Wittenborn, Andrea K. Ph.D.


Andrea Wittenborn 2016


Associate Professor


552 W Circle Dr, Room 13F Human Ecology Building, East Lansing, MI 48824

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


Dr. Andrea K. Wittenborn Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. 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 MSU, she was an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Virginia Tech where she also held an appointment in Health Sciences and served as Acting Program Director.

Dr. Wittenborn studies mental health intervention from a systems theory perspective with the goal of improving 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, she was the PI of a recent study that used an innovative simulation modeling approach for assessing personalized depression interventions. Other recent work aims to develop and test novel technologies for assessing depression. 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 recent 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 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.

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

  • Depression
  • Intervention
  • Adult attachment
  • Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy