Our Leadership

Dr. James F. Alexander

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Dr. Alexander is Progenitor and Developer of Functional Family Therapy (FFT), a nationally and internationally acclaimed and evidence-based intervention model for a range of juvenile dysfunctional, emotional, and behavioral problems. FFT has been designated by the Center for The Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV; D. Elliott, P.I.) as a "Blueprint Program" for the successful treatment of delinquency, substance abuse, and violence for high-risk youth. FFT has received similar designations as an "Exemplary Program," "Best Practice," and Evidence-Based Effective program" (CSAP, CDC, OJJDP, American Youth Policy Forum). Finally, FFT has been designated as one of only 4 "Level 1" programs in the Surgeon's General 2001 Report on Youth Violence.


Doug Kopp


Doug Kopp is CEO at FFT LLC, where he leads agency's efforts to support over 50,000 families who are served by the 350 FFT, FFT-CW® and FFP® sites located in 12 countries including the USA.

A 17-year veteran of the 'evidence based movement,' he has designed therapeutic and implementation models as well as helped to create state and national plans for systemic adoption of FFT and FFP® programs. Those programs have yielded outcomes including large-scale reductions in youth crime and significant increases in family health and child safety, as well as 100s of millions of resultant cost savings and cost benefit to taxpayers in many states and countries.

Since 2008 he has been a member of a number of state and national advisory groups focusing on the funding, implementation and long-term sustainability of evidence based programs in juvenile justice, child welfare and mental health.

For the past several years he has been particularly involved in systemic change in Holland's youth care system that integrates child welfare and juvenile justice case management using FFP® with the goal of 'one family, one worker, one plan.'

He and his family reside on the Puget Sound just north of Seattle, WA.


Dr. Michael S. Robbins

Clinical and Research Director
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Dr. Michael Robbins is a Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute and Director of Research for Functional Family Therapy, Inc. Dr. Robbins has extensive experience conducting clinical research on family therapy with drug using, delinquent adolescents and their families. He has directly overseen the training of hundreds of family therapists, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Robbins is a frequent lecturer and consultant, and is recognized as a leader in the areas of process and outcome research in adolescent drug abuse treatment. He has led numerous federally-funded research studies, including innovative process studies that involve the examination of in-session processes across three, empirically-validated family interventions as well as one of the largest multi-site family therapy trials conducted with adolescent drug users. Dr. Robbins has extensive publications in the area of family therapy for adolescents with behavior problems, including Co-Editing the Third Edition of the Handbook of Family Therapy (Brunner Routledge, 2003), a primary source textbook for many family therapy training programs. He has served as Consulting Editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. He has mentored many new investigators, including psychiatrists, psychologists, and master’s level students.


Andrea Neeb

FFT LLC. Externship Director

Andrea provides oversight and direction for the FFT and FFTCW externship trainings and sites. She serves as a trainer and consultant both nationally and internationally. Andrea is also the co-author of Functional Family Therapy for Adolescent Behavior Problems.

“I began work in the field with adolescents involved in therapeutic foster care and never felt that I was able to help impact change in that system and for the youth. I began doing FFT with an open mind and an eagerness for positive obtainable change in families. FFT provided me with both an anchor and a way to help families that fit with my own core philosophies about people and therapeutic change.”

She currently resides in Lake Worth, Florida with her husband, Scott, daughter Ainslie, and son Aiden.


Holly DeMaranville

FFT LLC. Communications Director

Holly has worked for FFT as the Communications Director since January 2003. In her job as Communications Director she is the initial point of contact for any new sites interested in implementing FFT. She works closely with new sites during the start up phase of training and then continues to work closely with sites if they have any further training needs or issues with the Client Service System (CSS). She also assists the FFT partners, trainers and consultants as needed with scheduling and other QA items.

Prior to working for FFT, Holly worked for seven years for Developmental Research and Programs, Inc., the company founded by Drs. David Hawkins and Richard Catalano to implement the Communities That Care program. There she also worked closely with community sites to assist them with implementation of evidence based programs through the CTC model.

Holly lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and two sons.