Peter Fraenkel

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation









Peter Fraenkel


Degree/Date: B.A. 1980
Institution: Boston University
Specialization: Philosophy, Psychology

Degree/Date: Ph.D. 1988
Institution: Duke University
Specialization: Clinical Psychology

Research Interests

Family and couple therapy, family psychology, how couples and families cope with time pressures; work/family balance; the role of technology in couple and family distress; prevention of marital disorder; community-based resilience-strengthening programs for homeless families, economically-marginalized families, and first-generation Latino families.


Capstick, C., & Fraenkel, P. (2004).  Chapter 18: Abuse and Neglect.  In R. Coombs (Ed.), Family therapy review: Preparing for comprehensive and licensing exams (pp. 393-411).  Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

 Costanzo, P. R., & Fraenkel, P. (1985). The role of parent concern and constraint in the development of value‑mediated moral judgment and social perception: A domain‑specific perspective. Proceedings of the Society of Research in Child Development, Toronto, Canada.

 Costanzo, P. R., & Fraenkel, P. (1987). Social influence, socialization, and the development of social cognition: The heart of the matter. In N. Eisenberg (Ed.), Contemporary topics in developmental psychology. New York: Wiley.

 Fraenkel, P. (1988). Mattering and memory: The effects of personal importance on autobiographical memory and memory for frequency of occurrence. Dissertation Abstracts International, 5009B, 4264.

 Fraenkel, P. (1990). Review of Perspectives on Marital Interaction. The Family Psychologist, 6, p. 42.

 Fraenkel, P. (1994). Time and rhythm in couples. Family Process, 33, 37-51.

 Fraenkel, P. (1995). The nomothetic-idiographic debate in family therapy. Family Process, 34, 113-121.

Fraenkel, P. (1996). Zeit und Rhythmus in Paarbeziehungen.  Familiendynamik, 21, 160-182.

 Fraenkel, P. (November/December 1996). The rhythms of couplehood: Using time as a resource for change.  The Family Therapy Networker, 20, 65-77.

 Fraenkel, P. (1997). Systems approaches to couple therapy.  In W.K. Halford and H. Markman (Eds.), Clinical handbook of marriage and couples interventions, (379-413).  London:  John Wiley.

 Fraenkel, P. (1998).  Forward to Hubbert, D., & Hubbert, W., The His and Hers Guide to Surviving Your First Year of Marriage.  New York: Dell.

Fraenkel, P. (1998). Time and couples, part I: The decompression chamber.  In T. Nelson & T. Trepper (Eds.), 101 interventions in family therapy, volume II, (pp. 140-144).  West Hazleton, PA: Haworth Press.

Fraenkel, P. (1998).  Time and couples, part II: The sixty second pleasure point.  In T. Nelson & T. Trepper (Eds.), 101 interventions in family therapy, volume II, (pp. 145-149). West Hazleton, PA: Haworth Press.

Fraenkel, P. (1999, Spring).  Family therapy training in Hong Kong: Thoughts from a visiting colleague. Family Therapy Forum, pp. 5-11.

Fraenkel, P. (1999, November/December).  All about fathers.  NYU Child Study Center Newsletter, Vol 4, 1-4.

Fraenkel, P. (1999, Winter).  And liberty and relationship strengthening programs for all (who want them).  American Family Therapy Newsletter, 39-42.

Fraenkel, P. (2000, Fall).  Kids beyond the brink of disaster. American Family Therapy Newsletter, 13-14.

Fraenkel, P. (2000, Winter).  Attachment, violence, and culture: Virginia Goldner and Vivian Carlson speak.  American Family Therapy Newsletter, 21-23.

Fraenkel, P. (2001).  Getting a kick out of you: The jazz Taoist key to love.  In Levine, J., & Markman, H.  (Eds.), Why do fools fall in love, (pp. 61-66).  San Franscisco: Jossey-Bass.  

Fraenkel, P. (2001).  The beeper in the bedroom: Technology has become a therapeutic issue.  The Psychotherapy Networker, 25, 22-29, 64-65.

