Friedlander Receives Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research

Albany, NY (June 21, 2010) - Professor Myrna Friedlander, Educational and Counseling Psychology, has been awarded a 2010 Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award by the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA).

Myrna L. FriedlanderThis award recognizes an individual for outstanding research on subjects central to the field of family therapy. The award may recognize either cumulative career achievement or a single contribution that has played a seminal role in the field. Criteria for this award include systematic investigation of important family therapy issues; superior utilization of qualitative and/or quantitative methodology; innovative techniques of data collection, measurement, and analysis; examination of new research areas; integration of different conceptual frameworks; substantive contribution to knowledge in the field; and theory development in the field.  The award will be presented at the AFTA annual meeting in June.

Dr. Friedlander joined the School of Education’s Division of Counseling Psychology 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, Dr. Friedlander received the President’s Award for Excellence in Research. Her current work concerns therapeutic change processes in family therapy. She 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.

The American Family Therapy Academy is an organization of approximately 800 leading national and international family therapy educators, researchers, clinicians, program directors, and policy makers dedicated to advancing systemic and social constructionist theory, research, and practice for families in their communities and larger social contexts.