As one of Dr. Michael Constantino’s President-Elect initiatives, the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (SAP) administered a scholarship competition to support three student SAP members’ attendance at the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research (NASPR) Science-to-Practice Workshop, An Introduction to Dyadic Data Analysis in Psychotherapy Research, on October 28, 2017 in Lake George, NY.

Given SAP’s close connection to NASPR, this scholarship program was initiated to support students ($200 each) for whom dyadic analyses are pertinent to their clinical and research training. After reviewing proposals, the SAP Student Development Committee selected the following winners:

Katie Aafjes-van Doorn
Yeshiva University

Dr. Katie Aafjes van Doorn

Katie Aafjes-van Doorn is a Clinical Psychologist and psychotherapy researcher. She received a master’s degree in clinical psychology and psychological research and completed her doctoral training at University of Oxford, United Kingdom. She received clinical psychoanalytic training at Access Institute, San Francisco and just completed a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Derner Institute for Psychological Services, Adelphi University, New York. This summer she joined the faculty at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, New York. Her teaching and research interest is in evidence-based psychodynamic psychotherapy, as well as its potential moderators and mediators of change. She has written several empirical papers on the process and outcome of experiential dynamic therapy, co-authored an introductory book on clinical psychology, and chapters on process-outcome research. She hopes to contribute to the evidence-base of psychodynamic therapy by operationalizing psychoanalytic concepts such as defenses, affect experiencing, countertransference, and reflective functioning.

Carly Schwartzman

Carly Schwartzman
University at Albany

Carly is a second-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University at Albany, working in Dr. James Boswell’s Psychotherapy and Behavior Change Research Lab. Following graduation with a B.A. in psychology from the University of Miami, she worked as a research assistant at Butler Hospital in Providence, RI in the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Research Program. Her research interests include mechanisms of change in psychotherapy, intervention and therapist effectiveness, dissemination of empirically-supported treatments, and the use of technology in the delivery of psychological treatment.

Nili Solomonov
Adelphi University

Nili Solomonov

Nili Solomon is an advanced doctoral candidate for clinical psychology at the Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University. She currently works as a Clinical Psychology Intern at Jacobi Medical Center, The Bronx, NY.  Her research focuses on mechanisms of change in CBT and psychodynamic therapies for mood and anxiety disorders, such as metallization and misinterpretation of bodily sensations. Her studies also focus on the role of the working alliance and use of specific therapeutic techniques in process and outcome of different psychotherapies. She is particularly interested in studying longitudinal therapeutic processes using quantitative methods, such as multilevel modeling and structural equation modeling.

SAP congratulates these deserving scholars!