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Department of Psychology Clinical Psychology for Children/Adolescents and Couples/Families

Guy Bodenmann

Guy Bodenmann, Prof. Dr.

  • Head of Unit
+41 44 635 75 33

Professional career

Prof. Dr. Guy Bodenmann studied Clinical Psychology, General and Applied Psychology and Clinical Remedial Education at the University of Fribourg.

In 1987 he received the Bachelor in Clinical Special Education, in 1991 the Master in Clinical Psychology and in 1995 he received the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

In 1999, he completed his habilitation (senior lecture qualification) with the venia legendi in Clinical Psychology.

From 1988-1991 he was a tutor and subsequently from 1991-1995 assistant at the chair of Prof. Dr. Meinrad Perrez at the University of Fribourg.

1993-1994 he went to a research stay with Prof. Dr. John Gottman at the University of Washington (Seattle, USA).

After his Ph.D. he was research follow at different Universities in Germany, France, Italy.

From 1995 to 2008, Bodenmann headed the Institute for Family Research and Counseling at the University of Fribourg, first as coordinator, then as director.

From 2001 to 2005 he held an associate professorship (SNF-funded professorship) at the University of Fribourg.

Bodenmann wa associate professor for clinical relationship psychology from 2005 to 2008 at the University of Fribourg.

Since 2008 he is full professor of Clinical Psychology with a focus on children/adolescents and couples/families at the University of Zurich.

He is president of the Academy for Behavioral Therapy in Childhood and Adolescence (AVKJ) and director of two continuing post-graduate programs (MAS for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Children and Adolescents, MAS for School Psychology).

He is an accredited psychotherapist, couples therapist, clinical trainer and program director and supervisor.

He is director of two university clinics, one for couple therapy, the other one for psychotherapy for children and adolescents.

Bodenmann developed the internationally widespread evidence-based relationship education program Couples Coping Enhancement Training (CCET) aiming at enhancing close relationships by improving dyadic coping. He developed the coping-oriented couples therapy based on his Systemic Transactional Model (STM).

Within his research, stress and coping in couples play a major role. He developed and validated a new scale for the assessment of dyadic coping, the Dyadic Coping Inventory (DCI) that has been translated into 24 languages and validated in 15 languages to date.

He has co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, has written 22 books, and is one of the leading international couples researchers. In the scoping review by Sharkey et al. (2021), he ranked #4 among the world's most influential relationship researchers.

Research interests

  • Stress and coping in couples (dyadic coping)
  • Efficacy studies on prevention and health promotion in couples (CCET)
  • Psychotherapy research in the context of couple therapy
  • Psychological disorders and the role of close relationships (e.g. depression, sexual disorders)
  • Parental relationship distress and impact on children
  • Family protective and risk factors for child development


Teaching in the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. Supervision of bachelor, master and doctoral theses.

Bachelor's courses

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy with children and adolescents: Theoretical Foundations
  • Clinical Couple and Family Psychology (Main lecture)

Master's courses

  • Psychological disorders in childhood and adolescence (Main lecture)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy with children and adolescents: Practice
  • Couple therapy: Theoretical background and practice
  • Relationship disorders and child development