Martell, Christopher R. 1956-

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MARTELL, Christopher R. 1956-


Born December 11, 1956, in Burlington, VT; son of Francis O. (a farmer) and Rita B. (a homemaker; maiden name, Gelineau) Martell. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: St. Michael's College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1983; Hofstra University, M.A., Ph.D., 1988.


Home—2628 Fourth Ave. N., No. 305, Seattle, WA 98109. Office—Associates in Behavioral Health, 818 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122. E-mail—[email protected].


Associates in Behavioral Health, Seattle, WA, clinical psychologist in private practice, 1989—. University of Washington, Seattle, clinical assistant professor, 1996—.


American Psychological Association (member of Committee on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns), Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Washington State Psychological Association (president, 2000-01), Delta Epsilon Sigma (Alpha Nu chapter).


Distinguished Service Award, Washington State Psychological Association, 1997.


(With Michael E. Addis and Neil S. Jacobson) Depression in Context: Strategies for Guided Action, Norton (New York, NY), 2001.

(With Steven A. Safren and Stacey E. Prince) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients, Guilford Press (New York, NY), 2004.

Contributor to books, including Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy, Volume 2: Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches, Wiley (New York, NY), 2002; and Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy, 2nd edition, edited by Neil S. Jacobson and A. Gurman, Guilford Press (New York, NY), 2002. Contributor to periodicals, including Behavior Therapist and Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.


Christopher R. Martell told CA: "It would be nice to say that writing was in my blood, but that would not be true. Realistically, dreaming was in my blood. I've dreamed of writing since I was very young. The process of getting to a point where I had something to say took longer than I had initially imagined. Actually I'd put aside the idea of writing when I entered graduate school in a doctoral program that heavily emphasized professional psychology and applied science. It was clear that holding a doctorate, however, meant being a scholar, even in an applied field. I wanted to be true to my original dream, as well as to my degree. The opportunities as a professional psychologist were limited by the number of hours that I spent providing psychotherapy services or volunteering in professional organizations.

"This all changed when I began working as a research therapist with Dr. Robert Kolhenberg and the late Dr. Neil Jacobson. Both academicians, these two men were very interested in sharing ideas with the clinicians who worked with them. I found myself in both the scientist and practitioner arena when Jacobson eventually asked me to coauthor a book with him. I was afforded the opportunity to continue writing on subjects that I found meaningful, drawing on the theories of B. F. Skinner, Aaron T. Beck, and writers who have provided innovative approaches to their original ideas to inform my thinking as I write. I have applied my years of practical experience to my work as well, and have written chapters and books that have primarily been of interest to other mental health clinicians."