Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Carr, Alan

  • Peter StrattonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1092


Carr, Alan


Alan Carr is best known for his research-informed, theoretically integrative clinical practice models. He has been awarded many research grants, and is a prolific writer having published over 20 books and 200 articles. He has made keynote addresses and presentations to professional associations of family therapy and clinical psychology around the world. His books have been translated into many languages. His best-selling textbooks are Family therapy: Concepts, process and practice (Wiley, 2000) and the Handbook of clinical child and adolescent psychology: A contextual approach (Routledge, 1999). Second and third editions of both have been published. His research spans a range of topics including evaluation of the effectiveness of systemic interventions, family assessment, psychotraumatology, and positive psychology.


Carr received his BA (1977) and MA (1979) in psychology from University College Dublin (UCD). He then travelled to Queens University...

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  1. Carr, A. (2012). Family therapy: Concepts, process and practice (3rd ed.). Chichester: Wiley.Google Scholar
  2. Carr, A. (2013). The development of family therapy in Ireland. Contemporary Family Therapy, 35, 179–199.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Carr, A. (2014a). The evidence-base for family therapy and systemic interventions for child-focused problems. Journal of Family Therapy, 36, 107–157.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leeds Family Therapy and Research CentreUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA