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Stanley B. Messer, Ph.D.


Stanley B. Messer, Ph.D.

Stanley Messer received a B.Sc. in Honors Psychology from McGill University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University. He completed a two-year fellowship in psychotherapy at Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, NY, and has been on the faculty at Rutgers University since 1968. He was chair of the committee that proposed the creation of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), considered one of the premier professional schools in the country. He served as chairperson of its Department of Clinical Psychology for 9 years and as dean of the School for 15 years (until 2016). He currently holds the title of Distinguished Professor.

With an interest in the application of psychodynamic theory and research to the brief and integrative therapies, Messer has contributed to the debate on evidence-based practice. His most recent co-edited volumes are Case Studies Within Psychotherapy Trials: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (2017) and Essential Psychotherapies: Theory and Practice, 3rd ed. (2011). He has also co-authored the volume Models of Brief Psychodynamic Therapy: A Comparative Approach.

Messer has published many articles and book chapters on psychotherapy integration and eclecticism, examining their implications at the clinical, theoretical and philosophical levels. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, the Journal of Clinical Psychology and of Practice Innovations. He is an associate editor of the online journal Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy and has been an associate editor of American Psychologist. Messer is featured in an APA videotape and DVD entitled Brief Dynamic Therapy. He has lectured and given invited workshops in several international venues, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Israel, Norway and Poland. As a licensed and practicing psychologist, he conducts psychodynamically oriented, integrative psychotherapy in Highland Park, NJ.

Nuno Conceicao


Nuno Conceicao, Ph.D.

University of Lisbon
Faculty of Psychology

Nuno Conceicao maintains an integrative supervised private practice for the last fifteen years in central Lisbon, mostly with challenging adult individuals and couples, dedicating half of his professional time to his clients. He comes to SEPI meetings since 2001. He was part of the Local Arrangements Committee for the SEPI conference in Lisbon, Portugal in 2007. Then he served on the Regional Networks Committee.

At the same time he has always conducted some lectures in several professional associations of psychotherapy in Lisbon, most of them related to personality disorders, complex trauma and structural dissociation.  His main interest is on general strategies, principles of change and integrative clinical decision-making heuristics, articulating moment-by-moment and phase-by-phase maps.

Since 2011, he is also a professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at Faculty of Psychology at University of Lisbon, where he teaches, supervises, and conducts research in psychotherapy integration.  There, he shares with his mentor Antonio Branco-Vasco the coordination of Paradigmatic Complementarity Psylab, that privileges research on transtheoretical and transdiagnostic processes and mechanisms of relevance to clinicians of any approach.

Catherine F. Eubanks


Catherine F. Eubanks

Yeshiwa University
Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology

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Shigeru Iwakabe
President-Elect Designate

Ochanomizu University
Core Faculty Research

Shigeru Iwakabe, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Developmental Clinical Psychology Program at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, Japan. He received his PhD at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2001. He conducts psychotherapy research on client emotional processes, therapeutic failures and impasses, and therapist empathy. He also conducts and supervises qualitative research focusing on the human change process inside and outside psychotherapy. He and his colleagues started the Japanese group of Psychotherapy Integration. His many publications include: Iwakabe, S., Fukushima, T., & Ito, E. (2013). Introduction to clinical psychology: Traversing various approaches. [in Japanese] Tokyo, Japan: Yuhikaku. Iwakabe, S. (2008). Clinical explorations of therapeutic failures: How therapists face, work through, and learn from their mistakes. [in Japanese] Tokyo, Japan: Kongo Publishing. He is the co-editor of Counselling Psychology Quarterly and is also an editorial member of Psychotherapy Research, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Japanese Journal of Clinical Psychology, and Japanese Clinical Psychology, and Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy. He practices affect-focused therapy in both university clinic and private practice.


Kristin Osborn

Kristin A. R. Osborn, LMHC founded the Certified APT™-Training Program in 2009 and presents internationally, offering ongoing training in Boston, London, Stockholm and Amsterdam. She is a lecturer (part-time) in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is the Director of HMS Psychotherapy Research Program. Her passion is teaching clinicians how to integrate research in their clinical training and she developed the ATOS-Therapist Scale, Accessibility Scale, and Congruent/Incongruent Scale, which are featured in a book she co-authored, Paraverbal Communication in Psychotherapy: Beyond the Words, Rowman & Littlefield (2016) Kristin is President Emeritus of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA), on the advisory board of the AffectFokus Institute and Stockholms Akademi for Psychkoterapiutbildning (SAPU) and a member of the continuing education faculty at William James College and RINO-Noord Holland. She has published articles and chapters on training clinicians including, Learning how to rate video-recorded therapy sessions: A Practical Guide for Trainees & Advanced Clinicians, Psychotherapy Journal (2011); On-line Supervision in Affect Phobia Therapy, Using Technology to Enhance Counselor Supervision, American Psychological Association (2016); and Creating Change Through Focusing on Affect: Affect Phobia Therapy, Working on Emotions in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Clinical Practice, Guilford Press (2014). To learn more about Kristin and her work, go to


Steven A. Sobelman, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Psychology
Loyola University (Maryland)
Baltimore, MD  21230

Dr. Steve Sobelman maintains a private clinical psychotherapy practice in Towson, Maryland. He founded and served as President and CEO of Psych Associates, which became the largest private mental health organization in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.

He is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses as well as conducted psychotherapy research which resulted in books, book chapters, and professional articles. At Loyola, he served as Chair, Graduate Programs in Psychology for almost 2 decades and was responsible for major changes and growth in the graduate programs of study, to include the creation of the doctoral program in clinical psychology.

In 2008, he was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to serve on the Board of Examiners of Psychologists in Maryland and is currently the Chair of the Board. He also served on the Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology. Additionally, he served two 3-year terms as Treasurer of APA’s Division 29 (Psychotherapy) and also served as the President of Division 49 (Group Psychotherapy).

Dr. Sobelman was also the President of the Maryland Psychological Association and continues to be actively involved in local and national legislative activities as they relate to the practice of psychology. In 2005, he received an award for “Outstanding Contributions to Psychology” by the Maryland Psychological Association.


Tracey Martin
Administrative Officer

Tracey Martin has been in non-profit association management since 1978, and currently serves as SEPI’s Administrator. In that capacity, she coordinates the logistics of the Annual Conference, maintains membership rolls, responds to member inquiries, and works with the elected officers to ensure that the association operates smoothly.

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