Laurie Heatherington

Laurie Heatherington
Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of Psychology
Bronfman Science Center Rm 388


B.A. Miami University (1976)
Ph.D. University of Connecticut, Clinical Psychology (1981)

Areas of Expertise

Clinical psychology, family therapy change processes, the therapeutic alliance, cognition in family relationships and psychotherapy, evaluation of mental health interventions in diverse settings, gender and social behavior.


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

PSYC 352(F)

Clinical and Community Psychology

PSYC 355

Psychotherapy: Theory and Research

PSYC 401(F)

Perspectives on Psychological Issues

Scholarship/Creative Work

Selected Publications

BF: student/former student co-author

Friedlander, M.L., Heatherington, L., & Escudero, V.  (2014).  Research based change mechanisms:  Advances in process research. In T. L. Sexton & J. Lebow  (Eds.),   Handbook of family therapy.  (4th ed.)  New York:  Routledge.

Heatherington, L., Messer, S., Angus, L., Strauman, T., Friedlander, M.L., & Kolden, G. (2013). The narrowing of theoretical orientations in clinical psychology doctoral training. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 19, 362-374.

Heatherington, L., Friedlander, M.L. & Escudero, V. (2012). Managing negative reactions to clients in family therapy. In J.C. Muran, A.Wolf, & M. Goldfried (Eds.). Managing negative reactions to clients: From frustration to compassion (pp. 113-138). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Muñiz de la Peña, C.,Friedlander, M.L., Escudero, V., & Heatherington, L. (2012). How do therapists ally with adolescents in the context of family therapy? Journal of Counseling Psychology,59, 339-351.

Heatherington, L., Angus, L., Constantino, M., Friedlander, M.L., & Messer, S. (2012). Corrective experiences from clients’ perspectives. In L. Castonguay and C. Hill (Eds.), Transformation in psychotherapy: Corrective experiences across cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic approaches (pp. 161-190). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Friedlander, M.L., Escudero, V., Heatherington, L. (2011). Using the e-SOFTA for video Training of alliance-related behavior. Psychotherapy, 48, 138-147. Special issue: Technology and Training.

Friedlander, M.L., Escudero, V., Heatherington, L., & Diamond, G. (2011). Alliance in couple and family therapy. In J. Norcross (Ed.). Psychotherapy relationships that work: Evidence- based practice (2nd ed). Oxford University Press.

Friedlander, M.L., Escudero, V., Heatherington, L., & Diamond, G. (2011). Alliance in couple and family therapy. Psychotherapy, 48. 25-33. Special Issue: Relationships That Work.

Boswell, J.F., Sharpless, B.A., Greenberg, L.S., Heatherington, L., Huppert, J.D., Barber, J.P., Goldfried, M.R., & Castonguay, L.G. (2010). Schools of psychotherapy and the beginnings of a scientific approach. In D. Barlow (Ed.). Oxford handbook of clinical psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Escudero, V., Heatherington, L. & Friedlander, M.L. (2010). Therapeutic alliances and alliance building in family therapy. In J.C. Muran & J. P. Barber (Eds.). The therapeutic alliance: An evidence-based guide to practice. NY: Guilford.

Friedlander, M.L. & Heatherington, L. (2009). Addressing systemic challenges in couple and Family therapy research: Introduction to the special section. Psychotherapy Research.

Heatherington, L. & Lavner, J. (2008). Coming to terms with coming out: Review and recommendations for family systems-focused research. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 329-343.

Heatherington, L., Tolejko, N., McDonald, M. & Funk, J. (2007). Now why’d he do that?: The nature and correlates of mothers’ attributions about negative teen behavior. Journal of Family Psychology, 21, 315-319.

Heatherington, L. & Friedlander, M.L. (2006). Manifestations and facilitation of insight in couple and family therapy. In L. Castonguay & C. Hill (Eds.), Insight in Psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Jackson, D. & Heatherington, L. (2006). Young Jamaicans’ attitudes toward mental illness: Experimental and demographic factors associated with social distance and stigmatizing opinions. Journal of Community Psychology, 34, 563-576.

Friedlander, M.L., Escudero, V., Horvath, A. & Heatherington, L., Cabero, A., & Martens, M. (2006). System for observing family therapy alliances: A tool for research and practice. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 53, 214-224.

Heatherington, L., Escudero, V. & Friedlander, M.L. (2005). Couple interaction during problem discussions: Toward an integrative methodology. Journal of Family Communication, 5, 191- 207.

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.

Heatherington, L., Friedlander, M.L., and 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, NJ: Erlbaum.

Gray, S. & Heatherington, L. (2003). The importance of social context in the facilitation of Emotional expression in men. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 22, 294-314.

Heatherington, L. , Townsend, L.S. & Burroughs, D.P. (2002). “How’d you do on that test?”: The effects of gender on self-presentation of achievement to vulnerable men. Sex Roles, 45, 161-177.

Escudero, V., Heatherington, L., & Friedlander, M.L. (2001). Observing couples’ interaction: Integrative analysis of interpersonal control, cognitive constructions, & emotional impact. Metodologia de las Cienicas del Comportamiento, 3, 247-265.

Friedlander, M.L. & Heatherington, L., & Marrs, A. (2000). Responding to blame in family therapy: A constructionist/ narrative perspective. American Journal of Family Therapy, 28, 133-144.


Awards, Fellowships & Grants

American Family Therapy Association Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research, 2010 (co-awardee: Micki Friedlander)

Williams College Outstanding Mentor Award for Fostering Inclusive Academic Excellence, 2009

Nelson Bushnell Prize Faculty Prize in Teaching and Writing, Williams College, 2008

APA Division 13, Consulting Research Award, First Prize, 1981

USPHS Clinical Psychology Traineeship, Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut

Outstanding Senior in Psychology, Miami University

Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi

Professional Affiliations

President, North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, 2011-2013;  Past-President, 2013-2015

Editorial Boards:

Current:   Psychotherapy Research, Journal of Family Psychology,Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, & Training; Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session.

                Past:   Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Family Process


Board of Directors, Gould Farm, Inc. 1994-2004, 2011-present, Associates Board      Clinical Committee Chair, 1998-2002. Direct yearly outcomes study, since 1999.

External Reviewer, psychology departments at numerous liberal arts colleges

Conference Organizer, “Clinical Psychology in the Liberal Arts College: Surviving and Thriving in the 21st  Century,”  funded by AALAC/Mellon 23 Collaborative Workshop Grant, 2012