Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Papp, Peggy

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1004-1


Peggy Papp, LCSW (1923 –)


Peggy Papp is a world renowned family therapist whose work spans over four decades. In that time, she has contributed extensively to the field’s understanding of gender and power and has demonstrated particular interest in themes and belief systems within families. She is best known for her work in family sculpting and couple’s choreography. She has written numerous articles and books throughout her career and is most notably the author of The Process of Change, the co-author of The Invisible Web: Gender Patterns in Family Relationships, and the editor of Couples on the Fault Line: New Directions for Therapists. Her publications have been translated into several different languages, and she has presented extensively in the United States, Europe, South America, China, and Israel.


Ms. Papp received her MSW at Hunter College, School of Social Work, in New York City. She later founded The Gender and Depression Project at the Ackerman...


American Family Therapy Academy Family Sculpting Paradoxical Interventions Mara Selvini Palazzoli Evan Imber-Black 
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Key Citations

  1. Papp, P. (1980). The Greek chorus and other techniques of paradoxical therapy. Family Process, 19, 45–57.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Papp, P., & Imber-Black, E. (1996). Family themes: Transmission and transformation. Family Process, 35, 5–20.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. Papp, P., Schienkman, M., & Malpas, J. (2013). Breaking the mold: Sculpting impasses in couples’ therapy. Family Process, 52, 43–55.Google Scholar
  4. Peggy Papp, LCSW. (2017). Retrieved December 11, 2017, from http://www.ackerman.org/peggy-papp-lcsw/

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Ackerman Institute for the FamilyNew York CityUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  • Bahareh Sahebi
    • 2
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA