Research Faculty and Staff

Jacob Goldsmith, PhD, Madigan Postgraduate Fellow

Dr. Jacob Goldsmith is a staff therapist at The Family Institute, and the associate clinical director of the Epstein Center for the Study of Psychotherapy Change. Dr. Goldsmith received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Prior to coming to The Family Institute, he completed his doctoral internship at The University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Goldsmith's research is focused on change processes in psychotherapy and the contribution of therapy alliance to change. The overall goal of this work is to provide information that will be useful to clinicians in improving therapy outcome. Dr. Goldsmith is particularly interested in the complex and dynamic working relationships between couple therapy clients and their therapists. For his dissertation he used data from The Family Institute to examine patterns of alliance rupture and repair in couple therapy, and showed that these patterns were predictive of client outcome. Dr. Goldsmith has published in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at regional, national, and international conferences. He has received departmental awards for his graduate research.

At The Family Institute, Dr. Goldsmith works on the Psychotherapy Change Project. He is assisting in the broad implementation of two related psychotherapy change instruments, the Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change (STIC, a self-report measure for clients) and the Integrative Therapy Session Report (ITSR, an instrument that measures therapist activities).

Lynne Knobloch-Fedders, PhD

Dr. Lynne Knobloch-Fedders is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and theology from Marquette University, received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and completed the John J.B. Morgan Postgraduate Fellowship at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, specializing in psychotherapy research and applied clinical research with couples and families. She served as The Family Institute’s Director of Research and Kovler Scholar from 2010 – 2015.

Dr. Knobloch-Fedders’ clinical research program encompasses three primary areas of inquiry.

The first examines the associations between couples’ interpersonal behavior, relationship distress, and individual psychopathology, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which these factors predict treatment process and outcome in couple psychotherapy. In 2004, she received the Randy Gerson Memorial Research Award from the American Psychological Foundation to study the impact of depression and anxiety in couples. Read more about Dr. Knobloch-Fedders’ research on depression, anxiety, relationship distress and couples.

A second line of Dr. Knobloch-Fedders’ work explores the adjustment of military couples in response to combat-related trauma. Two major projects comprise this effort. The first, a collaboration with researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of California at Los Angeles, has resulted in a four-year, $834,061 research grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense (U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command; USAMRMC) designed to investigate factors that predict how well military couples adjust to reunion after a service member returns home from deployment. The goal of this project is to evaluate how people’s mental health symptoms and intimate relationship characteristics predict difficulty with reintegration following deployment. Results from this project are being used to generate research-based guidelines to inform the curriculum and timing of education, prevention, and intervention efforts designed to assist military couples throughout the country.

A second project explores the psychological and relational impacts of PTSD among military couples. This study, which evaluates the interpersonal mechanisms through which PTSD and couple discord confer risk for psychological and physical problems, was supported by the 2014 Member / Affiliate Member Research Grant Award given to Dr. Knobloch-Fedders through the American Psychological Association’s Division 19 (Society of Military Psychology). Read more about Dr. Knobloch-Fedders’ research on military couples.

A final line of Dr. Knobloch-Fedders’ research is devoted to understanding the factors associated with successful treatment response in systemically-oriented individual, couple, and family psychotherapy. Results from this work are being used to help practicing psychologists enhance the efficacy of their interventions, as well as assist research psychologists in their efforts to refine and test more effective treatment protocols.

Dr. Knobloch-Fedders has served as an advisory editor of Family Process since 2008. She is also incoming Associate Editor for Psychotherapy Research, an international, multidisciplinary academic journal devoted to all aspects of psychotherapy research, from process to outcomes, service evaluation, and training.

Jay Lebow, PhD

Dr. Jay Lebow's research has centered on the interface of research and practice, the evaluation of psychotherapy outcome, and the effectiveness of mental health treatment and of couple and family therapy. He currently is Clinical Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University.

A graduate of Northwestern University's PhD program in Psychology, he served as Director of Program Evaluation for the DuPage County Health Department's Mental Health Division and subsequently for the Institute of Psychiatry at Northwestern Medical School early in his career. During this time he conducted projects in health and mental health program evaluation and authored a number of highly influential papers focused on mental health program evaluation and more specifically consumer assessments of mental health treatment including a paper on this subject for Psychological Bulletin.

After moving to The Family Institute in 1982, he served for several years as Director of Research. He also has served as the Chair of the Research Committee for the American Family Therapy Academy and President of the Society of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association. While at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, he has authored a number of important reviews of treatments for couples and families including a chapter for the Annual Review of Psychology reviewing the research on family therapy, two decade reviews for the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy on couple therapy and research on couple therapy, a clinical update for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists about evidence-based couple therapy, an article for The Journal of Family Psychology on relational diagnosis, and overviews of couple and family therapy research for Corsini's Encyclopedia of Psychology, The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion; the American Psychiatric Association's Textbook of Psychotherapeutic Treatments, and the journal In Session. He also has provided an overview of evidence-based psychotherapies for the widely-used physician web resource Up to Date.

Dr. Lebow has edited three volumes dealing with the practice of psychotherapy and is co-author of Common Factors in Couple and Family Therapy. He also has edited Family Psychology: The Art of the Science with William Pinsof. His interest in the interface between research and practice in psychotherapy is reflected in a regular column he writes in the Psychotherapy Networker and his latest book, Research for the Psychotherapist. Dr. Lebow also has collaborated with The Family Institute's Psychotherapy Change Project over the last ten years.

Richard Zinbarg, PhD, Patricia M. Nielsen Research Chair

Richard E. Zinbarg, PhD, received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Northwestern University in 1989, completed his internship at the Medical College of Pennsylvania with Dr. Edna Foa, and spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. David Barlow (at the time at The State University of New York at Albany). He has published almost 80 articles and chapters in the areas of anxiety disorders, clinical research methodology and measurement theory. Currently, he is Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Psychology Department of Northwestern University. He is also the Patricia M. Nielsen Research Chair and Director of the Anxiety and Panic Treatment Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

Dr. Zinbarg has served as the director of the Oregon Program for Anxiety Study and Treatment, project director for the DSM-IV Mixed Anxiety Depression field trial, a member of the DSM-IV Text Revision Mixed Anxiety Depression Subcommittee and is currently serving as an advisor to the DSM-V Task Force. He was an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Clinical Psychology and is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. His research interests focus on understanding the structure of anxiety and depression, risk factors for the development of anxiety and depressive disorders, clinical research methodology, developing more effective treatments for the anxiety disorders with a particular focus on generalized anxiety disorder, and basic measurement theory and techniques. Dr. Zinbarg's theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive-behavioral though his clinical work has also been influenced by motivational interviewing and related work on common factors of psychotherapy. Most recently, through his collaboration with colleagues at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Dr. Zinbarg has also begun to incorporate systemic approaches to the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders.