After graduate training in social work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Dr. Papero entered postgraduate training in family systems theory and psychotherapy at the Georgetown University Family Center. In 1982, Dr. Bowen invited him to join the faculty of the Georgetown University Family Center.

He has written numerous articles and book chapters on various aspects of family systems theory and family psychotherapy and, in 1990, published a basic introduction to family systems, Bowen Family Systems Theory. He serves on the editorial board of Family Systems and of the Family Business Client.

He currently gives between fifteen and twenty invited presentations yearly to various professional groups across the country on topics related to family systems theory, family psychotherapy, and the functioning of corporations and organizations.

In recent years he has consulted increasingly with organizations in both the private and public sectors about the impact of relationships on functioning and about the emotional process of organizations.

Dr. Papero maintains his consulting practice in Washington, DC.

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and Robert J. Noone, eds. 2015. The Family Emotional System: An Integrative Concept for Theory, Science, and Practice. Lanham: Lexington Books.

2015. “Bowen Family Systems Therapy” in Social Workers’ Desk Reference. Kevin Corcoran and Albert R. Roberts, eds. New York: Oxford University Press.