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Empirical Studies Bibliography

For more studies and papers about the effectiveness of psychodynamic treatments, the American Psychoanalytic Association has compiled a comprehensive list of empirical research on this topic on their website.

Interview with Dr. David Pollens

Interview with Dr. David Pollens about the Oliver Burkeman’s essay in the Guardian, “Therapy Wars: the Revenge of Freud” in which Dr. Pollens was quoted. Interview conducted by Kim Kleinman

How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations: audio interview with neuropsychiatrist Dr. Rachel Yehuda on On Being with Krista Tippett

“There is a wisdom in our bodies.” About Dr. Yehuda’s study of epigenetics and the transmission of trauma from one generation to the next. Her studies on the children of Holocaust survivors as well as on the infants born to women who were pregnant during the attacks of September 11 revealed that the children of parents who’d been traumatized are, …

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How to Beat Writer’s Block

In this very intelligently written piece in the New Yorker, Maria Konnikova discusses writer’s block and it’s psychological correlates. She notes that Graham Greene, while in psychotherapy, started a dream journal, something he would come back to to help him with his (infrequent) bouts of writer’s block. She describes research by Barrios and Singer on writer’s block that suggests that, …

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Frontolimbic neural circuit changes in emotional processing and inhibitory control associated with clinical improvement following transference‐focused psychotherapy in borderline personality disorder

This study, just published in the journal Psychiatry and Neurosciences, shows dramatic neurological changes that occurred in response to a trial of psychoanalytic therapy (referred to as “transference-focused psychotherapy” with patients presenting with borderline personality disorder The changes in the brain that were identified correlated with improvements in psychological difficulties associated with borderline personality disorder, especially “affective lability” or the …

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Evaluating Three Treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder: A Multiwave Study

2007 study by Clarkin, Levy, Lenzenweger & Kernberg comparing DBT, a structured transference-focused (i.e., psychodynamic) therapy and supportive therapy in the treatment of 90 patients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. The researchers found that, while all three types of treatment were helpful, the transference-focused therapy was effective in the most domains that were measured (suicidality, irritability, anger, impulsivity, verbal assaultiveness …

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“What We Know” Project

The “What We Know” Project is an online research portal based at Columbia Law School that marks a path-breaking convergence of scholarship, public policy and new media technology [regarding gender and sexuality]. Focusing on several pressing public policy debates, What We Know brings together in one place the preponderance of scholarly evidence that informs these debates so that policymakers, journalists, …

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