Neuroscience of Psychotherapy Conference: Sept. 15-16, 2017

Sponsored by the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry


Early Registration (before 10:00PM, August 1, 2017) - $275
Registration (after 10:00PM, August 1, 2017) - $350
Reduced Rate for Graduate Students, Postdocs and Residents - $50


The modern era of psychotherapy began over a century ago guided by the assumption that psychological treatments were mediated by changes in the brain. Although we are far from fully understanding the neural basis of enduring change in psychotherapy, recent developments in neuroscience provide a foundation for advancing knowledge in this area.

The purposes of this 2-day conference for researchers and clinicians are: (1) to define a research agenda for the neuroscience of enduring change, (2) acquaint researchers and clinicians with recent basic research findings and their clinical implications,  and (3) discuss the mechanisms of enduring change in psychotherapy from the perspective of the major psychotherapy modalities.

Confirmed Speakers and Topics

 Friday, September 15, 2017 - Basic Science
Lynn Nadel, PhD, University of Arizona: Memory Systems and Dynamics
Ryan Smith, PhD, University of Arizona: Implicit and Explicit Emotion
Ajay B. Satpute, PhD, Pomona College: Construction of Emotional Experience
Merel Kindt, PhD, University of Amsterdam: Emotion-Memory Interactions
Jessica Andrews-Hanna, PhD, University of Arizona: Arousal and the Frontal Lobes
Jessica Payne, PhD, University of Notre Dame: Sleep and Memory Dynamics
Lee Ryan, PhD, University of Arizona: Memory and the Self
Jacek Debiec, MD, PhD, DPhil, MPhil, University of Michigan: Early Life Trauma

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - Applications to Psychotherapy
Les Greenberg, PhD, York University: Emotion Focused Therapy
Edna B. Foa, PhD, University of Pennsylvania: Behavioral Therapy
Michelle G. Craske, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Hanna Levenson, PhD, Wright Institute, Berkeley: Psychodynamic psychotherapy
Rhonda Goldman, PhD, Illinois School of Professional Psychology: Integrative Therapies
Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD, University of Arizona: Synthesis


Information regarding CE and CME credits TBA

The event will be held in the North Ballroom at the University of Arizona Student Union. Parking is included at the Second Street Garage. The tentative schedule for both days is 8am-5pm and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. An evening reception is also included for Friday, September 15th. If you are in need of hotel accommodations, we recommend the Tucson Marriott University Park or Aloft Tucson University.

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For Questions Contact: Dale Schoonover