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Physiological evidence for the efficacy of Transference Focused Psychotherapy

Dr. Mark F. Lenzenweger of Binghamton University and colleagues recently published hopeful findings in regards to the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Investigators took functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of ten women with BPD before and after a 12-month Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) treatment. Results indicate that there is a significant relationship between TFP and cognitive-emotional improvements insomuch that the women’s brain scans showed activation increases in cognitive control areas and activation decreases in areas of emotional reactivity.

Dr. Levy and Dr. Kristen Kelly recently mentioned in VICE Australia article

This month VICE Australia highlighted Dr. Levy and Dr. Kelly’s 2010 article Sex differences in jealousy: A contribution from attachment theory . While the main premise of the article was to discuss the evolutionary explanations for sex differences in jealousy, the author incorporated Dr. Levy and Dr. Kelly’s work on the influence of attachment on jealous behavior. They found that individuals with dismissing attachment styles are more often distressed by sexual infidelity, while secure and anxious attachment styles find emotional infidelity more hurtful. The VICE Australia article, “Why Does Evolution Want Infidelity to Hurt So Much?” can be found VICE webpage.

Dr. Levy to make Keynote presentation at the BACP 2016 Research Conference

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) 2016 Research Conference Brighton, United Kingdom, May 20 -21, 2016
Dr. Levy has been invited to make a keynote presentation at the 22nd Annual British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) Research Conference this coming May. The over-arching theme of the 2016 conference is ‘Research matters: Evidence for an evolving profession’, which Dr. Levy will relate to his extensive work with treatment of personality disorders, specifically borderline personality disorder. More information about the conference and Dr. Levy’s keynote presentation may be found here.

A Busy Conference Instore for Dr. Levy

APA Division 39 Research Award Symposium and Invited Panel Presentation Atlanta, Georgia, April 6 – 10, 2016
This April Dr. Levy will travel to Atlanta, Georgia for the 36th Annual Spring Meeting of the APA Division of Psychoanalysis (39), with the theme, ‘Hot and bothered: Coming together without falling apart’. There, he will participate in a Division 39 Research Award Symposium with Andrew Gerber, Ph.D. in honor of Miriam Steele, Ph.D. Dr. Levy will also present a panel, How Evidence about Interpretative and Reflective Processes Impacts What we know about Clinical Process, moderated by Diana Diamond, Ph.D. The conference has an exciting line up of presentations and speakers in the works for April!

In Honor of Sidney Blatt, Ph.D.

Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment Chicago, Illinois, March 9 - 13, 2016
Dr. Levy and colleagues John Auerbach, Ph.D and David Zuroff, Ph.D. have been chosen to speak during the Marguerite R. Hertz Memorial Presentation in memory in Sid Blatt during the 2016 Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment. Sidney Blatt, Ph.D. was a graduate school mentor and close friend of Dr. Levy. Visit the SPA website for more information about the conference.

Exploratory Workshop on the Horizon

Swiss National Science Foundation International Exploratory Workshop Lausanne, Switzerland, February 3 - 5, 2016
The Swiss National Science Foundation will be hosting an International Exploratory Workshop week in Lausanne, Switzerland, from February 3 – 5, 2016. At the workshops, Dr. Levy is scheduled to present on his work exploring the ‘Mechanisms of Change in Treatments of Personality Disorders: State of the Art’. More in-depth workshop-specific information may be accessed here.
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