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Research interests

  1. Exploring dyadic interpersonal dynamics in psychotherapy. I am especially fascinated by the exploration of the intrapersonal processes that take place in both
  2. clients and therapists, and of the interpersonal processes that occur between them, to better understand change mechanisms in psychotherapy. I have been interested in several factors related to the client (e.g., interpersonal patterns, emotional experience, affect), the therapist (e.g., focus of intervention, personal characteristics) and the therapeutic relationship (e.g., interpersonal patterns of the therapeutic bond, working alliance, ruptures). I have designed studies that systematically explore fundamental aspects of Psychodynamic theory (e.g. transference, countertransference, rigidity/flexibility in self/object representations, progression in treatment from dissociation to dialectics).  Together with collaborators I have applied methods developed in dyadic research, such as the Truth & Bias model (T&B; West & Kenny, 2011) and the Actor Partner Interdependence Model (APIM; Kenny & Cook, 1999) which capture the dyadic nature of the therapy relationship and enable analysis of session by session data and the examination of temporal patterns of change in psychotherapy.
  3. Tracing the process of psychotherapy via advanced machine learning techniques. One of the main barriers to psychotherapy process-outcome studies is the limited amount of data available to analyze the process, due to the substantial effort required for human judges to evaluate and code recorded or transcribed sessions. I have been interested in applying computerized coding systems that exploit machine learning and text/audio analysis techniques to enhance the study of process data without losing its depth

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Oct 2007Jun 2012

Award Date: 30 Jun 2012

Master, Tel Aviv University

Oct 1993Jun 1995

Award Date: 30 Jun 1995

Bachelor, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Oct 1989Jun 1992

Award Date: 30 Jun 1992

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