Long Island University Logo



Kevin B. Meehan, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor

B.A. Psychology and Political Science, New York University
M.A. Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center

Theoretical Interests: Psychoanalytic and developmental theories of personality formation; specifically the development of mental representations, affect regulation, and mentalization, as well as the impact of impairment in these lines of development on personality and character structure across the lifespan.  Attachment and object relations theories of personality disorders.

Research Interests: Clinical research examining psychodynamic constructs as mechanisms of change in psychotherapy, including reflective functioning, transference, countertransference, and affect variables. Outcome research demonstrating the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy.  The etiology, phenomenology, and process of change in patients with personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Manualized treatments for personality disorders, including Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT).


Meehan, K. B., & Levy, K. N. (in press). Psychodynamic theories of relationships. In Reis, H. & Sprecher, S. (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Human Relationships.  London: Sage.

Meehan, K. B., Ueng-McHale, J., Reynoso, J. S., Harris, B. H., Wolfson, V. M., Gomes, H., & Tuber, S. B. (in press). Self-regulation and internal resources in school-aged children with ADHD symptomatology: An investigation using the Rorschach inkblot method. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic.

Jurist, E. L., & Meehan, K. B. (2008). Attachment, mentalization and reflective functioning. In Obegi, J. H. & Berant, E. (Eds.), Clinical Applications of Adult Attachment.  New York: Guilford.

Levy, K. N., & Meehan, K. B. (2007). Commentary: "A fundamental polarity in psychoanalysis: Implications for personality development, psychopathology, and the therapeutic process" by Sidney J. Blatt. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 26, 536-548.

Levy, K. N., Meehan, K. B., Kelly, K. M., Reynoso, J. S., Weber, M., Clarkin, J. F., & Kernberg, O. F. (2006). Change in attachment patterns and reflective function in a randomized control trial of transference focused psychotherapy for borderline personality
disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 1027-1040.

Harris, B. H., Reynoso, J. S., Meehan, K. B., Ueng-McHale, J., & Tuber, S. B. (2006). A child with ADHD; Convergences of Rorschach data and case material. Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 5, 499-517.

Tuber, S. B., Harris, B. H., Meehan, K. B., Reynoso, J. S., & Ueng-McHale, J. (2006). Rorschach configurations of children with ADHD. In Smith, S. & Handler, L. (Eds.), The clinical assessment of children and adolescents: A practitioner's handbook.  New Jersey:

Levy, K. N., Meehan, K. B., Weber, M., Reynoso, J., & Clarkin, J. F. (2005).  Attachment patterns in borderline personality disorder: Implications for psychotherapy. Psychopathology, 38, 64-74.

Levy, K. N., Meehan, K. B., Auerbach, J. S., & Blatt, S. J. (2005). Concept of the object on the Rorschach scale.  In Bornstein, R. F. & Masling, J. M. (Eds.), Scoring the Rorschach: Seven validated systems.  New Jersey: Erlbaum.


Long Island University

Brooklyn Campus

Psychology Department