Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Whisman, Mark

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_775-1


Mark Whisman, PhD (1961–)


As a prolific researcher and experienced clinician, Dr. Mark Whisman has been a significant contributor to the scientific understanding of the functioning and treatment of romantic couples. More specifically, his work has strongly influenced contemporary understandings of the bidirectional relationship between individual and interpersonal well- being.


Dr. Whisman earned both his masters degree (1986) and doctorate (1990) in clinical psychology from the University of Washington, and completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Brown University School of Medicine. Since completing his PhD, Dr. Whisman has spent nearly three decades serving on the faculty of three different departments of psychology. From 1990 until 1993 he was an assistant professor at Penn State University, followed by 6 years on the faculty at Yale University. Since 1999, he has been a faculty member in the department of psychology and neuroscience at the University of...

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Key Citations

  1. Snyder, D. K., & Whisman, M. A. (2003). Treating difficult couples: Helping clients with coexisting mental and relationship disorders. New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  2. Whisman, M. A. (2001). The association between depression and marital dissatisfaction. In S. H. Beach & S. H. Beach (Eds.), Marital and family processes in depression: A scientific foundation for clinical practice (pp. 3–24). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.  https://doi.org/10.1037/10350-001.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Whisman, M. A. (2008). Adapting cognitive therapy for depression: Managing complexity and comorbidity. New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  4. Whisman, M. A., & Bruce, M. L. (1999). Marital dissatisfaction and incidence of major depressive episode in a community sample. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 108(4), 674–678.  https://doi.org/10.1037/0021-843X.108.4.674.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. Whisman, M. A., Rhee, S. H., Hink, L., Boeldt, D. L., & Johnson, D. P. (2014). Genetic and environmental influences on the association between subjective well-being and marital adjustment. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 3(1), 48–64.  https://doi.org/10.1037/cfp0000008.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Seattle Pacific UniversitySeattleUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Pederson
    • 1
  • Diana Semmelhack
    • 2
  1. 1.Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA