New Research Findings on Emotionally Focused Therapy: Introduction to Special Section


  • Susan M. Johnson, EdD, Professor, University of Ottawa, Alliant University; Andrea K. Wittenborn, PhD., Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech.

  • Large portions of this article come from a plenary address given by the first author at the second Emotionally Focused Therapy Summit, San Diego, CA, January 2010. The remaining three articles included in the special section were originally presented during a research symposium in the EFT Track at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Sacramento, CA, October 2009.

Address correspondence to Susan M. Johnson, University of Ottawa, 18CA Carling Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, KZA 1E6 Canada, Alliant University, San Diego, California; E-mail:


This article introduces the special section “New Research Findings on Emotionally Focused Therapy.” Emotionally focused couple therapy researchers have a strong tradition of outcome and process research and this special section presents new findings from three recent studies. The first study furthers the goal of determining the kinds of clients for which EFT is effective (Denton, Wittenborn, & Golden, this issue) and the next two studies (Furrow, Edwards, Choi, & Bradley, this issue; Wittenborn, this issue) focus on the person of the therapist and provide some implications for EFT intervention and training. Together, these three studies provide valuable lessons on how to deepen our knowledge of the application of EFT for different populations and therapists.