Joseph Sandler Psychoanalytic Research Conference 2018

Joseph Sandler  Psychoanalytic Research  Conference 2018
Outcome Research and the Future of Psychoanalysis
 Joseph Sandler ?Psychoanalytic Research ?Conference 2018??OUTCOME RESEARCH AND ?THE FUTURE OF PSYCHOANALYSIS

Joseph Sandler
Psychoanalytic Research
Conference 2018




 When: Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6


Where: The Saban Research Institute at Children’s      Hospital Los Angeles, 4661 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles


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Program  2018


Friday, May 4



2.00 pm                      Registration


2.15 - 3.00 pm Greetings and Welcome

Esther Dreifuss-Kattan, NCP Los Angeles

Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Vice Chair of IRB, Frankfurt a.M

Bradley Peterson,  USC and CHLA Los Angeles

Mark Solms, Cape Town, Chair of the IRB

Harriet Wolfe, President of the APsaA, San Francisco


Chair: Rogério Lerner, São Paulo


3.00 - 3.45 pm           The Efficacy of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

                                   Jonathan Shedler,  Denver


3.45 - 4.15 pm           Clinical Psychoanalysis and Outcome Research

                                   Mark  Solms, Cape Town


4.15 -4-45 pm            Tea Break


Chair:  tbc


4.45 – 5.30 pm           Comparative Outcome Studies in Psychotherapy

                                   John Clarkin, New York


5.30 – 6.15 pm           Emotions in Psychodynamic Process and Outcome Research

                                   Manfred Beutel, Mainz


6.15 – 7.15 pm           Discussion from a Clinical Perspective with questions from the floor       

                                   Clara Schejtman, Buenos Aires

7.15 – 8.00 pm           Reception/ Light supper  


Public Lecture


8.00 – 9.00 pm           Chair: tbc


                                    The Nature of Feelings and Their Consequences
Antonio Damasio, Los Angeles (USA)


Saturday, May 5


Chair:  Charles Fischer, San Francisco


9.00 - 9.45 am            Psychodynamic Therapy as Efficacious as Treatments Established in Efficacy ? A Meta-analysis

                                   Falk Leichsenring, Giessen


9.45 - 10.15 am          Discussion from a Clinical and Cultural Perspective

                                   Harriet Wolfe, San Francisco


10.15 - 11.00 am        Can Neuroscience Contribute to Outcome Studies in Psychotherapy?

                                   Bradley Peterson, Los Angeles


11.00 - 11.30 am        Coffee break


                                    Chair: Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber


11.30 - 12.00 am        Discussion from a Clinical Perspective

Robert N. Emde, Denver


12.00 – 1.00 pm         Panel with all the speakers of the morning and two Fellows of the Research Training Program


1.00 – 2.30 pm           Lunch break & poster viewing 


2.30 - 6.00 pm           Parallel panels  (call for papers)


                           Chair: tbc


Panel 1:                      Critical Thinking and Research in Psychoanalytic Education
Linda Goodman
, Joshua Pretsky, & Morris Eagle, NCP, Los Angeles


6:15 pm                     Reception and Dinner with Music





Sunday, March 6



Chair:  Susana Vinocur Fischbein, Buenos Aires


9.00 - 9.45 am            An Innovative, Scientific, Clinically-sensitive Approach to Psychoanalytic

                                   Process-Outcome Research

                                   Juan Pablo Jimenez, Santiago de Chile


9.45 - 10.30 am          Discussion:  Simone Hauck, Porto Alegre

10.30 - 11.00 am        Coffee break


11.00 - 11.45 am        The LAC Depression Study: a Comparative Outcome Study

                                    Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Frankfurt a.M.


11.45 -12.15 pm        Discussion from a Clinical Perspective and an Illustrated  Case Vignette

Esther Dreifuss-Kattan, Los Angeles


12.30 - 1.30 pm         Chairs: Mark Solms, Bradley Peterson


Final Panel




Venue: The Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

4661 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California


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Conference Fees


March 15, 2018

Registration after

March 15, 2018

Full Conference Registration with CE/CME credits



Full Conference Registration without CE/CME



Full Conference Registration : Clinical Associates,
Interns and Residents with CE/CME credits



Single Day Conference Registration



Day Ticket for Students without CE/CME credit





Cancellation until March 1, 2018:                 100% refund

Cancellation from March 1-April 15:               50% refund

Cancellation after April 15, 2018                  no refund


Manfred E. Beutel, M.D., is Professor and Director of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University Medical Center Mainz, Germany.  He served as president of the German College of Psychosomatic Medicine and vice dean of research at the medical faculty. Among numerous international awards, Dr. Beutel has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at Cornell University, NYC, and he has been a member of the faculty of the Research Training Program. He is a psychoanalyst, founder and director of the university-based training institute for psychodynamic psychotherapy WePP in Mainz. Dr. Beutel has conducted numerous randomized trials of psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, with depression, anxiety disorder, cancer and cardiovascular disease, including psychodynamic online interventions, and he has edited training manuals of psychodynamic short-term treatments. His research covers issues of protective and risk factors of mental disorders (including behavioral addiction and paraphilias) and their relationships with gender, health behavior, somatic disease and biomedical factors in large-scale epidemiological studies. He has chaired the development of National guidelines for anxiety disorders, and he is a member of the stirring committee of the Gutenberg Health Study, a major population-based longitudinal cohort trial.


John F. Clarkin, Ph.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City. He serves as the Co-Director of the Personality Disorders Institute (PDI) of the NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, the university hospital of Cornell and Columbia. Dr. Clarkin is a past president of the international Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR), and he has served on study groups at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He has been on the faculty of the Research Training Program of the International Psychoanalytic Association since 1997. Dr. Clarkin’s research activities have focused on the phenomenology and treatment of patients with personality disorders and bipolar disorder. He is the author of multiple articles and books on psychopathology, assessment, and differential treatment planning for the personality disorders. He has worked with Dr. Otto Kernberg and the interdisciplinary members of the PDI since 1980 in a concentrated effort to empirically investigate the phenomenology and neurocognitive functioning in patients with borderline personality disorder, and utilize these findings in a focused treatment approach. With Dr. Clarkin’s direction, an object relations treatment for borderline personality organization, Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP), has been written in treatment manual form and demonstrated to be effective in a pilot investigation and two randomized controlled trials, one in New York City and the other across sites in Munich and Vienna (see for details). TFP, a manualized and empirically supported treatment, is now taught and practiced in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.


Antonio Damasio, M.D., is the David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Philosophy and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Trained as both neurologist and neuroscientist, Damasio has made seminal contributions to the understanding of brain processes underlying emotions, feelings, and consciousness. His work on the role of affect in decision-making has made a major impact in neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and has been named “Highly Cited Researcher” by the Institute for Scientific Information, and is regarded as one of the most eminent psychologists of the modern era.  Damasio is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has received numerous prizes, among them the Grawemeyer Award [2014] and the Honda Prize [2010], the Asturias Prize in Science and Technology [2005], and the Nonino [2003], Signoret [2004] and Pessoa [1992] Prizes. He holds Honorary Doctorates from several leading Universities, some shared with his wife Hanna, e.g. the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne [EPFL], 2011 and the Sorbonne [Université Paris Descartes], 2015. Damasio has discussed his research and ideas in several books, among them Descartes’ Error, The Feeling of What Happens, Looking for Spinoza and Self Comes to Mind, which are translated and taught in universities worldwide.

(For more information go to the Brain and Creativity Institute website at


Esther Dreifuss-Kattan, Ph.D., the president of the New Center for Psychoanalysis in  Los Angeles, a senior faculty member and a member of the Program Committee. She holds PhD in psychooncology/art therapy and a PhD in Psychoanalysis. Her book: Cancer Stories: Creativity and self-repair was published by the Analytic Press. Her newest book published by Routledge in 2016 is called: Art and Mourning: The role of creativity in healing trauma and loss. It addresses the creative mourning work of different, mostly Modernists artists such as Paul Klee, Rene Magritte, Lucian Freud, Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Giacometti and others. Her book in progress: Cancer and Creativity: A guide to therapeutic transformation, is being written in collaboration with six artists/cancer survivors and will be published by Routledge in Spring 2018. She leads an art based support group for adult cancer patients and survivors at the Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology and   sees her private patients in her office in Beverly Hills. Dreifuss-Kattan is also a practicing, exhibiting artist and curator of art exhibitions. For more information:


Morris N. Eagle, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies. Former President of the Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association. Recipient of Sigourney Award, 2009

Co-chair (with Linda Goodman) of Research Education Section of the Department of Psychoanalytic Education,  American Psychoanalytic Association. Co-chair (with Linda Goodman) of Research Committee, New Center for Psychoanalysis. Most recent books (To appear November, 2017; Routledge) 1. Core concepts of classical psychoanalytic theory: Clinical and research evidence and conceptual critiques. 2. Core concepts of contemporary psychoanalytic theory: Clinical and research evidence and conceptual critiques. He is in private practice in Los Angeles


Robert M. Emde is now Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, and Consultant at the Centers for American Indian and Native American Health at the Colorado School of Public Health.  He currently serves as co-director of the faculty for the IPA’s Research Training Program, and was one of its founding members. His CV lists over 300 publications in the fields of early socio-emotional development, sleep research, infant mental health, diagnostic classification, early moral development, evaluation of early childhood intervention, psychoanalysis, behavioral genetics, and research education.  He graduated from Dartmouth College, and then from Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons (M.D. 1960), subsequently completing his residency in psychiatry and his psychoanalytic training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Over the course of his career, he has served as the leader of four international multidisciplinary research organizations and as editor or associate editor of 3 major journals.  He has mentored a significant number of postdoctoral fellows and NIH career scientist awardees in his Program for Early Developmental Studies, many of whom have since achieved senior tenured faculty positions.  He has lectured in 23 countries outside of the US and has received recent awards, including those from the World Association for Infant Mental Health, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the American College of Psychoanalysts, the Colorado Psychiatric Society and the Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health.  He has also been designated as Honorary President of the World Association for Infant Mental Health and as Honorary Member of the Sigmund Freud Institute in Frankfurt.


Charles Fischer is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and a Personal and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California.  He is Chair of the Fund for Psychoanalytic Research and Deputy Director of the Science Department within the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA). He co-chairs the Department of Psychoanalytic Education Study Group on Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience within APsaA and serves on the Research Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association.  His current research interest is in the theoretical and clinical applications of methods derived from a study of dream interpreting practices within an indigenous group in the Amazon rainforest.


Linda Goodman, PhD co-chaired the APsaA’s Annual Research Poster Session for over 10 years, and currently co-chairs APsaA’s Research Education Section.  As President of the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute she fostered the successful merger of LAPSI and SCPSI, and served as Inaugural Co-president of the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP).   She has chaired or co-chaired NCP’s Research Committee for many years.  She is a senior faculty member of NCP and has a private practice in West Los Angeles.


Simone Hauck, M.D., is an assistant professor at the Psychiatric Department of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil. She is also a permanent professor at the Post-graduation Psychiatry and Behaviour Science Program at the same university, and professor and supervisor at the Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre’s Psychiatry Residence Program and at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Post-graduation Course. I am the current president of the Centro de Estudos Luis Guedes. Her current main areas of interest are Psychoanalysis, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, trauma and public health. She worked for 8 years (2004-2012) as a preceptor of the medical residence in psychiatry at the Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre (HCPA), working in assistance, teaching and research with a focus in the areas of psychotherapy, inter-consultation and trauma. Dr Hauck has published widely, particularly articles on resilience, trauma and intervention proposals adapted to the public network.  


Juan Pablo Jimenez is Professor of Psychiatry, Universidad de Chile, Doctor of Medicine, University of Ulm, Germany. Training and supervising analyst, Chilean Psychoanalytic Association. Senior researcher, Millennium Institut for Research on Depression and Personality, MIDAP. Founder, ex Director (2005-2013) and Professor of the PhD program in Psychotherapy Research, joint program between the University of Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and University of Heidelberg. Ex Director of the Department of Psychiatry East, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile (2000-2013). Ex President (1994-1998), Chilean Psychoanalytic Association. Ex Member of the IPA Council as Latin American representative (1994-1996). Ex President of the Latin American Psychoanalytic Federation, FEPAL (2006-2008). Ex Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1985-1986) and Scientific Collaborator, Department of Psychotherapy, University of Ulm, Germany (1987-1990). Co-founder and first President of the South American Chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (1992-1994). Member of the Program Committee. Berlin 45th IPA Congress (2005-2007). Member of the Research Advisory Board, International Psychoanalytic Association (1994-2007). Member of the Conceptual Integration Committee, International Psychoanalytic Association (2008-2012). Visiting Professor, University College London (2007-2015). Member of the Faculty, Research Training Program, International Psychoanalytic Association (2007-2014). 


Falk Leichsenring,  D.Sc., is professor of psychotherapy research in the department of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at the University of Giessen. He is a psychologist, a training and supervising analyst (DGPT). Falk Leichsenring has carried out several randomized control trials and meta-analyses on the efficacy of psychodynamic therapy. He has developed treatment manuals for anxiety disorders, depressive disorders obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorders. The focus of his research he is on the evidence base of psychodynamic therapy.  Falk Leichsenring has published numerous articles in research journals, as well as books and book chapters. He was awarded the Heigl-Award for Psychotherapy Research (2005) , the Hamburg Prize for Research on Personality Disorders (2006) and the Adolf-Ernst-Meyer-Award  (2011) for Psychotherapy Research.


Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Ph.D., director in charge of the Sigmund-Freud-Institute in Frankfurt a.M., Germany (2001-2016) and   professor emerita for psychoanalysis at the University of Kassel.  Senior Scientist at the University of Mainz, member of the Scientific Board of the Center for Individual Development and Adaptive Education of the Excellency Initiative of the State of Hessen.She is training and supervising analyst of the German Psychoanalytical Association, the Swiss Psychoanalytical Society and the International Psychoanalytical Association. She received the Mary Sigourney Award, 2016. In October 2017 she receives the Haskell Norman Prize for Excellence in Psychoanalysis in San Francisco. 2001-2009:  Chair of the Research Subcommittees for Conceptual Research of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and since 2009 Vice Chair for Europe of the Research Board der IPA. She is engaged in the editorial board of several journals. She attemps to integrate clinical and extraclinical research in psychoanalysis. Further research fields are psychoanalytical developmental research, prevention studies, interdisciplinary dialogue between psychoanalysis and literature, educational sciences and the neurosciences. She has published more than 300 articles and authored or edited 50 books. Currently she is responsible for several large research projects e.g. the multicentric LAC Depression study, the EVA Study (evaluation of to psychoanalytic prevention projects for “children- at-risk”; FIRST STEPS- a prevention project for migrant families and STEP-BY STEP, a pilot project for supporting refugees in a first arrival institution.


Bradley Peterson, M.D.,.is the Director of the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and University of Southern California. He is also Vice Chair for Research and Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine. He previously was a faculty member at the Yale Child Study Center and then at Columbia University, where he was the founding Director of MRI Research and the Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He trained in adult and child psychoanalysis at Yale and Columbia. His research uses brain imaging technologies to understand the origins of neuropsychiatric disorders, mapping the influences that confer risk for illness or protect against it, trigger illness onset or progression, compensate for its presence, or mediate effective treatments. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and 25 book chapters or invited reviews. He has mentored a dozen graduate and medical students and 45 postdoctoral fellows and junior research faculty members.


Joshua Pretsky, M.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the David Geffen School of Medicine and the president of the Psychiatry Clinical Faculty Association at UCLA. He is a faculty member at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, where he is former chair of the Research Committee. Dr. Pretsky teaches the empirical basis of psychodynamic psychotherapy to psychiatric trainees, psychotherapy students and psychoanalytic candidates. A Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and former Fellow of the Yale-New Haven Psychoanalytic Research Training Program, he maintains a private practice in mid-city Los Angeles.


Jonathan Shedler, Ph.D., is known internationally as an author, consultant, and master clinician and teacher. His article The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy won worldwide acclaim for firmly establishing psychodynamic therapy as an evidence-based treatment. His research and writing are shaping contemporary views of personality patterns and disorders. He is author of the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP) and numerous scholarly and scientific articles. Dr. Shedler lectures and leads workshops for professional audiences around the globe, consults on psychological issues to U.S. and international government agencies, and provides expert clinical consultation by teleconference to mental health professionals worldwide.  Dr. Shedler is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and former Director of Psychology at the University of Colorado Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Department.

