Dr. Vagdevi Meunier

Dr. Meunier is has been a clinical psychologist for over a quarter decade, as well as an academician, researcher, and Master Trainer for the Gottman Institute

"Fly Me" Therapist*

Dr. Meunier's Couples Retreat are held in Austin, Texas


Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology (APA accredited), Antioch University New England Graduate School, Keene, NH. 1997
M.A. in Psychology, Mount Holyoke College, Hadley, MA. 1987

Licensure and Certification

Licensed in Texas as a Clinical Psychologist
License # 3-1128


2000 – Present:   University of Texas at Austin: Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.

2004 – 2014:   Associate Professor of Counseling, St. Edwards University, Austin, TX


English, Hindi & Tamil​

Dr. Meunier with Julie & John Gottman (outside) & fellow Master Trainer Dr. Bill Bumberry (to her right)

Clinical Experience

2013 – Present:  Senior Trainer for National Marriage Seminars, Tampa FL.

2013 – Present:   Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Relationships, Austin, TX.

1996 – 2004   Staff Psychologist, Counseling and Mental Health Center, UT-Austin.

Awards, Honors, Grands (selected)

Nominated for a university distinguished teaching award.  2009 - 2010

DeLayne Hudspeth Award for Innovative Instruction,             St. Edwards University. 2008

Research Projects (selected)

Developed the CARE model of conflict communication with couples and a group therapy intervention program for transforming hostile to collaborative communication among distressed couples. 2010-Present

Qualitative study titled: Desi Ties, Pardesi Marriage: Comparisons of marital satisfaction, distress, and divorce in South Asian couples in the US and India. 2009- Present.

Pilot research project (funded by the Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable of St. Edwards University) to study the use of mobile technology to teach counseling skills to graduate students in the Master of Arts in Counseling Program.  2007-2008:

Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable research grant, St. Edwards University for conducting a pilot study on the use of mobile technology to teach counseling skills. 2007


Meunier, V. (2012). How I Integrate the Gottman SRH model and Susan Johnson’s EFT Therapy in My Work with Couples. Gottman Connections Newsletter, Inaugural issue.

Meunier, V. and Baker, W. (2012). Positive couple relationships: The evidence for long lasting relationship satisfaction and happiness. In Roffey, S. (Ed). Positive Relationships: Evidence Based Practice Across the World. The Netherlands: Springer Press.

Meunier, V. (2006). Effective Presentation Skills. In Gottman, J, and Gottman, J.S. (2006) (Eds).The Art and Science of Love workshop for couples: Resource Manual for Workshop Leaders.Seattle, WA: The Gottman Institute.

Fenichel, M., Jones, G., Meunier, V., Munro, K., Walker-Schmucker, W. (2005). “ ISMHO ClinicalCase Study Group: Half a Decade of Online Case Study”. Report featured in article by Holmes,L. (2005) Retrieved 4/7/05 from http://mentalhealth.about.com/od/professional/a/50years.htm

Fenichel, M., Suler, J., Barak, A., Zelvin, E., Jones, G., Munro, K., Meunier, V., Walker-Schmucker,W. (2002) "Myths and Realities of Online Clinical Work". Cybe Psychology and Behavior,Vol.5, 5.

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Evidence-based Treatment Models

Dr. Meunier is a Gottman Master Trainer, offering advanced training to psychotherapists in this science-based model.  She is one of only six Master Trainers Worldwide, in addition to John and Julie Gottman.

Certified Therapist and Master Trainer

Additional Memberships & Certifications:

Past President

International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors

Certified Prepare/Enrich Therapist and Seminar Director

Month-Long Series on Sexuality