Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Wynne, Lyman

  • Thomas G. O’ConnorEmail author
  • Susan H. McDaniel
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_725


Lyman C Wynne, MD, PhD (1923–2007).


Lyman Wynne was a pioneering clinician and scientist whose work provided a formative and resilient foundation for understanding the role of the family in major mental illness. From his work at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in the 1960s through his work on the influential Finnish Adoptive Family Study of Schizophrenia, Lyman’s incisive empirical and theoretical contributions synthesized family process and genetic liability in ways that continue to provide a model for modern research methods and clinical theorizing. His conceptual contributions also extended to systems consultation.


Wynne received his medical degree (1947) and his PhD in social psychology (1958) from Harvard University. He was the chief of the adult psychiatry branch at the NIMH from 1961 to 1971. From 1971 to 1977, he chaired the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester, after which he remained on as Professor until his...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Rochester Medical CenterRochesterUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA