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Virginia M. Lewis is a clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in additions and recovery and the use of EMDR in the treatment of traumas. She is also a general practitioner for a spectrum of life issues. Dr. Lewis has her private practice at MRI in Palo Alto, where she is also a MRI Senior Research Fellow. In addition to the above, Dr. Lewis is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Family Recovery Project. This cutting edge research on alcoholism began in 1989 and is the first study to examine and understand the dynamics of recovery for the alcoholic family. Dr. Lewis has also co-authored three books and numerous articles on the subject of family recovery. Additionally, she is the founder of the Recovery Forum, a “think tank” dedicated to advancing addiction recovery research, treatment, education, and training.


  • 2001 “The Alcoholic Family Recovery Typology: A New Theoretical Model” (with Lois Allen-Byrd), Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly Vol 19
  • 2000 The family recovery guide. A Map for Healthy Growth (withStephanie Brown and Andrew Liotta), New Harbinger
  • 1999 The alcoholic family in recovery. A developmental Model (with Stephanie Brown), Guildord Press
  • 1981 “Innovations in the Theory of Goal Attainment Scaling” (with Willian D. Heavlin and Susan Lee-Merrow)