Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Anderson, Carol

  • Britney AcquaireEmail author
  • Justine Encinas
  • Christiana I. Awosan
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_723


Carol Anderson (11/1/1939–11/20/2014).


Carol Anderson is most well known for her revolutionary approach to the treatment of schizophrenia. Family psychoeducation is an empirically supported family therapy model that aims to decrease symptoms of schizophrenia and increase social involvement in schizophrenic patients. Carol Anderson proposed that families can support their loved ones with schizophrenia if they are given the knowledge to understand the illness and the skills to care for their family member effectively.

Career (Includes Education, Professional Training, Positions)

Carol Anderson attended the University of Minnesota where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Psychology in 1961 and a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1964. She earned her Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Pittsburg in 1981. Early in her career, Carol Anderson served as Chief Psychiatric Social Worker at Yale University’s Psychiatry Department....

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  1. Barlow, K. K. (2014, December 4). Obituary: Carol M. Anderson. University Times. http://www.utimes.pitt.edu/?p=33431.
  2. Carpeter, M. (2014, November 21). Obituary: Carol Anderson / Psychiatrist social worker helped to develop cutting-edge therapy for children. Pittsburg Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2014/11/21/Psychiatric-social-worker-helped-to-develop-cutting-edge-therapy-for-children/stories/20141121008.
  3. Singer, J. B. (Host). (2007, October 24). Family psychoeducation: Interview with Carol Anderson, Ph.D. [Episode 27]. Social Work Podcast. Podcast retrieved 3 Aug 2016, from http://socialworkpodcast.com/2007/10/family-psychoeducation-interview-with.html.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Britney Acquaire
    • 1
    Email author
  • Justine Encinas
    • 1
  • Christiana I. Awosan
    • 1
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA

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