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Navarra, Robert


Robert Navarra, Psy.D., M.F.T., graduated from Santa Clara University and the Californian Institute of Integral Studies. He is a Research Associate at MRI in Palo Alto. He was the Co-founder and Director of Center for Couples in Recovery (CCR) at MRI, a program dedicated to integrating ongoing research/treatment for couples recovering from addiction and providing education, training, and consultation to other professionals and organizations. At MRI he’s been also a member of the Recovery Forum, a “think tank” dedicated to advancing addiction recovery research, treatment, education, and training, and a Research Committee Chair. Dr. Navarra developed the Couples Reciprocal Development Approach (CRDA), a model for conceptualizing and treating couples recovering from addiction. Dr. Navarra is a Certified Gottman Therapist and has his private practice since 1980 in San Carlos, CA for individual, couple, and family therapy, specializing in working with couples and in addictions treatment. His activity includes consultations, workshops, training and presentations.


  • 2009 “Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Co-Morbidity“, Gottman Level ll Training Manual
  • 2007 “Family Response to Adults and Alcohol”. A chapter in Family Response to Alcohol Problems, Fischer, Muslow, and Korinek. Taken from an article published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly: Special Edition, Volume 25, 2007
  • 2007 “Recovering Couples: How to Develop a Friendship with Your Partner”, New Times: For Addiction Recovery, July/August
  • 2007 “Relationships: Where Do They Fit Into Recovery?”, New Times: For Addiction Recovery, March/April
  • 2003 “Treating Couples in Recovery From Alcoholism: Part 2”, AAMFT-CA Newsletter, Fall
  • 2003 “Treating Couples in Recovery From Alcoholism: Part 1”, AAMFT-CA Newsletter, Summer
  • Dissertation: “Couples in Long-Term Recovery from Alcoholism”