Froma Walsh , PhD, MSW

Author, Faculty (Institute), Nonprofit administrator, Retired, Supervisor, Therapist in private practice, University professor in a research-focused program, University professor in a teaching-focused program

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Chicago Center for Family Health

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Froma Walsh

Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD is Co-Founder & Co-Director, Chicago Center for Family Health and Firestone Professor Emerita, the University of Chicago. Dr. Walsh is the foremost international authority on family resilience theory, research, training, and practice. She is also a leading expert on loss, recovery, and resilience; family diversity and challenges in a changing world; integrating the spiritual dimension in clinical practice; and therapeutic benefits of human-animal bonds. Her research-informed family resilience framework is widely applied in research and community-based intervention and prevention in a range of situations of adversity: 1) traumatic loss (complicated bereavement; major disasters; war, conflict-related, and refugee situations) 2) disruptive transitions, (e.g. job loss; divorce, stepfamily formation); 3) chronic, multi-stress conditions (e.g. illness/disability); 4) at-risk youth and vulnerable families in highly stressful life contexts. Her collaborative, multi-level systemic approach integrates neurobiological, developmental, relational, socio-cultural, and multi-faith spiritual perspectives.

Dr. Walsh is a registered Clinical Psychologist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is Past President, American Family Therapy Academy; past editor, Journal of Marital & Family Therapy; and has received numerous awards for her distinguished contributions (e.g. AFTA, APA, AAMFT, AOA). With 120+ scholarly publications, recent books include: Strengthening Family Resilience (3rd ed., 2016); Normal Family Processes: Growing Diversity and Complexity (4th ed; 2012 / 2016); Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy (2nd ed. 2009); Living Beyond Loss: Death in the Family (co-ed. M. McGoldrick)(2e 2004). Her books and articles have been translated into many languages worldwide. She is a highly regarded speaker and consultant nationally and internationally.

Dr. Walsh received her BA (honors, Psychology), University of California, Berkeley;
MSW, Smith College; and PhD. (Human Development & Behavioral Sciences), University of Chicago; and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.
Contact: www.ccfhchicago.org fwalsh@uchicago.edu

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Author, Faculty (Institute), Nonprofit administrator, Retired, Supervisor, Therapist in private practice, University professor in a research-focused program, University professor in a teaching-focused program

Therapeutic Approach / Theoretical Model

Family Systems, Integrative Models, Preventive Interventions

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English, French

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