David Reiss, M.D. (1937–).
Over the course of almost 50 years, David Reiss has been a leader in the study of family processes and their importance in understanding risk for mental and emotional disorders, adjustment to major life stressors such as severe chronic illness, and the complex interplay of genes and family environment in shaping child development.
Reiss attended Harvard Medical School and trained as a resident in psychiatry. Following residency training, he joined Washington, D.C.’s Psychoanalytic Institute and the NIMH Intramural Research Program’s Adult Psychiatry Branch (then directed by Lyman Wynne). There he conducted studies on how families process information and how that shapes the development of psychopathology in offspring.
Contributions to Profession
David Reiss developed the Family Card Sort, a laboratory method for directly observing family problem-solving style, as a means of characterizing differences among families in their shared...
- Reiss, D., et al. (1981). The family’s construction of reality. Harvard: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
- Reiss, D., Hetherington, E. M., Plomin, R., Howe, G. W., Simmens, S. J., Henderson, S. H., O’Connor, T. J., Bussell, D. A., Anderson, E. R., & Law, T. (1995). Genetic questions for environmental studies: Differential parenting and psychopathology in adolescence. Archives of General Psychiatry, 52(11), 925–936.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
- Reiss, D., Neiderhiser, J. M., Hetherington, E. M., & Plomin, R. (2000). The relationship code: Deciphering genetic and social influences on adolescent development. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar