Society for Couple and Family Psychology President

Anthony Chambers, PhD, ABPP, is the president of APA’s Div. 43 (Society for Couple and Family Psychology). Chambers is also the chief academic officer and is a board-certified couple and family psychologist on staff at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. He is also the director of Northwestern University’s Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies, and he is a clinical associate professor in Northwestern’s Department of Psychology. Chambers is the former director of both the couple therapy program and the postdoctoral fellowship program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

Chambers received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Hampton University and completed his MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. He completed his internship and postdoctoral clinical residency at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, specializing in the treatment of couples. Chambers also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship specializing in couple therapy and psychotherapy research at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

Chambers embraces the scientist-practitioner model of therapy by using research to inform clinical practice. Thus, in addition to maintaining a large clinical practice composed of 90 percent couples, Chambers also engages in scholarly writing, teaching and public speaking aimed at disseminating the latest knowledge about how to have a healthy relationship. For instance, he is the author of numerous book chapters, journal articles and national presentations devoted to summarizing the science behind assessing and treating common couples’ problems (e.g., communication, trust, intimacy, parenting, conflict resolution). He has also published and lectured extensively on additional topics including the transition to marriage, the transition to parenthood, African-American couples and interracial couples. Chambers has also made multiple media appearances discussing topics such as “Surviving infidelity” and “Avoiding marriage’s No. 1 pitfall: Money troubles.”

Chambers’ professional accomplishments include becoming a fellow of the American Psychological Association and Div. 43, a fellow of the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology and a diplomat of the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology. Chambers is on the board of directors of several academic and professional organizations devoted to strengthening couples and families, including the Family Process Institute. He is also on the editorial board for the journal Family Process and is the associate editor for the Society of Couple and Family Psychology’s flagship journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.

Chambers’ most proud achievement is that he has been happily married for nearly 14 years and has a beautiful daughter. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, watching movies and ESPN, watching reruns of "Seinfeld" and "West Wing" and traveling.