Evan Black

  • Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy
Dr. Evan Imber-Black

Evan Imber-Black, Ph.D. is the Program Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Mercy University. Dr. Imber-Black was the editor of Family Process, 2004-2011, the major scholarly journal in family systems research and family therapy. She founded and directed the Center for Families and Health at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City, where she is affiliated as senior faculty.  Evan Imber-Black was also a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY, where she founded and directed the Urban Institute for Families and Family Therapy Training.

Dr. Imber-Black is:

  • A past president of the American Family Therapy Academy;
  • A recipient of the 1990 American family Therapy Academy award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice; and the 1999 recipient of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Cumulative Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy.

Throughout her internationally recognized career, Evan Imber-Black has made major contributions in thematic areas that cut across different models of practice, including  Families and Larger Systems, Family Rituals and Family Secrets. She is the author of over 80 original papers, and several books, including:

  • The Secret Life of Families – Bantam, 1998
  • Secrets in Families and Family Therapy – WW Norton, 1993
  • Rituals for Our Times – Jason Aronson, 1998 (co-authored with Janine Roberts)
  • Rituals in Families and Family Therapy – WW Norton, 1988; Second edition, 2003 (co-edited with Janine Roberts and Richard Whiting)
  • Families and Larger Systems – Guilford Publications, 1988