Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Dell, Paul

  • Diana J. SemmelhackEmail author
  • Natalie Berry
  • Dominique Lawson
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1033


Paul F. Dell


Paul F. Dell, Ph.D., ABPP is an American clinical psychologist currently specializing in trauma and dissociation. Dr. Dell pursued a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University and graduated in 1970. From there, Dr. Dell furthered his education in Clinical Psychology. He graduated from the clinical psychology department of the University of Texas at Austin with his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in 1977. Dr. Dell played an important role in the development of family therapy, particularly with regard to a period of time in the 1980s when the field began to question its theoretical underpinnings. His seminal article, “Beyond Homeostasis,” published in Family Process, created debates about epistemology that would last for a decade. This paper states that the idea of homeostasis is fundamentally inconsistent with systemic epistemology and should be substituted with the more appropriate concept of coherence (Dell 1982).


Dr. Dell began his career...

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  1. Dell, P. F. (1982). Beyond homeostasis: toward a concept of coherence. Family Process, 21, 21–41.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  2. Dell, P. F. [Paul]. (n.d.). Posts [LinkedIn page]. Retrieved 29 June 2018 from https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-f-dell-66045223/.
  3. Dell, P. F. (2018). About [Blog Post]. Retrieved from: https://understandingdissociation.com/about/.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diana J. Semmelhack
    • 1
    Email author
  • Natalie Berry
    • 1
  • Dominique Lawson
    • 1
  1. 1.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • David Kearns
    • 1
  • Bahareh Sahebi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA