Leadership Team

Jeffrey J. Magnavita, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer & Founder


A nationally known psychologist, psychotherapist, and theorist is an innovator in the treatment of behavioral and mental health disorders. He has written and edited eleven volumes in the field and published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. He served as the President of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy in 2010 . Jeffrey served on the APA Steering Committed Advisory Board for the Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines.  He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work in the field and is a lecturer in psychiatry at Yale University. He founded Glastonbury Psychological Associates, PC and has been in active clinical practice for over 30 years. He has conducted over 30,000 psychotherapy sessions and has been described by Dr. David Barlow as “perhaps the most prominent psychologist in the broad area of mental health practice."

Anne G. Magnavita, M.Ed., MBA, Chief Financial Officer


Trained as a school psychologist at Tufts University and then attained her MBA in finance from the University of Massachusetts. After working in the financial sector, first at the Bank of Boston as a loan officer, then as a financial analyst at MassMutual she more recently, worked as Assistant Director of Children’s Educational Opportunities, a non-profit based in Connecticut. For the past twenty-five years, she served as managing director of an outpatient mental health group and was responsible for managing a family trust.

Larry Cunningham, Ph.D., Chief Informatics Officer


Dr. Cunningham earned his doctorate in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, developing methods to fabricate biologically active protein nanostructures to investigate cellular-integrin response to local microenvironment. Presently he is leading technology in commercial nuclear safety, internationally. His interest involves involving analytical and informatics into actionable and clinically significant processes.


Michael Alpert, M.D., MPH, Chief Medical Officer

A psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and teacher, after medical training (U. Calif.-Irvine) and psychiat


A psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and teacher, after medical training (U. Calif.-Irvine) and psychiatric training (U. Colo.) Dr. Alpert spend a year studying public health (Harvard), which changed his view of mental illnesses and their treatment. Studying statistics and the epidemiology of dementia led first to his research at the NY Office for Aging and later to the establishment of community mental health programs. During the last 40 years Dr. Alpert has worked to develop brief, effective psychotherapy techniques and models for healthcare systems, corporations, and therapists. Among them are Accelerated Empathic Therapy, Sensation Therapy, C-Tactile Afferent Stimulation Therapy, and Self-Connection Therapy. He has served on the boards of hospitals, HMOs, and Professional Organizations..

Elizabeth G. Magnavita. LMSW, Content Management & Product Development


Elizabeth received her BA in psychology from the University of New Hampshire, where she received an athletic scholarship for swimming on their Division I team and her Master of Social Work at the University of Connecticut . She is a licensed Social Worker in Connecticut. She is interested in integrative healing, emphasizing balanced self-care including nutrition, engaging in the arts, and exercise. She is currently  working in part-time private practice at Glastonbury Psychological Associates, P.C., where she specializes in children and adolescents.

Kelly Weber, Psy.D. , Senior Project Manager


An assistant professor of psychology and the Associate Director of the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (PsyD),  Dr. Weber graduated from this program in 1999 and taught as an adjunct professor before joining the faculty full-time in 2013. She is the Coordinator of Practicum Training for the PsyD Program and she teaches clinical training and dissertation seminars, Advanced Psychopathology and Lifespan Development. Dr. Weber is a faculty member for the Child and Adolescent Proficiency Track at the University of Hartford and has two decades of experience of providing clinical services to children, adolescents and families within a broad variety of settings including inpatient hospitals, therapeutic schools, medical hospitals, child guidance clinics and private practice.

Kenneth Critchfield, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer


.After Receiving his doctoral degree from the University of Utah, Dr. Critchfield’s  internship was at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, with post-doctoral training focused on treatment of personality disorders at Weill-Cornell Medical School with John Clarkin, Ph.D. and Otto Kernberg, M.D. Prior to his recent (2014) move to join the C-I program faculty he was co-director of the Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT) clinic at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. IRT is an integrative approach that uses an attachment-based case formulation method to optimally tailor treatment for individual patients. He works closely with Dr. Lorna Smith Benjamin, creator of IRT, to operationalize and test efficacy and process of change of IRT as applied with adults having severe and chronic psychiatric problems often involving comorbid personality disorder and chronic suicidality. He is licensed in VA and maintains a small practice applying IRT to a wide range of clinical problems.

Jim Frey, B.S., M.S., Technical Business Strategist


Having earned both B.S.and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Jim is a team’s “innovation accelerant” that mixes strategy with technical imagination to create an environment that raises the level for the entire team. Jim’s aggressive optimism is balanced with a blend of maturity and credibility that comes from a diversity of prior roles. Jim loves to get out in front (where it can be a bit messy) and challenge the organization to discover unrealized value and build the team’s competency for continuous innovation and appetite for self-disruption. Jim’s current role as a Director of Technology & Business Strategy for Schneider-Electric, allows him to develop and lead a new process for technology and business “growth scouting” across the global organization of R&D, Product Management and Sales.

Caroline S. Magnavita, B.A., Content Manager


Caroline  received her degree in psychology from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. Following graduation, she worked at Latham Treatment Center in Brewster, MA with children and adolescents suffering from trauma and Prader-Willi Syndrome. She then was employed as a Special Education Paraprofessional working with special needs children in Glastonbury, CT. Caroline is pursuing her MSW at Springfield College in Massachusetts. She is interested in developing ways digital technology can advance mental health treatment.

Kristin A.R. Osborn, MA, LMHC, Chief of Training & Organizational Consulting



Kristin A. R. Osborn, LMHC is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, researcher, and author, and Associate in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and  is an acclaimed trainer conducting workshops on Affect Phobia Therapy (APT), depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and physician self-care. Kristin has trained over a thousand psychotherapists and mental health providers. She is the founder of Certified APT™-Training, that teaches how to assess and resolve affect phobias. Kristin has conducted Certified APT training internationally. She co-authored Paraverbal Communication in Psychotherapy: Beyond the Words, and serves on the board of the Society for the Exploration and Integration of Psychotherapy. She is also a board member and President Emeritus of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association. Kristin is currently pursuing her Psy.D. at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. www.kristinosborn.com.

Rebeka D. Stephens, Lead Digital Outreach & Interface Designer


Founder of Research Driven Spaces® LLC and member of the Environmental Research Association (EDRA), Rebeka works to integrate behavioral science research into the built-design ethos. She is currently conducting a study of 1,300 American Institute of Architects members. Rebeka is a member of the Alpha Chi and Psi Chi Honors Society, receiving the Regents Award for academic excellence. She is currently finishing her Honors Thesis on Individual differences in cognitive style as they related to spacial perception, in addition to taking Masters Organizational Psychology courses. She will graduate this year with a bachelors degree in Honors Psychology from the Honors College at the University of Hartford. In her present roles, Rebeka acts as Learning Architect, ensuring effective representation of company services. Rebeka serves as PsychTrends® contributor, working alongside our team of experts.

Pat Robinson, M.D., Staff Photographer


Pat Robinson, M.D. is a retired obstetrician/gynecologist, who practiced for thirty years. She majored in fine arts at Stanford University and was awarded her medical degree from Emory University. She volunteers as a gynecologist at Bergin County Volunteers in Medicine and conducts cervical cancer screening and treatment, with Operational International. Pat is passionate about photography and seeks to use her talent to improve behavioral and mental health care. Her photos have selected for and sold at fundraising events. She enjoys nature, landscape and wildlife photography.

Barbara Ingram Ph.D., Chief Treatment Strategy Officer


Dr. Barbara Ingram, a licensed clinical psychologist, has completed 40 years on the Pepperdine faculty. Prior to receiving her PhD in clinical psychology, she served in the National Teacher Corps, earning her MEd in urban education. She is the author of Clinical Case Formulations: Matching the Integrative Treatment Plan to the Client as well as the chapter on “Case Formulation and Treatment Planning” in the APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology. She was a recipient of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011.She is a member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and a founding member of the Unified Psychotherapy Movement—clinicians, researchers, and theoreticians who seek to enhance practitioners’ capacity to draw from the diversity of approaches, processes, techniques, and research findings. She has published articles and presented research on client satisfaction with mental health care, self-management of chronic illnesses, HIV prevention for adolescents, and women’s midlife career transitions.

