Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Distress and Couples

Principal Investigator

Lynne Knobloch-Fedders, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, The Family Institute at Northwestern University
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

The strong links between relationship distress, depression, and anxiety, along with limitations in current theory, research, and intervention, point to the need for a comprehensive, integrated system of interpersonal assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. This program of research, directed by Dr. Lynne Knobloch-Fedders, applies interpersonal theory to the study of couples in which one partner suffers from mood or anxiety disorders. The goal of this research is to develop a more comprehensive system of assessment, intervention, and outcome evaluation for these disorders.

Dr. Knobloch-Fedders’ research program compares the interpersonal behavior of distressed couples with and without a depressed and / or anxious partner, and evaluates the process and outcome of an integrative couples therapy used to treat these couples.

Data from this program of research is being used to identify patterns of patient change and therapist behavior that can be used to improve the efficacy of couple-based treatments for depression, anxiety, and relationship distress.

Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Pinsof, W.M., & Haase, C. (in press). Treatment response in couple therapy: Relationship adjustment and individual functioning change processes. Journal of Family Psychology.
Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Critchfield, K.L., Boisson, T., Woods, N., Bitman, R., & Durbin, C.E. (in press). Depression, relationship quality, and couples’ demand/withdraw and demand/submit sequential interactions. Journal of Counseling Psychology.
Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Elkin, I., & Kiesler, D.J. (2015). Looking back, looking forward: A historical perspective on psychotherapy process research. Psychotherapy Research, 25, 383-395.
Pinsof, W.M., Zinbarg, R.E., Shimokawa, K., Latta, T.A., Goldsmith, J.Z., Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Chambers, A.L., & Lebow, J.L. (2015). Confirming, validating, and norming the factor structure of the Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change Initial and Intersession. Family Process.
Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Knobloch, L.K., Durbin, C.E., Rosen, A., & Critchfield, K.L. (2013). Comparing the interpersonal behavior of couples with and without depression. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 1250-1268.
Shaikh, A., Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., & Stiles, W.B. (2013). Verbal response modes in action: Microrelationships as the building blocks of relationship role dimensions. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 1(2), 66-78.
Anderson, T., Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., & Stiles, W.B. (2012). The power of subtle interpersonal hostility in psychodynamic psychotherapy: A speech acts analysis. Psychotherapy Research, 22, 348-362.
Knobloch, L.K., Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., & Durbin, C.E. (2011). Depressive symptoms and relational uncertainty as predictors of reassurance-seeking and negative feedback-seeking in conversation. Communication Monographs, 78(4), 437-462.
Stroud, C.D., Durbin, C.E., Saigal, S.D., & Knobloch-Fedders, L.M. (2010). Normal and abnormal personality traits are associated with marital satisfaction for both men and women: An actor-partner interdependence model analysis. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 466-477.
Knobloch, L.K., & Knobloch-Fedders, L.M. (2010). The role of relational uncertainty in depressive symptoms and relationship quality: An actor-partner interdependence model. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 137-159.
Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., & Knudson, R.M. (2009). Marital ideals of the newly-married: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 26(2-3), 249-271.

For more information about the Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Distress and Couples project, contact Dr. Lynne-Knobloch-Fedders at 847-733-4300, ext. 796.