Family Process Journal

The journal, Family Process, was founded in 1962, and is widely considered to be the preeminent publication of its kind in the field of family research and therapeutic intervention.It is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing original articles, including theory and practice, philosophical underpinnings, qualitative and quantitative clinical research, and training in couple and family therapy, family interaction, and family relationships with networks and larger systems.

The impact factor is 2.187.  This indicates the journal’s ranking.  In 2015, it was 8th out of 43 in Family Studies, and 41st out of 121 in Psychology Clinical.
Since its inception over four decades ago, Family Process has become a major resource for mental health and social service professionals who are seeking cutting edge research and clinical ideas about family and systems theory and practice.

  • The editorial advisory board comprises outstanding thinkers, researchers and practitioners drawn from an international arena, reflecting the intention and capacity to publish articles with worldwide relevance.
  • Articles are expected to be both scholarly and accessible, and written in jargon-free prose.
  • The journal strives for a dynamic interaction between theory/practice and research, such that articles on theory and practice inform future research, and research articles contribute to the development of meaningful theory and practice.
  • The Family Process Institute web site,, is an interactive site that promotes both the journal and current FPI initiatives.

Guidelines for submissions to Family Process may be found by clicking on the “Author Guidelines” link on the Wiley Family Process home page, as well as in every issue of the journal.

The current editor is Jay Lebow.  The Family Process Institute board and staff members, the editorial board, the advisory editors, as well as past journal editors and past FPI directors are listed in the links below.

In April 2011, Family Process celebrated its 50th anniversary with a conference attended by editors, past and present, board, advisory editors and early career scholars in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The following presentation by Dr. Evan Imber-Black is the keynote address from this historic gathering.

Contexts and Transformations