Research Center

The Psychotherapy Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital was formed in 1999 to study the process and outcome of psychotherapy empirically.

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J. Stuart Ablon, PhD
Director

Raymond Levy, PsyD
Clinical Director

Carl Marci, MD
Director of Social Neuroscience

John M Kelley, PhD
Director of Biostatistics

Helen Riess, MD
Director of Empathy Research and Training

Ira Lable, MD

Robert Abernathy, MD

Jeremy Nahum, MD

Joshua Roffman, MD

Carolina Seybert, MA
Research Associate

Ingrid Erhardt, MA
Research Associate

Robert W. Bailey
Research Assistant

Emily J. Dunn
Volunteer Assistant in Research

Aine Lorie, PhD
Volunteer Assistant in Research

Karin Hodges, PsyD
Research Associate

Lotte Smith-Hansen, PhD


Robert Abernethy III, MD

Abernethy RS, and Schlozman S. "An Overview of the Psychotherapies," in Stern T, and Herman J. (editors), Psychiatry: Update and Board Preparation, New York, McGraw-Hill, 2000. p.429-432.

Abernethy RS, "A Brief Overview of the Practice of Psychotherapy" in Stern T, Herman J, and Slavin P. (editors), The MGH Guide to Psychiatry in Primary Care, New York, McGraw-Hill, 1998. p. 32-39.

Abernethy RS, "The Integration of Therapies" in Rutan S (editor) Psychotherapy for the 1990s, New York, Guilford Publications, 1992, p. 19-34.

Abernethy RS. "Four More Taboos that May Limit the Success of Psychotherapy," Practical Reviews in Psychiatry, Vol 6, #6, September 1981.

Abernethy RS. "The Therapeutic Alliance in Public Psychiatry: Something is Better than Nothing," Practical Reviews in Psychiatry, Vol 4, #9, December 1979.

 

 

J. Stuart Ablon, PhD

Levy, RA, & Ablon, JS. Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. New Jersey: Humana Press; 2008.

Albani, C, Levy, RA, Ablon, JS, Mertens, W, Kächele, H. Psychotherapie Prozess Q-Set von Enrico E. Jones: Deutsche Version (PQS-R-D) und Anwendungen. Verlag Ulmer Textbank; 2008.

Pole, N, Ablon JS, O’Connor, L. Using psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and control mastery prototypes to predict change: A new look at an old paradigm for long-term single case research. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 2008, 55(2): 221-232.

Bambery M, Porcerelli, JH, Ablon JS. Expert Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioral Clinicians’ Prototypes of Ideal Adolescent Treatment: Development and Applications for Psychotherapy Training, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, in press.

Porcerelli, JH, Dauphin VB, Ablon JS, Leitman S, Bambery M. Psychoanalysis with avoidant personality disorder: A systematic case study. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, March 2007, 44(1): 1-13.

Principe J, Marci CD, Glick D, Ablon JS. The Therapeutic Alliance, Patient Contemplation, and Continuation in Early Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. 2006; 43: 139-141.

Ablon JS, Levy, RA, Katzenstein, T. Beyond brand names of psychotherapy: Identifying empirically supported change processes. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 2006; 43(2), 216-231.

Ablon, JS. Reply to Drs. Blatt and Fonagy. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2005, 53(2).

Ablon, JS, Jones, EE. On analytic process. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2005, 53(2).

Ablon, J.S. & Goodrich, C. Forward: E.E. Jones, Therapeutic Action: A Guide to Psychoanalytic Therapy, 2004, 1-3. Paterson Marsh Ltd, London.

Ablon, J.S. Book Review: P. Fonagy (Ed.), An Open Door Review of Outcome Studies in Psychoanalysis. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2004, 52(2).

Ablon, JS, Marci, CS. Psychotherapy Process: The Missing Link: Comment on Westen, Novotny, and Thompson-Brenner. Psychological Bulletin, 2004; 130(4).

Ablon, JS. Brands of psychotherapy: What's in a name? Curbside Consultant, 2002, 1(3):3.

Pole, N, Ablon, JS, O¹Connor, L. Ideal control mastery technique correlates with change in a single case. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice,Training, 2002; 39(1):88-96.

