The Princeton Family Center for Education offers training programs in Bowen family systems theory for professionals and non-professionals.

Faculty & Board

photoEach faculty member has worked through the years to better understand themselves within their own family system, as well as the difficulties and challenges that all individuals and families face over the course of a lifetime. Consistent with evolution, the natural systems theory of human behavior developed by Murray Bowen, M.D., provides a framework for learning and understanding how families function over many generations. PFCE offers a unique service to the community in its commitment to understanding and applying a Bowen family systems way of thinking. All faculty are interested in assisting individuals to develop and manage themselves in important family, work, school, and social relationships. Each is committed to understanding how social, physical, and emotional symptoms are natural outcomes of the multigenerational emotional process present in all families.


Julie Bergdahl, MDiv
Lee S. Gardner, LCSW
Brigitte Heffernan, LCSW

Board of Trustees

Andrew C. Gomory, President
Tania L-J. McCleery, Treasurer/Secretary
Lee S. Gardner, LCSW, Director
Julie Bergdahl, MDiv
Brigitte Heffernan, LCSW
Selden Dunbar Illick, LCSW, Founder
Nigel E. Gardner

Board of Trustees Emeritus

Samuel W. Lambert III

Board of Advisors

J.T. Bonner, Professor Emeritus,
     Princeton University
Michael E. Kerr, M.D.
     Director Emeritus, Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
Daniel V. Papero, LCSW, Ph.D., LCSW
Pamela H. Parsons

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