Fraenkel, P. (2001).  The place of time in couple and family therapy.  In K. J. Daly (Ed.), Minding the time in family experience: Emerging perspectives and issues (pp. 283-310).  London: JAI.

Fraenkel, P. (2001).  The new normal:  Living with a transformed reality.  The Psychotherapy Networker, 25, 20-34.

Fraenkel, P. (2002).  The helpers and the helped:  Viewing the mental health profession through the lens of September 11.  Family Process, 41, 20-23.

Fraenkel, P. (2003).  Contemporary two-parent families: Navigating work and family challenges.  In F. Walsh (Ed.), Normal family processes (3rd ed.) (pp. 61-95).  New York: Guilford.

Fraenkel, P. (2004).  Der beziehungsorientierte Ansatz zur Behandlung von Inzest (The relational approach to treatment of incest).  Psychotherapie im Dialog, 2, 163-170.

Fraenkel, P. (2004). Some reflections on the meeting theme of “Building Bridges: The Challenges of Connecting.”  American Family Therapy Academy Newsletter, Fall/Winter, 5-6.

Fraenkel, P. (2005).  Whatever happened to family therapy?  Psychotherapy Networker, 29, 30-39, 70.

Fraenkel, P. (2006).  Engaging families as experts:  Collaborative family program development.  Family Process, 45, 237-257.

Fraenkel, P. (2006).  Fresh Start for Families: A collaboratively-built community-based program for families that are homeless.  AFTA Monographs, 1, 14-19.

Fraenkel, P. (2007). Groupes multifamiliaux pour familles sans domicile fixe (Multiple family discussion groups for families that are homeless).  In S. Cook-Darzens (Ed.),Thérapies multifamiliales, des groupes comme agents thérapeutiques. (Multiple family therapy: Groups as therapeutic agents)  (pp. 333-361).  Paris, France: Éditions érès.

Fraenkel, P. (2009).  The therapeutic palette: A guide to choice points in integrative couple therapy.  Clinical Social Work Journal, 37, 234-247.

Fraenkel, P. (2009). Review of Attachment, play, and authenticity: A Winnicott primer by Steven Tuber.  The Family Psychologist, 25, 34-35.

Fraenkel, P. (2011).  Sync your relationship, save your marriage: Four steps to getting back on track.  New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.

Fraenkel, P. (2011).  From isolation to connection: How to create a community of practice.  Psychotherapy Networker, 35, 48-51.

Fraenkel, P. (2011).  Die Therapeutische Palette: Ein Leitfaden für die Weichenstellungen in der integrativen Paartherapie.  Familiendynamik, 36, 52-69.

Fraenkel, P. (2014). Zeit un Beziehung: Die Bedeutung von Vergangenheit, Gegenwart un Zukunft (Time in relationships:The meaning of past, present and future).  In Levold, T., and Wirsching, M. (Eds/Hrsg.).  Systemische Therapy und Beratun – das große Lehrbuch (pp. 118-121). Heidelberg Germany: Carl-Auer Verlag GmbH.

                Fraenkel, P. (in press).  Integrative family and couple therapies.  In J. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D Breunlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy.  New York: Springer.

                Fraenkel, P., & Caflisch, J. (2011).  Managing work and family responsibilities in the age of increased technology.  In M. J. Craft-Rosenberg (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Family Health (pp. 717-722).  Los Angeles, CA:                 Sage.

                Fraenkel, P., & Capstick, C. (2012).  Contemporary two-parent families: Navigating work and family challenges.  In F. Walsh (Ed.), Normal family processes (4th ed., pp. 78-101).  New York: Guilford.

                Fraenkel, P., & Carmichael, C. (2008).  Working with families that are homeless.  In M. McGoldrick  & K. Hardy (Eds.), Revisioning family therapy (2nd ed.) (pp. 389-400).  New York: Guilford Press. 