Ablon JS, Jones EE. Validity of controlled clinical trials of psychotherapy. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2002;159:775-783.

Levy R, Ablon JS. Psychoanalytic research: progress and process. Psychoanalyst Psychologist 2000;23-5.

Ablon JS, Jones EE. Psychotherapy process in the NIMH Collaborative Study of Depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 1999;67:64-75.

Ablon JS, Jones EE. How expert clinicians¹ prototypes of an ideal treatment correlate with outcome in psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Psychotherapy Research 1998;8:71-83.

 

 

John Kelley, PhD

Under Review
Kelley, J. M., Kaptchuk, T. J. (under review). The inferential limits of randomized controlled trials: Implications for research and clinical practice. Contemporary Clinical Trials.

 

Lable, I., Kelley, J. M., Ackerman, J. A., Levy, R., Waldron, S., & Ablon, J. S. (under review). The effect of the couch on psychoanalytic process: An empirical study. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

 

In Press
Cremoni, F., Ziogas, D., Chang, H., Kokkoto, E., Kelley, J. M., Conboy, L., Kaptchuk, T. J., Lembo, A. (in press). Synthesis of placebo effects in gastro-esophageal reflux disease: Meta-analysis of clinical trials. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119878427/issue

 

Dolinsky, B., & Kelley, J. M. (in press). For better or for worse: Using an objective program assessment measure to enhance an undergraduate psychology program. Teaching of Psychology.

 

Kelley, J. M. (in press). Authors’ reply. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies.

 

Kokkoto, E., Conboy, L. A., Quilty, M. T., Kelley, J. M., Davis, R. B., Lembo, A. J., et al. (in press). Serum correlates of the placebo effect in Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Neurogastroenterology and Motility.

 

2010
Conboy, L. A., Macklin, E. A., Kelley, J. M., Kokkoto, E., Davis, R. B., & Kaptchuk, T. J. (2010). Which patients improve: Characteristics increasing sensitivity to a supportive patient-practitioner relationship. Social Science and Medicine, 70(3), 479-484.

 

Kelley, J.M. (2010). Antidepressants: Do they “work” or don’t they? Scientific American: Mind Matters. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=antidepressants-do-they-work-or-dont-they

 

2009
Boulos, P. R., Kelley, J. M., Falcao, M. F., Tremblay, J. F., Davis, R. B., Hatton, M. P., et al. (2009). In the Eye of the Beholder - Skin Rejuvenation with an LED Photomodulation Device. Dermatologic Surgery, 35(2), 229-239.

 

Kaptchuk, T. J., Shaw, J., Kerr, C. E., Conboy, L. A., Kelley, J. M., Csordas, T. J., et al. (2009). Maybe I made up the whole thing: Placebos and patients’ experiences in a randomized controlled trial. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 33, 382-411.

 

Kelley, J. M., Boulos, P. R., Kaptchuk, T. J., & Rubin, P. A. D. (2009). Mirror, mirror on the wall: Placebo effects that exist only in the eye of the beholder. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 15, 292-298.

 

Kelley, J. M., Lembo, A. J., Ablon, J. S., Villanueva, J. J., Conboy, L. A., Levy, R., et al. (2009). Patient and practitioner influences on the placebo effect in irritable bowel syndrome. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71(7), 789-797.

 

Lembo, A. J., Conboy, L. A., Kelley, J. M., Schnyer, R. S., McManus, C., Quilty, M. T., et al. (2009). A treatment trial of acupunture for IBS patients American Journal of Gastroenterology, 104(6), 1489-1497.

 

Passos, M. C. F., Lembo, A. J., Conboy, L. A., Kaptchuk, T. J., Kelley, J. M., Quilty, M. T., et al. (2009). Adequate relief in a treatment trial with IBS patients: A prospective assessment. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 104(4), 912-919.

 

2008
Kaptchuk, T. J., Kelley, J. M., Conboy, L. A., Davis, R. B., Kerr, C. E., Jacobson, E. E., et al. (2008). Components of placebo effect: Randomized controlled trial in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. British Medical Journal, 336, 998-1003.

 

Kaptchuk, T. J., Kelley, J. M., Deykin, A., Wayne, P. M., Lasagna, L. C., Epstein, I. O., et al. (2008). Do “placebo responders” exist? Contemporary Clinical Trials, 29(4), 587-595.

 

Kelley, J. M. (2008). The perils of p-values: Why tests of statistical significance impede the progress of research. In J. S. Ablon & R. Levy (Eds.), Handbook of Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice (pp. 367-378). Totowa, New Jersey: Humana/Springer Press.

 

Kelley, J. M. (2008). The Relation between Motivational Concordance and Response Expectancy Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 65(5), 415-416.

 

Kerr, C. E., Shaw, J. R., Wasserman, R. H., Chen, V. W., Kanojia, A., Bayer, T., & Kelley, J. M. (2008). Tactile acuity in experienced Tai Chi practitioners: Evidence for use dependent plasticity as an effect of sensory-attentional training. Experimental Brain Research, 188(2), 317-322.

 


Prior to 2008
Blais, M. A., Kelley, J. M., & Holdwick, D. J. (2001). The perceived clarity and understandability of the DSM-IV personality disorder criteria sets. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 42, 466-470.

 

Hatton, M. P., Kelley, J. M., & Rubin, P. A. D. (2006). Symmetry in healing after bilateral eyelid surgery. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 22(4), 266-268.

 

Kelley, J.M. (2002). A Dialectical Approach to the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Practical Reviews in Psychiatry, 26.

 

Kelley, J.M. (2004). What does statistical significance really mean? Practical Reviews in Psychiatry, 28.

 

Luu, P., Kelley, J. M., & Levitin, D. J. (2001). Consciousness: A preparatory and comparative process. In P. G. Grossenbacher (Ed.), Finding Consciousness in the Brain: A Neurocognitive Approach. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

 

Wolfe, J., Brown, P., & Kelley, J. M. (1983). Reformulating war stress: Exposure and the Persian Gulf. Journal of Social Issues, 49, 14-31.

 

Wolfe, J., Kelley, J. M., Bucsela, M., & Mark, W. (1992). The Fort Devens Reunion Survey: Report of Phase I [Report submitted to U.S. Congress]. Washington, DC.

 

Dissertations and Theses
Kelley, J. M. (1997). The genetic architecture of personality variation: Simplicity or complexity? Doctoral Dissertation, University of Oregon.

 

Kelley, J. M. (1993). Sex differences in depression: Gender roles as predictors of self-serving and self-defeating biases. Master’s Thesis, University of Oregon.

 

Kelley, J. M. (1983). The Deirdre legend through time: A comparison of the oldest survival with Yeats’ modern retelling. Honors thesis. Harvard University.

Kaptchuk TJ, Kelley JM, Deykin A, Wayne PM, Lasagna LC, Epstein IO, et al. Do "placebo responders" exist? Contemporary Clinical Trials in press.

Kelley JM. The Relation between Motivational Concordance and Response Expectancy. Journal of Psychosomatic Research in press.

Kelley JM, Boulos PR, Kaptchuk TJ, Rubin PAD. Mirror, mirror on the wall: Placebo effects that exist only in the eye of the beholder. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice in press.

Kerr CE, Shaw JR, Wasserman RH, Chen VW, Kanojia A, Bayer T, Kelley JM. Tactile acuity in experienced Tai Chi practitioners: Evidence for use dependent plasticity as an effect of sensory-attentional training. Experimental Brain Research in press.

Boulos PR, Kelley JM, Falcao MF, Hatton MP, Kaptchuk TJ, Rubin PAD. In the Eye of the Beholder - Skin Rejuvenation with an LED Photomodulation Device. Dermatologic Surgery in press.

Passos MCF, Lembo AJ, Conboy LA, Kaptchuk TJ, Kelley JM, Quilty MT, et al. Adequate relief in a treatment trial with IBS patients: A prospective assessment. American Journal of Gastroenterology in press.

Kaptchuk TJ, Kelley JM, Conboy LA, Davis RB, Kerr C E, Jacobson EE, et al. Components of placebo effect: Randomized controlled trial in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. British Medical Journal 2008; 336, 998-1003.

