Judith Siegel

Professor of Social Work
(212) 998-5949

Areas of Expertise

Intimacy and family relationships, neurobiology, and emotional regulation


Judith Siegel has been a faculty member of the Silver School of Social Work at NYU since 1989. Prior to joining NYU, she was a faculty member of Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Siegel's most recent book is titled Stop Overreacting (2010; New Harbinger). She also wrote What Children Learn From Their Parents Marriage (2000; Harper Collins), Repairing Intimacy (1992; Jason Aronson), and Countertransference and Couples Therapy (1997; Norton). In addition to her scholarship in the areas of intimacy and family relationships, Dr. Siegel has published in the area of neuroscience research and emotion with recent articles appearing in Family Process; Trauma, Violence and Abuse; and Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. She has also been published in The Clinical Social Work Journal; The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy; The Journal of Family Psychology; The American Journal of Family Therapy; Psychoanalytic Inquiry; The Journal of Family Social Work; The Journal of Emotional Abuse; The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy; The Journal of Couples; The Journal of Traumatic Stress; Health and Social Work; The Journal of Reproductive Medicine; Family Systems Medicine; Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics; and the Journal of Independent Social Work. Dr. Siegel has presented her work throughout the United States and abroad.

Dr. Siegel approaches couples treatment from a perspective that integrates object relations, emotional regulation, cognitive, systems, and narrative concepts. Another facet of her work involves parenting, including prevention against the effects of divorce on children, and ways that parents can emotionally coach their children. Dr. Siegel has written articles in parenting magazines and given 'expert' media advice in these areas. She also co-directs the post-master’s certificate program in child and family therapy. Dr. Siegel's interest in defensive splitting in couples has resulted in the development of a practice model as well as the creation of an assessment tool that is presently being used in research on domestic violence.