Expired The Legacy of Racism on Black Couples: Translating Social Science into Culturally Informed Clinical Practice

This lecture is part of the Ackerman Distinguished Family Therapy Lecture Series, designed to contribute to conversations on advancements and opportunities in family therapy training. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Program Description:

The continued examples of police brutality, COVID health disparities, and mental health disparities are stark reminders of the continued legacy of racism. Black family life rests at the center of this racial reckoning and is the context thru which pain and resiliency are manifested.

This presentation will examine the legacy of racism on Black couples as well as the diversity of the Black couple experience. Following, it will summarize and translate the science on Black marriages into culturally-informed clinical practice. To conclude, the presentation will provide clinicians and scholars with a proposed set of issues to consider when conceptualizing and treating Black couples, as well as highlight the heterogeneity within Black Americans.


Anthony Chambers, PhD, ABPP is the Chief Academic Officer at The Family Institute at Northwestern University (TFI). Dr. Chambers is also the Director of Northwestern University’s Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies and is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Chambers is also the former President of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Couple and Family Psychology (Division 43) and is the Past-President of the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology (AACFP). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Psychological Association (APA).

Dr. Chambers received his BA in Psychology from Hampton University and completed both his MA & PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia. He completed his internship and postdoctoral clinical residency at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Chambers engages in scholarly writing, teaching and public speaking aimed at disseminating the latest knowledge about how to have a healthy relationship, with a particular focus on African American couples. Noteworthy academic achievements include co-authoring Integrative Systemic Therapy (IST); co-editing the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy; co-editing an APA Series on Couple and Family Psychology; and co-editing a TFI book series on IST.

Dr. Chambers’ professional accomplishments have resulted in becoming a fellow of the APA, a fellow of the AACFP, and a diplomat of the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology. He also serves on the editorial board of the journal Family Process and is the past Associate Editor for the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.

Return to Ackerman Distinguished Family Therapy Lecture Series

  • April 13, 2023
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Anthony Chambers, PhD, ABPP

CE contact hours are not offered for this series.

Location:   Online Event


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