James L. Framo, Ph.D.

Past President, 1982 - 1983

James Framo was Distinguished Professor of Psychology at United States International University/Alliant University in San Diego and a full professor at Temple University in Philadelphia. He served as President of the Family Institute of Philadelphia and established and headed the first family therapy unit in a mental health center at Jefferson University. Prior to that, he worked closely with Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy at the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Framo was a fellow and supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, which designated him as a founder in the field in 1992. He was also a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He also served as advisory editor for several journals in the field, such as Family Process, Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, and Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.

His writings helped integrate object relations/psychodynamic theory with family systems theory, laying the foundation for intergenerational/family of origin work in the context of couple and family therapy. With Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, he edited one of the earliest texts in family therapy, Intensive Family Therapy (Brunner/Mazel, 1965). Among his more than 60 other publications are: Family Interaction: A Dialogue Between Family Researchers and Family Therapists (Springer, 1972); Family Therapy: Major Contributions (co-edited with Robert J. Green, International Press, 1981 ); Explorations in Marital and Family Therapy: Selected Papers of James L. Framo (Springer,1982); Family-of-Origin Therapy: An Intergenerational Approach (Brunner/Mazel, 1992); and Coming Home Again: A Family of Origin Consultation (co-authored with Timothy Weber and his wife Felise Levine) and published posthumously by Brunner/Routledge in May 2003.

A founding member of AFTA, Dr. Framo served as its Secretary, Vice-President, and its second President. He received AFTA' s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy in 1984.