Brian D. Doss, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor

Phone:
(305) 284-1101
Locator Code:
0751

 
About

Dr. Doss is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA, completed his internship at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson Veteran Administration Hospital, and was an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University for 5 years before moving to Miami in 2009.

Dr. Doss has received multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Administration for Children and Families. He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on couple therapy and romantic relationships. His research is focused on ways to increase the reach of couple interventions, including online interventions (www.OurRelationship.com) and a self-help book titled Reconcilable Differences. Dr. Doss’ research has been cited on The Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Miami Herald, and elsewhere.

Dr. Doss plans to admit an incoming Ph.D. student in 2020. Dr. Doss can mentor students in either the Child or Adult clinical programs - applicants should apply to the program which matches their clinical and coursework interests.

Career

Education

2004Ph.D. Clinical Psychology University of California, Los Angeles
2000M.S. Clinical Psychology University of California, Los Angeles
1997B.A. Psychology St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Professional Experience

2009 - Faculty, University of Miami, Psychology
2004 - 2009Faculty, Texas A&M University Department of Psychology
Research

Reviews and meta-analyses consistently show that couple interventions have significant and large effects compared to no treatment. However, few couples seek premarital counseling and only one third of couples seek marital therapy before getting divorced. Additionally, we know very little about how interventions work, factors that predict their efficacy, or the effectiveness of interventions in the "real world". My program of research seeks to further our understanding of research-based couple interventions and apply these findings to intervene with couples in more flexible ways.

Within this broad framework, my research in recent years has focused on developing and testing web-based interventions for couples as a way to increase the reach of effective relationship interventions.  Although several empirically-supported interventions to prevent and treat relationship distress have been developed, the majority of couples - especially high-risk couples - do not seek these face-to-face interventions. Thus, to improve the reach of couple interventions, we have been funded by NIH and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) since 2009 to provide web-based interventions for couples. Results from the NIH-funded RCT of 300 couples indicated that the program creates significant and medium-sized gains in relationship functioning. Additionally, for individuals presenting to the program with symptoms of depression /anxiety, it results in significant and medium-sized gains as well. Currently, we in the middle of a five-year project to provide both the OurRelationship and ePREP online programs to over 2,000 low-income couples nationwide. Initial results indicate that these programs are effective in improving individual and relationship functioning for these couples. You can find out more about this effort at www.OurRelationship.com.

 

Publications

Doss, B. D., Roddy, M. K., Nowlan, K. M., Rothman, K., & Christensen, A. Maintenance of gains in relationship and individual functioning following the online OurRelationship program 50, 73-86. Behavior Therapy (2019). [Link]


Doss, B. D., Cicila, L. N., Georgia, E. J., Roddy, M. K., Nowlan, K. M., Benson, L. A., & Christensen, A. A randomized controlled trial of the web-based OurRelationship program: Effects on relationship and individual functioning. 84, 285-296. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (2016). [Link]