Craig N. Shealy, Ph.D., Chief Social Responsibility Officer


Craig is Executive Director of the International Beliefs and Values Institute and Professor of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University.  Developer of the BEVI (Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory – www.thebevi.com), Dr. Shealy’s research and applied work has been featured in multiple forums, including Making Sense of Beliefs and Values, a recent volume with Springer Publishing. The BEVI is used in a wide range of settings (e.g., assessment, education, forensic, leadership, organizational, psychotherapy) and has multiple clinical applications (e.g., therapist-client matching, mapping therapeutic change, process / outcome measure). A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Shealy is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, President (2017) of the American Psychological Association’s Division of International Psychology, recipient of the Early Career Award from APA’s Division of Psychotherapy, a Madison Scholar at JMU, a Nehru Chair at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, and a National Register Legacy of Excellence Psychologist.   

Francis D. Kelly, Ed.D., Chief Child and Adolescent Officer


Francis D. Kelly, Ed.D., Dr. Kelly is a licensed clinical psychologist who has specialized in dealing with children and adolescents for most of his career. His clinical and assessment work has involved children and adolescents of all ages (i.e., pre-school to college). He has worked in outpatient, inpatient, day treatment and residential facilities. He has been a consultant to elementary and secondary schools as well as to myriad agencies providing services to children and adolescents – child protection agencies; juvenile, district and probate court; pediatric clinics and offices. He has previously taught and supervised graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology at the University of Massachusetts and Antioch New England Graduate School. His clinical work initially focuses on initial meetings with parents in order to obtain a developmental composite and subsequently initiate the most appropriate treatment designed to address referral concerns and problems. His clinical work emphasizes short-term involvement where indicated and he employs the most contemporary, evidence-based interventions, in many instances cognitive-behavioral programs. He is the author of several books on child and adolescent personality assessment.

Doug Haines , B.S., Chief Technology Officer


Doug holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Westfield State University and is the primary architect of StratPsych and is working on the next version with our expert team.  Doug has over 15 years of experience and has worked with startups to Fortune 1000 companies.  For the past decade, he has helped many entrepreneurs make their application vision a reality.   He has created custom software solutions from helping automate tedious tasks and streamline processes to large scale cloud applications all while providing quality centric solutions.

Emily S. Magnavita, MPH, Project Coordinator & Biostatistician


Emily received her degree in neuroscience from the University of New Hampshire and Master in Public Health from Boston University. Following graduation from UNH she worked as an editor at Journal of Online Video Research (JOVE) and then a research assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She currently works as a research coordinator at Dana Farber Hospital. Emily contributes to the development and implementation of the StratPsych® learning system. She is the project manager heading a team that is developing a therapist effectiveness system

Alexander Vaz, M.A ., Chief Innovation Officer & Developer


A clinical psychologist and researcher at ISPA—University Institute, in Lisbon, Portugal, Alexander is a member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR), holding duties in three separate committees, as well as being Associate Editor for SEPI’s newsletter, Program Assistant for SEPI’s international conferences, and director of SPR’s Webinar series. He is founder and director of the “Psychotherapy Expert Talks”, an acclaimed series of in-depth interviews with prominent psychotherapy practitioners and researchers. His ongoing University research projects are focused on psychotherapy training and deliberate practice, and routine outcome monitoring.

Sky, Mascot and Therapy Dog


SKY is  a Goldendoodle, certified by Therapy Dogs International (TDI). He serves as a comfort dog in schools and health care facilities. He provides comfort and  interspecies support for everyone he meets.


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Meet the Experts

Tom Sexton, Ph.D., ABP


Thomas is a Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. He is one of the model developers of Functional Family Therapy and is author of Functional Family Therapy in Clinical Practice (2010) and the Handbook of Family Therapy (2003 & 2015). He is a member of the APA Treatment Guidelines Steering Committee, Chair of the Family Psychology Specialty Council and writes extensively about evidence-based practices, particularly in Family Psychology. Dr. Sexton is a licensed psychologist (IN), a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a Board Certified Couple & Family Psychologist (ABPP). He is the Editor for Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, and past President of the Board for Couple and Family Psychology & the Society for Family Psychology. He was the 2011 Family Psychologist of the Year.
Dr Sexton is an expert in the research base of family and couple intervention research and has been the author of a number of major reviews in the area. He is also an expert in implementation of practices in community settings. He is also the developer of the FFT- Care4 system which helps evidence based practices (like FFT) be implemented and practiced in evidence based ways session by session.

