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Thomas Sexton, Ph.D., ABPP


Thomas L. Sexton is a Professor Emeritus at Indiana University and a renowned expert on family-based treatment interventions. He is one of the developers of Functional Family Therapy (FFT, FFT-Foster Care & FFT-TCM), Evidence-Based family therapy programs for families in justice, mental health, and child welfare systems. Sexton’s significant contribution to the field of family psychology focused on the effectiveness of Family Psychology and Therapy in community settings, Evidence-Based practices, translational science, and the integration of psychological practice and technology through the development of measurement feedback systems to bring research and practice together in tools for treatment models, therapists, and organizations.

Sexton developed the Care4, a software program designed to help make every clinician their local scientist improve clinical outcomes. He has authored or co-authored ten books, over thirty book chapters, and fifty articles published in national and international peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of Functional Family Therapy in Clinical Practice (2010) and the Handbook of Family Therapy (2003 & 2015). Sexton served as Editor for the Journal of Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.

He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Diplomate in Couple and Family Psychology (ABPP). He served as President of the American Board of Professional Psychology Couple and Family Psychology Board (2012-2014) and President of the Society for Family Psychology, Division 43 of the American Psychological Association (2009). Throughout the years, he has received numerous awards, among which was the prestigious Family Psychologist of the Year award, which was bestowed to him by the Society of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association in 2011. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Diplomate in Couple and Family Psychology (ABPP).