Andrea Wittenborn 2017
Wittenborn, Andrea K. Ph.D.


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  • Ph.D. Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University
  • M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University
  • B.S. Psychology, Southeast Missouri State University

Areas of Interest

  • Dissemination and Implementation of Interventions for Depression
  • Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
  • Adult attachment


Dr. Andrea K. Wittenborn is an associate professor of human development and family studies. She also holds an appointment in the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and is a Fellow at the Sparrow Health System/MSU Center for Innovation and Research. She earned her Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University and completed a doctoral research internship in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to joining Michigan State University in 2014, she served on the faculty at Virginia Tech for seven years.

Dr. Wittenborn studies mental health intervention from a systems theory perspective with the goal of improving the outcomes of treatment for depression. In prior work, she completed randomized controlled trials testing the efficacy of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy for co-occurring depression and relationship conflict. In a multi-disciplinary collaboration with colleagues at MIT and Virginia Tech, her team used an innovative simulation modeling approach for assessing personalized interventions for depression. Other recent work aims to develop and test novel technologies for assessing depression, including creating an artificial intelligence powered depression screening tool. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, United States Department of Agriculture, private foundations, and intramural awards.

Dr. Wittenborn is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT) and the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, Guest Editor of a JMFT special section on “New Research Findings on Emotionally Focused Therapy,” an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Fellow and Approved Clinical Supervisor, and recipient of the 2017 AAMFT Outstanding Research Publication Award and JMFT Best Article of 2013 Award. In 2011, she received the Virginia Tech Excellence in Graduate Student Advising Award for her mentoring of graduate students.