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Shigeru Iwakabe

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.

Catherine F. Eubanks


Catherine F. Eubanks

Yeshiva University
Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology

Catherine Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University.  She also serves as Associate Director of the Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Brief Psychotherapy Research Program.  Eubanks’s research interests are in the area of psychotherapy process and outcome, in particular negotiating therapeutic alliance ruptures with patients with personality disorder features.  The goals of her research program are to identify therapist skills and characteristics that are linked to effectiveness across various theoretical orientations, and to explore how therapists’ skills can be enhanced through training.  Eubanks also maintains a small private practice in New York, NY.

Eubanks received the SEPI Dissertation Award in 2007, the Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award from the Society for Psychotherapy Research in 2015, and the Early Career Award from the APF/Division 29 of the American Psychological Association in 2018.  From 2013-2018, Eubanks served as the Executive Officer of the North American chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research.  Eubanks has served as an Associate Editor of Psychotherapy Research, and is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.  She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.


Alberta Pos

Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology
York University, Toront

Alberta Pos, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at York University in Toronto, Canada. She received her PhD at York under Dr. Leslie Greenberg’s supervision in Toronto, Canada in 2006. She mainly conducts psychotherapy process research on clients’ emotional processes during experiential therapy for depression trying to predict long-term resolution of this disorder, and, is also interested in how to work emotionally with clients with emotion regulation difficulties such as clients with personality disorder features. Further, she conducts research on the alliance and teaches clinicians how to build alliances with these same difficult clients. Therefore, Alberta has done research on emotional processing, therapist empathy, and the alliance for some time. She also trains and supervises both process methodology and qualitative methods research all of which focus on the human change process in psychotherapy. In the past, Alberta was on the SEPI steering committee for almost a decade organizing SEPI’s annual meetings and was involved in the switch from steering committee leadership model to this executive model of leadership for SEPI. Finally, as a home-grown integrative Emotion-focused therapist Alberta has been a trainer in Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) for over two decades, and is now recognized as such internationally. She has trained therapists in Hong Kong, Germany and Canada. Still, Alberta respects and teaches all psychotherapy models within the clinical program at York University which has held an integrative attitude to psychotherapy for many years. Her many publications include publication of both her Master’s Thesis and Ph.D. dissertation in the Journal of consulting and Clinical Psychology, as well as a popular paper on how to use EFT to work with Avoidance. She has also written two chapters in a recent EFT handbook published by APA, one of which is a recent chapter on EFT For personality disorders. She is also actively engaged in teaching in groups that guide individuals in how to be more emotionally competent. She is certified to conduct therapy with couples and individuals and has a private practice in Toronto one day a week.

Barbara Ingram


Barbara Ingram
President-Elect Designate

Professor Psychology Division,
Graduate School of Education and Psychology 
Pepperdine University 

Dr. Barbara Ingram, a licensed clinical psychologist, has completed 40 years on the Pepperdine faculty. Prior to receiving her PhD in clinical psychology, she served in the National Teacher Corps, earning her MEd in urban education. She is the author of Clinical Case Formulations: Matching the Integrative Treatment Plan to the Client as well as the chapter on “Case Formulation and Treatment Planning” in the APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology. She was a recipient of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011.She is a member of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and a founding member of the Unified Psychotherapy Movement—clinicians, researchers, and theoreticians who seek to enhance practitioners’ capacity to draw from the diversity of approaches, processes, techniques, and research findings. She has published articles and presented research on client satisfaction with mental health care, self-management of chronic illnesses, HIV prevention for adolescents, and women’s midlife career transitions.


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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