Roy Kiessling, LISW


Roy was trained in 1994. In 1998 he joined Francine Shapiro’s training staff, first as a facilitator, then a senior trainer for her humanitarian training organization (2001) and her EMDR Institute (2005). In 2013 he resigned from Shapior’s organization to form his
own training organization: EMDR Consulting. Under Roy’s leadership, EMDR Consulting has grown to become one of the largest training
organizations in the county with over 15 trainers and 50 coaches, conducting over 160 EMDR training courses a year. EMDR Consulting’s EMDR Training Course helps clinicians seamless integrate EMDR into their clinical practice.

David H. Barlow, Ph.D.


  David H. Barlow is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry Emeritus and Founder of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He has published over 600 articles and chapters and over 80 books and clinical manuals mostly in the area of the nature and treatment of emotional disorders. His books and manuals have been translated in over 20 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese and Russian. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including honorary degrees from the University of Vermont and William James College, and the two highest awards in psychology, the Distinguished Scientific Award for Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association and James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science honoring individuals for their lifetime of significant intellectual achievements in applied psychological research. He was a member of the DSM-IV Task Force of the American Psychiatric Association, and his research has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 45 years. 

Jack C. Anchin, Ph.D.


 Jack joined the Medaille College faculty as Clinical Associate Professor (core faculty) in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in 2014. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University at Buffalo/SUNY and a Clinical Psychologist engaged in private practice. He earned his B.A. summa cum laude from Adelphi University, his Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at Brown University Medical School. Dr. Anchin is co-editor of the Handbook of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, recognized as a seminal publication in interpersonal theory, research, and practice, co-author of Unifying Psychotherapy: Principles, Methods, and Evidence from Clinical Science, and has published articles and chapters on the theory and practice of interpersonal psychotherapy, as well as on psychotherapy integration and psychotherapy unification.  Dr. Anchin has been an Associate Editor of the American Psychological Association (APA) Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and is currently a member of the Editorial Board. Dr. Anchin has also served on the inaugural Advisory Council of APA’s Clinician’s Research Digest: Briefings in Behavioral Science and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Integrative and Eclectic Psychotherapy and the APA journal Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. He is Co-Founder and Co-Editor of the electronic Journal of Unified Psychotherapy and Clinical Science. Dr. Anchin is an invited charter member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. He is a Fellow of the APA and is the 2011 recipient of the APA Division of Psychotherapy’s Distinguished Psychologist Award for contributions to psychology and psychotherapy.

C. Edward Watkins, Ph.D.


.C. Edward Watkins, Jr., Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of North Texas (UNT). His primary professional interests focus on psychotherapy training, supervision, and education. He is particularly interested in applying a unified perspective to psychotherapy supervision. At UNT, he teaches a supervision seminar and supervises doctoral students who provide psychotherapy in the Department’s Psychology Clinic. He is a Fellow of Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) and Division 29 (Psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association. He is co-author (with C.H. Patterson) of Theories of Psychotherapy (1996), editor of the Handbook of Psychotherapy Supervision (1997), and co-editor (with Derek Milne) of the Wiley International Handbook of Clinical Supervision (2014).

Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D., ABPP


Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified counseling psychologist who retired from 35 years in clinical practice in Washington, DC, and is now a consultant/trainer on trauma psychology and treatment. She continues to edit and write books on trauma responses and treatment. She has written numerous articles and chapters and co-authored Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with Dr. Julian Ford and others; with Dr. Ford, she has co-authored a book on the treatment of complex trauma and co-edited two books on complex trauma in adults and children/adolescents. She is also a co-editor of Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma, and author of the consumer book It’s Not You, It’s What Happened to You. 

Dr. Courtois was chair of the recently released Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of PTSD in Adults for the American Psychological Association (APA, 2017). She is past president of APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) and has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Dr. Courtois founded and inpatient treatment program, The CENTER: Posttraumatic Disorders Program, in DC for which she served as Clinical and Training Director for 16 years. She has received the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Professional Practice, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence, and most recently the American Board of Professional Psychology, 2016 Distinguished Service Award to the Profession of Psychology and the American Psychological Association Division 56 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The revised ten-year anniversary revision of her 2009 book on treating complex trauma will be released by Guilford Press in February 2020

Rosemary Adam-Terem, Ph.D.

Rosemary Adam-Terem, Ph.D.

The owner of a clinical practice for 30 years and holds a post-doctoral certificate in clinical psychopharmacology, Dr. Adam-Terem is a past President of the Hawaii Psychological Association and Past President of the Hawaii Board of Psychology. She has served on the American Psychological Association rural health and continuing education committee. She is interested in the delivery of behavioral and mental health services to the underserved.  She served as the chairperson of the public policy and social justice committee for the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.

Allan Abbass, M.D., FRCPC


Allan is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Emotions & Health and on Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a leading figure in the field of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. Allan has conducted extensive research in the efficacy of ISTDP, is an internationally recognized trainer, and lectures extensively internationally. His expertise ranges broadly and includes clinical research on psychotherapeutic efficacy, training in psychotherapy, and innovative programming for the delivery of psychotherapy.

Steven Sobelman, Ph.D.


Steve is a licensed psychologist, maintains a private clinical psychotherapy practice in Towson, Maryland. He is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses and served as Chair, Graduate Programs in Psychology for almost 20 years. In 2008, he was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Board of Examiners of Psychologists in Maryland. Additionally, he currently served as Treasurer of APA’s Division 29 (Psychotherapy) and served as the President of Division 49 (Group Psychotherapy). He also served as President of the Maryland Psychological Association (2002-2003) and received the Maryland Psychological Association’s award for Outstanding Professional Contributions to Psychology in 2005. Steve also served on the Board of Directors, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and as the co-founder and CEO of DEMESYS, LLC, a company that developed a proprietary EMR software platform for the medical industry. Prior to DEMESYS, he was the founder and CEO of Reliable Internet Solutions, a software development and internet design and hosting company, specializing in software development, data warehousing, and data management systems. 

Frank Elton Yeomans, M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Yeomans is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College, Director of Training at the Personality Disorders Institute of Weill-Cornell, and Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. He attended Harvard College, Yale University, where he obtained a Ph.D. in French literature and his M.D., and the Payne Whitney Clinic of Weill Cornell Medical College for his residency in psychiatry.

Dr. Yeomans is an Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, president of the International Society for Transference-Focused Psychotherapy, a board member of Emotions Matter (an advocacy group for BPD), and Chair of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Committee on Psychotherapy.

Dr. Yeomans’ primary interests are the development, investigation, teaching, and practice of psychotherapy for personality disorders. He has taught and helped establish training programs for the psychodynamic therapy of personality disorders in many countries. He is a regular teacher and lecturer at APA Annual Meetings. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books, including A Primer on Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for the Borderline Patient, Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality: Focusing on Object Relations, andTransference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality: A Clinical Guide, all co-authored with Drs. John Clarkin and Otto Kernberg. His latest book is Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Narcissistic Personality Disorder, co-authored with Diana Diamond, Barry Stern, and Otto Kernberg.

In addition, Dr. Yeomans is committed to working on advocacy issues, especially attaining fair reimbursement for and access to psychiatric treatment

Anne L. Shapiro, Ph.D.

Anne L. Shapiro, Ph.D.

Anne received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from New York University, and completed her internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York ,and Post-Doctoral training at Kaiser Permanente / Institute of Living  in Hartford. She has been in full-time practice for 35 years, and has been supervising  graduate students, master level therapists, and psychologists for 25 years.  She specializes in intensive psychotherapy with complex cases.

Steven Sandler, M.D.


