Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

O’Farrell, Timothy

  • Michael BaglieriEmail author
  • Corinne Datchi
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_683


Timothy James O’Farrell, Ph.D. (Born 1946)


Timothy J. O’Farrell is a leading authority on couple and family substance abuse treatment and processes. In collaboration with William Fals-Stewart, Ph.D., O’Farrell’s biggest contribution to the field of psychology is the development of Behavioral Couples Therapy (BCT). He has significantly influenced the scope of supervision and clinical intervention related to this population. O’Farrell has authored or coauthored 133 peer-reviewed journal publications, 51 book chapters, and 4 books.


Timothy J. O’Farrell received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University in 1975. He began his academic appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in 1977, where he is currently a Professor of Psychology. He is also the Director of the Counseling for Alcoholics’ Marriages (CALM) Project and Chief of the Families and Addiction Program in the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Brockton...

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  1. O’Farrell, T. J., & Clements, K. (2012). Review of outcome research on marital and family therapy in treatment for alcoholism. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38(1), 122–144.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
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  3. O’Farrell, T. J., & Fals-Stewart, W. (2006). Behavioral couples therapy for alcoholism and drug abuse. New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  4. O’Farrell, T. J., Cutter, H. S., & Floyd, F. J. (1985). Evaluating behavioral marital therapy for male alcoholics: Effects on marital adjustment and communication from before to after treatment. Behavior Therapy, 16(2), 147–167.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. O’Farrell, T. J., Van Hutton, V., & Murphy, C. M. (1999). Domestic violence before and after alcoholism treatment: A two-year longitudinal study. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 60(3), 317–321.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  2. 2.University of KansasLawrenceUSA

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