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Foundation for the Contemporary Family

Judith Z Anderson PhD

Judith Z Anderson, PhD
Founder and President , Foundation for the Contemporary Family
Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
University of California, Irvine


Founded in 2000 by Dr. Judith Zucker Anderson, the Foundation for the Contemporary Family is dedicated to supporting innovations in clinical training and research in couples and family therapy as well as creative intervention programs.

The Foundation for the Contemporary Family was originally created by a generous donation from a man who felt he had been able to significantly transform his life as a result of effective couples and family therapy. He chose to express his immeasurable gratitude by anonymously funding a foundation to be developed by his former therapist. His intention was to facilitate ways for other families to receive the powerful benefits of the best treatment available as well as to prevent problems through effective parent education, innovative clinical research and creative intervention programs. We are so grateful for his incredible contribution and acknowledgement of the impact on a person’s life of having close, fulfilling relationships.

The Foundation has been busy fulfilling its mission over the last few years.

  • Developing the Anatomy of Intimacy as well as other large clinical conferences on contemporary marital and family issues.

  • Supporting Relationships First, a think tank of nationally renowned scientists and relationship experts. Their mission is to empower individuals to learn healthy relationship skills by increasing the public’s awareness of the benefit of healthy relationships; providing easy access to the best science-based information and resources; and serving as a catalyst to impact cultural consciousness about relational wellness.

  • Giving scholarships to students and professionals to attend trainings to increase the pool of therapists in Southern California competent in marital and family therapy

  • Providing grant funding for innovative programs and research projects on marriage, parenting, divorce, remarriage and blending families

  • Offering grants for dissertation research which focuses on couples and family topics.

  • Sponsor of the My Hero project, an internationally award-winning interactive website with state standards curriculum for parents, teachers and children in 195 countries

Contact us for more information about our programs:

15615 Alton Parkway, Suite 220
Irvine, California, 92618-3307
Phone: 949–464–0131
Fax: 949–494–0865

UCI Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior

UCI Department of Psyciatry and Human Behavior

The mission of the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior is to deliver leading-edge research, to provide expert and compassionate clinical care and to educate the next generation of psychiatry professionals. In support of offering high caliber continuing education for the broader community of mental health professionals in Southern California, the Department has enthusiastically co-sponsored the excellent Anatomy of Intimacy workshops and conferences for more than fifteen years.


  • Research: The Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior is home to a unique, world-class group of scientists and physicians who conduct patient-oriented basic science and applied research to address major psychiatric disorders.This internationally recognized team of investigators includes basic and clinical scientists who have helped place UC Irvine School of Medicine in the top echelon of U.S. institutions. Our portfolio of research studies, projects and programs is vast, including fundamental research efforts and translational programs. This research encompasses many areas in the psychopathology and psychopharmacology of neuropsychiatric disorders.

  • Clinical: In being dedicated to providing expert and compassionate patient care, UC Irvine Health Psychiatry Services offers a full spectrum of comprehensive mental health services for children and adults, including inpatient hospitalization as well as outpatient and emergency psychiatry. Patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, nurses, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, music therapists, a neuropsychiatric pharmacist and psychiatric technicians. Our psychiatric inpatient programs focus on rapid, intensive patient assessment and diagnosis. Treatment involves collaboration between the treatment team, the patient and the patient's family.

  • Education: UC Irvine School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program provides a comprehensive education and clinical experience in an environment with flexibility for individualized training.The residents and fellows are trained to excel in patient care with a full understanding of the biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence mental illness and treatment. Our program offers first-rate training in biological psychiatry and psychopharmacology. We balance this with excellent training in a wide range of psychotherapeutic modalities, aided by our affiliation with the New Center for Psychoanalysis and the expertise of our clinical and volunteer faculty. The department trains 35 residents in general psychiatry and six advanced fellows in child psychiatry.