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Lisa Wallner Samstag
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
City University of New York, 1998

Lisa Wallner Samstag, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Long Island University.  Dr. Samstag completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the graduate school counseling center of the City University of New York (1998-1999), and was the former Coordinator of the Beth Israel Medical Center Psychotherapy Research Program (1990-2007).  Currently, she is Associate Editor/Book Review Editor of Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training (2004-present) and a candidate in psychoanalysis at The William Alanson White Institute (2003-present).  Dr. Samstag is author and co-author of numerous psychotherapy research studies and papers, with a particular focus on the development of the therapeutic relationship and treatment failures.  Dr. Samstag teaches courses in psychotherapy research, research design, and developmental psychology.

Select Publications:

Samstag, L.W., Muran, J.C., Wachtel, P.L., Slade, A., & Safran, J.D. (in press). Evaluating negative process: A comparison of working alliance, interpersonal behavior, and narrative coherency among three psychotherapy outcome conditions. American Journal of Psychotherapy.

Gelso, C., & Samstag, L.W. (in press). The therapeutic relationship. In S.D. Brown and R.W. Lent (Eds.). Handbook of counseling psychology (4th edition). NY: John Wiley.

Samstag, L.W. (2007). The necessary and sufficient conditions of therapeutic personality change: Reaction to Rogers’ 1957 article. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 44, 295-299.

Samstag, L.W. (2006). The working alliance in psychotherapy: An overview of the invited papers in the special section. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 43, 299-306.

Muran, J.C., Safran, J.D., Samstag, L.W., & Winston, A. (2005). A comparative treatment study of personality disorders. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 42, 512-531.

Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C., Samstag, L.W., & Winston, A. (2005). A comparative treatment study of potential treatment failures. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 42, 532-545.

Samstag, L.W., Muran, J.C., & Safran, J.D. (2004). Defining and identifying alliance ruptures. In D. Charman (Ed.), Core concepts in brief dynamic psychotherapy (pp. 187-214). New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Samstag, L.W. (2002). The common versus unique factors hypothesis in psychotherapy research: Did we misinterpret Rosenzweig? Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 12, 58-66.

Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C., Samstag, L.W., & Stevens, C.L. (2002). Repairing alliance ruptures. In J. C. Norcross (Ed.), Psychotherapy relationships that work: Therapists’ relational contributions to effective psychotherapy (pp. 235-254). New York: Oxford University Press.

Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C., Samstag, L.W., & Stevens, C.L. (2002). Repairing alliance ruptures. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 38, 406-412.

Muran, J.C., Samstag, L.W., Ventur, E.D., Segal, Z., & Winston, A. (2001). A cognitive-interpersonal case study of a self. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57, 1-23.

Caspar, F., Pessier, J., Stuart, J., Safran, J.D., Samstag, L.W., & Guirguis, M. (2000). One step further in assessing how interpretations influence the process of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy Research, 10, 309-320.

Samstag, L.W., Batchelder, S.T., Muran, J.C., Safran, J.D., & Winston, A. (1998). Early identification of treatment failures in short-term psychotherapy: An assessment of therapeutic alliance and interpersonal behavior. Journal of Psychotherapy Practice & Research, 7, 126-143. 

Hellerstein, D.J., Rosenthal, R.N., Pinsker, H., Samstag, L.W., Muran, J.C., & Winston, A. (1998). A randomized prospective study comparing supportive and dynamic therapies: Outcome and alliance. Journal of Psychotherapy Practice & Research, 7, 261-271.

Muran, J.C., Samstag, L.W., Segal, Z.V., & Winston, A. (1998). Interpersonal scenarios: An ideographic measure of self-schemas. Psychotherapy Research, 8, 321-333.

Muran, J.C., Samstag, L.W., Jilton, R., Batchelder, S., & Winston, A. (1997). Development of a sub­outcome strategy to measure interpersonal process in psychotherapy from an observer perspective. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53, 405-420.

Muran, J.C., Gorman, B.S., Safran, J.D., Twining, L., Samstag, L.W., & Winston, A. (1995). Linking in-session change to overall outcome in short-term cognitive therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 63, 651-657.

Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C., & Samstag, L.W. (1994). Resolving therapeutic alliance ruptures: A task analytic investigation. In A. Horvath and L. Greenberg (Eds.), The working alliance: Theory, research and practice (pp. 225-255). New York: John Wiley.

Muran, J.C., Segal, Z.V., & Samstag, L.W. (1994). Self-scenarios as a repeated measures outcome measurement of self-schemas in short-term cognitive-behavior therapy. Behavior Therapy, 25, 255-274.

Muran, J.C., Segal, Z.V., Samstag, L.W., & Schumann, C. (1994). Patient pre-treatment inter­personal problems and therapeutic alliance in short-term cognitive therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 62, 185-190.

Winston, A., Laikin, M., Pollack, J., Samstag, L.W., McCullough, L., & Muran, J.C. (1994). Short-term dynamic psychotherapy of personality disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 151, 190-194.

Winston, B., Winston, A., Samstag, L.W., & Muran, J.C. (1994). Patient defense/therapist interventions, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 31,478-491.

Safran, J.D., Segal, Z.V., Vallis, T.M., Shaw, B.F., & Samstag, L.W. (1993). Assessing patient suitability for short-term cognitive therapy. Cognitive Therapy & Research, 17, 23-38.

Safran, J.D. & Wallner, L.K. (1991). The relative predictive validity of two therapeutic alliance measures in cognitive therapy. Psychological Assessment: A Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 3, 188-195.

Ongoing Research Projects:

LIU Psychotherapy Research Program
Beginning in the second year of training, students work with clients in the LIU Counseling Center where a number of different process and outcome measures are utilized to evaluate aspects of treatment. I have a particular interest in the development of the therapeutic relationship in long-term treatment (e.g., transference, counter-transference, working alliance and alliance ruptures), and the Counseling Center data is used in different research projects to study these components of psychotherapy process.

LIU Multicultural Assessment Project (MAP)
We are currently conducting research on acculturation to American life across a spectrum of different ethnicities. Phase I of this project is the development of a multicultural assessment tool, combining items from previously normed instruments. Phase II involves establishing the psychometric properties of the new measure, particularly with a clinical population.
 

 

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