Welcome to the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Process Lab

In our lab we are interested in what is ‘evidence-based’ in clinical practice as it occurs in real life. We are particularly interested in the dyadic process of different types of evidence-based psychodynamic psychotherapies (such as Intensive short term dynamic psychotherapy and experiential dynamic therapy and psychoanalysis).

The process and outcome of these sessions can be examined with regards to matching of patient & therapist, patient & treatment, as well as more subtle matching of verbal and non-verbal communications between patient and therapist in the session. In addition to using self-reported alliance/attunement scales administered after each session (e.g. OQ and CORE-OM), we like to examine continuous dyadic measurements that reflect how patients and therapists interact together moment by moment throughout the session. It is important to explore objective ways of measuring these processes in relation to treatment outcome, by using observer codings of common factors, therapist techniques (Process Q-set) and patient responses (e.g. Achievement of Therapeutic Objectives; ATOS) and computerized analyses of transcripts (such as Linguistic Inquiry & Word Count; LIWC) and machine learning methods of analyzing speech and facial patterns over time.


This interest in the moment-to-moment dyadic process also translates to research on therapist training (e.g., International Therapist Training and Development; SPRISTAD) both for graduate students (YouTube course evaluation) and for licensed clinicians (such as EDT core trainings) in the form of interpersonal (e.g. facilitative interpersonal skills; FIS) and psychodynamic training courses and individual deliberate practice (deliberate practice; DP).