Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Markman, Howard

  • Sara PollardEmail author
  • Rose Ashraf
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_975


Howard Markman, Ph.D. (1950–)


Howard Markman is one of the most respected experts in couple research, education, and intervention. He serves as the John Evans Distinguished Professor of Psychology and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver. He co-developed PREP® (Prevention and Relationship Education Program), the most ubiquitous and evidence-based couple’s relationship education program. He is internationally known for marriage enhancement and divorce prevention with diverse populations and has made frequent media appearances. He has conducted numerous longitudinal studies of couple functioning and contributed to hundreds of professional presentations and publications on couple relationship distress as well as on the prediction and prevention of relationship dissolution.


Markman earned a bachelor of arts degree at Rutgers University in 1972, followed by a master of arts degree in clinical psychology at Indiana...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence, University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA
  2. 2.Southern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • David Kearns
    • 1
  • Bahareh Sahebi
    • 2
  1. 1.Iowa CityUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA