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Lisa Wallner Samstag

Lisa Samstag

Professor of PsychologyDirector of Psychotherapy Research and Clinical Supervisor, Psychological Services Center, LIU Brooklyn

B.A., Psychology, Queen’s UniversityM.A., Psychology, City University of New York, M. Phil., Psychology, City University of New YorkPh.D., Clinical Psychology, City University of New York

Description

Lisa Wallner Samstag, PhD (CUNY, 1998), is Professor in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Long Island University and has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology since 1999.  She completed training in psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute in 2009, and is also currently Associate Editor/Book Review Editor of the journal, "Psychotherapy" (2004-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, including identifying ruptures in the working alliance and other factors that contribute to poor outcome and premature termination.  She is the Research Director and a Clinical Supervisor in the Psychological Services Center at the Brooklyn Campus of LIU and teaches courses in psychotherapy research, research design, clinical practice, and developmental psychology.

Specialties

Psychotherapy Research (e.g., therapeutic alliance development, alliance ruptures, process-outcome); Clinical Research (e.g., depression, anxiety, personality disorders, attachment); Developmental Research (e.g., parenting, infertility)

Publications

Samstag, L. W. (2012). Introduction to the special section on ethical issues in clinical writing.  Psychotherapy, 49, 1-2.

Samstag, L.W. (2009). Mending the gap: An introduction to the commentaries on Dinger, Strack, Sachesse, and Schauenburg (2009). Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 46, 275-276.

Muran, J.C., Safran, J.D., Gorman, B. S., Samstag, L.W., Eubanks-Carter, C., & Winston, A. (2009). The relationship of early alliance ruptures and their resolution to process and outcome in three time-limited psychotherapies for personality disorders. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 46, 233-248.

Gelso, C. & Samstag, L.W. (2008). The therapeutic relationship. In S.D. Brown & R.W. Lent (Eds.). Handbook of counseling psychology (4th edition) (pp. 267-283). New York: John Wiley.

Catay, Z., Allen, R., & Samstag, L.W. (2008). Maternal regulation strategies in the United States and Turkey: A brief report. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 39, 644-649.

Muran, J.C. & Samstag, L.W. (2008). Comment: Can some interpersonalists be more different than alike? Implications for method in practice and research.  Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 45, 320-323.

Samstag, L.W., Muran, J.C., Wachtel, P.L., Slade, A., Safran, J.D., & Winston, A. (2008). Evaluating negative process: A comparison of working alliance, interpersonal behavior, and narrative coherency among three psychotherapy outcome conditions. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 62, 165-194.

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.

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

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

Lectures and Presentations

Samstag, L.W. (April, 2013). Clinical writing by graduate students: Ethical dilemmas and recommendations. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of APA’s Division 39, Boston, MA.

Electris, A., Samstag, L. W., Meehan, K. B., & Penn, L. S. (March, 2013). Vicarious trauma: Emotional empathy and emotional overidentification in mid-career trauma clinicians. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Rosenberg, M. & Samstag, L.W. (March, 2013). Do gay male patients still do better with gay therapists? Therapist’s perceived sexual identity, patient’s internalized homonegativity, and working alliance. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Utecht, E. & Samstag, L.W. (March, 2013). The effect of therapist intervention frequency on working alliance, patient dropout, and outcome: A comparison study of dynamic and cognitive interventions.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Detrixhe, J. & Samstag, L.W. (April, 2012). Solitude’s paradox: The role of object relations and attachment in the capacity to be alone. Presented at The William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis, White Society Meeting, New York, NY.

Fernandez, A., Samstag, L. W., Papouchis, N., & Mcguire, H. (October, 2012). The impact of language on the negotiation of multiple cultural identities. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the National Latino/a Psychological Association, New Brunswick, NJ.

Fernandez, A., Samstag, L. W., Papouchis, N., & Mcguire, H. (August, 2012). Bilingual Latinos negotiating multiple cultural identities: The impact of language. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Division 45: Ethnic Minority Concerns), Orlando, FL.

Mahoney, M., & Samstag, L.W. (March, 2012). Influence of social desirability on working alliance measurement in African-Americans and Caucasians. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Musso, G., Papouchis, N., Samstag, L.W., & Castro-Blanco, D. (August, 2009). Parental bond and childhood trauma as predictors of maladaptive personality. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Division 8), Toronto, ON, Canada.

Samstag, L.W. (June, 2005). A theory-specific quantitative analysis of interpersonal process in treatment failures. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Montreal, Canada.

McEwan, J., Samstag, L.W., Muran, J.C., & Safran, J.D. (November, 2004). Repairing therapeutic alliance ruptures: An evaluation of therapist interventions. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Springdale, UT.

Romei, J., Samstag, L.W., Papouchis, N., & Castro-Blanco, D. (November, 2003). Internalization and clinical development in psychotherapy supervision: A study of psychologists in training. Paper presented at the North American Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Newport, RI.

Samstag, L.W., Papouchis, N., Miller, R., & Kray, T. (May, 2003). Does multiculturalism in psychotherapy training matter? Some findings from the LIU Psychotherapy Research Program.  Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, New York, NY.

Samstag, L.W., Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C., & Stevens, C.L. (June, 2002). The Development of the Rupture Resolution Coding Scale. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Santa Barbara, CA.

Safran, J. D., Muran, J. C., Samstag, L. W., & Winston, A. (June, 2002). A comparative treatment study of potential treatment failures. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Santa Barbara, CA.

Muran, J. C., Safran, J. D., Samstag, L. W., & Winston, A. (June, 2002). A comparative treatment study of personality disorders. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Santa Barbara, CA.

Honors/Awards

Fellow: American Psychological Association, Division 29, (September, 2008).

I. H. Paul Dissertation Award: Presented by the Clinical Psychology Department of The City University of New York, New York, NY, (May, 1998).

Professional Affiliations

American Psychoanalytic Association – Research Associate
American Psychological Association: Divisions 12, 29, & 39
Harry Stack Sullivan Society (2003-2009)
Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration
Society for Psychotherapy Research
White Society

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