Pacella Research Center

Pacella Research Seminar

NYPSI-Academic Research Seminar

Established 2008

An important aspect of the mission of the Pacella Research Center is to build bridges with academic research centers. To further this goal, the NYPSI-Academic Research Seminar was originally established by Leon Hoffman and Wilma Bucci in 2008. The Referential Process Research Seminar was established in 2007 at the Adelphi Manhattan Center by Wilma Bucci and Bernard Maskit, covering theoretical and empirical advances in their research on the psychotherapy process and related areas. In 2014, the two seminars were combined as the NYPSI- Academic/Referential Process Research Seminar. This seminar meets approximately eight times a year to discuss work at the interface of clinical and research approaches.


Trauma and Resilience: Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone by Roberto Ravera

Nathan Szajnberg, MD
Based on research with former child soldiers and juvenile inmates in Sierra Leone, Ravera and colleagues conclude that trauma related to experiences of war, violence and abandonment create a profound alteration in the mechanisms of emotion recognition and mirroring.


Another Kind of Evidence: Innovative Perspectives on Concepts Familiar to the Practicing Analyst

Marvin Hurvich
Rhonda Ward
Jamieson Webster
The authors discussed excerpts from Another Kind of Evidence: Studies on Internalization, Annihilation Anxiety, and Progressive Symbolization in the Psychoanalytic Process (Karnac, 2011), authored by Norbert Freedman, Marvin Hurvich and Rhonda Ward with Jessie Geller and Joan Hoffenberg


Short-term dynamic psychotherapy versus pharmacotherapy for major depressive disorder: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial.

Jacques P. Barber, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor and Dean, Derner Institute of Advanced Studies in Psychology, Adelphi University; Professor Emeritus of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine


100th Anniversary Research Panel:
“Can Science Save the Clinic: Evolution of Treatment Research at NYPSI”

Leon Hoffman—Introduction
Theodore Shapiro—Historical Context
Barbara Milrod—Importance of Outcome Studies
William Braun—Clinical Value of Systematic Study of Case Material
Sean Murphy—Role of Process Research and Connection to Basic Sciences
Wilma Bucci—Discussant

Poster Session:
Members and Candidates involvement in current and recent systematic research activities (outcome, process, conceptual, applied, etc.).


Research on PTSD

Rachel Yehuda
Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center


Attachment Theory and the Secure Base

Everett Waters
Professor of Psychology, State University of New York Stony Brook


Recent work on the referential process

Wilma Bucci
Bernard Maskit


Contrasting perspectives as to how to reconnect psychoanalysis to academic psychology

Wilma Bucci
Robert Bornstein
Professor of Psychology at Adelphi University and noted psychoanalytic researcher

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guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •