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

How does psychotherapy bring about change in mental health?  Clarity about the core mechanisms that explain how enduring change occurs can be of great benefit to researchers and clinicians. While every practitioner develops particular techniques and theories that are often effective, these may not work or may not apply to a given patient.

This conference will focus on the core mechanisms of change that apply to all major modalities of therapy as described in a recent paper in a leading neuroscience journal. By better understanding how therapy works, clinicians will be able to take a fresh look at how they do therapy and potentially make changes to more effectively help patients to change. Emphasis will be placed on linking basic science to clinical application and examining the implications for clinical practice of this new model of enduring change.

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, Northeastern University: Construction of Emotional Experience
Joseph Dunsmoor, PhD, University of Texas at Austin: 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.

Parking Information    

Cancellation Policy
Refunds for cancellations prior to September 1, 2017 will be minus a 12.5% administrative fee.  No refunds for cancellations after September 1, 2017 or for no-shows.

Your registration fee for this event(s) does not qualify as a tax deductible donation.


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