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Scott Browning, Ph.D., ABPP

Scott Browning, Ph.D., ABPP

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Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Dr. Browning's scholarly interests include: the diverse and changing family, increasing and measuring empathy, children with developmental disorders, therapy outcomes, and the dynamics and treatment of stepfamilies. Dr. Browning is the author of articles and chapters on empathy, marriage and family therapy, and step-parenting. He is a regular presenter at national conferences on these topics. Dr. Browning is a board member of the Stepfamily Association of America, and is considered a national expert on stepfamily therapy. He is a licensed psychologist and a member of several professional organizations. He has co-authored several books on Couple and Family Therapy.

Educational Background: 
  • Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley
  • M.Ed., Boston University
  • B.A., Washington College

Link to APA website for interview with Dr. Browning: http://www.apa.org/pubs/books/interviews/4317274-browning.aspx

Recipient of the 2017 American Psychological Association (APA) Division 43 award for “Distinguished Contributions to Family Psychology” to acknowledge his special contributions to the advancement of teaching, research, public policy and/or practice in family psychology.

Courses Taught: 
Doctoral Courses 
  • Brief Therapy
  • Empirically Supported Therapies: Research, Theory and Practice
  • Treating the Non-Traditional Family
  • Colloquial Series
  • Family Therapy with Young Children
  • Dissertation Mentoring
Masters Courses 
  • Family Therapy
  • Advanced Couple & Family Therapy Techniques
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Treating Children and Adolescents in a Threatened Environment
  • Personality Theory

Visiting Senior Researcher, University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy

Scholarly Interests: 
  • Treating the Diverse Family
  • Advances in Family Therapy
  • Increasing Empathy through Ethical and Accurate Role-Play
  • Stepfamilies
  • Creating a Spectrum of Treatment for Autism
  • Children with Developmental Disorders
  • Training Clinicians
Selected Publications: 

Browning, S. & van Eeden Moorefield (In Press). Treating interpersonal problems in contemporary families: An inclusive approach to engaging evidence supported practice. American Psychological Association.

Logan, J., van Eeden-Moorefield, B. & Browning, S. (In Press). Constructing authentic relationships. Routledge Press.

Browning, S. & Hull, R. (In Press). Reframing paradox. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

Carlson, M., Browning, S., Goodman, L., Carlson, K. (2020). Case Study Illustrating Family Systems Interventions in a School Setting to Address Anxiety and School Avoidance. Journal of Family Psychotherapy. https://doi.org/10.1080/2692398X.2020.1849935

Peightal, B., Browning, S. & Pease, L. (2020) Bridging the gap: Supporting students with autism in higher education. In, Y. Katz & F. Stasolia (Eds.), Education and technology support for children and young adults with ASD and learning disabilities, IGI Global. Doi:10 40 18/976 1-7998-7053-1.

Browning,S., Hull,L., Goodman, L.R. (2020) Les familles du Spectre Autistique, dans Les défis des familles d’aujourd’hui (sous la coordination de Salvatore D’Amore), DeBoeck, Bruxelles.

Browning, S. & Hull, R. (2019). Treating Multidimensional Presenting Problems with a Mutually Integrative Approach Using the Genogram, Family Process.

Browning, S. & van Eeden-Moorefield, B. (2019). Step-Grandparents in integrative couple and family therapy:  Treatment models for complex clinical issues. Encyclopedia of Couple and Famiy Psychology, Springer Press.

Browning, S. & Hull, R. (2018). Utilizing the genogram to integrate systems and psychoanalytic thinking.  Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/int0000115.

Hull, R., Lardier, D.T., Nacer, C., van Eeden-Moorefield, B., and Browning, S. (2018). Influences of (step)parent-(step)child relationship quality on life satisfaction and marital quality among adult (step)children. In:  S. Browning and M. Acordini (Eds.), Famiglie ricomposte:  Approci clinici ed evidenze di ricerca [Stepfamilies: Clinical approaches and research evidence] (M. Accordini, Trans.). Milano, Italy:  Franco/Angeli.

Lardier, D.T., van Eeden-Moorefield, B., Nacer, C., Hull, R., and Browning, S.  (2017). Relationship Between (Step)Parents and Adult (Step)Children:  Explaining Influences on Life Satisfaction and Marital Quality, Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.

Browning, S. & van Eeden-Moorefield, B. (2017). Contemporary families at the nexus of research and practice. Routledge Press: New York, NY.

Browning, S. & Pasley, K. (2017). How the ABPP process supports the integration of research and practice.  The Specialist, 36 (1), 15-19.

Wagner, A. & Browning, S. (2017). Stepfamilies in couple and family therapy. Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy, pp. 1-6, Springer:  New York, NY.

Browning, S. & Accordini, M. (2016). Familiagia ricomposte. Milano, Italy: Franco/Angeli.

Browning, S. & Pease, L. (2016). Supporting the education of children with autism spectrum disorders. In Y. Kats (Ed.), Higher education transition and autism. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishers.

Browning, S. & Pasley, B.K. (2015). Contemporary families: Translating research into practice. Routledge Press: New York, NY.

Browning, S. and Roth, A. (2015). Stepfamilies. The Encyclopedia of Family Studies, Wiley Press.

Haaz, D., Browning, S. & Kneavel, M. (2014). The father-daughter relationship and intimacy in the marriages of daughters of divorce. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 55(2), 37-41. DOI: 10.1080/10502556.2013.871962.

Browning, S. & Artelt, E. (2012). Stepfamily therapy: A 10-step clinical approach. Washington, DC: APA Books.

Browning, S., Accordini, M., Gennari, M. & Cigoli, V. (2010). How therapists view stepfamilies: An analysis of Italian clinicians' representations. In V. Cigoli and M. Gennari, Close relationships and community psychology: An International Perspective. Milano, Italy: FrancoAngeli.

