Barry Eichenbaum

Barry grew up in Oceanside, New York. He was the original member of Dr. Aafjes-van Doorn's psychodynamic process lab after she joined the Ferkauf faculty. Barry currently lives in Passaic, New Jersey. While he considers his psychotherapy orientation to be cognitive behavioral, he appreciates the important contributions that psychodynamic psychotherapy has made to understanding the human mind. Barry is currently in his 5th year of the Adult Psyd program, and is beginning his doctoral internship at the Center for Anxiety in Brooklyn, New York. Barry’s broad research interest involves studying religion as a variable in psychotherapy, a topic to which he devoted his RP1. He is currently in the process of completing his RP2, which explores the effect that a therapist's religion might play in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder with religious themes.

Ayden Ferstenberg

Ayden Ferstenberg is a fourth-year student in the Adult Clinical PsyD Program at Ferkauf. She received her BA from Stern College with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in English. Her research interests stem from two of her longstanding passions: acting and fencing. After observing anecdotally how much information is communicated through the subtext of these two activities, she sought further information on the science behind the communication, the ways in which people learn how to talk without their voice, and how such can be used to strengthen bonds or promote deception. Her Master’s thesis proposed a transdiagnostic developmental model for understanding communication difficulties in dyslexia and schizophrenia, exploring parallels between the underlying deficits and how these issues disrupt paralinguistic knowledge. Ayden is currently working on her dissertation study. For her research, she is collaborating on an experimental study that expands our understanding of the relationship between nonverbal sensitivity and interpersonal effectiveness by clarifying skills that promote the alliance. Ayden’s other research interests include linguistic analysis, emotion and emotion regulation, deception detection, transdiagnostic variables, process research, and integration of different therapeutic models. Ayden also enjoys teaching and is currently working as an adjunct instructor at Stern College, teaching experimental psychology and research design and methodology to several psychology lab students. In her spare time, Ayden enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family.

Julia Kurtz

Julia is a Fourth Year student in the Adult Clinical PsyD program. She received her BA in Psychology from Colgate University and her MA at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Julia has a long standing interest in psychodynamic therapy and working with individuals who have experienced trauma. Currently, Julia works as a psychology extern at Bellevue Hospital in the substance use division. In the past she has worked at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center and the
Brooklyn VA, conducting both individual and group therapy.

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Samantha Mahr

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Samantha is passionate about psychoanalytic psychotherapy and has trained at Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Program and The National Institute for the Psychotherapies. Presently she is working as a Psychology Extern at North Central Bronx Hospital.


Samantha’s research efforts have focused upon the use of the couch in psychotherapy. While the couch has universally come to symbolize psychoanalysis, and perhaps psychotherapy in a broader sense, the relationship between the patient’s position and therapeutic outcome has not been extensively examined. Samantha’s RP1 was the first comprehensive and systematic review of the effect of the couch in
psychotherapy. The next stage of her research (RP2), will evaluate how psychoanalytic process differs between chair and couch sessions as identified by observer-coders on the Psychotherapy Process Q Set, a 100-item instrument intended to offer a meaningful and theoretically neutral index of the therapeutic process (PQS; Jones, 2000). In utilizing a sample of 540 sessions from 27 archived psychoanalytic treatments, she will closely examine sessions from a chair subsample and couch subsample, as well as treatments in which patients transitioned from couch to chair or vice versa.

Nicole Weishoff

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Nicole Weishoff is a 4th year at Ferkauf. She transferred from Dr. Kate Walsh's lab where she wrote her RP1 on the psychological risk factors and outcomes of sex trafficking on an individual, interpersonal, and broad social level. Clinical interests include working with women, children, and families impacted by traumatic events such as domestic violence, substance abuse, poverty, and homelessness. Nicole has experience working with Dr. Tracy Prout's research in the school-child program, which focuses on implementing Regulation Focused Psychotherapy for Children (RFP-C), a psychodynamic intervention for children who meet criteria for oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). She worked on their team as a study therapist for two years implementing the treatment, and will focus her RP2 on adherence to the RFP-C manual, and how adherence may impact treatment outcome. Nicole is excited to make the switch and work Dr. Aafjes-van Doorn and her lab for the rest of her time in graduate school.

