Welcome to the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Process Lab

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In our lab we are interested in psychotherapy research and psychotherapy training/supervision. Questions we are grappling with are: How can we measure the psychodynamic therapy process and treatment outcomes? And how can we help therapists improve their skills throughout their careers?


We are interested in measuring different aspects of the therapeutic interactions; not only the verbal, but also the paraverbal and nonverbal aspects, that might be less conscious and that changes moment to moment.


We use many different observer-rated coding systems to identify what happens in a session transcript or video. With this data, we can better understand trends in patients’ reflective functioning, attachment style, emotional experiences, genuineness, defense mechanisms, coping styles, rupture-repair process, and therapist techniques. 

Besides these observer codings, we like to explore innovative ways of measuring therapy process and outcome, by using computerized language analyses of transcripts and machine learning methods for analyzing paraverbal and nonverbal changes in speech, body movement and facial expressions over time.


This interest in psychotherapy research also translates to research on therapist training. We are interested in the training and development of graduate students as well as licensed clinicians. For example, we are involved in research studies which examine the effects of psychodynamic training, interpersonal skills training for therapists, and individual deliberate practice (watching recordings of one's own sessions to hone clinical skills).

Latest Reasons for Celebrations!

The lab just met in person for the first time since March 2020,

at an in-person potluck in Central Park!

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In August, Ayden Ferstenberg successfully defended her RPII - "An Examination of Nonverbal Skills in Interpersonal Skills Training for Mental Health Practitioners". 

As of August, Siyu Liu and Bruce Young have arrived in New York, after completing their first year of studies remotely (Siyu was based in China, and Bruce was based in California).

Over the summer, Dan Gutterman was accepted as a fellow at New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NYPSI) for the upcoming academic year (2021-2022). More information about the fellowship can be accessed here.

In May, Barry Eichenbaum became the first lab member to graduate!

Here's a picture of him attending the (virtual) ceremony.

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In July, Ayden Ferstenberg gave birth to her baby, Asher!

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In April, Nofar Yaacoby gave birth to her baby boy, Liam!

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