Pacella Research Center
Wilma Bucci, Ph.D.Projects which involve systematic application of linguistic measures as developed by Wilma Bucci, Bernard Maskit, and their colleagues can be found at http://www.thereferentialprocess.org. For information about any of these projects contact Sean Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leon Hoffman, M.D.
Bernard Maskit, Ph.D.
Sean Murphy, Ph.D.
Research Coordinator and Supervisor
Pacella Research Center of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
The Research Center continues to function very effectively and we continue to try to move a research perspective closer to the center of NYPSI’s life in its educational programs and in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapies. The research activities of the Research Division of the Pacella Parent Child Center and the NYPSI Research Center have merged into the Pacella Research Center.
In the report of the American Psychoanalytic Association Site Visiting Committee following their visit to NYPSI in early November 2014, the site visitors noted that the Pacella Parent Child Center is "A model for the country...on the forefront of the future of psychoanalysis."
Research Committee: Wilma Bucci and Leon Hoffman, Bernard Maskit, Sean Murphy, Christopher Christian, Tehela Nimroody, Wendy Olesker, Timothy Rice
1. Clinical and research study of treatment process (qualitative and quantitative methods)
2. Defense mechanisms and other systematic evaluation in young children’s doll play and figure drawings
3. Academic Research/Referential Process Seminar on the third Wednesday of the month listed here
Current and Potential Projects under auspices of Pacella Research Center:
A. Treatment Center Project
In this project we are studying analysts’ notes, that is, studying the analyst’s subjective impression of the patient—in a systematic clinical way and objectively via the nature of the language the analyst utilized in his/her write-ups. Thus far, this project has produced one doctoral dissertation under the direction of Wilma Bucci at the Derner Institute of Adelphi University; two papers have been published in refereed journals; there have also been several posters and presentations at national and international meetings. Under the leadership of Tim Rice, we have developed a coding manual, delineating supportive, clarifying, and expressive interventions.
B. Clinical and experimental research on language and psychotherapy process
1. Experimental Validation of Referential Process Measures
This part of the program includes a wide range of studies; some of them are covered on the referential process website (www.thereferentialprocess.org.) Projects which involve systematic application of linguistic measures as developed by Wilma Bucci, Bernard Maskit, and their colleagues can be found at http://www.thereferentialprocess.org.
2. Child Analyst Projects
A database of audiotaped and transcribed extensive interviews with 20 child and adolescent analysts has been collected. Projects under way include investigation of the relationship between vocal tone and word use; and analysis of the CCRT’s of child and adolescent analysts in personal and patient relationship episodes; and the value of a child and adolescent education to the treatment of adults. Two dissertations directed by Wilma Bucci at the Derner Institute of Adelphi University and several posters using these data have already been completed.
3. Language Measures Applied to Beth Israel Brief Psychotherapy Project
This project, led by Chris Christian at Beth Israel Medical Center, is applying language measures to a subset of psychotherapy sessions that have been identified as containing ruptures in the therapeutic alliance. By reading beneath the surface, these measures will afford a more nuanced understanding of the mechanisms for identifying actual repairs to the therapeutic alliance and lead to a better understanding of the methods by which successful repairs of the therapeutic alliance are achieved.
C. Defense Mechanisms and Figure Drawings in Children's Play
1. A Defense Mechanisms Manual developed by Tehela Nimroody, Leon Hoffman, and Chris Christian applying Freud's dream theory to children's doll play.
2. Figure Drawings Research developed by Tim Rice to systematically evaluate figure drawings.
D. Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy for Children with Externalizing Behaviors (RFP-C)
A manual is the process of completion by Leon Hoffman and Tim Rice with Tracy Prout (contract with Routledge). Students and experienced therapists will be involved. There will be two sites for testing (Mount Sinai Medical Center and Ferkauf School of Psychology. A draft of the manual is completed. For more information about this project contact Leon Hoffman, email@example.com.
E. Treatment Center (TC) Dropout Study
This project, under the direction of Sean Murphy, is in the phase of development; we are meeting regularly with the Directors of the Child and Adult TC’s to implement this project.
F. Selected Research Activities Details can be found here:
2015-2016 Pacella/Research Annual ReportYou may download the annual research center report here.
2014-2015 Pacella/Research Annual ReportYou may download the annual research center report here.
2013-2014 Pacella/Research Annual ReportYou may download the annual research center report here.
2012-2013 Research Annual ReportYou may download the annual research center report here.
September 19, 2017