Michele Harway, PhD, ABPP, is a faculty member in the School of Psychology at the Fielding Graduate University and maintains a small private practice in Westlake Village, California, where she specializes in couples and family therapy and working with trauma survivors. She is board certified in Couples and Family Psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology).
Dr. Harway has authored or edited eleven books, many book chapters and journal articles; and has presented at numerous professional conferences on couples therapy, domestic violence, trauma survival, gender and family issues. Active in several divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA), she is a fellow of four divisions; a former president of Division 43 (Family Psychology); former treasurer of Division 51 (Men and Masculinity); and current representative to APA’s Council of Representatives from Div. 43.
Dr. Harway was recently elected to the Board of Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) of APA. She has worked and lived overseas and maintains an interest in international issues.
Industry Expertise (3)
Training and Development
Areas of Expertise (9)
Couple & Family Intervention
Men and Masculinity
Couples and Families
Domestic Violence (Partner and Victim)
Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
Outstanding Contribution to American Board of Professional Psychology and American Board of Couple and Family Psychology (professional)
Author or editor of 12 books in research, couples and family, gender and interpersonal violence
Diplomate in Family Psychology (professional)
Conferred by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).
Family Psychologist of the Year (professional)
Awarded by the Family Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association.
Conferred by the American Psychological Association, Division 35.
University of Maryland: PhD, Social and Developmental Psychology 1974
- California Psychological Association : Member
- Ventura County Psychological Association : Member
- Sigma Xi : Member
- Academy of Couple Psychology : Member
- American Psychological Association (Fellow 35 43 51 56) : Member
- American Board of Couple & Family Psychology (ABPP) : Member
Media Appearances (1)
When The Missing Return, Recovery Is Long, Too
Michele Harway, a psychologist and family research specialist in California, acknowledges the lack of specialized understanding of the trauma of abduction. "The only thing we have to guide us is what we know about trauma in general," she says, adding that what the young women in Cleveland experienced was so involved that there is nothing comparable in psychology literature to guide therapists...
Event Appearances (3)
Symposium on Navigating Multiple Identities
119th annual convention of the American Psychological Association Convention Washington, DC
International Conference on the Family Antalya, Turkey
Applying the psychology of men to dynamics of domestic violence
114th annual convention of the American Psychological Association New Orleans, LA.
When Marriages Fail: Systemic Family Therapy Interventions and Issues
(2006) I have never met Bill Nichols. However, I have had a perfectly delightful phone and e-mail relationship with Bill over the past five to six years. Bill first contacted me a number of years ago about writing a chapter on working with families that were experiencing domestic ...
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice
(August 2012) This series considers the importance of family psychology training and ethical concerns that scarcity of training in this area may leave psychologists poorly prepared with couples and families. In the lead article, Michele Harway and Steve Kadin set the stage for ...
Navigating Multiple Identities: Race, Gender, Culture, Nationality and Roles
(2012) In our increasingly complex globalized world, many people carry distinct, often conflicting, psychosocial identities with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, or nationality. People live at the edges of more than one communal affiliation, bridging loyalties and identifications. This ...
Gender in the Therapy Hour: Voices of Women Clinicians Working with Men
(2012) My brother (at age 15) is sitting by the telephone. He is sweating profusely and muttering under his breath, rehearsing his lines: "Would you like to go to the movies on Saturday?" After taking a deep breath, he resolutely picks up the telephone and calls the girl...
Chapter 9 in The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of family psychology.