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Effectiveness of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies
Psychoanalysis and…Psychoanalysis in the News On-Line Resources about Psychoanalysis
The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy by Jonathan Schedler (2009). American Psychologist
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: what’s the evidence? a literature review from the British Psychoanalytic Council, 2015
The Effectiveness of Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Meta-Analysis. by Falk Leichsenring and Sven Rabung (2008). in JAMA
The scientific legacy of Sigmund Freud: Toward a psychodynamically informed psychological science. by Drew Westen (1998). Psychoanalytic Inquiry
Focal psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavior therapy and optimized treatment as usual in outpatients with anorexia nervosa: a randomized controlled study by Stephan Zipfel et al. in The Lancet (2014).
The empirical status of psychodynamic psychotherapy – an update: Bambi’s alive and kicking by Falk Liebensring, F. Leweke, H. Klein & C. Steinert in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, v. 84 (3), 2014
The current state of the empirical evidence for psychoanalysis: a meta-analytic approach by S. de Maat et al., Harvard Review of Psychiatry, v. 21 (3), 2013.
Despite procedural limitations in the research on psychoanalysis, this meta-analysis – perhaps the only one analyzing research on psychoanalysis proper, found “empirical evidence for pre/post changes in psychoanalysis patients with complex mental disorders.”
Changes in pre-frontal limbic function in major depression after 15 months of long-term psychotherapy by Anna Buchheim et al., in PLOS-One, 2012
This study found neurological changes in patients undergoing long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, changes that correlated with reduced depression.
Comparison of cognitive-behaviour therapy with psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy for depressed patients – a three-year follow-up study by D. Huber et al. in Zeitschrift für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie, 2012, 58(3).
Cognitive-behavioral therapy versus other therapies: Redux by T. Baardseth et al. in Clinical Psychology Review, v. 33(3), 2013.
A meta-analytic study concluding that “[t]here were no differences between CBT treatments and bona fide non-CBT treatments across disorder-specific and non-disorder specific symptom measures. These analyses, in combination with previous meta-analytic findings, fail to provide corroborative evidence for the conjecture that CBT is superior to bona fide non-CBT treatments.”
A special edition of Contemporary Psychoanalysis on Research supporting Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic treatments.
A Tale of Two Therapies by Steph Yin (2015). Motherboard.com
“[M]any psychodynamic proponents argue that evidence-based assessments might lead researchers to dismiss potentially useful therapies that simply haven’t been studied enough. ‘Absence of evidence does not equal evidence of absence’ said Michael Thase, a psychiatrist and professor at the University of Pennsylvania.” from A Tale of Two Therapies
For more studies and papers about the effectiveness of psychodynamic treatments, the American Psychoanalytic Association has compiled a list of empirical research on this topic on their website.Top of Page
The Power of Witnessing: Reflections, Reverberations and Traces of the Holocaust. by Nancy Goodman and Marilyn Meyers, 2014.
Raising a Child by Christa Dowling in HuffPost Parents, May 12, 2015
CFS Member Karen Proner is quoted offering a Kleinian perspective on some aspects of parenting in Dowling’s article.Top of Page
“The ‘What We Know’ Project is an online research portal based at Columbia Law School that marks a path-breaking convergence of scholarship, public policy and new media technology [regarding gender and sexuality]. Focusing on several pressing public policy debates, What We Know brings together in one place the preponderance of scholarly evidence that informs these debates so that policymakers, journalists, researchers and the public can make truly informed decisions about what policies and positions best serve the public interest.
Excellent resource for information about the most up-to-date knowledge on and for transgender people and transitioning processes.
Studies in Gender and Sexuality is one of the leading journals in the transdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies. Situated at the interface of psychoanalysis and social/cultural theory, it aims to further our understanding of how we live, theorize and transform genders and sexualities.
Pink Freud: What does psychoanalysis have to say to someone queer or trans? by Molly Castelloe, 2014 on Psychology Today.com
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Man: Psychoanalysis and Masculinity by Donald Moss, Routledge, 2012
“This book addresses the unstable notion of masculinity and the ways both hetero- and homosexual man seek to shape themselves in relation to the precarious nature of being a man.” Michael J. DiamondTop of Page
Black Psychoanalysts Speak – a series of conferences presented in 2012 and 2013, sponsored by IPTAR, WAWI and the New School, featuring interviews with eleven black psychoanalysts.
The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents edited by Kirkland Vaughans and Warren Speilberg
“Among the myriad issues studied in this [edited set of papers] are the often-negative expectations of society, the influence of gangs, and the impact of racism and poverty. Of equal importance, the work explores culturally specific ways to engage families, youths, communities, and policymakers in the development of healthy, safe, educated boys who will become whole and successful adults.” – description from the publisher’s websiteTop of Page
“We need to create ourselves daily, to be bodacious enough to create ourselves daily.” — Maya Angelou
Psychoanalysis and the Artistic Endeavor: Conversations with literary and visual artists by Lois Oppenheim, Routledge, 2015
Includes interviews with Edward Albee. Mark Morris. Kiki Smith. Joyce Carol Oates. Adam Gopnik. Jacques d’Amboise. Edmund White. Denis Wedlick. Gary Shteyngart. Oliver Sacks. Andrew Solomon.
Melodies of the Mind: Connections between psychoanalysis and music by Julie Jaffee Nagel, Routledge, 2013, a sophisticated and systematic layering of music theory and psychoanalytic theory” – Shara Sand
The development of creative imagination in composers by Martin Nass, 1984, in the International Review of Psychoanalysis, v. 11.Top of Page
The 12 Things Sigmund Freud Got Right by Blake Fleetwood in the Huffington Post, 2015.
“[W]hile some of his theories have been discredited, many major ideas have been borne out and are still relevant today.” from The 12 Things Sigmund Freud Got Right
It’s Ba-a-ack! Psychoanalysis Returns From the Near-Dead by Jacqueline Brooks for WebMD, 2000
“All across the globe, more and more men, women, and children are lying on couches and talking until they’re blue in the face, but not in the head.”
On Misdiagnosing Murderers by Dr. Ray Hoffman
CFS Psychoanalyst Ray Hoffman’s powerful piece on the public’s tendency to misdiagnose murderers and the harmful implications of this for ourselves and our patients.
Capitol Hill Shooting: Child Unharmed? by Dr. Kerry Malawista
CFS psychoanalyst Kerry Malawista’s look at our collective denial when a child is emotionally but not physically traumatized
Charlie Hedbo and Group Regression: Mental Cultures of Idolatry and Satire by Molly Casteloe in her Psychology Today blog “The Me in We,” January 12, 2015Top of Page
The Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing website is an incredible resource for almost every psychoanalytic journal article and most major book chapters ever written. Abstracts of articles written in most psychoanalytic journal are available to anyone and those paying an annual fee have access to the complete articles.
Nancy Goodman created the Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum – an interactive website featuring articles, video clips, artwork and other forms of expression all speaking to the psychoanalytic perspective. Museum ‘curators’ are Paula Ellman, Marylin Meyers, Batya Monder and Nancy Goodman. Current ‘exhibits’ include a wonderful article by Marsha Levy-Warren entitled “Injury in the Adolescent Athlete: a Developmental Disruption” and several perspectives on the intriguing and moving Craig Gillespie film, Lars and the Real Girl.
The blog and podcast series from New Books in Psychoanalysis, edited and hosted by analyst Tracy Doris Morgan includes interviews with authors of current psychoanalytic books. Their interviews have included such as writers as Christopher Bollas, Jamieson Webster, Susie Orbach, Sheldon Bach and Adam Phillips
Arnold Richards started the International Psychoanalysis blog several years ago and it has evolved into one of the most important compendia of news, announcements, reviews and theoretical essays relevant to psychoanalysis.
The people at Karnac books have started Karnacology, an excellent new blog that includes discussions of recently published psychoanalytic books and applications of psychoanalytic perspectives to the news.
CFS-DC Member, Dr. Kerry Malawista writes a blog, Tales from Both Sides of the Couch, that is posted both on Psychology Today and the Huffington Post . Dr. Malawista writes about current events and common occurrences “with a psychoanalytic twist.”