a social justice perspective, with consistent acknowledgement of privilege and inequality. Dr. Quirk believes educators can be change agents, calling attention to and interrupting cycles of marginalization, invisibility, and oppression. Alongside lectures and readings, students should be given a platform to have a voice, to take risks, and to reason through and discuss the meaning and applicability of theories and systems.

Dr. Quirk’s clinical interests are within the couple and family domain, with specific interests in working with pre-marital couples and couples struggling with anger and physical aggression. In addition, Dr. Quirk’s research agenda overlies these areas, as she continues a productive line of research examining process and outcome variables in couple psychotherapy, as well as individual differences in levels of awareness of romantic relationship danger signs.

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Cheryl Rampage, PhD
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.

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Jessica Rothman, MSMFT, LMFT
Jessica Rothman is a Group and Individual 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 starting her private practice, Ms. Rothman worked for Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) in both the outpatient and crisis therapy departments, working with couples, families, and children. She recently expanded her private practice to a small group practice that works with individuals, couples, and families in downtown Chicago. Ms. Rothman is an Approved Supervisor of AAMFT, and her areas of special interest include couples' issues, bereavement and loss, difficulties with life transitions, and parenting issues.

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Linda Rubinowitz, PhD, LCP, LMFT
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.

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William P. Russell, MSW, LCSW, LMFT
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 an Assistant Clinical 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. The Integrative Problem Centered Metaframeworks perspective, a systemic and empirically-informed approach to integrative psychotherapy practice, 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 Diplomat 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/their families, and Integrative Problem Centered Metaframeworks, a systemic, integrative and empirically informed perspective for psychotherapy. 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 few years, he has co-authored journal articles and book chapters on the Integrative Problem Centered Metaframeworks (IPCM) perspective. He is lead author of the IPCM chapter in the Handbook of Family Therapy.

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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.

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Alexandra Hambright Solomon, PhD, LCP
Dr. Alexandra H. Solomon is an Assistant Clinical 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. She was a central investigator in TFI’s Family Business Project, has published a number of academic articles and book chapters, and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several academic journals and publishers. 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, CBS Early Show, and NPR.

She is currently writing a book, Brave, Deep, Intimate: 20 lessons to Get You Ready for the Love of a Lifetime, about how the key to finding love is “relational self-awareness”—the ability to bring self-awareness, self-respect, and an understanding of how we connect with others to the process of looking for a mate. The book will be published by New Harbinger Publications in February 2017.

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David E. Taussig, MSW, LCSW, LMFT
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.

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Maru Torres-Gregory, PhD, JD, MS, LMFT
Dr. Maru Torres-Gregory is a Staff Therapist, Clinical Lecturer, and Group Supervisor at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Maru 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. Maru 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. 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 “cultural metaframework,” and on providing difference-sensitive therapy.

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.

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Amy Wu, MS, LMFT
Amy Wu is a Group and Individual 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. In addition to her roles at The Family Institute, Ms. Wu is also an Assessment and Referral Specialist at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, where she works with children and adults with psychiatric issues in the emergency room. Amy also has past experience as a crisis worker at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, where she provided community-based crisis intervention and treatment to children, adolescents, and their families. Ms. Wu’s areas of clinical interest include acculturation and immigration issues, life transitions, parenting support, and crisis stabilization.

 

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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.

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