Lynne Knobloch-Fedders, Ph.D.

Lynne Knobloch-Fedders
Lynne Knobloch-Fedders, Ph.D.Marquette University

Schroeder Complex, 168F

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-5708
Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor

Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Miami University

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Couple and Family Therapy
  • Intermediate Research and Statistics
  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • Dyadic Data Analysis

Research Interests

My research program encompasses three primary areas of inquiry.

The first line of my work examines the associations between couples’ interpersonal behavior, relationship distress, and psychopathology, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which these factors predict treatment process and outcome in couple psychotherapy. The goal of this research is to develop a more comprehensive system of assessment, intervention, and outcome evaluation for couples suffering from depression, anxiety, and other disorders.

My second line of work is designed to understand the factors associated with successful treatment in individual, couple, and family psychotherapy. Data are being used to identify patterns of patient change and therapist behavior that predict the effectiveness of systemically-based psychotherapy.

My final line of research explores the relational and psychological well-being of military couples. Two major projects comprise this effort. The first evaluates the interpersonal mechanisms through which PTSD and couple discord confer risk for psychological and physical problems. The second, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command; USAMRMC), is designed to understand how military couples adjust to reunion after a service member returns home from deployment.  The goal of this project is to evaluate how mental health symptoms and intimate relationship characteristics predict difficulty with reintegration following deployment. Results are being used to generate research-based guidelines to inform the curriculum and timing of education, prevention, and intervention efforts for military couples throughout the country.



Knobloch, L.K., Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., & Yorgason, J.B. (in press). Mental health symptoms and the reintegration difficulty of military couples following deployment: A longitudinal application of the relational turbulence model. Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., & Wilson, S.J. (in press).  Interpersonal behavior in couple therapy: Concurrent and prospective associations with depressive symptoms and relationship distress. Psychotherapy Research.

Knobloch, L.K., Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., & Yorgason, J.B. (2018).  Communication of military couples during deployment predicting generalized anxiety upon reunion. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 12-21.

Knobloch, L.K., Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Yorgason, J.B., Ebata, A.T., & McGlaughlin, P.C. (2017). Military children's difficulty with reintegration after deployment: A relational turbulence model perspective. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 542-552.

Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Critchfield, K.L., & Staab, E. (2017).  Informative disagreements: Associations between relationship distress, depression, and discrepancy in interpersonal perception within couples.  Family Process, 56, 459-475.

Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Caska-Wallace, C.M., Smith, T.W., & Renshaw, K. (2017).  Battling on the home front: Posttraumatic stress disorder and conflict behavior among military couples.  Behavior Therapy, 48, 247-261.

Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Pinsof, W.M., & Haase, C. (2015).  Treatment response in couple therapy: Relationship adjustment and individual functioning change processes.  Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 657-666.

Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Elkin, I., & Kiesler, D.J. (2015).  Looking back, looking forward: A historical perspective on psychotherapy process research.  Psychotherapy Research, 25, 383-395.

Pinsof, W.M., Zinbarg, R.E., Shimokawa, K., Latta, T.A., Goldsmith, J.Z., Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Chambers, A.L., & Lebow, J.L. (2015).  Confirming, validating, and norming the factor structure of Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change Initial and Intersession.  Family Process, 54, 464-484.

Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Critchfield, K.L., Boisson, T., Woods, N., Bitman, R., & Durbin, C.E. (2014).  Depression, relationship quality, and couples’ demand / withdraw and demand / submit sequential interactions.  Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61, 264-279.

Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Knobloch, L.K., Durbin, C.E., Rosen, A., & Critchfield, K.L. (2013).  Comparing the interpersonal behavior of couples with and without depression.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 1250-1268. 

Shaikh, A., Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., & Stiles, W.B. (2013).  Verbal response modes in action: Microrelationships as the building blocks of relationship role dimensions.  Linguistics and Literature Studies, 1, 66-78.

Anderson, T., Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Stiles, W.B., Ordonez, T., & Heckman, B.D. (2012).  The power of subtle interpersonal hostility in psychodynamic psychotherapy: A speech acts analysis. Psychotherapy Research, 22, 348-362.

