Dr. Gottlieb holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Texas Tech University with an internship at the V.A. Health Care System in Palo Alto, CA. He subsequently received post-doctoral training in marriage and family therapy.

He is licensed to practice at the independent level in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. In 1991, he became Board Certified in Family Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and in 2000 was elected a Fellow of the American Psychology/Law Society based on his scholarly accomplishments.