Froma Walsh


Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD, is Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Chicago Center for Family Health, and is the Mose and Sylvia Firestone Professor Emerita in the School of Social Service Administration and Department of Psychiatry, Pritzker School of Medicine, at the University of Chicago. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and an AAMFT approved supervisor.

Dr. Walsh is a leading authority on family resilience. She has developed a resilience-oriented, community-based practice approach to strengthen families in crisis (e.g. major trauma; loss); in disruptive transitions (separation, divorce; migration); and facing challenges of persistent, multi-stress conditions (e.g. illness, disability; economic hardship; discrimination). Her research-informed Family Resilience Framework is widely applied in intervention and prevention efforts. She is also a leading expert on contemporary family diversity and multi-faith spiritual perspectives. Her approach addresses developmental, systemic, cultural, and spiritual influences in suffering, healing, and resilience. Dr. Walsh is a frequent speaker and consultant nationally and internationally on resilience-oriented community mental health training, practice, and research.

With 120+ publications, her books include: Strengthening Family Resilience, (2nd ed., 2006/2011); Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy (2nd ed., 2009); Normal Family Processes: Growing Diversity and Complexity (4th ed., 2012); Living Beyond Loss: Death in the Family (2nd ed. 2004); Chronic Disorders and the Family and Women in Families. Her books have been translated into many languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

Dr. Walsh is past editor, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and past president, American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA). Among honors for her distinguished contributions to family systems theory, research, and practice are awards by AFTA; American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Family Psychology; American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT): American Orthopsychiatric Association; and the Society for Pastoral Counseling Research.

Dr. Walsh received a BA with honors in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. After serving in the Peace Corps in Morocco, she received an MSW at Smith College, with fieldwork at Yale Department of Psychiatry and Yale Child Study Center. She received her PhD in Human Development and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Chicago.