Laurie Heatherington earned her BA from Miami University (Ohio) andPh.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut. She is Professor of Psychology at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. There she teaches and does research on processes of change in family therapy, the therapeutic alliance, and treatment outcomes in community mental health and residential treatment, with recent work in global mental health. She has published numerous journal articles and chapters, and co-authored two books. With collaborator Myrna Friedlander, she received the 2010 Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award by the American Family Therapy Academy. She has also served as president of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research.