Martha B. Straus, PhD

Department of Clinical Psychology

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Highest Degree

PhD, University of Maryland, College Park


Received her doctorate in clinical/community psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1984 after an internship at the Yale Child Study Center where she was a Bush Fellow in Child Development and Social Policy. Dr. Straus received specialized postdoctoral training at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in family violence and child forensic psychology.

Her research interests currently focus on attachment relationships in adolescence and emerging adulthood; outcomes for adoptive and foster children; and interventions for traumatized children and adolescents. She has edited and written several books including: Abuse and Victimization across the Lifespan; Violence in the Lives of Adolescents; No-Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents; and Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope. Her forthcoming book, Developmental-Relational Interventions With Traumatized Adolescents: The Challenge of Attachment, will be published by Guilford Press in 2016. Dr. Straus also has authored many journal articles and presents and consults internationally on topics of child and family trauma, development, and therapy.

Before joining Antioch New England, Dr. Straus was instructor and clinical associate in the department of psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School where she directed the Kids In Transition Evaluation Service (KITES) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She is licensed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and in Vermont, where she maintains a small general private practice.