Judith Siegel

Professor of Social Work
(212) 998-5949

Areas of Expertise

Intimacy and family relationships, neurobiology, and emotional regulation


Judith Siegel is a Professor at NYU Silver and has been on the School’s faculty since 1989. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Family Social Work, and the Director of the School’s Post-Master’s Certificate programs in Child and Family Therapy and Advanced Assessment and Diagnosis, the latter of which is offered online.

Dr. Siegel is the author of Stop Overreacting (2010; New Harbinger), What Children Learn From Their Parents’ Marriage (2000; Harper Collins), Repairing Intimacy (1992; Jason Aronson), and Countertransference and Couples Therapy (1997; Norton), which have been published in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hebrew, Chinese, and Korean. She has also authored chapters on couple therapy in books, including Theory and Practice in Clinical Social Work (3rd Edition), Techniques for the Couple Therapist: Essential interventions from the experts, Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy (5th Edition), and Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy.

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. 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.

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 earned her PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work, her MSW from the University of Toronto School of Social Work, and her BA from York University.