Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Haley, Jay

  • Rajeswari Natrajan-TyagiEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_964


Haley, Jay


Jay Haley was born on July 19, 1923, in Wyoming. He was heralded as one of psychotherapy’s keenest critic and also one if its influential contributor. He was critical to the evolution of psychotherapy from what was once a rigid practice to flexibility and growth.


Haley had an unconventional entrance into the field of family therapy. He joined the army air force and after the war, graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. He then moved to New York City where he established himself as a writer and playwright. Haley went on to earn another Bachelor of Arts degree in Library Sciences from the University of California at Berkley. He was married three times to women who all played a crucial role in parts of his career.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Library Sciences, Haley began working toward earning his Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication at Stanford. While at Stanford,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Couples and Family Therapy Masters and Doctoral Programs, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University (Irvine)IrvineUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • David Kearns
    • 1
  • Bahareh Sahebi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA