Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
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Goolishian, Harry

  • Harlene AndersonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1002


Harold Goolishian, PhD (1924–1991)


Harold Goolishian was a Psychologist and a Marriage and Family Therapist. He was an innovative and influential seminal figure in the development of the conversational/dialogical therapies and movement in the field of family therapy and psychology.


Goolishian was born in 1924 to an Armenian father and Irish mother and grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his Master of Arts in Psychology, with distinctions, in 1949 from Michigan State University, and received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Houston in 1953. He completed his psychology internship at the Veteran Administration Hospital, Fort Cluster, Michigan (1948–1949) and his psychology residency at University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Galveston, Texas.

Goolishian had a distinguished career. He was a Professor, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at the University of Texas Medical Branch,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Taos InstituteChagrin FallsUSA
  2. 2.Houston Galveston InstituteHoustonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  • Bahareh Sahebi
    • 2
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA