Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Papernow, Patricia

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1116-1


Papernow, Patricia


Patricia L. Papernow, Ed.D., is an internationally known clinician, teacher, consultant, and author on stepfamily relationships. She is the Director of the Institute for Stepfamily Education and a psychologist in private practice in Hudson, MA.


Patricia Lee Papernow was born in San Diego, California. During her childhood, her family moved across country to Philadelphia and then back again to Los Angeles. She completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, magna cum laude, and her doctorate at Boston University where she received the Practitioner-Teacher Award for Outstanding Applied Scholarship.

Dr. Papernow began her career strongly rooted in preventive mental health, a commitment she has carried through to the present. In her first job in the field, she was part of a team researching citizen participation in community mental health. From 1971 to 1973, she developed the preventive education arm of a program for troubled...


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  1. Papernow, P. L. (2013). Surviving and thriving in stepfamily relationships: What works and what doesn’t. New York: Routledge.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Papernow, P. L. (2015a). Suteppu famiri wo ikani iki, hagukumuka: Umakuikukoto ikanaikoto. [Surviving and thriving in stepfamily relationships: What works and what doesn’t.] (trans: Nakamura, S., Ohnishi, M. & Yoshikawa, Y.). Tokyo: Kongo Shuppan.Google Scholar
  3. Papernow, P. L. (2015b). Therapy with couples in stepfamilies. In A. Gurman, J. Lebow, & D. Snyder (Eds.), Clinical handbook of couple therapy (4th ed., pp. 467–488). New York: Guilford.Google Scholar
  4. Papernow, P. L. (2018a). Clinical guidelines for working with stepfamilies: What individual, couple, child, and family therapists need to know. Family Process, 57(1).  https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12321.
  5. Papernow, P. L. (2018b). Recoupling in mid-life and beyond: From love at last to not so fast. Family Process, 57(1).  https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12315.

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chestnut Hill CollegePhiladelphiaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA