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James Framo, PhD

James Framo, PhD, was an American psychologist and pioneer family therapist. He developed an object relations approach to intergenerational and family-of-origin therapy. He collaborated with other pioneers in the field and authored or co-authored several early and significant texts in the field of family therapy. James was born and raised in South Philadelphia and graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1940. The last chapter of his 1992 publication Family-of-Origin Therapy: An Intergenerational Approach provides a personal account of his own early family experiences which served as a basis for his insights into the impact of families on individuals.