Andrew Christensen, Ph.D.
Andrew Christensen is Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, he conducts research on couple conflict and couple therapy and teaches couple therapy. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California and has a part-time private practice devoted to couple counseling and therapy.
Dr. Christensen is devoted to the advancement of evidence-based treatments for couples in distress. Along with the late Neil S. Jacobson, he developed Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT), an empirically supported treatment for couples. Since 1993, he has been studying the effectiveness of couple therapy, especially IBCT, usually with federal grant support. In 2010, the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs adopted IBCT as one of its evidence-based treatments for couples. Since then Christensen has been training VA therapists in IBCT and evaluating the impact of this therapy in the VA. Along with Neil Jacobson and Brian Doss, Christensen wrote a self-help book for couples based on IBCT: Reconcilable Differences (translated into French, Greek, Korean, Italian, Polish, and Portuguese). He also wrote a book for therapists on IBCT: Acceptance and Change in Couple Therapy (translated into Korean). With Brian Doss of the University of Miami, he developed an online intervention for couples—OurRelationship (available in English and Spanish). For more information about IBCT, go here.
Recent and Upcoming Presentations
|Jan 23-25, 2018||Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy||Three-day workshop for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs||San Antonio, TX|
|March 3, 2018||Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy||One day workshop for the Foundation for the Contemporary Family ()||Irvine, CA|
|July 31-Aug 2, 2018||Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy||Three-day workshop for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs||Richmond, VA|
|Aug 9, 2018||Acceptance and Change in Couple Therapy: Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy||One-day workshop at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association (REGISTER)||San Francisco, CA|
|Sept 5, 2018||Acceptance and Change in Couple Therapy: Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy||One-day workshop for the Center for Familieudvikling||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Jan 23–25, 2019||Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy||Three-day workshop for the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs||TBD|
|May 2–3, 2019||Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy: A compassionate and pragmatic approach to couple's distress||Two-day workshop for Porte-Voix (REGISTER)||Montreal, Canada|
In the News
The Couples Doctor
For 35 years, Andrew Christensen has been studying what helps troubled relationships thrive — insights he is now working to share via Internet training and with veterans and their spouses.
Seeking to Preempt Marital Strife
Some therapists are creating online self-help programs to reach couples before serious problems set in. Dr. Doss and Andrew Christensen, a psychology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, are recruiting couples to study such a program.
Change Isn't Always Good
"It's that notion of change," says Christensen, a psychology professor at UCLA. "And men have the same notion – that once we're married, things will improve."
Website's Goal: Repairing Troubled Marriages
"[Brian] Doss and Andrew Christensen … have developed an online program at ourrelationship.com that guides couples in solving their own problems … based on the evidence-based Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy model."
The Couples Doctor