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John Gottman, Ph.D. | Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D.

About John Gottman, Ph.D.

Dr. John Gottman, Ph.D. John Gottman is world renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, involving the study of emotions, physiology, and communication. His breakthrough research on marriage and parenting has earned him numerous major awards including:
  • Four National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Awards
  • The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Research Scientist Award
  • The American Family Therapy Academy Award for Most Distinguished Contributor to Family Systems Research
  • The American Psychological Association Division of Family Psychology, Presidential Citation for Outstanding Lifetime Research Contribution
  • The National Council of Family Relations, 1994 Burgess Award for Outstanding Career in Theory and Research
He is the author or co-author of 119 published academic articles and 37 books, including:
  • His most recent book, The Relationship Cure, A 5-Step Guide for Building Better Connections with Family, Friends, and Lovers (Crown Publishers)
  • New York Times bestseller, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (Crown Publishers)
  • Why Marriages Succeed or Fail…and How You Can Make Yours Last (Simon & Schuster)
  • Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting (Simon and Schuster)
  • The Marriage Clinic (Norton)

John has appeared on numerous TV programs, including: "Good Morning America," "Today," "CBS Morning News," "Discovery Health," and "Oprah." Articles about him have appeared in The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Glamour, Woman's Day, People, Self, Reader's Digest, Psychology Today, the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Dr. Gottman was the co-founder of the Gottman Institute with his wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman. He is executive director of the nonprofit Relationship Research Institute, currently evaluating interventions for the transition to parenthood. Dr. Gottman is an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Washington and founded what the media termed, "The Love Lab", where much of his research on couples' interactions was conducted. Dr. Gottman presents workshops throughout the country. In Seattle, he co-presents, with his wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, four couples workshops per year, The Art and Science of Love. He also presents four two-day clinical workshops per year, Couples Therapy: A Research-Based Approach, around the country. His style of presentation is clear, informative and filled with humor.


About Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D.

Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D.

Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman is cofounder and Clinical Director of the Gottman Institute and co-teaches the Institute's Advanced Training Seminar in Couples Therapy and The Art and Science of Love Couples Weekend Workshop with Dr. John Gottman. Julie co-founded the Gottman Institute and established its affiliated Marriage Clinic for which she still serves as its leader. As Clinical Director, she has designed and provided marriage workshops, gay and lesbian relationship workshops, basic and advanced clinicians' trainings, community talks, consultation services, educational products, and a clinic for private couple therapy.

Julie is also in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is a widely recognized expert for her work with individuals, couples and group psychotherapy treatment. She specializes in work with distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, those with substance abuse problems and their partners, as well as cancer patients and their families. In the legal system, she has served as an expert witness in cases involving rape and sexual harassment. Julie's research on lesbian parents has been one of the key resources for organizations and courts seeking to make determinations about gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and other gay and lesbian family issues.

Julie has been a frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows throughout the United States and Canada. She has served as a consultant for several national TV programs including "Discovery Health," and ABC's "20/20." Julie's style as a therapist and teacher is inspiring, empowering, respectful, and kind. Her work as the leader of the Gottman Institute has made it possible to identify and integrate the expertise of her staff, therapists, and the wider research and therapeutic community. Meanwhile, her commitment to excellence and integrity has assured that, as the Gottman Institute grows, the Institute continues to maintain the highest ethical and scientific standards.