José Szapocznik

Director, Brief Strategic Family Therapy Institute, University of Miami Miller School of MedicineJose Szapocznik

José Szapocznik, PhD is the Developer of Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) and Director of the Brief Strategic Family Therapy Institute. He is also Professor of Public Health Sciences, Architecture, Psychology and Educational & Psychological Studies, Director of the Center for Family Studies and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Public Health Sciences, all at the University of Miami. 

He is a frequent lecturer on topics related to children, youth and families, evidence- and family-based interventions, family therapy and BSFT. He was the founder of a WHO Center on mental health and substance abuse at the University of Miami, has been a consultant to the UN and the OAS in Latin America, and has held National Advisory Council roles at the U.S. National Institute on Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities as well as the Office of AIDS. He thoroughly enjoys teaching and supervising BSFT in real-world settings.