Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Liddle, Howard

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_687-1


Howard Liddle (1948)


Dr. Howard Liddle is a pioneer in the field of substance abuse, delinquency, and family therapy. He is currently a Professor at the University of Miami in the Departments of Public Health Sciences, Psychology and Counseling Psychology, and a board-certified diplomate in Family Psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology, ABPP). He developed Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), a critically acclaimed new generation evidence-based family treatment for substance abusing adolescents more than 30 years ago, and has been a leading figure in the field ever since. Today, MDFT has 150 teams in various sites in 22 countries. Dr. Liddle has published over 200 articles, book chapters, and DVDs demonstrating how to deliver MDFT.

Career Trajectory and Research Contributions

Dr. Liddle’s research focuses on the development, testing, implementation, and dissemination of MDFT for youth substance abuse and delinquency. He began his career in 1974,...

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Key Citations

  1. Liddle, H. A. (2009). Multidimensional Family Therapy for adolescent drug abuse: Clinician’s manual. Center City: Hazelden Publishing Co.Google Scholar
  2. Liddle, H. A. (2016a). Multidimensional Family Therapy: Evidence base for transdiagnostic treatment outcomes, change mechanisms, and implementation in community settings. Family Process, 55, 558–576.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. Liddle, H. A. (2016b). Multidimensional Family Therapy. In T. Sexton & J. Lebow (Eds.), Handbook of family therapy. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  4. Rigter, H., Rowe, C. L., Gantner, A., Mos, K., Nielsen, P., Phan, O., … Liddle, H. A. (2015). From research to practice: The international implementation of Multidimensional Family Therapy. In N. el-Guebaly, G. Carrà, & M. Galanter (Eds.), Textbook of addiction treatment: International perspectives. New York: Springer.Google Scholar
  5. Dr. Liddle’s research and clinical articles, and MDFT training DVD are available at www.mdft.org.

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  • Ryan M. Earl
    • 2
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA