Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Heatherington, Laurie

  • Valentin EscuderoEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_720


Laurie Heatherington (1954)


Laurie Heatherington (Ph.D., University of Connecticut, USA, 1981) is Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of Psychology at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Her work has combined research, teaching, and practice, focusing on processes of interpersonal and cognitive change in family therapy, measurement of family systems variables, and the therapeutic alliance. Dr. Heatherington has been fascinated by the ways in which change process research on family therapy can inform the practice of family therapy, and vice versa. She has published numerous journal articles, review papers, and chapters, and coauthored The Therapeutic Alliances in Couple and Family Therapy. She and coauthor Myrna Friedlander were jointly honored in 2010 as recipients of the Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research award by the American Family Therapy Academy.


Dr. Heatherington’s interest in clinical psychology started when her family moved a...

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  1. Friedlander, M. L., Escudero, V., & Heatherington, L. (2006). Therapeutic alliances in couple and family therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (Also published in Spanish (La Alianza terapéutica: En las terapia familiar y de Pareja, by Paidós Iberica Press, 2009 and Italian (Alleanze Terapeutiche nella Terapia di coppia e della Familgia, published by Edizioni Carlo Amore Press).Google Scholar
  2. Heatherington, L., Friedlander, M. L., & Escudero, V. (2004). From dyads to triads and beyond: Relational control in individual and family therapy. In L. E. Rogers & V. Escudero (Eds.), Relational communication (pp. 101–129). Mahwah: Erlbaum.Google Scholar
  3. Heatherington, L., Friedlander, M. L., & Greenberg, L. S. (2005). Family therapy process research: Methodological challenges and opportunities. (Special issue on methodology in family research). Journal of Family Psychology, 19, 18–27.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Heatherington, L., Harrington, N. T., Harrington, J. J., Niemeyer, K. F., Weinberg, S. C., & Friedlander, M. L. (2014). Applying group cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety disorders in community settings: Retention, outcome, and clinical considerations. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 28, 117–133.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Heatherington, L., Friedlander, M. L., Escudero, V., Diamond, G., & Pinsof, W. M. (2015). 25 years of family therapy research: Progress and promise. Psychotherapy Research (25th Anniversary Special Issue), 25, 348–364.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department PsychologyUniversidad de A CoruñaA CoruñaSpain

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