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Michael Rohrbaugh, Ph.D.
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University of Arizona Department of Psychology Tucson, AZ 85721
Dr. Michael Rohrbaugh is professor of psychology and family studies at the University of Arizona. His professional experience with substance abuse dates to the mid 1970's, when he co-directed a drug and alcohol treatment program for Viet Nam era service men. His current research focuses on family assessment and intervention. With his wife and collaborator, Varda Shoham, he has studied the role of couple and family interaction in maintaining alcohol abuse and developed a couple-based treatment approach that incorporates systemic principles and practices. This integrative systemic treatment approach was used in a recently completed NIAAA funded study comparing family systems and cognitive-behavioral treatments for alcohol problems. A summary of this approach appears as a chapter in the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy, edited by Bruce Bongar and Larry Beutler.