Rachel Tambling, PhD (Affiliate)

Associate Professor

Human Development and Family Sciences (Affiliate)

Research Overview

(1) Dr. Tambling’s research is centered on service utilization issues in mental health care. She is specifically interested in client engagement and client processes of change during psychotherapy. Dr. Tambling is also interested in health equity, including expanding the availability of couple and family therapy to populations who typically do not access or fail to benefit from therapy, particularly traditionally underserved groups (i.e. racial/ethnic minorities, lower SES couples and families, individuals with severe mental illness) and families of individuals engaged in substance use treatment. By understanding the complex components of effective engagement and change during therapy, researchers, therapists, and other stakeholders are able to work together to improve treatment outcomes.
(2) I am currently working on a project with another InCHIP affiliate looking at coping skills and mindfulness interventions with parents of your adult substance using adults in substance use treatment. I hope that joining the InCHIP affiliate group might lead to more collaborations.
(3) I have several past projects related to anxiety and depression, particularly its measurement. I have projects related to help seeking behaviors, barriers to mental health treatment seeking, and engagement issues in mental health treatment. My current line of research is primarily focused on service utilization for family members of substance using young adults.
(4) I am the former director of the MA and PhD Programs in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am hoping to join InCHIP to pursue potential collaborations now that my program has been closed.


PhD, 2008, University of Georgia

Featured Publications

Tambling, R. & Reckert, A. (Published online January 11, 2020). Barriers to help-seeking and provider preferences for sexual functioning concerns among undergraduates. Journal of American College Health. DOI:10.1080/07448481.2019.1705835
Bischoff, T., Anderson, S. R., Heafner, J., & Tambling, R. (2020). Establishment of a reliable change index for the GAD-7. Psychology, Community, and Health, 8(1), 176-187. DOI: 10.5964/pch.v8i1.309
Anderson, S. R., Banford-Witting, A., Tambling, R., Ketring, S., & Johnson, L. N. (2019). Pressure to attend therapy, dyadic adjustment, and adverse childhood experiences: Direct and indirect effects on the therapeutic alliance in couples therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 46 (2). DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12394
D’Aniello, C. & Tambling, R. (2019). A confirmatory factor analysis of the Productive Processes Inventory. Contemporary Family Therapy, 41, 275-284. DOI: 10.1007/s10591-019-09495-9
D’Aniello, C. & Tambling, R. (2019). The role of therapy productiveness on MFT clients’ intentions to persist in therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy, 47, 37-51. DOI: 10.1080/01926187.2019.1586010
Tambling, R. (2019). A critical evaluation of motivation to change conceptualization, measurement, and utility in psychotherapy. The Family Journal, 27(2), 232-238. DOI: 10.1177/1066480719833399
Anderson, S. R., Tambling, R., Rackham, E., & Yorgason, J.B. (2018). The mediating role of the therapeutic alliance in understanding early therapy discontinuance. Psychotherapy Research. DOI: 10.1080/10503307.2018.1506949
Tambling, R. & Johnson, L. N. (2018). Predictive validity of the R-URICA. Psychotherapy and Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice. DOI:10.1111/papt.12187
Johnson, L. N., Selland, B., Mennenga, K. D., Oka, M., Tambling, R., Anderson, S. R. (2018). Examining the link between exercise and marital arguments in clinical couples. American Journal of Family Therapy, 46 (1), 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/01926187.2018.1437574
Johnson, L. N., Mennenga, K. D., Oka, M., Tambling, R., Andersons, S. R., & Yorgason, J. (2017). Daily events for clinical couples: Examining therapy interventions, positive events, arguments, and exercise in the beginning stage of therapy. Family Process. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12301
D’Aniello, C. & Tambling, R. (2017). The effect of expectations on intention to persist in therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy, 45(1), 35-50. DOI: 10.1080/01926187.2016.1223568

Contact Information
Mailing Address348 Mansfield Road
Unit 1058
Storrs, CT 06269