NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis

NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis NYU Postdoc is the largest psychoanalytic training program in the country. For more info, visit us at https://as.nyu.edu/postdocpsychoanalytic.html

Welcome to Postdoc's page. Please utilize Facebook to keep up with our colloquies and conferences or to learn more about our Program and community. Postdoc began in 1961 and we are known for our commitment to academic freedom, psychoanalytic pluralism, a comparative approach to psychoanalytic theory, dialogue among the various psychoanalytic schools and traditions, respect for the student

as a mature adult and accomplished scholar (all of our students or candidates have previously earned doctoral degrees), and interdisciplinary exchange. We in the "Postdoc community" have always believed that the best atmosphere in which to pursue these principles was in a University setting where there was an established tradition of intellectual inquiry, freedom of thought, conversation with other disciplines, and a commitment to research and unfettered exchange of knowledge and critical scholarship. For more information, see http://postdocpsychoanalytic.as.nyu.edu/page/home


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Predominantly cross-sectional research suggests that self-efficacy may play an important role in women's psychological health after experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). However, few studies ...


Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUDs) co-occur at high rates, with research showing that up to nearly 60% of individuals with PTSD also suffer from an alcohol and/or...


Despite the established association between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and impulsivity, the literature is limited regarding impulsivity as a multifaceted construct. That is, the field's und...


This article summarizes the growing literature on resilience in the face of aversive and potentially traumatic events (PTEs) in three basic axioms: (a) resilience is a common outcome, 2) there are no...


In the United States, 8,000,000 people seek emergency care for traumatic injury annually. Motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) and sexual assault are two common sources of trauma, with evidence that reduc...


The Institute for Trauma-Informed Systems Change (ITISC) facilitated a 2-day, 12-hr trauma-informed workshop, delivered virtually, using the Training for Change curriculum. The workshop took place in...


Individuals with posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) report difficulties engaging with positive autobiographical memories. Extending this line of research, we examined daily-level concurrent and lag...


This is a conceptual overview of a premeeting institute (PMI) I presented at the 39th International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) annual meeting in November 2023 entitled, “A Functiona...


The World Health Organization has published treatment guidelines - Psychological Interventions Implementation Manual - with recommendations that predominantly endorse behavior therapy (BT) and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT). This overlooks the significant evidence supporting other therapeutic approaches, including but not limited to psychodynamic therapy. It's likely that these guidelines will restrict access to those approaches by giving insurers, clinics, and policy makers a justification for denying coverage for all but the mostly short-term, structured and symptom-focused treatments.
The Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN) has drafted a petition to the WHO, asking them to preserve access to evidence-based therapy. Please take a minute to read and consider signing - and share widely.
The petition supports a comprehensive letter to the WHO written by an international group of psychotherapy outcome researchers. We thank the researchers for their letter, and their work in studying therapy outcomes and creating the evidence base that shows the efficacy of psychodynamic therapy.
PsiAN asks that the WHO include psychodynamic therapies in its guidelines and add psychodynamic researchers and experts to its guidelines development group.



The two widely available evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure. Although the U.S. Department of Vetera...


Individuals with posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) often consume alcohol to manage PTSS-related discomfort, which can negatively impact individual and interpersonal functioning. Processes includin...


Over 80% of adults in the general population experience trauma. Rates of patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are high in primary care settings and are likely to be even higher in feder...


Child maltreatment is associated with respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) dysregulation, a physiological indicator of emotion regulation that predicts elevated posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sym...


Despite the proliferation of moral injury studies, a remaining gap is distinguishing moral injury from normative distress following exposure to potentially morally injurious events (PMIEs). Our goal ...


In 2009, a fire occurred in the ABC Day Care Center in Hermosillo, Mexico, that killed and injured many children who were in attendance that day. This study investigated the association between the p...


Prolonged exposure therapy (PE) is a well-established first-line treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is based on emotional processing theory. PE has been rigorously evaluated and ...


Traumatic, life-threatening events are experienced commonly among the general U.S. population, yet Black individuals in the United States (i.e., Black Americans) exhibit higher prevalence rates of po...


In this commentary, I propose that a person-oriented and research-focused approach can stimulate the discussion on the definition of a traumatic stressor and help to refine Criterion A in the Diagnos...


Peer mentorship shows promise as a strategy to support veteran mental health. A community–academic partnership involving a veteran-led nonprofit organization and institutions of higher education eval...


Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with a wide range of health problems and health-compromising behaviors, including drug use, but are understudied in sub-Saharan Africa. Further, so...


In this episode, Tom welcomes back Jamie Ruers to the programme, and they discuss the current Freud Museum exhibition Freud and Latin America, which she curated.


Written exposure therapy (WET) is a brief, manualized trauma-focused treatment typically delivered in five individual weekly sessions. Given the brevity and effectiveness of WET, researchers have beg...


Dimensional models of psychopathology are gaining empirical support and are, thus, increasingly common in research and clinical practice. This is true for traumatic stress studies, although the movem...


When confronted with a traumatic event, people may suffer from adverse posttraumatic outcomes, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or complex PTSD (CPTSD). Positive psychology research has s...


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Divergent conceptualization of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM-5) and International Statistical Classification of D...


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