Browning, S. & Bray, J. (2009). Treating stepfamilies: A subsystem-based approach. In M. Stanton and J. Bray, Blackwell handbook of family psychology. London, England: Blackwell Press.

Browning, S. & Miron, P. (2007). Special populations in college and university counseling: A handbook for clinicians. Joseph Lippincott (Ed.). Washington, DC: American Counseling Association Press.

Browning, S., DiVincenzo, J. & Nelson, B. (2006). Creating families: A teaching technique for clinical training. In D.L. Berke and S.K. Wisendale (Eds.). The craft of teaching about families: Strategies and tools. New York: Haworth Press.

Browning, S., Collins, J. & Nelson, B. (2006). Creating families: A teaching technique for clinical training. Marriage and Family Review.

Browning, S. & Green, R. J. (2003). Constructing therapy: From strategic, to systemic, to narrative models. In G.P. Sholever (Ed.) Textbook of family and couples therapy. Washington, D. C.: American Psychiatric Press.

Browning, S. (1999) The spectrum of empathy. The Journal of Imago Therapy, 4, 12-24.

Browning, S. (1998). The empathy expansion procedure: A method of helping couples deal with traumatic incidents. In L.L. Hecker & S.A. Deacon (Eds.) The Therapists Notebook. New York: The Haworth Press.

Browning, S. (1994). Treating stepfamilies: Putting family therapy into perspective. In K. Pasley & M. Ihinger-Tallman(Eds.) Remarriage & Steparenting: Current research and theory. (pp. 94-104). New York, N.Y.: Guilford Press.

Selected Presentations and Workshops: 

Aug. 2021 - Symposium:  "Outcome Assessment in Family Therapy - The Genogram-Based Interactional Measure", with Rachel Hull and Allison Rosovsky.  American Psychological Association Annual Convention.

Apr. 2018 - Universite Libre de Brussels.  Adolescents in Transitional Homes.

Jan. 2018 - Three full day presentations across Pennsylvania on Autism and Family-Based Treatment, The Center for Family Based Treatment.

July 2017 - Presentation on Stepfamily Therapy at the International Couple and Family Psychology Conference at Northwestern University.

June 2017 - Presentation on The Integration of Psychoanalytic and Systems Treatment, Annual Conference of the Society for the Exploration of Integration in Psychotherapy, Denver, CO.

March 2017 - Presentation on the Issues of Stepfamily Treatment, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Jan. 2016 - Two Day workshop at the NSRC Continuing Education Conference, Orlando, Florida on Treating Stepfamilies.

Nov. 2015 - The Institute of Forgiveness and Reconciliation. The Purpose and Practice of an Apology-Skill Based Workshop.

June 2015 - Society for the Explorations of Integration in Psychotherapy. Accepted presentation on the Contemporary Family at the annual conference in Baltimore, MD.

June 2015 - American Family Therapy Academy Annual Conference. Accepted presentation on comparing stepfamily treatments: Browning and Papernow, Vancouver, Washington.

June 2015 - "Interracial Families:  Challenges, Considerations, and Clinical Implications", with Janee Stevenson and Patricia Gratson. International Meeting of The Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, Baltimore, MD.

April 2015 - NJAAMFT-Invited presentation. Treating Stepfamilies. Voorhees, NJ.

March 2015 - CORA Conference, The family and ADHD. Philadelphia, PA

March 2015 - Psychotherapy Networker-invited presentation. “A Clash of Loyalties.” Washington, DC

Nov. 2014 - “Facing Another.” The annual conference of the Institute of Forgiveness and Reconciliation. Expanding one’s empathy for the other. Sugarloaf Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA 

March 2014 - Plenary Speaker and provider of full-day workshop on treating stepfamilies at The Generations Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.

May 2014 - "What Works? Evidenced Based Practice in Community Settings" conference at Chestnut Hill College.

August 2014 - "Stepfamilies:  Research and Clinical Issues," co-presented with James Bray at American Psychological Association Conference, Washington, DC.

June 2011 - "The Personal Prison of Autism." 13th Annual Justice Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

September 2010 - "Why is the Stepfamily Often Vulnerable?" The European Family Relations Meeting, Milan, Italy.

November 2010 - "Treating the Diverse Family." Pennsylvania Psychological Association Conference, Eagle, PA.

November 2010 - "Treating Families with an Autistic Member." CORA/CHC Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

March 2010 - "Treating Stepfamilies." Catholic Social Services, Harrisburg, PA.

July 2010; July 2008 - Summer Institute on Family Therapy and Trauma - Exchange program with the Catholic University of Milan and Chestnut Hill College.

June 2009 - "Treating Stepfamilies," NSRC Continuing Education Conference, Orlando, FL.

November 2003 - "Qualitative and Phenomenological Analysis of Psychotherapy Research: Talking About vs. Describing Experience." North American Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Conference.

October 2002 - "Advanced Stepfamily Therapy-Level Two" Co-taught with David Wright a Two Day, Stepfamily Association of America annual Conference in Ft. Collins, CO.

May 2001 - "The Use of Empathy in Addictions Treatment." The Pennsylvania Board of Addictions Counselors Annual Conference, Lancaster, PA

Relevant Experience: 

Member of Editorial Advisory Board for the Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling, Sage Press.

Co-Director, Summer Institute at Chestnut Hill College on Trauma and Family Therapy for students from the Catholic University of Milan.

Expert Panelist, National Stepfamily Resource Center

Co-chair, Stepfamily Interest Group at the American Family Therapy Academy

Interviewed on Primetime with Diane Sawyer, April 2006

Interviewed on Radio Times with Marti Moss-Coane, July 2006.