Scott W. Browning, Ph.D., ABPP

Professor of Psychology
Professional Psychology Department

Office Location:  St. Joseph Hall, 4th flr., North Wing, SJ446
Office Phone:  215.248.7149

Educational Background 

  • Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology, Berkley
  • M.Ed., Boston University
  • B.A., Washington College

Courses Taught 

Doctoral Courses 

  • Brief Therapy
  • Empirically Supported Therapies: Research, Theory and Practice
  • Treating the Non-Traditional Family
  • Colloquial Series
  • Family Therapy with Young Children
  • Dissertation Mentoring

Masters Courses 

  • Family Therapy
  • Advanced Couple & Family Therapy Techniques
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Treating Children and Adolescents in a Threatened Environment
  • Personality Theory

Visiting Senior Researcher, University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy


Specialized Fields 

  • Treating the Diverse Family
  • Advances in Family Therapy
  • Increasing Empathy through Ethical and Accurate Role-Play
  • Stepfamilies
  • Creating a Spectrum of Treatment for Autism

Link to APA website for interview with Dr. Browning: 


Scholarly Interests 

  • Family Therapy
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Empathy
  • Children with Developmental Disorders
  • Training Clinicians

Selected Publications 

  • Browning, S. and Roth, A.  (In Press). The Stepfamily. The Encyclopedia of Family Studies, Sage Press.  

  • Haaz, D., Browning, S. & Kneavel, M.  (2014). The Father-Daughter Relationship and Intimacy in the Marriages of Daughters of Divorce. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. 

  • Browning, S. & Artelt, E. (2011). Stepfamily therapy:  A 10-step clinical approach.  Washington, DC:  APA Books.

  • Browning, S., Accordini, M., Gennari, M. & Cigoli, V. (2010). How therapists view stepfamilies:  An analysis of Italian clinicians' representations. In V. Cigoli and M. Gennari, Close relationships and community psychology:  An international perspective.  Milano, Italy:  FrancoAngeli.
  • Browning, S. & Bray, J. (2009). Treating stepfamilies:  A subsystem-based approach. In M. Stanton and J. Bray, Blackwell handbook of family psychology.  London, England:  Blackwell Press.
  • Browning, S. & Miron, P. (2007). Special populations in college and university counseling: A handbook for clinicians. Joseph Lippincott (Ed.). Washington, DC:  American Counseling Association Press.
  • Browning, S., DiVincenzo, J. & Nelson, B. (2006). Creating families:  A teaching technique for clinical training.  D.L. Berke and S.K. Wisendale (Eds.). The craft of teaching about families:  Strategies and tools.  New York:  Haworth Press.
  • Browning, S.& Nelson, B. (2003). Creating families: A teaching technique for clinical training. Family Relations
  • Browning, S. & Green, R. J. (2003). Constructing therapy: From strategic, to systemic, to narrative models. In G.P. Sholever (Ed.) Textbook of family and couples therapy. Washington, D. C.: American Psychiatric Press.
  • Browning, S. (1999) The spectrum of empathy. The Journal of Imago Therapy, 4, 12-24.
  • Browning, S. (1998). The empathy expansion procedure: A method of helping couples deal with traumatic incidents. In L.L. Hecker & S.A. Deacon (Eds.) The Therapists Notebook. New York: The Haworth Press.
  • Browning, S. (1994). Treating stepfamilies: Putting family therapy into perspective. In K. Pasley & M. Ihinger-Tallman(Eds.) Remarriage & Steparenting: Current research and theory. (pp. 94-104). New York, N.Y.: Guilford Press.


  • June 2015 - "Interracial Families:  Challenges, Considerations, and Clinical Implications", with Janee Stevenson and Patricia Gratson. International Meeting of The Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, Baltimore, MD.
  • March 2014 - Plenary Speaker and provider of full-day workshop on treating stepfamilies at The Generations Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.
  • May 2014 - "What Works? Evidenced Based Practice in Community Settings" conference at Chestnut Hill College.
  • August 2014 - "Stepfamilies:  Research and Clinical Issues," co-presented with James Bray at American Psychological Association Conference, Washington, DC.
  • June 2011 - "The Personal Prison of Autism." 13th Annual Justice Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • September 2010 - "Why is the Stepfamily Often Vulnerable?" The European Family Relations Meeting, Milan, Italy.
  • November 2010 - "Treating the Diverse Family." Pennsylvania Psychological Association Conference, Eagle, PA.
  • November 2010 - "Treating Families with an Autistic Member." CORA/CHC Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • March 2010 - "Treating Stepfamilies." Catholic Social Services, Harrisburg, PA.
  • July 2010; July 2008 - Summer Institute on Family Therapy and Trauma - Exchange program with the Catholic University of Milan and Chestnut Hill College.
  • June 2009 - "Treating Stepfamilies," NSRC Continuing Education Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • November 2003 - "Qualitative and Phenomenological Analysis of Psychotherapy Research: Talking About vs. Describing Experience." North American Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Conference.
  • October 2002 - "Advanced Stepfamily Therapy-Level Two" Co-taught with David Wright a Two Day, Stepfamily Association of America annual Conference in Ft. Collins, CO.
  • May 2001 - "The Use of Empathy in Addictions Treatment." The Pennsylvania Board of Addictions Counselors Annual Conference, Lancaster, PA 

Other Information 

  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board for the Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling, Sage Press.
  • Co-Director, with Susan McGroarty, Summer Institute at Chestnut Hill College on Trauma and Family Therapy for students from the Catholic University of Milan.
  • Expert Panelist, National Stepfamily Resource Center
  • Presents as an expert on topics related to stepfamily life
  • Co-chair, Stepfamily Interest Group at the American Family Therapy Academy
  • Interviewed on Primetime with Diane Sawyer, April 2006
  • Interviewed on Radio Times with Marti Moss-Coane, July 2006