Jay Lebow, Ph.D., ABPP, LCP, LMFT

Senior Scholar and Senior Therapist
Clinical Professor


Ph.D. — Northwestern University
Postgraduate 2-year training program — The Family Institute at Northwestern University

I Treat

  • 10-15 Years Old
  • 15-20 Years Old
  • Young Adult
  • Adult
  • Older Adult
  • Couple & Marriage
  • Family
  • LGB/TQ+

Issues I Treat

  • Addiction
  • Adult Children & Parent Relationship Issues
  • Affairs & Infidelity
  • Aging Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Child Behavioral Problems
  • Couples Conflict
  • Custody Evaluations / Custody Issue
  • Depression / Mood Disorders
  • Divorce / Marital Separation / Post-Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotion Regulation Issues
  • Empty Nest Issues
  • Families with Chronically Mentally Ill Members
  • Family Business Issues
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Divorce Impact on Children
  • In-law Relationships
  • Grief & Loss
  • Mediation / Conflict Resolution
  • Men’s Issues
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Remarriage
  • Sexual Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Therapists in Therapy
  • College (Transition to)
  • Parenthood (Transition to)
  • Retirement (Transition to)
  • Work / Life Balance
  • Workplace Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Couple Therapy
  • Integrative Systemic Therapy


Dr. Lebow is Clinical Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University as well as Senior Scholar and Senior Therapist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Family Process and the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy (with Chambers and Breunlin 2018). He maintains an active psychotherapy practice, treating individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Lebow made seminal contributions to the field, particularly in the areas of psychotherapy integration, the common factors, and bridging research and practice. He may be best known, however, as a preeminent articulator of the fields of couple and family therapy on the same level of sophistication as Lynn Hoffman.

Other Professional Involvement/Leadership Positions

Dr. Lebow is the editor of the journal Family Process, the editor of the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy and the author or editor of 13 professional books. He is also the former president of the Academy of Couple and Family Psychology and former board member of three entities — the American Family Therapy Academy, the American Board of Family Psychology and the Illinois Marriage and Family Therapist Association. 

Selected publications/presentations

12 authored and edited books and 175 journal articles and book chapters including:

Lebow, J. L. (2014). Couple and Family Therapy: An Integrative Map of the Territory. Washington D.C.: APA books.

Lebow, J. L. & Jenkins, P. (2018). Research for the Psychotherapist: From Science to Practice (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.

Lebow, J. L., Breunlin, D. & Chambers, A. (2017). Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. New York: Springer (online version).

Lebow, J. L. (in press) Treating the Difficult Divorce: A Practical Guide for Psychotherapists. Washington, D.C: APA Books.

Sexton, T. & Lebow, J. L. (Eds.). (2016). Handbook of Family Therapy. New York: Routledge.

Gurman, A.S., Lebow, J. L. & Snyder, D.K. (2015). Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy (5th ed.). New York: Guilford.

Pinsof, W. M., Breunlin, D. C., Russell, W. P., Lebow, J. L, Rampage, C., & Chambers, A. L. (2017). Integrative Systemic Therapy. Washington D.C.: APA Books, American Psychological Association.

Sprenkle, D., Davis , S., & Lebow, J. L. (2009). Common factors in couple and family therapy. New York : Guilford.

Lebow, J. L. (Ed.). (2008). 21st century psychotherapies. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Lebow, J. L. (2006). Research for the Psychotherapist: From Science to Practice. New York: Routledge.

Pinsof, W. & Lebow, J. L. (Eds.). (2005). Family psychology: The science of the art. New York: Oxford Press. (Turkish version 2014)

Lebow, J. L. (Ed.). (2005). Handbook of Clinical Family Therapy. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

The articles and book chapters include major summaries about research and practice in couple and family therapy, integrative therapy, couple therapy, family therapy, divorce therapy, and the interface of research and practice.


Family Psychologist of the Year from the Society for Couple and Family Psychology

Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Family Therapy Academy

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