Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Eisler, Ivan

  • Judith LaskEmail author
  • Liz Dodge
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_686


Professor Ivan Eisler Ph.D., OBE


Eisler has made a unique, international contribution to the field of family therapy and family psychology, and specifically to the field of eating disorders. His contribution covers extensive and highly valued research, training, service development, and national policy formulation and implementation. He has been a major influence on the creation of effective, evidence-based eating disorders services in the UK and internationally. In addition, his focus on evidence-based interventions and his collaborative approach to therapy, focusing on the way the family organize themselves around the problem, and avoiding family blame, has been an important influence on the field of family therapy. His research has ensured that family therapy and other systemic approaches are accepted as key interventions in the treatment of eating disorders.


Eisler was born and grew up in Prague. He studied psychology and philosophy at Oxford University,...

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  1. Eisler, I., Simic, M., Blessitt, E., Dodge, L., & Team. (2016). Maudsley service manual for child and adolescent eating disorders (Revised). London: Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Available at: http://www.national.slam.nhs.uk/services/camhs/camhs-eatingdisorders/resources.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LondonUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  • Ryan M. Earl
    • 2
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA