APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology Internship in Couple Therapy — Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital Postdoctoral Clinical Residency — Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. John J.B. Morgan Clinical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in Couple Therapy and Empirically Supported Therapy — The Family Institute at Northwestern University
M.A. in Psychology — University of Virginia
B.A. in Psychology — Hampton University
Anthony Chambers, Ph.D., ABPP, is the Chief Academic Officer at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Chambers is also the Director of Northwestern University's Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies and is a Clinical Professor of Psychology. He is the former President of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Couple and Family Psychology (Division 43), and is the Past-President of the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology (AACFP). He was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Psychological Association (APA).
Dr. Chambers received his B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University and completed both his M.A. & Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia. He completed his internship and postdoctoral clinical residency at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Chambers engages in scholarly writing, teaching and public speaking aimed at disseminating the latest knowledge about how to have a healthy relationship. Noteworthy academic achievements include co-authoring Integrative Systemic Therapy (IST); co-editing the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy; co-editing an APA Series on Couple and Family Psychology; and co-editing The Family Institute’s book series on IST.
Dr. Chambers' professional accomplishments have resulted in becoming a fellow of the APA, a fellow of the AACFP and a diplomat of the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology. He also serves on the editorial board of the journal Family Process and is the past Associate Editor for the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.
Dr. Chambers is on several boards of directors, including the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology, the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology, and the Family Process Institute. He also serves on both the American Psychological Associations's Advisory Steering Committee for developing Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Integrated Health Care Committee.
- African American marriage, especially the disproportionately low marriage rate and high divorce rate
- Literature reviews summarizing the science and common factors in couple and family therapy
- Marriage education
- Impact of partner selection on relationship development and functioning
- Psychotherapy research, especially how couples change in therapy
- Cultural factors responsible for change in therapy, especially for African American couples
Kelly, S., Jeremie-Brink, G., Chambers, A. L., Smith-Bynum, M. A. (2020). The Black Lives Matter Movement: A Call to Action for Couple and Family Therapists. Family Process, 59(4), 1374-1388. doi: 10.1111/famp.12614.
Chambers, A. L. (2019). African American Couples in the 21st Century: Using Integrative Systemic Therapy (IST) to Translate Science into Practice. Family Process. doi: 10.1111/famp.12478
Chambers, A. L. (2012). A Systemically Infused, Integrative Model for Conceptualizing Couples’ Problems: The Four Session Evaluation. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 1(1), 31-47. doi: 10.1037/a0027505 (One of the top downloaded articles in 2012).
Dr. Chambers' scholarly writing, teaching and public speaking aims to disseminate the latest knowledge of how to have a healthy relationship. 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: communication, trust, intimacy, parenting and conflict resolution. He has published and lectured on topics including the transition to marriage, the transition to parenthood, African American couples and inter-racial couples.
Noteworthy achievements include co-authoring Integrative Systemic Therapy, which is an empirically grounded integrative framework for working with individuals, couples, and families; co-editing the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy, which is comprised of nearly 1000 entries; co-editing the Couple and Family Psychology series, which focuses on helping other providers learn how to treat couples and families; and receiving recognition for his journal article on The Four-Session Model, which is used in couple therapy around the world.
- Board of Directors, Member-at-large, American Psychological Association
- Past-President, American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology
- Board of Directors Member, American Board of Couple and Family Psychology
- Advisory Board, APA’s Integrated Health Care Committee
- Advisory Steering Committee for APA Clinical Practice Guidelines
- Past-President, Society for Couple and Family Psychology, Division 43 of APA
- Director on the Board of Directors, Family Process Institute
- Associate Editor, Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice (APA Journal)
- Editorial Board Member/Consulting Editor, Family Process
- Guest Editor, JMCD, Special issue on Counseling Economically Disadvantaged Families
- Associate Editor, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development
- Editorial Board Member/Consulting Editor, Couple & Family Psychology: Research & Practice
- Ad hoc Reviewer for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
- Ad hoc Reviewer for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Chambers, A. L. (Expert Commentary). (2021, December). Making These Resolutions Can Improve a Relationship. New York Times
Chambers, A. L. (Expert Commentary). (2020, April). 5 ways to get along with your new co-worker – your spouse. CNN Business.
Chambers, A. L. (Expert Commentary). (2019, May). The inevitable struggles that come along with co-money managing. The Sunday Edit.
Chambers, A. L. (Expert Commentary). (2019, April). The 6 Most Common Mistakes Couples Make When Fighting – And How to Fix Them. Fatherly.
Chambers, A. L. (Expert Commentary). (2019, April). How to Survive When Your Spouse Retires. Considerable.com
Chambers, A. L. (Expert Commentary). (2019, February). 7 Signs to Seek Out Couple Therapy, According to Couple Therapists. Bustle.com.
Chambers, A. L. (Expert Commentary). (2019, January). 9 Tips for Strengthening Your Relationship with Your Significant Other in The New Year. Business Insider.
Chambers, A. L. (Expert Commentary). (2018, December). Managing Relationships in the Age of Social Media. NBC News.
Chambers, A. L. (Expert Commentary). (2017, August). Navigating the Life of a Couple’s Relationship. Men’s Health Magazine.
Chambers, A. L. (Expert Commentary). (2012, May). Avoiding marriage’s No. 1 pitfall: Money troubles. Associated Press. This article was picked up by over 20 national media outlets including the Washington Post and Boston Globe.
Chambers, A. L. (Expert Commentary). (2007, April/May). Surviving Infidelity. Heart & Soul Magazine
Regular Expert Guest on The Santita Jackson Show Relationship Thursdays. Chicago: 1690 A.M. WVON — A talk radio station that provides information to the educated African American community. Selected episodes include: How to have a Healthy Marriage; Understanding Domestic Violence; Role of Fathers & Importance of Daughter-Father Relationship; How to Negotiate Stepfamilies