Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4235
217 Psychology Building (Campus Map)
Office Hours: Fri 3:00-5:00, or by appointment
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Dr. Douglas K. Snyder is Professor of Psychology and previously served as Director of Clinical Training (1991-2012) at Texas A&M University in College Station. He earned his bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University in 1974, received his doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978, and interned at Duke University Medical Center. Prior to his appointment at Texas A&M, he served on the faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit and at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where he also served as Director of Clinical Training and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Snyder has been recognized nationally for his research on marital assessment and for his outcome research on marital therapy. He is the author of the widely-used Marital Satisfaction Inventory. He has published one of the few controlled studies comparing behavioral with nonbehavioral approaches to couples therapy. A four-year follow-up study of his couples treatment research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health was recognized by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy as the Outstanding Research Contribution in 1991. Dr. Snyder is coeditor of two texts on Treating Difficult Couples and Couple-Based Interventions for Military and Veteran Families published by Guilford Press, and is coeditor of a text on Emotion Regulation in Couples and Families published by the American Psychological Association. He has two additional books with Guilford Press that address working with couples recovering from an affair, including Getting Past the Affair: A Program to Help You Cope, Heal, and Move On, and Helping Couples Get Past the Affair: A Clinician's Guide.
Dr. Snyder received the 2005 Award from the American Psychological Association for Distinguished Contributions to Family Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Divisions of Family Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Evaluation and Measurement. He is also a Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment. Dr. Snyder has served as Editor of the Clinician's Research Digest and as Associate Editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and for the Journal of Family Psychology. He also serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals in clinical psychology and family therapy.
Dr. Snyder lives in College Station, Texas, where he also engages in private practice.
Research Interests:Couple Assessment and the Marital Satisfaction Inventory - Revised
Couple Therapy Process and Outcome
Relationship Trauma and Treating Affair Couples
Clinical Psychology Program at Texas A&M University
Awards and Honors Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - Outstanding Research Publication Award, 1991
Texas Psychological Association - Division of Students - Professor of the Year Award, 1993
American Psychological Association - Award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Psychology, 2005
Texas Psychological Association - Outstanding Contributions to Science Award, 2008
Distinguished Alumnae Award - University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), 2012
Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 5, 12, 29, 43)
Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment
Fellow of the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology
Editorial Positions Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology - Associate Editor - 1987-1988
Journal of Family Psychology - Associate Editor - 2003-2006
Clinician's Research Digest - Editor - 1994-2000
Psychology 306: Abnormal Psychology
Psychology 623: Psychological Assessment I (Psychometric Theory)
Psychology 678: Couple Therapy
Research Interests (see links to Research Interests listed above) Couple assessment and the Marital Satisfaction Inventory-Revised
Couple therapy process and outcome
Relationship trauma and treating affair couples
Prevention of couple distress, particularly in military and veteran families
Objective personality assessment and test development
Recent Publications (see link to Curriculum Vitae listed above)
Snyder, D. K., & Whisman, M. A. (2003). Treating difficult couples: Helping clients with coexisting mental and relationship disorders. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Snyder, D. K., Cepeda-Benito, A., Abbott, B., Gleaves, D. H., Negy, C., Hahlweg, K., & Laurenceau, J. P. (2004). Cross-cultural applications of the Marital Satisfaction Inventory-Revised (MSI-R). In M. E. Maruish (Ed.), Use of psychological testing for treatment planning and outcomes assessment (3rd ed.) (pp. 603-623). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Snyder, D. K., & Mangrum, L. F. (2005). Approaches to prediction: Correlation, regression, and classification techniques. In D. H. Sprenkle & F. P. Piercy (Eds.), Research methods in family therapy (2nd ed.) (pp. 368-402). New York: Guilford Press.
Snyder, D. K., & Doss, B. D. (2005). Treating infidelity: Clinical and ethical directions. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 61, 1453-1465.
Snyder, D. K., Castellani, A. M., & Whisman, M. A. (2006). Current status and future directions in couple therapy. Annual Review of Psychology, 57, 317-344.
Snyder, D. K., Simpson, J. A., & Hughes, J. N. (Eds.) (2006). Emotion regulation in couples and families: Pathways to dysfunction and health. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Snyder, D. K., Baucom, D. H., & Gordon, K. C. (2007). Getting past the affair: A program to help you cope, heal, and move on. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Snyder, D. K., Baucom, D. H., & Gordon, K. C. (2007). Treating infidelity: An integrative approach to resolving trauma and promoting forgiveness. In P. R. Peluso (Ed.), Infidelity: A practitioner's guide to working with couples in crisis (pp. 99-126). New York: Routledge.
Mitchell, A. E., Castellani, A. M., Sheffield, R. L., Joseph, J. I., Doss, B. D., & Snyder, D. K. (2008). Predictors of intimacy in couples' discussions of relationship injuries: An observational study. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 21-29.
Whisman, M. A., Beach, S. R. H., & Snyder, D. K. (2008). Is marital discord taxonic and can taxonic status be assessed reliably? Results from a national, representative sample of married couples. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 745-755.
Snyder, D. K., & Mitchell, A. E. (2008). Affective reconstructive couple therapy: A pluralistic, developmental approach. In A. S. Gurman (Ed.), Clinical handbook of couple therapy (4th ed.) (pp. 353-382). New York: Guilford Press.
Herrington, R. L., Mitchell, A. E., Castellani, A. M., Joseph, J. K., Snyder, D. K., & Gleaves, D. H. (2008). Assessing disharmony and disaffection in intimate relationships: Revision of the Marital Satisfaction Inventory factor scales. Psychological Assessment, 20, 341-350.
Baucom, D. H., Snyder, D. K., & Gordon, K. C. (2009). Helping couples get past the affair. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Whisman, M. A., Snyder, D. K., & Beach, S. R. H. (2009). Screening for marital and relationship discord. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 247-254.
Snyder, D. K., Heyman, R. E., & Haynes, S. N. (2009). Assessing couples. In J. N. Butcher (Ed.), Oxford handbook of personality assessment (pp. 457-484). New York: Oxford University Press.
Recent Presentations (see link to Curriculum Vitae listed above)
Snyder, D.K. (2008, November). Emergent issues in couple-based interventions for emotional and physical health disorders. In C. M. Monson (Chair), Innovations in couple therapy for individual psychopathology. Symposium presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.
Snyder, D. K., & Scheider, D. M. (2009, February). Helping couples recover from infidelity: An integrative approach. Workshop presented at the meeting of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Orlando, FL.
Snyder, D. K. (2009, July). Rebuilding intimacy after an affair. Symposium presented at the meeting of Smart Marriages, Orlando, FL.
Gasbarrini, M. F., Snyder, D. K., Doss, B. D., & Scheider, D. M. (2009, November). The efficacy of an affair-specific intervention training protocol tailored to U.S. military couples. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York.
Snyder, D. K. (Chair). (2009, November). Universal processes in couple therapy: Evidence for integrative approaches and common factors. Symposium presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York.
American Psychological Association (APA)
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
ABCT Couple Therapy Research Group
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Society for Personality Assessment (SPA)