Division of Counseling Psychology

< Back to faculty and staff index

Myrna L. Friedlander
Training Director
Education 221

Bio  -  Research Interests  -   Other  Courses Taught  -  Representative Publications -  Recent Grant   -  Research Group   -  Personal Interests

MYRNA L. FRIEDLANDER (Ph.D. Ohio State University, 1980; M.A., George Washington University, 1978). Dr. Friedlander joined the Counseling Psychology program at the University at Albany, SUNY, in 1981 and is currently the Director of Doctoral Training. She has served as clinician, educator, supervisor, and consultant in a variety of schools, counseling centers, hospitals, and community agencies. She is the 2001-2002 recipient of the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Psychological Association of Northeastern New York. Dr. Friedlander's research on the process of counseling and psychotherapy has appeared in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, Professional Psychology, Family Process, the Journal of Family Psychology, and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, among others. In 1999 she received the President’s Award for Excellence in Research. Her current work concerns therapeutic change processes in family therapy. Dr. Friedlander is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology; she is a member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Albany Medical College. She is currently an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Psychotherapy Research.


Research Interests



Associate, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, University at Albany

Courses Taught

Representative Publications

Beck, M., Friedlander, M. L., & Escudero, V. (2006). Three perspectives on clients' experiences of the therapeutic alliance: A discovery-oriented investigation. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 32, 355-368.

Friedlander, M. L., Escudero, V., & Guzman, M. (2001). International exchanges in family therapy: Training, research, and practice in Spain and the U.S. The Counseling Psychologist, 30, 314-329.

Friedlander, M. L., Escudero, V., Heatherington, L., & Diamond, G. M. (2011). Alliance in couple and family therapy. Psychotherapy, 48, 25-33.

Friedlander, M. L., Escudero, V., & Heatherington, L. (2006). Therapeutic alliances with couples and families: An empirically informed guide to practice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Friedlander, M. L., Escudero, V., Horvath, A. S., Heatherington, L., Cabero, A., & Martens, M. P. (2006). System for Observing Family Therapy Alliances: A tool for research and practice. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 53, 214-225.

Friedlander, M. L., Heatherington, L., Johnson, B., & Skowron, E. A. (1994). "Sustaining engagement": A change event in family therapy. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 4, 438-448.

Friedlander, M. L., Kivlighan, Jr., D. M., & Shaffer, K. (2012). Exploring actor-partner interdependence in family therapy: Whose view (parent or adolescent) best predicts treatment progress? Journal of Counseling Psychology, 59, 168-175.

Friedlander, M. L., Lambert, J. E., & Muñiz de la Peña, C. (2008). A step toward disentangling the alliance/improvement cycle in family therapy. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 55, 118-124.

Friedlander, M. L., Sutherland, O., Sandler, S., Kortz, L., Bernardi, S., Lee, H., & Drozd, A. (2012). Exploring corrective experiences in a single, successful case of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 49, 349-363.

Heatherington, L. & Friedlander, M.L. (2007). Manifestations and facilitation of insight in couple and family therapy. In L. Castonguay & C.Hill (Eds.), Insight in psychotherapy. (pp. 81-99). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Heatherington, L., Friedlander, M. L., & Greenberg, L. S. (2005). Change process research in couples and family therapy: Methodological challenges and opportunities. Journal of Family Psychology, 19, 18-27.

Ladany, N., Friedlander, M. L., & Nelson, M. L. (2005). Critical events in psychotherapy supervision: An interpersonal approach. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Nelson, M. L., & Friedlander, M. L. (2001). A close look at conflictual supervisory relationships: The trainee's perspective. Journal of CounselingPsychology, 48, 384-395.

Muñiz de la Peña, C., Friedlander, M. L., & Escudero, V. (2009). Frequency, severity, and evolution of split family alliances: How observable are they? Psychotherapy Research, 19, 133-142.

Recent Grant: Enhancing retention and effectiveness: Family therapy for low-income, at-risk yoth. Funded by the Community Foundation of the Capital District. $22,460.

Research Group: Bi-monthly to discuss student research interests.

Personal Interests: Traveling, quilting, movies, and ethnic music.