Imri Zalman

Nofar is a fourth year student in the Clinical PsyD program at Ferkauf Graduate School. She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and American Studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Nofar is currently an extern at the National Institute for Psychotherapies where she works with patients suffering from trauma, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal difficulties. She also currently works at FOCUS Children's Therapy Center as the General Manager, running social skills groups, seeing patients individually, and conducting assessments. Nofar's research focus is on body movement and gaining a deeper understanding into the nonverbals of psychotherapy. She conducted a literature review on body movement and has currently expanded her research to study the relationship between body movement synchrony and the working alliance. Nofar is interested in gaining a deeper  understanding into psychotherapy processes in her research work. 

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Hemrie is a fourth-year student in the Clinical PsyD program. He completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology and Law at the Hebrew University in Israel and joined Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology to pursue his advanced studies in clinical psychology. Hemrie is currently a psychology extern in the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where he works with individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, and problems in living. He is also a team member in the Columbia University Research and Treatment, where he conducts comprehensive assessments of veterans and their family members, as well as older adults who have suffered emotional and physical traumas. Hemrie is interested in understanding how narcissism affects humans’ well-being and the capacity to engage in meaningful psychotherapy processes. He currently conducts a study on ways to discuss narcissistic functioning without leading to dropout. This study continues his past involvement in research on the treatment dropout of patients diagnosed with PTSD.

Gabrielle Tolchin

Gabrielle is currently a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. She earned her M.A. in the field of Clinical Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Her research and clinical interests include understanding the ways that trauma and early relationship patterns impact psychological development and engagement in high-risk behaviors, including disordered eating and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. Gabrielle is currently conducting a scoping systematic review of existing trauma measures with the aim of providing a comprehensive account of the various ways trauma is currently defined and measured. In her free time, Gabrielle enjoys exercising, spending time with her dog, and theater.

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Bret Boatwright

Bret is a third-year doctoral student at Ferkauf and has been a member of the Psychodynamic Process Lab since January of 2019. At present, Bret is seeing patients at both the Parnes Clinic, where he provides treatment from a psychodynamic orientation, and Gouverneur Hospital, where he provides treatment from an interpersonal/third-wave orientation. Bret's interests include psychodynamic theory, third-wave treatment approaches, neuroscience, and personality assessment. Following Bret's interest in personality assessment, he is conducting a systematic review of the literature surrounding the use of the Rorschach as a measurement of treatment outcome.

Zoë Bressler

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Zoë Is a second-year member of the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Processes Lab. Her academic interests include Regulation Focused Psychotherapies with children and adolescents. She is excited to potentially grow her knowledge on this topic in her RP1. She is starting her externship at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center where she will be able to work with this population and explore the realm of assessment. In her free time, Zoë enjoys to going to the gym, exploring new NYC restaurants, and watching scary movies. 

Dan Gutterman

Dan is a second-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. He is interested in various metrics of creativity, and how they may be modulated by

psychodynamic processes. Dan is currently an extern at the Pratt Institute, where he will be administering individual and group psychotherapy to college students who are highly focused in the creative arts. In his free time, Dan enjoys hiking with his dog and cooking.

Jessica Silverman

Jess is a second-year member of the Psychodynamic Process Lab. She has a wide range of academic interests, including therapeutic treatment for severe mental illness and mood disorders. She is undecided on an area of focus for her RP1, but is excited to brainstorm in the coming months! Jess is externing this year at the Adult Literacy Center at Montefiore Medical Center where she will focus on testing and reading intervention for adults. In her free time she enjoys comedy, reading, and crossword puzzles.

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