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Shayne Anderson

Associate Professor

262 TLRB

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Shayne was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey, Colombia, Brazil, and Mexico. He was trained as a clinician and a scholar at BYU and the University of Georgia. He believes that good clinical research should be informed by his clinical practice and that his clinical practice should be grounded in research. He loves working at BYU where he is able to express his whole self, both the scholar and the person of faith, in his interactions with students and other faculty. Shayne is married and has five children. He spends his free time hiking, camping, backpacking, and reading. He loves to cook and to spend time with his family.

Ph.D. in Child and Family Development from The University of Georgia, 2007
Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University, 2002
Bachelor of Science in Family Science from Brigham Young University, 1999

Research Interests:
Shayne's research focuses on improving outcomes of couples therapy. Specifically, he is interested in how model-independent factors influence both immediate and long-term therapeutic outcomes. His research in this area has focused primarily on the therapeutic alliance, communication during the session, and other in-session processes in couple therapy. He also dedicates much of his time to developing and improving the Marriage and Family Therapy Practice Research, a free web-based routine outcome monitoring system developed by faculty at BYU to help therapists, clinic directors, and researchers work toward their common goal of improving client outcomes.

Professional Affiliations:
Society for Psychotherapy Research
National Council on Family Relations
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

2020 Best Clinical/Applied Research Paper, School of Family Life
2017 Honorable Mention for Best Paper of the Year, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
2014 Reviewer of the Year Award, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
2014 Best Paper Award, NCFR Family Therapy Section
2010 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award
2008 AAMFT Dissertation Award

Recent Publications:

  • D’Aniello, C., Anderson, S.R., & Tambling, R.R. (2020). Psychotherapeutic processes associated with couple therapy discontinuance: An observational analysis using the Rapid Marital Interaction Coding System. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Advance online publication
  • Anderson, S.R., & Miller, R.B. (2020). Improving measurement in couple and family therapy: An item response theory primer. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 46, 603-619.
  • Anderson, S.R., Sumner, B.W., Parady, A., Whiting, J., & Tambling, R. (2020). A task analysis of client re-engagement: Therapeutic de-escalation of high-conflict coparents. Family Process, 59, 1447-1464.
  • Anderson, S.R., Banford-Witting, A., Tambling, R.R, Ketring, S.A., & Johnson, L.N. (2020). Pressure to attend therapy, dyadic adjustment, and adverse childhood experiences: Direct and indirect effects on the therapeutic alliance in couples therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 46, 366-380.
  • Anderson, S.R., Tambling, R., Yorgason, J.B., & Rackham, E. (2019). The mediating role of the therapeutic alliance in understanding early discontinuance. Psychotherapy Research, 7, 882-893.