Our Research


With all of the relationship blogs and websites on the internet today, why trust the Gottman Relationship Blog? At the Gottman Institute, we believe that the answer is very simple: all of the advice, tools, and skills discussed in our postings are entirely research-based.

The Gottman Relationship Institute, The Relationship Research Institute, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Dr. Gottman’s numerous best-selling books all exist because of Dr. Gottman’s 35-year career as a research scientist whose methods and standards are as rigorous as those used by medical science. The data generated by Dr. Gottman’s research offer a scientifically-based glimpse into the anatomy of marriage and couples relationships - but most importantly they provide us with factual, objective information that has contributed to the development of tools, methods, programs, products, and services dedicated to helping couples build stronger, happier relationships.

For the past 35 years, Dr. Gottman, now a Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, has studied more than 3,000 couples in research (including divorce prediction research) and 4,000 more couples in intervention and treatment research. In addition, he and his wife, Dr. Julie Gottman, have worked with approximately 8,000 couples in workshop and therapy settings. Fourteen-thousand clinicians worldwide have been trained in The Gottman Method, many of them training directly with Drs. John and Julie Gottman.

Dr. John Gottman was recently voted one of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter-century by the Psychotherapy Networker publication. Further, his 35 years of breakthrough research on marriage and parenting have earned him numerous major awards, including:

  • Four National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Awards
  • The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Research Scientist Award 
  • The American Family Therapy Academy Award for Most Distinguished Contributor to Family Systems Research 
  • The American Psychological Association Division of Family Psychology, Presidential Citation for Outstanding Lifetime Research Contribution 
  • The National Council of Family Relations, 1994 Burgess Award for Outstanding Career in Theory and Research.

For more information on Dr. Gottman’s experience and research studies, click here.

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