Clara Shejtman is Permanent Professor, Child Developmental Psychology, University of Buenos Aires; Professor of Children and Adolescents Clinical Psychology at University Belgrano (Buenos Aires); Director of research projects and University Community Programs, University of Buenos Aires; Professor in the Children and Adolescent postgraduate specialization, University of Buenos Aires and in IUSAM, APDEBA.  Ex Director of research projects IPA Research advisory board. Member of the faculty, Research Training Program, IPA. She is a Training  and supervising analyst and Children and Adolescents specialist in the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association. She is in private practice with infants, children, adolescents, adults and families; and private supervision of candidates.  Additionally, she is Permanent Professor. Child   Developmental Psychology. Director research projects and  University Communitary  Programs, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Trainining analyst and Children and adolescents specialist in the Argentine Psychoanalytyc Association. Supervisor at different institution and clinical practice.

Research Prizes: Best poster IPA congress Rio de Janeiro, 2005, Best research paper, IPA Congress, Prague, 2013. Ex Research Chair, FEPAL (Latin American Psychoanalytic  Federation). Reviewer research projects at the IPA and at the PhD program University of Buenos Aires.  Author of numerous peer reviewed publications most of them on psychoanalytic understanding of psychic structure, development and infant mental health. Books: “Infancy, Psychoanalysis and Research “, 2008, Akadia Ed.  Chapter Oedipus Complex and psychic constitution in today´s culture in book: Subjetividad y Aparato Psíquico. University of Buenos Aires Editors, Eudeba, 2016. Chapter Oedipus Complex and psychic constitution today´s culture in book: Subjetividad y Aparato Psíquico. University Press Eudeba,2016.


Mark Solms holds the Chair of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital. His book The Brain and the Inner World was translated into 12 languages. His selected papers were published recently as The Feeling Brain. Mark Solms  was born in 1961. He was educated at Pretoria Boys’ School and the University of the Witwatersrand. He emigrated to England in 1988. There he worked at University College London and the Royal London Hospital, while he specialised further at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. He returned to South Africa in 2002, and now holds the Chair of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital. He is an 'A' rated researcher by the National Research Foundation and recipient of numerous prizes and honours, including the Sigourney Prize. He has published 350 articles in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals, and he has authored eight books. The Brain and the Inner World was translated into 12 languages. His selected papers were published recently as The Feeling Brain. He is the editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols) and Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols). 


Susana Vinocur Fischbein, Ph.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, Argentine Psychoanalytic Association (APA); Qualified Child and Adolescent Analyst, APA, IPA. PhD in Clinical Psychology Buenos Aires National University (UBA). Chair of the Editorial Committee of the Revista de Psicoanálisis, APA.Member of the Editorial APA Committee. Professor of the APA Psychoanalytic Institute “Angel Garma”. Invited Lecturer at the School of Psychology, UBA. Former Chair of the Research and Epistemology in Psychoanalysis Committee, APA. Former Secretary of the Publications Committee, APA. Former Member of the Revista de Psicoanálisis, APA Editorial Committee. Fellow of the Research Training Program (RTP), International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). Member of the Research Committee, RTP/Sandler Conference Sub-Committee, IPA. Member of the Latin American Psychoanalytic Federation ( FEPAL) Research Committee. She served as member of the IPA Conceptual,Clinical and Theoretic-Conceptual Sub-Committees. Fellow of the Int. J. Psychoanal. College; Associate Book Review Editor, Int. J. Psychoanal. She was awarded the Tycho Prize at the IPA Congress, Chicago 2009. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers, several book chapters and invited reviews. Her writings predominantly deal with clinical issues, dream theories, language and thought, and the contributions of semiotics and linguistic pragmatics to psychoanalysis. She maintains  private practice with adolescents and adults.


Harriet Wolfe, M.D., is President of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA).  She is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSF School of Medicine and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP).  In San Francisco she supervises and teaches psychiatry residents, analytic candidates and junior faculty at UCSF and SFCP.  She has worked within APsaA to reinvigorate APsaA’s commitment to and participation in psychoanalytic research.  She chaired a research summit in July 2015 after the IPA Boston Congress to explore collaborations among psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic researchers from the U.S. and abroad.  She is working with Mark Solms, the head of the APsaA Science Department, to develop a plan to actively support psychoanalytic research as well as mentor and encourage young researchers. She lectures and writes on psychoanalysis and organizational change.



5/4/2018 - 5/6/2018
LOS ANGELES United States