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Director, Ph.D. Program

Nicholas Papouchis, Ph.D., ABPP

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
City University of New York, 1971
Graduate, New York University Postdoctoral
Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, 2003

Dr. Papouchis is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and has been Director of the Ph.D. Program in Clinical since 1984. After receiving his doctorate from the City University of New York he completed Post-doctoral training in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University in 1978. During this time he served on the clinical faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he received training in family therapy and served as Chairman of the Hospital Research Advisory Committee and Associate Director of the Adolescent Inpatient Service. He has served as Chair of the Education and Training Committee of Division 39 of APA, and is a member of the postdoctoral faculty of the Derner Institute at Adelphi University, the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Contemporary Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies.  He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the International Society for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and is an occasional reviewer for the journals Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Psychoanalytic Psychology. Dr.Papouchis has published and presented a number of papers related to the treatment of adolescents and maintain a private practice in New York City.

Personal Statement:
My major theoretical approach to research and clinical work is the integration of attachment theory and object relational theories incorporating the work in reflective functioning as it is applied to attachment phenomena.  I am also engaged in the investigation of the complexity of the therapy process, issues related to supervision and cultural factors which influence the development of the therapeutic alliance as they impact the outcome of psychotherapy.  My bi-weekly research team, composed of a small group of doctoral students, discusses research projects focused on reflective functioning and its relationship to a range of psychological phenomena.  Together with several other faculty, I lead the larger bi-weekly research group in the discussion of research in psychotherapy, attachment issues, reflective functioning and issues related to cultural identity.

Recent Publications and Papers:

Mendelsohn, L., Samstag, L., Papouchis, N., & Castro-Blanco, D. (2007, September) Evaluating alliance ruptures: Assessment of learned skills, trainee characteristics, and clinical experience. Poster session presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Psychotherapy Research. New York, N.Y.

Klein, B., Nimroody, T., & Papouchis, N. (2007, March). An intergenerational look at child rearing: The impact of mother's level of reflective functioning on child's representation of limit setting. Poster session presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment. Arlington, VA.

Papouchis, N. (2006) Book Review. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A practitioner’s guide. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice and Training, 43 (2), 244-246.

Miller, R., Samstag, L., Papouchis, N., & Castro-Blanco. (2006, October). Therapeutic alliance rupture resolution and the relationship to referential activity and the referential process: An initial look. Poster session presented at the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, Burr Oak, OH.

Matteo, A., Mcguire, H., Papouchis, N., Penn, L., & Samstag, L. (2004, June). Supervisory criteria for evaluating psychotherapy trainees: the impact of the supervisor’s theoretical orientation and the severity of the patient’s diagnosis. Poster session presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Rome, Italy.

Romei, J., Samstag, L., Papouchis, N., & Castro-Blanco, D. (2003, November) Internalization and development in psychotherapy supervision. Poster session presented at the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, Vancouver, B.C.

Papouchis, N. (2003, May). The history of the development of the Long Island University research project in the psychology clinic and its relationship to issues of multiculturalism. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. New York, New York.

Venza, J., Papouchis, N., Samstag, L., & Duncan, J. (2002, June) A cross-cultural examination of attitudes and intentions toward seeking professional psychological help: The relationship of attachment, acculturation, psychological distress and social desirability. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Santa Barbara, Ca.

Rubins, J., & Papouchis, N. (2002, June). The impact of acculturation and acculturative stress on intentions to seek psychological help in Puerto Rican college students. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Santa Barbara, Ca.

Papouchis, N. (2000) Book review: Reaching across boundaries of culture and class: Widening the scope of psychotherapy. Edited by Perez-Foster, R.M., Moskowitz, M. & Javier, A.R. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 10(4), 459-464.

Papouchis, N., & Venza, J. (October, 1999). The history of psychodynamic approaches to the treatment of conduct disordered adolescents. Poster session presented at the conference on Children, Culture and Violence, Columbia University, New York.

Lew, A., Allen, R., & Papouchis, N. (1998). Achievement motivation orientation and fear of success in Asian American students. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 54(1), 97-108.

Benveniste, P.S., Papouchis, N., Hurvich M., & Allen, R. (1998). Rorschach assessment of annihilation anxiety and ego functioning. Psychoanalytic Psychology. 15 (3), 536-566.


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