Robert H. Coombs, PhD, CAS, Professor of Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine, is trained as a sociologist (Doctorate), counseling psychologist (postdoctoral Master's), family therapist (California licensed), certified addiction specialist (CAS, nationally certified) and certified group psychotherapist (CGP, nationally certified). Early in his career, he served on the Executive Committee of the National Council on Family Relations and was an invited participant at two White House conferences—the 1970 White House Conference on Children and Youth (delegate) and the 1980 White House Conference on Families. Formerly Director of the UCLA Family Learning Center, he currently serves on the International Certification Advisory Committee of the American Academy of Healthcare Providers in the Addictive Disorders. When a member of the California Commission for the Prevention of Drug Abuse, he developed the conceptual framework—a family strengthening model—that guided the Commission's activities. Author or editor of more than two hundred publications, including eighteen books, he is currently coediting a Series on Treating Addictions for John Wiley & Sons. He is a recipient of the Award for Excellence in Education from the UCLA School of Medicine, the Distinguished Faculty Educator Award from the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, and he was nominated for the Faculty Excellence Award from the UCLA Mortar Board Senior Honors Society.
James F. Alexander, PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah, is a progenitor of Functional Family Therapy (FFT). A past director of clinical training at the University of Utah, he has received such honors as Distinguished Contributions to Family Therapy Research, American Family Therapy Academy; Family Psychologist of the Year, Division 43 of the