Dr. Robin Deutsch is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at the William James College (www.williamjames.edu/cffc) and core faculty in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. For over 20 years she was the Director of Forensic Services and Training at the Children and the Law Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, most recently as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology. Board certified in Couples and Family Psychology, she practices as a mediator, Parenting Coordinator, reunification specialist, and consultant.
Dr. Deutsch has performed a wide variety of forensic evaluations and testified in juvenile, family, district and federal courts involving divorce and visitation disputes, relocation, domestic violence, adoption, alienation, abuse and neglect. Continuing to pursue her interest in interdisciplinary approaches to difficult family situations, she has consulted to the Family courts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Indiana and has published extensively on issues related to attachment, co-parenting after divorce, high conflict divorce, parent-child contact problems, parenting plans, and Parenting Coordination. She provides consultation and expert witness services on boundary violations, ethical issues, child and adolescent development, complex custody issues, and custody and parenting evaluations.
Dr. Deutsch has been involved in leadership roles in multiple organizations and task forces. She was the former President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC, 2008-2009), and the former Chair of the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethics Committee (2007). She was on the APA task force that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordinators (2011), the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Task Force that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordinators (2006), the AFCC Task force that developed Guidelines for Court Involved Therapists (2010), co-chair of the AFCC Task Force for Child Custody Consultants (2011), and most recently a member of the AFCC-NCJFCJ Task force that developed supplemental Guidelines for Evaluators Examining the Effects of Intimate Partner Violence on Families: A Supplement to the Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation. She served as co-chair of the APA-ABA Working Group on Issues of Alleged Abuse, Neglect and Endangerment, and co-chair of the APA-ABA Working group on Psychological and Legal Interventions with Parents, Children, and Families. She is a 2006 recipient of the American Psychological Association Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy.
Dr. Deutsch lectures widely throughout North America and Europe on high conflict divorce issues, Parenting Coordination, parenting and child development, and complex issues related to family conflict, including parent child contact problems, attachment, abuse and neglect, and trauma. She is a founding member of Overcoming Barriers (www.overcomingbarriers.org) and member of the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2016. She is the co-author of 7 Things Your Teenager Won’t Tell You: and How to Talk about Them Anyway (Ballantine, 2005, 2011) and co-editor of the upcoming book Family-Based Interventions for Children’s Resistance, Rejection, Alienation (Oxford, 2016).