Kelley JM. The perils of p-values: Why tests of statistical significance impede the progress of research. In: Ablon JS, Levy R, editors. Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Totowa, New Jersey: Humana/Springer Press; 2008. p. 367-378.

Kelley, J.M. (2003). The Power of the Placebo. AB Insight Magazine. January 2003.

Kelley, J.M.(2002). A Dialectical Approach to the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Practical Reviews in Psychiatry, 26.

 

 

Raymond Levy, PsyD

Levy, RA, & Ablon, JS. Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. New Jersey: Humana Press; 2008.

Albani, C, Levy, RA, Ablon, JS, Mertens, W, Kächele, H. Psychotherapie Prozess Q-Set von Enrico E. Jones: Deutsche Version (PQS-R-D) und Anwendungen. Verlag Ulmer Textbank; 2008.

Ablon, J.S., Levy, R.A., & Katzenstein, T. "Beyond Brand Names of Psychotherapy: Empirical Validation of Change Processes." In process. 2005.

Levy, R. "Psychotherapy With an Adult Adoptee". Review of Psychiatry. 2002;26(7).

Levy, R., & Ablon, J.S. "Psychoanalytic research: progress and process". Psychoanalyst Psychologist. 2000;XX(1):23-25.

 

 

 

Carl Marci, MD

Marci CD, Ham J, Moran EK, Orr SP. Physiologic Concordance, Empathy, and Social-Emotional Process during Psychotherapy. Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease. 2007;195:103-111.

Marci CD, Orr SP. The Effects of Emotional Distance on Psychophysiologic Concordance and Perceived Empathy Between Patient and Interviewer. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 2006; 31:115-128.

Principe J, Marci CD, Glick D, Ablon JS. The Therapeutic Alliance, Patient Contemplation, and Continuation in Early Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. 2006; 43: 139-141.

Rauch SL, Milad MR, Marci CD, Roffman JL, Pitman RK. Fear Conditioning Models and Psychoanalysis: From Theory to Treatment. Neuro-Psychoanalysis. 2005; 7: 157-161.

Marci, CD., Riess, H. The clinical relevance of psychophysiology: Support for the psychobiology of empathy and psychodynamic process. American Journal of Psychotherapy. 2005; 59:213-226.

Roffman JL, Marci CD, Glick DM, Dougherty DD, Rauch SL. Neuroimaging and the Functional Neuroanatomy of Psychotherapy. Psychological Medicine. 2005; 35:1-14.

Ablon JS, Marci CD. Psychotherapy Process: The Missing Link. Comment on Weston, Novotny and Thompson- Brenner. Psychological Bulletin. 2004; 130:664-668.

Marci CD , Moran EK, Orr SP. Physiologic Evidence for the Interpersonal Role of Laughter During Psychotherapy. J Nervous Mental Disorders. 2004; 192:689-695.

Dougherty DD, Rauch SL, Deckersbach T, Marci CD, Loh R, Shin LM, Alpert NM, Fischman AJ, Fava M. Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex and Amygdala Dysfunction During Anger Induction Positron Emission Tomography Study in Patients with Major Depression with Anger Attacks. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2004; 61:795-804.

 

 

 

Jeremy Nahum, MD

Boston Change Process Study Group. Forms of Relational Meaning. Reply to Commentaries. (2008). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 18:197202, 2008Boston Change Process Study Group. Forms of Relational Meaning: Issues in the Relations Between the Implicit and Reflective/Verbal Domains. (2008). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 18:125148, 2008

Boston Change Process Study Group. The Foundational Level of Psychodynamic Meaning: Implicit Process in Relation to Conflict, Defense, and the Dynamic Uncomscious. (2007). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 88: 1-16

Boston Change Process Study Group. Response to Commentaries. (2005). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 53, 3, 761-769.

Boston Change Process Study Group. The Something More than interpretation Revisited: Sloppiness and Co-Creativity in the Psychoanalytic Encounter. 2005. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 53, 3, 693-729.

Jeremy P. Nahum, M.D.. Review of Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Co-constructing Interactions. By Beatrice Beebe and Frank Lachmann. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press. 2002. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2003, 84: 782-787.

