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Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

Anne Fishel, Ph.D. is a family therapist, clinical psychologist, and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School. She is Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she trains child and adult psychiatry residents in family therapy. She is the author of A Life-Cycle Approach to Treating Couples: From Dating to Death (Momentum Press, 2018).

Dr. Fishel is the executive director and co-founder of The Family Dinner Project, a non-profit initiative that helps families on-line and in communities to have better and more frequent family dinners. She lectures widely at academic conferences and to parent and teacher groups. She is the co-author of Eat, Laugh, Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook (Familius, 2019) and the author of Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids (Harper Collins, 2015).

She has written numerous scholarly articles and chapters about family issues, and wrote an earlier book for a professional audience: Treating the Adolescent in Family Therapy: A Developmental and Narrative Approach (Rowman and Littlefield, 1999). She has also written family-oriented articles, including for NPR, PBS, Psychology Today, The Washington Post, Time Magazine. Her work has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Parents Magazine, and Time Magazine. She lectures widely at academic conferences, medical Grand Rounds, and to parent and teacher groups. She is an editor for Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice.


  • 2002–present
    Director, Family and Couples Therapy Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 2009–present
    Associate Professor of Psychology (part-time), Harvard Medical School
  • 2010–present
    Cofounder, The Family Dinner Project