Steven Sandler received his M.D. degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, and completed residencies at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse (pediatrics) and Albany Medical Center (psychiatry). Dr. Sandler has been practicing psychiatry since 1990, specializing in Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (STDP). He is certified by the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA) as a teacher and supervisor. He is the author of Remembering with Emotion and Tea with Freud.

J. Christopher Muran, Ph.D.


Dr. Muran is Associate Dean and Full Professor at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, where he serves as training director for the doctoral program in clinical psychology.  He completed postdoctoral training in cognitive therapy (University of Toronto) and psychoanalysis (New York University). He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA Divisions 12 & 29), as well as past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research and past editor of its journal Psychotherapy Research.  He serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology and Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice.  Since 1990, Dr. Muran has been Director of the Psychotherapy Research Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel; and he is also on faculty at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  He currently sits on APA’s Advisory Steering Committee for Clinical Practice Guidelines. Dr. Muran has authored or edited nine books, including Therapist Performance under Pressure: Negotiating Emotion, Difference & Rupture (2020; with Catherine Eubanks), The Therapeutic Alliance: An Evidence Based Guide to Practice (2010; with Jacques Barber), ​Dialogues in Difference: Diversity Studies in the Therapeutic Relationship (2007), Self-Relations in the Psychotherapy Process (2001), and Negotiating the Therapeutic Alliance: A Relational Treatment Guide (2000; with Jeremy Safran). He has also contributed Alliance Rupture Repair (2020; with Catherine Eubanks) to the APA Video Series. 

Timothy Lionetti, Ph.D.


Tim Lionetti, PhD is a Core Faculty member for the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program at Walden University and has been part of the Faculty at Walden for 11 years. Dr. Lionetti is a school psychologist, and is a Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania. Dr. Lionetti earned his Doctorate degree in School Psychology from Lehigh University. He has contributed to the fields of psychology and education through multiple presentations and writings. Dr. Lionetti has presented at the national and state levels on a variety of topics, including improving student reading fluency, promoting physical activity in the schools, health promotion, and on recruiting school psychologists. His clinical and research interests include improving student reading, health promotion, effects of age on academic success, behavioral disorders, and the linking of the mental health and school systems. Lastly, Dr. Lionetti continues to work with children, schools, and families within the school and mental health systems and private practice using both direct and consultative services.

Jon Frederickson, MSW


  Jon Frederickson, MSW, is on the faculty of the Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He is also on the faculty of the Laboratorium Psykoeducaji in Warsaw and teaches at the Ersta Skondal Hogskole in Stockholm. Jon has provided ISTDP training in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, India, Australia, Canada and the U.S. He is the author of over fifty published papers and three books, Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Learning to Listen from Multiple Perspectives andThe Lies We Tell Ourselves. His book, Co-Creating Change, won the first prize in psychiatry in 2014 at the British Medical Association Book Awards, and it has been published in Farsi and Polish. His book The Lies We Tell Ourselves has been published in Polish, Farsi, and Danish. He has DVDs of actual sessions with patients who previously failed in therapy at his websites www.istdpinstitute.com and www.deliberatepracticeinpsychotherapy.com  There you will also find skill-building exercises designed for therapists. He writes posts on ISTDP at www.facebook.com/DynamicPsychotherapy

His forthcoming skill-building book for therapists, Healing Through Relating, will come out in 202

Stanley B. Messer, Ph.D.


Stanley B. Messer is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Dean (2001-2016) of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), Rutgers University, where he taught for many years. Prior to becoming dean in 2001, he was Chairperson of the Department of Clinical Psychology at GSAPP for nine years. He is a Fellow in several APA societies and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2017. He is the immediate past president of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration and continues to serve on its Executive Council. 

Dr. Messer has published extensively on the application of psychodynamic theory and research to brief and integrative therapies as well as on evidence-based practice. He has also conducted empirical research on the process of psychotherapy. His most recent co-edited volumes are Essential Psychotherapies: Theory and Practice, 4th ed. (2020), and Case Studies within Psychotherapy Trials (2018). He also co-authored Models of Brief Psychodynamic Therapy: A Comparative Approach (1995).

Dr. Messer is an Associate Editor of the online journal Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy and is featured in the APA videotape, Brief Dynamic Therapy. He has lectured and given invited workshops in several international venues, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Israel, Norway and Poland. Dr. Messer maintains a clinical practice in Highland Park, NJ.


Our Expert Team is Growing!

Andre Marquis, Ph.D.

Andre Marquis is an associate professor at the University of Rochester. His teaching, research, and

Andre Marquis is an associate professor at the University of Rochester. His teaching, research, and scholarly interests include psychotherapy integration and unification, emotion-focused therapies, developmental constructivism, group therapy, relational psychodynamics, and integral theory as it provides a metatheoretical framework to coherently organize theory and practice. Marquis is the author of four books, including Integral Psychotherapy: A Unifying Approach.  Marquis currently serves in various editorial roles for national publications, including the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and the Journal of Unified Psychotherapy and Clinical Practice, and is on the advisory board of the Unified Psychotherapy Project. He has taught more than 20 different courses in psychology, counseling, and human development. Marquis is a licensed mental health counselor in New York with a small private practice.

Steve D. Hollan, Ph.D.


Steven is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on the nature and treatment of depression, with a particular emphasis on the enduring effects of psychosocial treatments. He is a past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the former editor of Cognitive Therapy and Research. He is the recipient of awards for Distinguished Scientific and Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He has over 275 publications and mentored over 20 doctoral and post-doctoral advisees.

Katie Aafjes - van Doorm, DClinPsy


Katie is a Clinical Psychologist and psychotherapy researcher and full time faculty at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, New York. she teaches courses on evidence-based psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychodynamic process, interpersonal dynamic psychotherapy and research design. Katie hopes to contribute to the "evidence-base" of psychodynamic therapy by operationalizing psychoanalytic concepts such as defenses, affect experiencing, counter transference and reflective functioning, and to inspire the new generation of clinicians to continue to engage in psychotherapy research.

Thomas H. Ollendick Ph.D.


Thomas H. Ollendick, Ph.D., is University Distinguished Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Child Study Center at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. He is the author or co-author of 350+ research publications, 100+ book chapters, and 38 books. His recent books include the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Innovations in CBT Treatment for Childhood Anxiety, OCD, and PTSD (Cambridge), and Emotion Regulation and Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents (Oxford). He is the past editor of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and Behavior Therapy, as well as founding and current Co-Editor of Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. 

He is also Past-President of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy (1995), the Society of Clinical Psychology (1999), the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (2007), and the Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology (2010). The recipient of several NIMH grant awards, his clinical and research interests range from the study of diverse forms of child psychopathology to the assessment, treatment, and prevention of these child disorders from a social learning/social cognitive theory perspective. 

Dr. Ollendick received an Honorary Doctorate from Stockholm University in 2011 and holds Honorary Adjunct Professor Positons at Roehampton University in London, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and Sydney Institute of Technology in Sydney, Australia. He was awarded the Distinguished Research Contributions to the Field of Clinical Child Psychology in 2007 (APA), the Career/Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in 2013, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Scientific Contributions from the Society of Clinical Psychology (APA) in 2017, and the Aaron T. Beck Lifetime Career Award from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (2019).   

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Bill Hersman, Ph.D.


Bill Hersman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Physics at the University of New Hampshire and a serial inventor and entrepreneur. He founded Xemed LLC in 2004 to commercialize hyperpolarized xenon MRI, a medical imaging technique used for visualizing lung function. With his team at Xemed, he has also contributed to technologies ranging from laser-based defense against ballistic missiles to cryptocurrency trading.

Michael B. Magnavita


Michael B. Magnavita, CPA serves as Managing Officer and CEO of Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU). He served as Chief Executive Officer of State Financial Network Inc. (SFN) and President of State Financial Network Inc. (SFN) of Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, Inc. He served as the Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer for FMFCU. He worked for Arthur Young, which at the time was one of the Big Eight accounting firms in the U.S. In 1987, he began his career with SFN and FMFCU. He is a Board Member of the Delaware County Transportation Management Association, serves as Treasurer on the Board of Good Fellowship Ambulance Company and is a Member of the Finance Council of St. Agnes Parish. He is a Member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from La Salle University.

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