Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Walsh, Froma

  • Evan Imber-BlackEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_734


Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD, is the Co-founder and Co-director, Chicago Center for Family Health, and the Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago. Dr. Walsh, a Clinical Psychologist, is an internationally renowned leader in the field of family therapy and is the foremost expert on family resilience.


Froma Weisberg Walsh was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, moving with her family to Southern California in her high school years. She received her BA with honors in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and her MSW at Smith College, Northampton, MA, with clinical placements at Yale University Department of Psychiatry and Yale Child Study Center. She completed her PhD in Human Development and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Chicago.

From 1971 to 1977, Walsh was Family Studies Coordinator in an NIMH-sponsored Schizophrenia Research Program at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. In 1978 she joined the faculty of the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Marriage and Family Therapy, Mercy CollegeDobbs FerryUSA
  2. 2.Center for Families and Health, Ackerman Institute for the FamilyNew York CityUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sean D. Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologyAlliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA