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...