Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Avis, Judith

  • Linda Stone FishEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1040-1


Judith Myers Avis, Ph.D., is professor emerita of couple and family therapy at the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada. As an educator, clinician, and researcher, her work has focused on gender, trauma, resilience, and re-storying in couple and family relationships, and draws on narrative, feminist, and mindfulness ideas.


Dr. Myers Avis graduated with a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1986 and taught at the University of Guelph in the Family Relations and Applied Nutrition Department until her retirement in 2004, directing the couple and family therapy program for 2 years. She went on to a productive career as a professor, therapy consultant, supervisor, and practitioner in Guelph. Author or co-author of more than 40 journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Myers Avis has given conference presentations, keynote addresses, and invited workshops throughout the world.

Contributions to the Profession

Dr. Myers Avis is best known for being one of the pioneers in the...

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Key Citations

  1. Avis, J. M. (1985a). The politics of functional family therapy: A feminist critique. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 11, 127–136.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Avis, J. M. (1985b). Through a different lens: A reply to Alexander, Warburton, Waldron and Mas. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 11, 145–148.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Avis, J. M. (1988). Deepening awareness: A private study guide to feminism and family therapy. In L. Braverman (Ed.), Women, feminism and family therapy. New York: Haworth Press.Google Scholar
  4. Avis, J. M. (1991). The politics of empowerment. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 3, 141–153.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Avis, J. M. (1992). Violence and abuse in families: The problem and family therapy’s response. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 18(3), 223–230.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Avis, J. M. (1994). Advocates versus researchers – A false dichotomy? A feminist, social constructionist response to Jacobson. Family Process, 33, 87–91.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Avis, J. M. (1996a). Deconstructing gender in family therapy. In F. P. Piercy, D. H. Sprenkle, & J. Wetchler (Eds.), A family therapy sourcebook (2nd ed., p. ##). New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  8. Avis, J. M. (1996b). Feminist-informed training in family therapy: Approaching the millenium. In K. Weingarten, & M. Bograd (Eds.), Reflections on feminist family therapy training (p. ##). New York: Haworth Press.Google Scholar
  9. Avis, J. M. (2006). Escaping narratives of domination: Ideas for clinical practice with women oppressed by relationship violence. In R. Alaggia and C. Vine (Eds.), Cruel but not unusual: Violence in Canadian families – A sourcebook of history, theory & practice (p. ##). Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press.Google Scholar
  10. Spitzer, B., & Avis, J. M. (2006). Recounting graphic sexual abuse memories in therapy: Impact on women survivors’ healing. Journal of Family Violence, 21(3), 173–184.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  3. 3.Brigham Young UniversityProvoUSA