Andrew Christensen, Ph.D.

About Dr. Christensen


Andrew Christensen received his BA degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Then he worked as a social worker in Los Angeles and as a college psychology teacher at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. Subsequently, he went to graduate school at the University of Oregon where he completed his masters and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology. He completed his clinical internship at Rutgers Medical School (The College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). After his training, he was hired by the UCLA Department of Psychology and has spent his entire career there. Currently he is Professor of Psychology, specializing in research on couple conflict and couple therapy. He has published well over a hundred articles and books, primarily on couple conflict and couple therapy. He is co-author of the influential scholarly work, Close Relationships (Freeman, 1983, reprinted in 2002). For therapists, he authored Acceptance and Change in Couple Therapy: A Therapist’s Guide for Transforming Relationships (1998, Norton) with Neil S. Jacobson. He also completed a self-help book for couples, Reconcilable Differences (2000, Guilford; second edition 2014) with Jacobson. His therapy approach and research have been cited in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, and other magazines and newspapers. He is licensed as a psychologist in California and has a part-time practice of clinical psychology devoted almost exclusively to couples and relationship problems.





Below are recent sample publications.

A more complete list can be found HERE.


Christensen, A., Eldridge, K., Catta-Preta, A. B., Lim, V. R., & Santagata, R. (2006). Cross-cultural consistency of the demand/withdraw interaction in couples. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 68, 1029-1044.


Christensen, A., Atkins, D. C., Yi, J., Baucom, D. H., & George, W. H. (2006). Couple and individual adjustment for two years following a randomized clinical trial comparing traditional versus integrative behavioral couple therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 1180–1191.


Eldridge, K. A., Sevier, M., Jones, J. T., Atkins, D. C., & Christensen, A. (2007). Demand-withdraw communication in severely distressed, moderately distressed, and non-distressed couples: Rigidity and polarity during relationship and personal problem discussions. Journal of Family Psychology, 21, 218-226.


Simpson, L. E., Atkins, D. C., Gattis, K. S., & Christensen, A. (2008). Low-level relationship aggression and couple therapy outcomes. Journal of Family Psychology, 22,102-111.


Christensen, A., Wheeler, J. G., & Jacobson, N. S. (2008). Couple distress. In D. H. Barlow (Ed.), Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders, 4th edition (pp.662-689). New York: Guilford.


Gattis, K. S., Simpson, L. E., & Christensen, A. (2008). What about the kids?: Parenting and child adjustment in the context of couple therapy. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 833-842.


Baucom, B. R., Atkins, D. C., Simpson, L. E., & Christensen, A. (2009). Prediction of response to treatment in a randomized clinical trial of couple therapy: A 2-year follow-up. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 160-173.


Christensen, A. (2009). A unified protocol for couple therapy. In K. Hahlweg, M. Grawe-Gerber, & D. H. Baucom (Eds.). Enhancing couples: The shape of couple therapy to come. Göttingen: Hogrefe.


Atkins, D. C., Dimidjian, S., Bedics, J. D., & Christensen, A. (2009). Couple discord and depression in couples during couple therapy and in depressed individuals during depression treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.