About Robert E. Emery, Ph.D. - Divorce Mediation Expert
Robert Emery, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for
Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Virginia. He also
is an associate faculty member in the Institute of Law, Psychiatry,
and Public Policy, and was Director of Clinical Training from 1993-2002.
He received his B.A. from Brown University in 1974 and his Ph.D. from
the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1982. He has
served or is serving on the editorial board of eleven professional journals,
and he has been a member of the Social Sciences and Population grant
review study section of the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Emery's research focuses on family relationships and children's mental
health, including parental conflict, divorce, child custody, family
violence, and associated legal and policy issues. His 1982
Psychological Bulletin paper, "Interparental Conflict and the
Children of Discord and Divorce," was designated a "Citation
Classic" by the Institute for Scientific Information with over
320 citations as of April 1993 (over 700 as of January 2000).
His Child Development paper, "Family Members as Third Parties
in Dyadic Family Conflict: Strategies, Alliances, and Outcomes" (with
Samuel Vuchinich and Jude Cassidy), won the 1989 "Outstanding Research
Publication Award" from the American Association of Marriage and
Family Therapy. In December 2000, he was asked to present his research
findings to the National Academy of Sciences. The Association of Family
and Conciliation Courts presented the "Distinguished Researcher" and "Myer Elkin Address"
awards to Dr. Emery in 2002. His book,
The Truth about Children and Divorce, was a finalist for the Books
for a Better Life Award and Library of Virginia Literary Award in 2005.
Dr. Emery is the author of over 100 scientific publications and several
books. Marriage, Divorce, and Children's Adjustment (1999, 2nd
Ed., Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications) won the Outstanding Academic
Book award from Choice magazine, and was recently translated
into Chinese. Abnormal Psychology (2007, Upper Saddle River,
NJ: Prentice-Hall [with Thomas Oltmanns]) is in its fifth edition (1st
Ed 1995; 2nd Ed 1998; 3rd Ed 2001; 4th
Ed 2004). Emery has also written Essentials of Abnormal Psychology
(2000, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall) with Thomas Oltmanns.
His book, Renegotiating Family Relationships: Divorce, Child Custody,
and Mediation (1994, New York: Guilford Publications), was translated
into Italian (Il Divorzio: Renegoziare le Relazioni Familiari).
Dr. Emery's new book, The Truth about Children and Divorce: Dealing
with the Emotions So You and Your Children Can Thrive (New York:
Viking/Penguin) was published in August, 2004, and was featured when
Dr. Emery presented on the Today Show, The Jane Pauley Show, National
Public Radio, in Newsweek magazine, and in many other print
and electronic media.
Dr. Emery has lectured extensively on his research across the United States
and in numerous countries throughout the world. In addition to his research,
teaching, and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Emery continues to
engage in a limited practice as a clinical psychologist and divorce
mediator. He also is the father of five children.