Donald Catherall is an important contributor to couple and family therapy and theory. He is well known for introducing the concept of emotional safety. Catherall has authored four books and numerous papers in influential journals.
Catherall received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University Medical School in 1984 following his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps. He began his postgraduate work at the Center for Family Studies/Family Institute of Chicago (1983–1987), transitioning from Team Leader to the Director of Clinical Services in only four years. He went on to be the Executive Director at the Phoenix Institute in Chicago, Illinois (1991–2004). Catherall currently has a private clinical practice and works as a Clinical Associate Professor at Northwestern University.
Catherall has presented at numerous professional conferences, including the American Family Therapy Association Annual Conference (1987) and the Fourteenth Annual Family Therapy...
- Catherall, D. R. (1984). The therapeutic alliance in individual, couple and family therapy. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms International.Google Scholar
- Catherall, D. R. (Ed.). (2004). The handbook of stress, trauma, and the family. New York: Brunner-Routledge.Google Scholar
- Catherall, D. R. (2007). Emotional safety: Viewing couple through the lens of affect. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
- Catherall, D.R. (2012). Marriage and the marital relation-ship. In C.R. Figley Encyclopedia of Trauma (pp. 363–366), Los Angeles: Sage.Google Scholar