Gayla Margolin, Ph.D.

Gayla Margolin, Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California, is a member of the Clinical Psychology faculty and currently serves as Director of Clinical Training. Dr. Margolin received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Margolin has over 100 publications that explore marital and family relations, and that identify factors that contribute to families' vulnerability versus resilience to stress. A number of her publications focus on the ways that conflict and violence derail the normal developmental processes of families and individual family members, particularly children. She co-authored the book, Marital Therapy: Strategies based on social learning and behavior exchange principles, and also published on ethical issues in couple and family therapy and research. Support for her work comes from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and from NICHD and NIMH grants. 


Dr. Margolin received a Harry Frank Guggenheim Career Development Award and the 1993 Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research from the American Family Therapy Academy. She has been on the editorial board of 15 professional journals, including positions as Associate Editor for the Journal of Family Psychology and Behavioral Assessment. Dr. Margolin received a 2006 and a 2008 USC Award for Excellence in Mentoring. 

Dr. Margolin is a licensed psychologist in California. Her invited addresses include presentations to the California Assembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence and the Domestic Violence Training Program of the Los Angeles Superior Court.


  • USC Family Studies Project
  • Seeley G. Mudd 926
  • University Park MC 1061
  • 3620 McClintock Ave
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061