                Fraenkel, P., Hameline, T., & Shannon, M. (2009).  Narrative and collaborative practices in work with families that are homeless. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 35, 325-342.

Fraenkel, P., & Markman, H. J. (2002).  Prevention of marital disorders.  In D. S. Glenwick & L. A. Jason (Eds.), Innovative strategies for promoting health and mental health across the life span (pp. 245-271).  New York: Springer.

Fraenkel, P., & Markman, H.J. (1994).  The family therapies.  In S.J. Lynn & J. Garske (Eds.), Contemporary psychotherapies: Models and methods (3rd ed.).  Brooks Cole.

Fraenkel, P., Markman, H., & Stanley, S. (1997).  The prevention approach to relationship problems.  Sexual and Marital Therapy, 12, 249-258.

Fraenkel, P., & Pinsof, W. M. (2001).  Teaching family therapy-centered integration: Assimilation and beyond.  Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 11, 59-85.

       Fraenkel, P., & Shannon, M. (1999).  Multiple Family Discussion Group Manual: Family Support from Welfare to Work Program (Fresh Start for Families).  Unpublished manual, Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Fraenkel, P., Shannon, M., & Díaz Alarcón, L. (2009).  The families are the experts: Collaborative methods of family program development in work with homeless families and poor immigrant families.  In M. Andolfi & L. Calderón del la Barca (Eds.), Working with marginalized families and communities: Professionals in the trenches (pp. 105-107).  Rome: Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia.

Fraenkel, P., Sheinberg, M., & True, F. (1996).  Making families safe for children: Handbook for a family-centered approach to intrafamilial child sexual abuse.  New York: Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Fraenkel, P. Schoen, S., Perko, K., Mendelson, T., Kushner, S., & Islam, S. (1998). The family speaks: Family members' descriptions of therapy for sexual abuse. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 17, 39-60.

Fraenkel, P., & Wilson, S. (2000).  Clocks, calendars, and couples: Time and the rhythms of relationships. Papp, P. (Ed.), Couples on the fault line: New directions for therapists (pp. 63-103).  New York: Guilford Press.

Fraenkel, P., & Wilson, S. (2012).  Zeit zu zweit: Problemerkennug und Intervention in Paaren.  In U. Borst and B. Hildenbrand (Eds.), Zeit essen Seele auf: Der Factor Zeit in Therapie und Beratung (pp.111-136).  Heidelberg, Germany:  Carl-Auer Verlag GmbH.

Gurman, A., & Fraenkel, P. (2002). The history of couple therapy: A millennial review.  Family Process, 41, 199-260.

Halford, W. K., Markman, H. J., & Fraenkel, P. (1998).  Relationship problems.  In P. Salkovskis (Ed.), Adult disorders: Clinical formulation and treatment.  Volume 6 in series, M. Hersen & A. Bellack (Eds)., Comprehensive clinical psychology.  New York: Elsevier.

Johnson, D., Cabral, A., Mueller, B., Trub, L., Kruk, J., Upshur, E., Diaz Alarcon, L., Marrero, L., Auf der Heyde, T., Thoma, N., Rodriguez, E., Cione, G., & Fraenkel, P. (2010). Training in intersectionality sensitivity: A community-based collaborative approach.  American Family Therapy Academy Monographs, 5, 4-15.

Sheinberg, M., True, F., & Fraenkel, P. (1994). Treating the sexually abused child: A recursive multimodal program.  Family Process, 33, 263-276.

 Sheinberg, M., & Fraenkel, P. (1999, May/June).  Loyalty violated: Ambivalence haunts the victims of sexual abuse.  The Family Therapy Networker, 23, 63-74.

       Sheinberg, M., & Fraenkel, P. (2001). The relational trauma of incest: A family-based approach to treatment.  New York: Guilford Press.


Additional Information

Professional Activities: Developing and evaluating community-based programs for families moving from welfare or immigration to work; writing articles and chapters on the topic of time and couples/families, marital distress and divorce prevention; former Vice President, American Family Therapy Academy; editorial board, Family Process, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy