Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Weiss, Robert

  • Richard E. HeymanEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_711


Robert L. Weiss, Ph.D. (b. 1930)


Robert L. Weiss was one of the leading proponents of behavioral approaches to couples research and therapy and for incorporating cognitive components into Behavioral Couples therapy (BCT). He was the codeveloper of the Marital Interaction Coding System (MICS), the most widely used observational classification system in the 1970s–1990s, and the director of the MICS coding center that analyzed videos for studies around the world. Weiss authored more than 70 journal articles and book chapters.


Weiss received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Buffalo (now State University of New York at Buffalo) in 1956, which he followed with research positions at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center (now VA Palo Alto Health Care System). In 1966, he joined the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Oregon as a visiting associate professor. From 1967 to 1998, Weiss was a professor and from 1998 to present professor...

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  1. Heyman, R. E., Weiss, R. L., & Eddy, J. M. (1995). Marital interaction coding system: Revision and empirical evaluation. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 33, 737–746.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Weiss, R. L. (1978). The conceptualization of marriage from a behavioral perspective. In T. J. Paolino & B. S. McCrady (Eds.), Marriage and marital therapy: Psychoanalytic, behavioral and systems theory perspectives (pp. 165–239). New York: Brunner/Mazel.Google Scholar
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  4. Weiss, R. L., Hops, H., & Patterson, G. R. (1973). A framework for conceptualizing marital conflict: A technology for altering it, some data for evaluating it. In L. D. Handy & E. L. Mash (Eds.), Behavior change: Methodology concepts and practice (pp. 309–342). Champaign: Research Press.Google Scholar
  5. Wills, T. A., Weiss, R. L., & Patterson, G. R. (1974). A behavioral analysis of the determinants of marital satisfaction. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 42, 802–811.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Family Translational Research GroupNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Brian Baucom
    • 1
  1. 1.University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA