Bio 4

Laura is a Clinical Psychologist who provides psychotherapy and crisis consultation for adults, and young adults. Her specializations include individual, marital, and family therapy for eating disorders, depression, anger management, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, relationship problems, loss, marital/family conflict. Group therapy for eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating). Consultation: Professor in Psychiatry, Eastern Virginia Medical School. Public speaking: women’s health, eating disorders, divorce, marriage and remarriage.  She is certified as an Spproved Supervisor, AAMFT, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Fellow of American Psychological Association, Diplomate in Clinical Psychology.

Here publications include:

Roberto-Forman, L.(2008).  Transgenerational marital therapy.  In A.S. Gurman and N.S. Jacobson, ClinicalHandbook of Couple Therapy (3rd Ed.).  N.Y. Guilford Press.

Roberto-Forman, L. (2004). Family Policy Forum: Further erosion of immigrants’ rights American Family Therapy Academy Newsletter, 91(Fall/Winter), 42-45.

Roberto, L. Giat(1992).Transgenerational Family Therapies. New York: Guilford.

Roberto-Forman, L.(2002).  Transgenerational marital therapy.  In A.S. Gurman and N.S. Jacobson, ClinicalHandbook of Couple Therapy.  N.Y. Guilford Press.

Roberto-Forman, L.(1998).  A transgenerational family therapy.  in F.M. Dattileo (Ed.), Integrative Cases In Couples And Family Therapy:  A Cognitive-Behavioral Perspective. N.Y.:  Guilford Press.

Roberto, L. (1996).Supervision:  The transgenerational models.  In T.C. Todd and C. Storm (Eds.), TheSystemic Supervisor:  Context, Philosophy, And Pragmatics (pp. 156-172). Needham, MA:  Allyn and Bacon.

Roberto, L. (1996,Winter).  Symbolic-experiental theory through the gendered lens.  American Family TherapyAcademy Newsletter 61 , 21-22.

Roberto, L. (1995,summer).Theory, patronage, and the health care economy.  American Family TherapyAcademy Newsletter,  60, p. 52.

Roberto, L. (1993).Eating disorders as family secrets.

In Imber-Black, E. (Ed.), Secrets in Families and Family Therapy (pp. 160-181). New York:  Norton.

Roberto, L. Giat (1991).  Impasses in The Family Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa.  In Woodside, D.B., and Shekter-Wolfson, L.S.,  Family Approaches in Treatment of Eating Disorders (pp.67-87). Washington, D.C.:  American Psychiatric Press.

Roberto, L. Giat (1988).  The vortex:  Siblings in the eating disordered family.  In K.G. Lewis and M.D. Kahn (Eds.), Siblings in Therapy (pp.297-314).  New York:  Norton.

Roberto, L. Giat (1987).  Bulimia:  transgenerational family therapy.  J.E. Harkaway (Ed.), Eating Disorders andFamily Therapy.(pp.1-11).  New York:  Aspen.

Roberto, L. Giat (1986).  The Starving Family:  Transgenerational Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa.  (Videotape).  Virginia Beach, Virginia:  Eastern Virginia Family Therapy Institute.

Roberto, L. Giat (1986).  Bulimia:  The transgenerational view.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy,12, 231-240.

Roberto, L. Giat (1986).  Wanted:  A good cookbook.  [Review of the book Family Therapy:  A Practical Manual].  Contemporary  Psychology, 31, 352-353.

Roberto, L. Giat (1985).  Food fright:  On the anorexia team.  Family Therapy Networker9, 57-61.

Roberto, L. Giat (1985).  Anorexia nervosa:  The too richly cross-joined family.  A.F.T.A. ProceedingsAbstracts of the Seventh Annual Meeting of the American Family Therapy Association,  p. 34.

Roberto, L. Giat (1984).  The Vietnam legacy:  Family Therapy of Bulimia. (Videotape). Virginia Beach, Virginia:  Eastern Virginia Family Therapy Institute.

Roberto, L. Giat (1984). Review of the bookClinical Implications of the Family Life Cycle.   Journal of Maritaland Family Therapy, 10.

Roberto, L. Giat (1983).  Issues in diagnosis and treatment of transsexualism.  Archives of Sexual Behavior,  12, 445-473.

Roberto, L. Giat, and Kniskern, D. (1991).  Symbolic-experiental family therapy.  In A.S. Gurman and D. Kniskern (Eds.).  Handbook of Family Therapy (pp.444-479).  New York:  Brunner/Mazel.

Benjamin, L.S., Estroff, S., and Giat, L. (1981).  Coding manual for structural analysis of social behavior (SASB). Unpublished manuscript, University of Wisconsin.

Benjamin, L.S., Foster, S.W., and Roberto, L. Giat. (1985).  Coding videotapes of family interactions by structural analysis of social behavior.  In L. Greenberg and W. Pinsoff (Eds.), Handbook of PsychotherapyResearch. New York:  Guilford.

Giat, L. (1978).  An examination of the role of subjective and physiological components of self-report empathy.  Unpublished manuscript, University of Illnois at Urbana-Champaign.

Allen, G.J., Giat, L., and Cherney, R.J. (1975). Locus of control, test anxiety, and student performance in a personalized instruction course.  Journal of Educational Psychology66, 968-973.

Laura’s workshops and invited speaking events include:

The Plight of Detainees in the U.S. Panel presentation to Annual Meeting of American Family Therapy Academy, San Francisco, California, June 2005.

Innovations in Couples Therapy.  Lecture presented to: Tidewater Academy of Clinical Psychologists, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia,

May, 2005.

Anorexia Nervosa: Diagnosis and Clinical Management, Workshop presented at: Community Physician’s Seminar, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, Norfolk, Virginia, June 2003.

Innovations in Couples Therapy: What Have We Learned?  Workshop presented at: Community Seminar, Sentara Health Systems, Virginia Beach, Virginia, November, 2001.

From Psychosomatics To Feminist Systems Medicine.  APA Fellow Address to: Annual Meetings of American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C. August 2000.

Individual and Family Treatment of Anorexia and Bulima.  Workshops presented

at: Spring Professional Forum, Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia, May 2004.

Women’s Dreams and Visions. Worshop presented to: Women’s Institute, Annual Meetings, American Family Therapy Academy, Montreal, Canada, June 1998.

Managed Care and the Family Therapy Triangle.  Paper presented to: Ethics Forum 17th Annual Meetings, American Family Therapy Academy, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June, 1995.

Issues In Transgenerational Supervision.  Paper Presentation To 17th Annual Meeting Of American Family Therapy Academy, Cambridge, Massachussetts, June, 1995.

Binge Eating Disorder and Female Obesity.  Workshop presented to: Annual Family Therapy Neworker Symposium, Washington, D.C., 1994.

OA and AA:  A View from the Gender Gap.  Paper presented to Annual Meeting of American Family Therapy Academy, Baltimore, Maryland, 1993.

A Raft of Techniques for Transgenerational Family Therapists, Workshop presented to:  Fiftieth Annual Meeting of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Miami, Florida, 1992.

The Trophy Wife Phenomenon.  Paper presented to:  Annual Meeting of the American Family Therapy Association, San Diego, California, 1991.

Liddle, H., Gurman, A., Pinsoff, W., and Roberto, L. Giat.  What’s Wrong with Family Therapy?  Workshop presented to :  Forty-eight Annual Meeting of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Washington, D.C., 1990.

Roberto, L. Giat, and Mintle, L.M.  Treating the Military Family.  Workshop presented to :  Forty-seventh Annual Meeting of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, San Francisco, California, 1989.

Hot Potato:  Therapeutic Impasses with Psychosomatic Families.  Workshop presented to :  Forty-fourth Annual Conference of American Association for Marital and Family Therapy, Chicago, 1987.

The Starving Family:  Intensive Transgenerational Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa.  Workshop presented to :  Forty-fourth Annual Conference on Family Therapy, American Association for Marital and Family Therapy, Orlando, Florida, 1986.

Managing Food Fright:  Results in the Family Therapy of Bulimia Invited presentation to :  Ninth Annual Family Therapy Network Symposium, Washington, D.C., 1986.

Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia in the Family Context.

Invited presentation to :  Norfolk Interagency Conference, Norfolk, Virginia, 1986.

Breaking the Family Crucible:  Symbolic-Experiential Family Therapy Workshop presented at the Forty-third Annual Conference of American Association for Marital and Family Therapy, New York City, 1985.

Anorexia Nervosa:  The Too Richly Cross-Joined Family.

Paper presented to :  Annual Meeting of American Family Therapy Association, San Diego, California, 1985.

Bulimia:  The Transgenerational View

Workshop presented at the Annual Meeting of American Association for Marital and Family Therapy, San Francisco, California, 1984.

Anorexia Nervosa and The Too Richly Crossed-Joined Family.

Paper presentation delivered at :  Treating Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia, sponsored by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1984.

Marriage and Family:  Changing Norms.

Invited Presentation to :  Spring Meetings of Virginia Mental Health Association, Norfolk, Virginia, 1984.

The Starving Family:  Anorexia Nervosa in Context.

Workshop presented to :  Eastern Virginia Family Therapy Institute, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 1984.

Invited presentation to :  College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1984.