Boston Change Process Study Group. Explicating the Implicit: The Local Level and the Microprocess of Change in the Analytic Situation. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2002, 83: 1051-1062.

 

 

 

Helen Riess, MD

Riess, H, Herman, JB. Teaching the teachers: A model course for psychotherapy supervisors. Academic Psychiatry 2008; 32:259-264.

Marci CD, Riess H. The Neurobiology and Physiology of Empathy: Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, R Levy and JS Ablon, eds. Brunner-Routledge, New York, 2008.

Riess, H, Marci CD. The neurobiology and physiology of the patientdoctor Relationship: Measuring Empathy. Medical Encounter. 2007; 21:38-39.

Marci CD, Riess H. The importance of empathy in the patient-clinician relationship. Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies Quarterly Newsletter. 2007; Spring Quarterly: 3-4.

Marci CD, Riess, H. Empathy and the patient-Doctor Relationship. The Curbside Consultant. 2006; 4(7): 3-4.

Riess H, Marci CD. A New Course for Enhancing Patient-Physician Communication Using Physiologic Measurements of Empathy. Harvard Medical School Medical Education Day, Book of Abstracts. The Academy and the Program in Medical Education at Harvard Medical School 2005; 57.

Marci, C., Riess, H. The clinical relevance of psychophysiology: Support for the psychobiology of empathy and psychodynamic process. American Journal of Psychotherapy. 2005; 59:213-226.

Riess H. Integrative time-limited group therapy for bulimia nervosa. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy 2002; 52:1; 1-26.

Riess H, Rutan JS. Group therapy for eating disorders: a step-wise approach. Group 1992;16:79-83.

Riess, H. Dockray-Miller, M. Integrative Group Treatment for Bulimia Nervosa. New York: Columbia University Press. 2002.

Riess H. Time-limited Groups: Containing Contagion in Complex Dilemmas in Group Psychotherapy, L Motherwell and J Shay, eds. Brunner-Routledge, New York, 2004.

Riess, H. Group Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders in Psychotherapy for the 1990’s, J. S. Rutan, ed. Guilford Publications, New York, NY, 1992.

Gordon C, Riess, H. Psychodynamic Formulation as a Collaborative Conversation. Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2005; 13:112-123.

Riess, H, Fishel, AK. The necessity of continuing education for psychotherapy supervisors. Academic Psychiatry, 24:3, Fall 2000.

 

 

 

 

Joshua Roffman, MD

Donovan AL, Roffman JL, Iosifescu DV, Scharf JM, Stern TA. The anxiety disorders: Clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. In: Biller J, ed., The Interface of Neurology & Internal Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2008: 958-964.

Morrow EM, Roffman JL, Wolf DH, Coyle JT. Psychiatric neuroscience: Incorporating pathophysiology into clinical case formulation. In: Stern TA, Rosenbaum JF, Fava M, Biederman J, Rauch SL, eds, Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Clinical Psychiatry. Philadelphia: Mosby/Elsevier. 2008; 543-564.

Roffman JL, Fava M. Diagnostic rating scales and psychiatric instruments. In: Stern TA, Rosenbaum JF, Fava M, Biederman J, Rauch SL, eds, Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Clinical Psychiatry. Philadelphia: Mosby/Elsevier. 2008; 79-90.

Roffman JL, Gerber AJ. Neural models of psychodynamic concepts and treatments: Implications for psychodynamic psychotherapy. In: Levy R, Ablon JS eds, Handbook of Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Totowa: Springer Press. 2008.

Roffman JL, Marci CD, Glick DM, Dougherty DD, Rauch SL. Neuroimaging and the functional neuroanatomy of psychotherapy. Psychol Med 2005; 35:1385-1398.

Rauch SL, Milad MR, Marci CD, Roffman JL, Pitman R. Fear conditioning models and psychoanalysis: From theory to treatment: Commentary on "Integrating the psychoanalytic and neurobiological views of panic disorder." Neuropsychoanalysis 2005; 7:157-161.

Roffman JL. Psychotherapy and the brain: New perspectives from neuroimaging. Practical Reviews Psychiatry 28 (audio). 2004.

 

 

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