Guy Bodenmann

Guy Bodenmann, Prof. Dr.

Head of Unit

Phone: +41 44 635 75 33

Guy Bodenmann is professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Zurich. He is the director of the Clinical Training Program for Psychotherapy in Children and Adolescents, director of the Clinical Training Program for Couple Therapy and director of the postgraduate training for school psychology. He is the president of the Academy of Behavioral Therapy in Children and Adolescents (AVKJ). He teaches in the bachelor, master and Ph.D. program and in different postgraduate clinical trainings in Switzerland, Germany, France and Italy. He developed the Couples Coping Enhancement Training (CCET) and the coping-oriented couple therapy approach.


1987Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Clinical Psychology and Pedagogy at University of Fribourg, Switzerland (summa cum laude)
1991Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, General Psychology and Applied Psychology at University of Fribourg, Switzerland (summa cum laude)
1995Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (summa cum laude)
1999Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification (Habilitation) in Clinical Psychology


1988-1995Assistant of Prof. Dr. Meinrad Perrez, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
1993-1994Research fellow at the University of Washington (Seattle); lab of Prof. Dr. John Gottman
1995-2008Director of the Institute for Family Research and Counseling, University of Fribourg
1999-2001Assistant professor at University of Fribourg
2001-2008Associate professor of Clinical Psychology and Relationships at University of Fribourg
2008-Full professor of Clinical Psychology for Children/Adolescents and Couples/Families at University of Zurich

Honors & Awards

1991Vigener Award for outstanding research, University of Fribourg

Memberships, Offices & Committee Assignments

Guy Bodenmann is International Affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA), the German Association of Psychologists (DGPs), the Swiss Association of Psychologists (FSP), The Swiss Society of Psychology (SGP), the Swiss Society for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (SGVT) and member of the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR), the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), the European Society on Family Relations (ESFR) as well as the Scientific and Professional Advisory Committee (SPAC) for Triple P.

Major research interests

  • Stress and Coping in couples and families
  • Prediction of divorce and relationship distress
  • Prevention of dysfunctional relationships (development of the Couples Coping Enhancement Training; CCET)
  • Mental disorders and close relationships
  • Evaluation oft he efficacy of couple therapy and relationship education
  • Evaluation of treatments in couples' intervention (CCET, marital therapy)
  • Relationship functioning and child well-being

Funding of Research Projects (Grants awarded)

Impact of stress on relationship development of couples and children: A longitudinal approach on dyadic development across the lifespan. Swiss National Research Foundation (Nr. CRSI11_133004/1).

Dyadic coping in adolescent couples: How do young couples cope together and how is their dyadic coping influenced by their parents’ models? Swiss National Research Foundation (Nr. 100014_129699/1).

Prevention in couples: A comparison of three different formats of the Couples Coping Enhancement Training (CCET). Stiftung für wissenschaftliche Forschung an der Universität Zürich.

National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) “Overcoming Vulnerability: Life Course Perspectives. Couples coping with cancer” (LIVES; Swiss National Research Fundation)

The impact of external stress on couples’ interaction within one year. Swiss National Research Foundation (Nr. 100014_129627/1).

The impact of external stress on couples’ communication. Swiss National Research Foundation (Nr. 100013-115948).

Evaluation of the efficacy of couple therapy fort he treatment of depression: A RCT-1.5 year longitudinal study. Swiss National Research Foundation (Nr. 610-062901.00).

Evaluation of the efficacy of Triple P in Switzerland (Bundesamt für Sozialversicherungen; Amt für Gesundheit des Kantons Fribourg, Jacobs Fundation, Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz).

Prediction and prevention of divorce. Swiss National Research Foundation (11-46820.96; 11-46820.96).

Major Teaching Interests


  • Clinical Psychology in Couples and Families
  • Family risk factors for child dysfunctional development
  • Theoretical basis of cognitive behavioral therapy with children/adolescents


  • Psychological disorders in children/adolescents
  • Cognitive-behavioral child therapy
  • Relationship dysfunctions
  • Prevention of relationship distress
  • Couple Therapy

Other Services

Member of the scientific commitee of the Centro d’Ateneo di studi e ricerche sulla familia dell’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano.

Member of the expert panel of the DFG-project „Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics“(Pairfam).

Member of the Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) of the DFG project „Additive bzw. synergetische Effekte eines kombinierten Eltern- und Kindertrainings bei AD(H)S“ von Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauth et al. (Universität zu Köln, Germany).

Co-Editor of the book series „Freiburger Beiträge zur Familienforschung“ Academic Press, Fribourg and Publisher Huber (together with Prof. Dr. M. Perrez).

Co-Editor of the book series „Familienpsychologie, Familientherapie, systemische Therapie“ by Asanger (together with Prof. S. Walper, Prof. J. Kriz & Prof. Dr. A. von Schlippe).

Member of International Editorial Board of book series by Springer „Couples and Health“ (Prof. Kim Halford et al.).

Member of the scientific committee of the book series on social and clinical family psychology (Prof. Dr. E. Scabini & Prof. Dr. V. Cigoli).

Member of the editorial board of the following journals: Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie, Psychatrie und Psychotherapie, Psychologie in Erziehung und Unterricht, Zeitschrift für Familienpsychologie, Zeitschrift Kontext, European Journal of Psychological Assessment; Journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (JSPR).

Ad-hoc Reviewer: Archives de Psychologie; British Journal of Social Psychology; Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings; Diagnostica; European Journal of Social Psychology; European Journal of Psychological Assessment; European Psychiatry; Family Process; Human Communication Research; International Journal of Public Health, Journal of Abnormal Psychology; Journal of Clinical Psychology; Journal of Social and Personal Relationships; Journal of Family Psychology; Kindheit und Entwicklung; Medical Science Monitor; Personal Relationships; Psychological Bulletin; Social Behavior and Personality: An International Journal; Social Science and Medicine; Swiss Journal of Psychology; Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie; Verhaltenstherapie; Zeitschrift für Psychologie; Zeitschrift für Familienforschung; Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie; Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie; Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie, Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie.

Ad-hoc Reviewer for the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), the German Research Funding Organisation (DFG), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Marsden Fund Royal Society of New Zealand.

Clinical Training & Practice

Guy Bodenmann is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and specialized in couple therapy. He developed the Couples Coping Enhancement Training (CCET) and the coping-oriented couple therapy.

He is director of the clinical training program in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents (Master of Advanced Studies) and president of the Academy of Behavioral Therapy in Children and Adolescents at the Universities of Fribourg and Zurich. He is director of the post-graduate training for school psychologists and of the post-graduate training for couple therapists.

He is the director of the clinic for psychotherapies for couples and the clinic for psychotherapy for children/adolescents at the University of Zurich. He is supervisor and trainer of couple therapists.