Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Lee, Combrinck-Graham

  • Diana J. SemmelhackEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1142


Lee Combrinck-Graham, MD


Dr. Combrinck-Graham is a child psychiatrist who was born in Boston, MA, in 1941. Throughout her career, she practiced as a psychiatrist and family therapist. During her career, she held leadership positions in institutions devoted to the treatment of children. In this capacity, she either built upon existing capacities of the institution to treat the whole family or introduced this practice into more traditional settings. She published several books and articles that advocated for the inclusion of the family in the treatment of children. Having deep roots in the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, she worked closely with Salvador Minuchin and is recognized as a scholar and expert in Structural Family Therapy.


Dr. Combrinck-Graham received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. She has been in practice for over 50 years. Her academic appointments have...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kristina S. Brown
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  1. 1.Couple and Family Therapy DepartmentAdler UniversityChicagoUSA