Who We Are
Dr. John Gottman
John M. Gottman, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist and founder of the Relationship Research Institute, a non-profit research institute dedicated to strengthening relationships through research. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle and is one of the leading research scientists in the world on marriage, relationships and family.
Dr. Gottman is the author of over 140 journal articles and has authored, coauthored or edited over 40 books, including “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail,” “The Heart of Parenting: Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child,” (Simon and Schuster), “What Predicts Divorce?” (L. Erlbaum Assoc.), “The Marriage Clinic” (W.W. Norton); “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work,” and “The Mathematics of Marriage, Dynamic Non-linear Models,” (MIT Press).
Dr. Gottman has conducted seminars, lectures and workshops throughout the world for his academic colleagues in the field of psychology and family relations. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs such as 20/20, Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, Eye to Eye, NPR’s Fresh Air, BBC and Discovery Channel documentaries, among others.
Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman
Julie is the co-founder and Clinical Director of The Gottman
Institute, and Clinical Supervisor for the Couples Together Against Violence study. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, sexual harassment and rape, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. She is the co-creator of the immensely popular Art and Science of Love weekend workshops for couples, and she also co-designed the national clinical training program in Gottman Couples Therapy. Her other achievements include:
Inspiring, empowering, respectful, and kind, Julie’s leadership of The Gottman Institute has made it possible to identify and integrate the expertise of her staff, therapists, and the wider research and therapeutic community. Her commitment to excellence and integrity assures that as The Gottman Institute grows, it continues to maintain the highest ethical and scientific standards.
She is in private practice in the Seattle area, providing intensive marathon therapy sessions for couples. She specializes in working with distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, those with substance abuse problems and their partners, as well as cancer patients and their families.
Joni Parthemer holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction degree and is both a Master Trainer and Education Director for the Bringing Baby Home Program. She also holds certification as a Childbirth Educator and International Childbirth Association Approved Trainer. Joni is a faculty member at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Professions at Bastyr University as well as a Birth and Family Educator at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA. She has developed, published and implemented a variety of training materials for educators interested in providing support and growth programs for families.
Beth Goss did her graduate work in Elementary Education and is a Certified GottmanEducator and Training Specialist for the Bringing Baby Home program. She is alsoa faculty member at North Seattle Community College where she teaches parenteducation classes. In addition, Beth is also a certified childbirth educator and currentlyteaches classes for Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA.
Lisa Tankersley holds her degree in Early Childhood Education and currently serves as a Childbirth and New Parenting Educator at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA. She teaches a variety of childbirth Preparation and Parenting classes including Bringing Baby Home workshops. Lisa is a Certified Gottman Educator and Bringing Baby Home Training Specialist. Along with her family, her passion is everything about the Newborn and Newborn Parents. She is happiest facilitating Bringing Baby Home workshops and New Parent Support Groups.