Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Sexton, Thomas

  • Marcy RowlandEmail author
  • Christie Erickson
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_685


Thomas L. Sexton (1953–present).


Thomas Sexton is a prominent contributor to the field of couple and family psychology with a focus on understanding and operationalizing the change process through outcome and process research. Sexton is a renowned expert on family-based treatment interventions and cofounder of an empirically supported treatment for at-risk adolescents, Functional Family Therapy. He has authored or coauthored ten books, over 30 book chapters, and 50 articles published in national and international peer-reviewed journals.


Sexton received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Florida State University in 1986, with a minor in marriage and family therapy. He began his teaching career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and continued on to become a full Professor (1988–2000). Sexton went on to become a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational...

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  1. Hatlett, D., Carr, A., & Sexton, T. L. (2016). The effectiveness of functional family therapy in reducing adolescent mental health risk and family adjustment difficulties in an Irish context. Family Process, 55(2), 287.  https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12195.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  9. Sexton, T. L., Gordon, K., Gurman, A., Lebow, J., Holtzworth-Munroe, A., & Johnson, S. (2011). Guidelines for classifying evidence based treatments in couple and family psychology. Family Process, 50(3), 337–392.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HollidaysburgUSA
  2. 2.AlpharettaGeorgia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA