4036 Third Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
619.296.8103 (voice)  •  619.296.5027 (fax)
Executive Director:  David B. Wexler, Ph.D.  
Program Administrator:  Suzanne Smyth-Cohen  

David B. Wexler, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Relationship Training Institute

Dr. Wexler has received the prestigious award of Practitioner of the Year from the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, a division of the American Psychological Association.
David B. Wexler, Ph.D.

David B. Wexler, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Diego, specializing in the treatment of relationships in conflict. He is the Executive Director of the non-profit Relationship Training Institute, which provides education and treatment internationally for relationship development and the prevention and treatment of relationship violence. He has also served as the Clinical and Administrative Supervisor for the NIMH-sponsored research study of domestic violence in the Navy from 1991 through 1996, and again from 2001 through 2006.

Dr. Wexler is the author of When Good Men Behave Badly: Change Your Behavior Change Your Relationship (2004), and Is He Depressed or What?: What to Do When the Man You Love is Moody, Irritable, and Withdrawn (2006). Men In Therapy: New Approaches for Effective Treatment (2009), was released in 2009. Dr. Wexler has been featured on the Dr. Phil show and the TODAY show, in the Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, “O” magazine, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men’s Health, and on hundreds of radio and TV programs throughout North America to help educate the public about relationships in conflict and how to resolve them. Psychotherapy Networker devoted an entire issue to issues of men in therapy in May/June 2010 built around Dr. Wexler’s feature article.

Dr. Wexler has authored an internationally-recognized domestic violence treatment manual: the newly revised and updated The STOP Program—Third Edition was released by W.W. Norton in 2013. Dr. Wexler has trained thousands of community professionals, military personnel, and law enforcement officials through extensive training seminars on The STOP Program model throughout the world. He has also recently published the ground-breaking STOP Program: For Women Who Abuse (Norton, 2016). Dr. Wexler is also the former Chairman of the Treatment & Intervention Committee of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council and has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Treatment by this Council. The California Psychological Association has also designated Dr. Wexler as a Master Lecturer and he received CPA’s Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award.

Dr. Wexler recently received the prestigious award of Practitioner of the Year from the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, a division of the American Psychological Association.

The Relationship Training Institute is approved by the San Diego County Probation Department to provide clinical training for all authorized county domestic violence treatment programs for court-ordered offenders. These five-day training workshops are offered annually in San Diego County.

The U.S. Navy contracted with Dr. Wexler to design an innovative intervention program for the prevention of date and acquaintance rape. TRUE CONSENT: Sexual Assault Awareness Training for Men, was administered to 50,000 incoming Navy recruits annually at Great Lakes Naval Training Center as part of a four-year research study on prevention of sexual violence in the Navy.

Dr. Wexler has consulted on over 100 forensic cases (and has testified as an expert witness in over 30 cases) in which the understanding of domestic violence offender characteristics, domestic violence patterns in relationships, and battered women’s syndrome (now known as “intimate partner battering and its effects”) can help the Court clarify the complex legal issues. He has testified in civil case and custody cases, in military cases and civilian cases, and for both prosecution and defense.

Dr. Wexler is also the former Director of Psychological Services at Rancho Park Hospital, where he developed the internationally recognized PRISM model for self-management. He has pioneered the development of self psychology and cognitive behavior therapy in treating adolescents. He is the author of THE ADOLESCENT SELF: Strategies for Self-management, Self-soothing, and Self-esteem in Adolescents, The PRISM Workbook, The Advanced PRISM Workbook, published in 1993.

To contact Dr. Wexler or other RTI staff and faculty about professional training or consultation, please call 619.296.8103.

Additional Staff:

Neuropsychological Consultant:
Clark Clipson, Ph.D.

Polygraph Consultants:
Bullens & Bullens Forensic Assessments
888-829-1915 (voice),  619-243-1358 (fax)

Guest Faculty:

Steven Alper, LCSW
Russell Barkley, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School
Doug Braun-Harvey, LMFT, The Harvey Institute
Sandra L. Brown, MA, CEO, The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction & Psychopathy Education
Stacy W. Buhbe, Ph.D.
Constance Dalenberg, Ph.D., Core Faculty, Alliant/CSPP University
William Eddy, JD, LCSW, High Conflict Institute
Matt Englar-Carlson, Ph.D., CSU Fullerton
Carol Falender, Ph.D., UCLA Department of Psychology
Celia Falicov, Ph.D., UC San Diego
Vincent Felitti, M.D., Kaiser-Permanente Hospital
Martin Fiebert, Ph.D., CSU Long Beach
Tyler Gabriel, Ph.D., Oceanside VA Mental Health Clinic
John Gottman, Ph.D., University of Washington
Julie Gottman, Ph.D., The Gottman Institute
Steven C. Hayes, University of Nevada
Erik Hesse, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Amy Holtzworth-Munroe, Ph.D., Indiana University
Karen Z. Hyland, Ph.D.
Sue Johnson, Ph.D., University of Ottawa
Maria Leyva
Patricia Love, Ph.D.
Mary Main, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Pat McGrath, Deputy City Attorney
Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo
William O'Hanlon, M.S.
Chen Oren, Ph.D., Phillips Graduate Institute
Frank Pittman, M.D.
Sgt. Dan Plein, San Diego Police Department Domestic Violence Unit
William S. Pollack, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
Ron Potter-Efron, Ph.D., Director, Anger Management and Domestic Violence Prevention Center
Fred Rabinowitz, Ph.D., University of Redlands
Terrence Real, LICSW, Family Institute of Cambridge
James Reavis, Psy.D., Intrapsychic Clinic
Janina Scarlet, Ph.D., Alliant University
Edward Shafranske, Ph.D., Pepperdine University
David Shepard, Ph.D., CSU Fullerton
Daniel Siegel, Ph.D., UCLA
Leona Smith, MSW
Daniel J. Sonkin, Ph.D.
James L. Spira, Ph.D., Institute for Health Psychology
Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D.
Alan Sroufe, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Ellen Stein, Ph.D.
Gael Strack, J.D., Chief Executive Officer, National Family Justice Center Alliance
Paul R. Sussman, Ph.D.
Ron Taffel, Ph.D., Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
Rosalind Wiseman, Co-Founder and President, Empower Program

RTI Board of Directors:

Constance Brunig, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer
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Ken Druck, Ph.D., Executive Director, Jenna Druck Foundation
Emily Horowitz, Psy.D., former Admin Assistant, EMPOWER Program
Steve Allen, J.D., former Legal Services Director, Ctr. for Community Solutions of San Diego
Gael Strack, CEO, National Family Justice Center Alliance
David B. Wexler, Ph.D., Executive Director, Relationship Training Institute