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Michael Knerr, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Marriage and Family Sciences


Area of Expertise 

  • Bowen Family Systems Theory
  • Couples Therapy


  • Ph.D. Couple & Family Therapy, Ohio State University
  • M.S. Marriage & Family Therapy University of Rhode Island, M.Div. Pastoral Ministry, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • B.S. Psychology, James Madison University


Differentiation & Power In Couples Therapy

Selected Publications

  • Bartle-Haring, S., Knerr, M., Adkins, K., Delaney, R., Gangamma, R., Glebova, T.,  Grafsky, E., McDowell, T., & Meyer, K. (2012). Trajectories of therapeutic alliance in couple versus individual therapy: Three-level models. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 38, 79-107.
  • Knerr, M., Bartle-Haring, S., McDowell, T., Adkins, K., Delaney, R., Gangamma, R., Glebova, T., Grafsky, E., & Meyer, K.  (2011). The impact of initial factors on therapeutic alliance in individual and couples therapy.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37, 182-199.
  • Glebova, T., Bartle-Haring, S., Gangamma, R., Knerr, M., Delaney, R., Meyer, K., McDowell, T., Adkins, K., &  Grafsky, E.  (2011). Therapeutic alliance and progress in couple therapy: Multiple perspectives. Journal of Family Therapy, 33, 42-65.
  • Knerr, M. & Bartle-Haring, S. (2010)  Differentiation, perceived stress and therapeutic alliance as key factors in the early stage of couple therapy. Journal of Family Therapy, 32, 94-118. 

Professional Experience

  • Co-Owner, ICFT, LLC. - Private Practice Clinician
  • Past President Ohio Association for Marriage & Family Therapy