Douglas H. Sprenkle, PhD, is professor and director of the doctoral program in marriage and family therapy at Purdue University. He is a former editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Sprenkle has received three major career honors from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT): the Cumulative Career Contribution in Family Therapy Research Award, the Training Award, and the Significant Contribution to Family Therapy Award. He has also received the Osborne Award for excellence in teaching from the National Council on Family Relations. Among his seven books, Dr. Sprenkle is the editor of Effectiveness Research in Marriage and Family Therapy, published by AAMFT in 2002.
Fred P. Piercy, PhD, is professor and head of the Department of Human Development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has served two times on the Board of Directors of AAMFT, and as the chair of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Dr. Piercy is also a member and fellow of both AAMFT and the American Psychological Association. He has written over 160 published articles, 5 books, and 35 funded grants. Most recently, he is the coeditor of the Handbook for the Clinical Treatment of Infidelity(with Katherine Hertlein and Joseph Wetchler; in press, Haworth Press) and coauthor of Family Therapy Sourcebook(2nd ed., with Douglas H. Sprenkle, Joseph L. Wetchler, and Associates; 1996, Guilford Press) and Stop Marital Fights Before they Start(with Norman Lobsenz; 1994, Berkley Press). Dr. Piercy has won both national and university teaching awards. He has also collaborated extensively with colleagues from the University of Indonesia and Atma Jaya University (in Jakarta, Indonesia) and was the principal investigator of a World AIDS Foundation-funded project in Indonesia.