Scott Browning, Ph.D., ABPP, professor of psychology, has recently published a third book in a series of publications about working with contemporary families. "Contemporary Families at the Nexus of Research and Practice" provides additional resources for understanding and working effectively with a wide variety of family types.
Co-edited by Browning and Brad van Eeden-Moorefield, Ph.D., MSW, the volume — considered to be a major addition to the study of the contemporary family — includes sections on Families and Divorce, Stepfamilies, Fragile Families, Addiction and Families, Families that Experience Homicide, Families of Incarceration and Reentry, and Cyberbullying and the Family.
“This book is a cutting-edge addition to the bookshelf of any professional psychologist who needs to understand the complexity of working with families of all types,” says Cheryl Rothery, Psy.D., ABPP, graduate program chair and director of clinical training in CHC’s Department of Professional Psychology. “Dr. Browning has made a positive difference in many lives through his significant work and contributions to the field of family therapy.”
In 2012, Browning co-authored “Stepfamily Therapy: A 10-Step Clinical Approach,” the first book in the field to combine research and clinical therapy by practitioners in each area. He subsequently co-edited (with Kay Pasley, Ed.D.) and contributed chapters to “Contemporary Families” in 2015.
Browning says his goal with these books, and the DVDs he has produced, is to “create scholars who understand what the research and clinical practice involves so they can go out and do the practice.”
“The shift in family types began in the 1960s when the post-World War II nuclear family gave way to the rise in what we called alternative families,” Browning explains. “We called them alternative to show that they are not somehow lesser than traditional nuclear family concept of mom, dad and two kids. Today, we use the term contemporary families. This may include a wide variety of family types, LGBTQ, inter-racial, incarcerated/returned, those parented by grandparents, those with children on the autism spectrum, to name just a few.”
Dr. Browning’s work also was recently recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 43 when it named him the 2017 co-recipient of the award for “Distinguished Contributions to Family Psychology.” He was given this award at the annual APA convention in August (along with fellow recipient Patricia Papernow, Ed.D.), to acknowledge his special contributions to the advancement of teaching, research, public policy and/or practice in family psychology.
Browning, who earned his master’s degree in education from Boston University and his Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley, has been a member of CHC’s faculty since 1988. He is a board member of the Couple and Family Psychological Division of the American Board of Professional Psychology.