Knobloch, L.K., Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., & Durbin, C.E. (2011).  Depressive symptoms and relational uncertainty as predictors of reassurance-seeking and negative feedback-seeking in conversation.  Communication Monographs, 78, 437-462.

Stroud, C.D., Durbin, C.E., Saigal, S.D., & Knobloch-Fedders, L.M. (2010).  Normal and abnormal personality traits are associated with marital satisfaction for both men and women: An actor-partner interdependence model analysis.  Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 466-477.

Knobloch, L.K., & Knobloch-Fedders, L.M. (2010).  The role of relational uncertainty in depressive symptoms and relationship quality: An actor-partner interdependence model.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 137-159.

Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., & Knudson, R.M. (2009). Marital ideals of the newly-married: A longitudinal analysis.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 26, 249-271.

Pinsof, W.M., Zinbarg, R., Lebow, J., Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Durbin, C.E., Chambers, A., Latta, T., Karam, E., Goldsmith, J., & Friedman, G. (2009).  Laying the foundation for progress research in family, couple, and individual therapy: The development and psychometric features of the initial Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change (STIC).  Psychotherapy Research, 19, 143-156.

Pinsof, W.M., Zinbarg, R., and Knobloch-Fedders, L.M. (2008).  Factorial and construct validity of the revised Short Form Integrative Psychotherapy Alliance Scales for family, couple, and individual therapy.  Family Process, 47, 281-301.

Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Pinsof, W.M., & Mann, B.J. (2007).  Therapeutic alliance and treatment response in couple psychotherapy.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33, 245-257.

Lebow, J., Kelly, J., Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., & Moos, R. (2005).  Relationship factors in treating substance use disorders. In L.E. Buetler & L.G. Castonguay, (Eds.), Principles of therapeutic change that work (pp. 293-317). New York: Oxford University Press.

Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Pinsof, W.M., & Mann, B.J. (2004).  The formation of the therapeutic alliance in couple therapy.  Family Process, 43, 425-442.

Honos-Webb, L., Endres, L.M., Shaikh, A., Harrick, E.A., Lani, J.A., Knobloch, L.M., Surko, M., & Stiles, W.B. (2002).  Rewards and risks of exploring negative emotion: An assimilation model account.  In S. Fussell, (Ed.), The verbal communication of emotion: Interdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 231-251). Mahwah, N.J.: Erlbaum.

Knobloch, L.M., Endres, L.M., Stiles, W.B., & Silbershatz, G. (2001).  The convergence and divergence of themes in successful psychotherapy: An assimilation analysis.  Psychotherapy, 38, 31-39.

Shaikh, A., Knobloch, L.M., & Stiles, W.B. (2001).  The use of a verbal response mode coding system in determining patient and physician roles in medical interviews.  Health Communication, 13, 49-60.

Stiles, W.B., Honos-Webb, L., & Knobloch, L.M. (1999).  Treatment process research methods.  In P.C. Kendall, J.N. Butcher, & G.N. Holmbeck (Eds.), Research methods in clinical psychology (2nd ed.), pp. 364-402.  New York: Wiley.


Knobloch-Fedders, L.M., Garnier-Villarreal, M., & Magnus, B. Development of an interdisciplinary curriculum to advance graduate-level research training. Way-Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award, $20,000, Marquette University, 7/1/18 – 6/30/19.

Knobloch, L.K., (P.I.), & Knobloch-Fedders, L.M. (Co-I.). Reintegration difficulty of military couples following deployment.  USAMRMC Log No. 12154004, $834,061, U.S. Department of Defense, 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2018.

Knobloch-Fedders, L.M. (P.I.), Caska, C., Smith, T., & Renshaw, K. Posttraumatic stress disorder and physiological reactivity in response to conflict among military couples. Division 19 (Society for Military Psychology) Member / Affiliate Member Research Grant Award, $5,000, American Psychological Association, 2014.

Knobloch-Fedders, L.M. (P.I.). The interpersonal context of depression in couples. Randy Gerson Memorial Research Award, $3,000, American Psychological Foundation, 2004.