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

Sponsored by the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry


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 is to define a research agenda for the neuroscience of enduring change, acquaint researchers and clinicians with recent basic research findings and their clinical implications,  and 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
Lisa Barrett Feldman, PhD, Northeastern University: Construction of Emotional Experience
Merel Kindt, PhD: Emotion/Memory Interactions
Jessica Andrews-Hanna, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder: 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: CBT
Hanna Levenson, PhD, Wright Institute: Psychodynamic psychotherapy
Rhonda Goldman, PhD, Illinois School of Professional Psychology: Integrative Therapies
Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD, University of Arizona: Synthesis


For Questions Contact: Dale Schoonover

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