Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Becvar, Dorothy

  • Karen CaldwellEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_788


Dorothy Becvar is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a licensed clinical social worker whose contributions to the field of family therapy include teaching family therapy to graduate students in university settings and authoring influential texts. Her contributions also include her many presentations to professional organizations, service on editorial boards, and provision of leadership in family therapy associations.


Dr. Becvar completed her MSW degree at Saint Louis University in 1980 and a PhD program in Family Studies at Saint Louis University in 1983. Her professional career began in Philadelphia, PA, leading family clusters, enrichment groups for whole families in church settings. She began her academic career at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and subsequently held academic positions at Saint Louis University, Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX), the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University (St. Louis, MO), and Radford...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Appalachian State UniversityBooneUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rachel Diamond
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWest HarfordUSA