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Indiana University Bloomington

Amy  Holtzworth-Munroe

Dr. Amy Holtzworth-Munroe


Director of Graduate Studies


holtzwor [at]

office: PY 148 | (812)855-8159

lab: Family Relationships Lab
   PY A224 | (812)855-7895


Marital violence, divorce mediation, other interventions with high conflict divorcing parents, and studies of the effectiveness of such programs

Educational Background

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Washington, 1988
M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Washington, 1984
B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Human Biology, Brown University, 1981

Areas of Study

  • Clinical Science

Research Topics

  • Intimate partner violence (particularly husband to wife violence)
  • Interventions for separating or divorcing couples
  • Relationship distress and therapy

Research Interests

The research in our lab primarily focuses on understanding how to help families experiencing separation or divorce, particularly those families who have a history of intimate partner violence and abuse (IPV/A). We are particularly interested in testing family law interventions, to introduce evidence-based practice into family law courts. Thus, in one series of studies, we conduct randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of legal interventions, such as family mediation or online parent education programs, to test their outcomes and improve their effectiveness among separating or divorcing couples. In another set of studies, we are interested in improving the IPV/A screening process within family mediation.

Note that our research is interdisciplinary and usually involves collaborations with family law attorneys (e.g., Amy Applegate at the IU School of Law), judges (e.g., in different family court systems around Indiana and elsewhere), and often with other researchers (e.g., Connie Beck at the University of Arizona).

Visit the Holtzworth-Munroe lab site for more on our lab, research and how to apply.