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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

   Kenneth Critchfield, Ph.D.


Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology
James Madison University (Virginia)

Dr. Ken Critchfield received his doctoral degree from the University of Utah. His internship was at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, with post-doctoral training focused on treatment of personality disorders at Weill-Cornell Medical School with John Clarkin, Ph.D. and Otto Kernberg, M.D. Prior to his recent (2014) move to join the C-I program faculty he was co-director of the Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT) clinic at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. IRT is an integrative approach that uses an attachment-based case formulation method to optimally tailor treatment for individual patients. He works closely with Dr. Lorna Smith Benjamin, creator of IRT, to operationalize and test efficacy and process of change of IRT as applied with adults having severe and chronic psychiatric problems often involving comorbid personality disorder and chronic suicidality. Deeply transformative change appears possible with this method, even for patients who have not benefited from previous “state of the art” treatment attempts. Dr. Critchfield frequently consults on issues of methodology, design, and analysis for projects involving the interface between interpersonal measurement (especially moment-by-moment interactional process using the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior), personality, and psychopathology. He is the former Secretary of SEPI and past-chair of the Education and Training Committee of Society for Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Div. 29). He is licensed in VA and maintains a small practice applying IRT to a wide range of clinical problems.

  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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