Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Welcome to the CCAF!

The Center for Couples and Adult Families (CCAF) is the primary home of family oriented work within the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Pennsylvania. 

At CCAF, we recognize the importance of family relationships over the course of the life cycle.  Family members can affect each other in profound ways. These primary relationships can be a source of intense conflict as well as deep healing.

Families come in many different forms -- single parent, two parents of any gender, remarried families, families of three and four generations, and families of choice.  At CCAF, we welcome all families who see themselves as a connected group of people.

Few problems are solely individual or relational; the individual and the family affect each other, and together they compose the family system.  We see the family system as embedded in the larger contexts of extended family and culture.

Friendships and work relationships are also vital to an individual’s emotional health.  We recognize the importance of the wide web of relational experiences that impact well-being. 

 At CCAF, we treat individuals, couples, groups and families from this relational perspective.  In addition, we offer an online library of community resources, books and vital links to services for professionals and family members.  

When psychiatric illness strikes, couple or family therapy can often promote recovery and decrease family stress. We recognize the value of family education, and utilize the cutting-edge resources within the Department of Psychiatry at Penn to provide all aspects of care for families impacted by psychiatric illness.

Families can, and should be, one of our greatest sources of strength and comfort.


CCAF Event 9/28/16 Supporting Transgender Young Adults: Working Collaboratively with Family and Individual Treatment


Join colleagues at Penn Medicine and CHOP for this exciting panel, lead by transgender activist and family therapist, DR. ELIJAH NEALY.  They will address the importance of family therapy in the treatment of transgender young adults. Dr. Nealy will be joined by Jacqueline HUDAK, PhD., LMFT, The Center for Couples and Adult Families, Perelman School of Medicine, Linda HAWKINS, […]

The Changing Family and How it Influences Identity: Penn Spectrum Weekend, 9/23-25


CCAF Clinical director, Jacqueline Hudak, will present on a panel about “The Changing Family” during Penn Spectrum Weekend. Held during alumni weekend, Penn Spectrum “brings together alumni for dialogue centered on issues of cultural identity. We welcome alumni and allies from all backgrounds as well as current Penn undergraduate and graduate students. The conference focuses […]

Emotional Cutoffs in Families


I had a wonderful time presenting to physicians, nurses, social workers and psychologists at The Reading Hospital this spring. The audience wanted to understand the meaning of emotional cutoff and the impact of this process on development and family relationships over the course of the life cycle. Always true to my training as a family […]

Engaging Family Supports: Free Online Videoconference


  Join us for the next CPSP “Community Psychiatry Forum*” In Collaboration with The American Association of Community Psychiatrists Engaging Family Supports Learning Objectives – Participants will be better able to: Identify strategies and barriers to engage family members as supportive members of recovery team Enable people in recovery to identify and connect with potential […]

Three Perspectives on Marriage


Every so often I read something that speaks to a yet unarticulated thought or idea about my work with couples and families. Such was the case when I read NY Times columnist David Brooks’s article “Three Views of Marriage.” He describes three prevailing perspectives on marriage: the psychological, the romantic, and, what he calls the moral view. […]