2017 Student Publications Board Member

Mr. Brien GoodwinI am honored and excited to be appointed to serve as Student Member of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy’s Publications and Communications Board. I am a third-year student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My research interests include examining the relation between client motivational language and treatment efficiency, and exploring interpersonal therapeutic processes through fine-grained observer coding systems. My research questions are rooted in my clinical experiences and I see clinical work and research as integral to my development as a clinical scientist.

I have been a student member of Division 29 since I began my graduate training, and I appreciate the opportunity to become more involved in an organization whose critical mission to advance the science, practice, and training of psychotherapy strongly resonates with me. Division 29 has already been instrumental in my development as a graduate student psychotherapy researcher and clinician. I have been an avid consumer of content published in Psychotherapy and the Psychotherapy Bulletin. I have particularly enjoyed the numerous special issues on clinical process in Psychotherapy. It is an honor to give back to this organization and to play a small role in maintaining the strengths of and determining future directions for the Division’s print and electronic publications.

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Brien J. Goodwin is a sixth-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who is starting his pre-doctoral internship this fall at the Institute of Living. His Master’s thesis examined the association between early-treatment patient motivational language and proximal treatment outcomes. His dissertation examines in-session interpersonal micro-processes that differentiate therapy dyads known to possess high versus low relational attunement. Other projects have focused on corrective experiences in psychotherapy, existential isolation, resistance, patient preferences, patient outcome expectation, cultural processes, and mediators of the alliance-outcome association. His clinical interests include context-responsive individual, family, and group psychotherapy in inpatient and forensic settings with people of all ages. His empirical and conceptual work has been disseminated in peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and professional conferences. 

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