Andrew Christensen received his BA degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He then 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 Distinguished Research 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 (Psy5387) and has a part-time practice of clinical psychology devoted almost exclusively to couples and relationship problems.


Recent Sample Publications

Baucom, K. J. W., Sevier, M., Eldridge, K. A., Doss, B. D., & Christensen, A. (2011).  Observed communication in couples 2 years after integrative and traditional behavioral couple therapy: Outcome and link with 5-year follow-up.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 565-576.

Benson, L. A., Sevier, M., & Christensen, A.  (2013). The impact of behavioral couple therapy on attachment in distressed couples. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 39, 407-420.

Christensen, A.  (2010).  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 (pp 33-46). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Christensen, A., Atkins, D. S., Berns, S., Wheeler, J., Baucom, D. H. & Simpson, L. E. (2004).   Traditional versus Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy for Significantly and Chronically Distressed Married Couples, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 176–191.

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.

Christensen, A., Atkins, D. C., Baucom, B., & Yi, J.  (2010).  Marital Status and Satisfaction Five Years Following a Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Traditional Versus Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 225-235.

Christensen, A., Dimidjian, S., & Martell, C. R.  (2015).  Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy.  In A. S. Gurman, J. Lebow, & D. K. Snyder (Eds.), Clinical handbook of couple therapy, 5th Edition. New York: Guilford.

Christensen, A. & Doss, B. D. (2017).  Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy.  Current Opinion in Psychology, 13, 11-114.

Christensen, A., Doss, B. D., & Jacobson, N. S.  (2014).   Reconcilable Differences.  New York:  Guilford.

Christensen, A., Wheeler, J. G., Doss, B. D., & Jacobson, N. S. (2014).  Couple distress.  In D. H. Barlow (Ed.), Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders, 5th edition (pp. 703 – 731). New York:  Guilford.

Doss, B. D., Cicila, L. N., Georgia, E. J., Roddy, M. K., Nowlan, K. M., Benson, L. A., & Christensen, A. (2016).  A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Web-Based OurRelationship Program: Effects on Relationship and Individual Functioning.  Journal or Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 285-296.

Jacobson, N. S. & Christensen, A.  (1998). Acceptance and change in couple therapy:  A therapist’s guide to transforming relationships.  New York:  Norton.  Note:  Hardback title was Integrative couple therapy:  Promoting acceptance and change.

Marín, R. A., Christensen, A., & Atkins, D. C. (2014).  Infidelity and behavioral couple therapy: Relationship outcomes over 5 years following therapy. Couple and Family Psychology:  Research and Practice, 3, 1-12.

Sevier, M., Atkins, D. H., Doss, B. D., & Christensen, A. (2015).  Up and down or down and up? The process of change in constructive couple behavior during traditional and integrative behavioral couple therapy.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41, 113–127.