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SEPI Research Committee

The Research Committee fosters and encourages research on psychotherapy integration, administers the Award Program, and organizes the Research Consultation Program in collaboration with the Program Committee.
Ioana R. Podina

Ioana R. Podina, Ph.D.

Senior Assistant Professor
Psychology Department
University of Bucharest (UB), Romania


Dr. Podina is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, certified by the Albert Ellis Institute, New York. She is currently the head of the Cognitive Clinical Sciences Laboratory from UB and a PhD supervisor at the same institution.  Her main research interests target the development of scientifically based e-Health interventions for behavior change,  the investigation of clinical effectiveness moderators and mechanisms of change in psychotherapy, therapist allegiance and therapist effect  in psychotherapy. In concert with these interests, Dr. Podina was recently the PI of a research project focused on using e-health psychotherapy to treat emotional eating problems in adults at risk for obesity (PNII-RU-TE-2014-4-2481, ‘SIGMA: A Self-help, Integrated, and Gamified Mobile-phone Application for weight management in young adults’). Dr. Podina uses in her research meta-analytic methods, multilevel longitudinal models and ecological momentary assessment. She joined SEPI as a regular member and later on as a research committee member.

James Boswell, Ph.D.

James Boswell, Ph.D.
Past Chair

Associate Professor of Psychology
University at Albany
State University of New York, USA


James F. Boswell joined SEPI as a graduate student. He has received the SEPI Dissertation Award and the SEPI New Researcher Award. Dr. Boswell is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the University at Albany, SUNY. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pennsylvania State University, completed his predoctoral clinical internship at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and completed a postdoctoral clinical research fellowship at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders in Boston, MA. Prior to joining the faculty at the University at Albany, Dr. Boswell was a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. Dr. Boswell's research interests are in the area of psychotherapy process and outcome, psychotherapy training and implementation, and measurement-based care. He has received research funding from the American Psychological Association, National Institutes of Health, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Boswell currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Psychotherapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy Research, Behaviour Research and Therapy, and the Journal of Clinical Psychology. He also received the Early Career Award from Division 29 (Advancement of Psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2013, and was selected as a 2015 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science.

Joshua Swift, Ph.D.


Joshua Swift, Ph.D.

Idaho State University, USA

Kevin McCarthy, Ph.D.


Kevin McCarthy, Ph.D.

Chestnut Hill College, USA

Nili Solomonov, Ph.D.


Nili Solomonov, Ph.D.
Early Career Member

Department of Psychiatry - Weill Cornell Medical College, USA

Erkki Heinonen, Ph.D.


Erkki Heinonen, Ph.D.

National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland


Rachel Wasserman, Ph.D.

Independent Practice, USA

Brittany King, M.A.
Student Member

University at Albany, SUNY, USA

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