- The Family Institute is an intellectual hub for creating and translating scientific, systemically informed knowledge about individuals, couples and families into the best pedagogy and clinical practice available
- We live the scientist-practitioner model whereby clinicians inform the questions of our research and research provides the answers that lead to new questions and better outcomes for our clients
- We have the potential to harness all of our assets (clients, clinicians, students, fellows, & faculty) into an information epicenter that will guide the clinicians of today and serve as a model for researchers of tomorrow
The Family Institute's research team also conducts program evaluation for The Family Institute’s clients and programs, ensuring effective therapy and positive outcomes.
All research projects receive approval from the Northwestern University Institutional Review Board to ensure protection to volunteer participants enrolled in studies.
Our client-centered research is focused on translating the latest scientific discoveries into the best clinical care possible. Through an intentional partnership between our clients, clinicians, students and faculty, we are committed to delivering compassionate care that is informed by research which enables us to strengthen and heal the clients we serve.
The Family Institute at Northwestern University and the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies at Northwestern University house a variety of research labs as well as encourage academic inquiry and publication.
- Violence Intervention Project: Disseminates and evaluates a group intervention for men court-mandated to treatment for domestic violence
- Tailoring Couple Preventions to Couple Skill Deficits: Studies feasibility and pilot testing of a needs-based prevention program for couple distress
- Minority Families Project: Determines whether and how to adapt existing thinking about and interventions for couples who identify as Latinx/Hispanic, African American and/or LGB/TQ+
Investigates the implications of different romantic relationships on an individual's health as well as the impact of health and disease on couples' functioning
Conducts empirically-informed psychotherapy with a feedback tool — the Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change, or STIC® — developed at The Family Institute
Examines maladaptive expressions and features of perfectionism (e.g., personality, interpersonal style) and their implications for interpersonal functioning (e.g., intimacy, self-disclosure, help-seeking)
We are an acknowledged leader in relationship-based behavioral health. Our work benefits not only our clients, but the entire field, as we publish and share our research to a national and international audience. In fact, two of the leading journals in couple and family therapy are edited by scholars at The Family Institute.
Our research and scholarship are supported, in part, by gifts and grants from individuals, families and foundations. Your contribution will help us continue important research work and advance the science and practice of mental health care.