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J. CHRISTOPHER MURAN

ASSOCIATE DEAN

I A P S, DERNER INSTITUTE

HY WEINBERG CENTER
ROOM 303

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Diplomas/Degrees

Certificate in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, New York University (1998)
Fellowship in Cognitive Therapy, Clarke Institute, University of Toronto (1990)
Ph.D., Combined Professional-Scientific Psychology, Hofstra University (1989)

Recent Courses

Personal Statement

Let me begin with a brief description of my background and experience, which I believe explains my philosophy of education (as well as psychotherapy). I have had intensive training in both the cognitive and psychoanalytic traditions, and have written extensively on a relational theory of self and change, which integrates principles from different theoretical orientations and from other scientific disciplines. I have devoted a great deal of my time and energy to psychotherapy research, applying a wide array of research methods and focusing especially on the process of treating and training. My philosophy of education is founded on a dialogic epistemology. Accordingly, knowledge is advanced by fostering dialogue among a plurality of perspectives. By confronting other perspectives and coming to understand them, we can clarify differences (in addition to similarities) in a more nuanced way and learn to enrich our point of view. We can move to a new, shared understanding of a subject matter that is more differentiated and articulated than the separate views with which the dialogue began.

Teaching Specializations/Interests

History of psychotherapy
Psychotherapy integration & difference
Therapeutic relationship & alliance
Therapist position & experience
Treatment impasse & failure
Theories on self & culture
Psychotherapy research

Research Interests

Since 1990, I have directed a research program aimed at the study of the therapeutic relationship –more specifically, the study of ruptures in the therapeutic alliance & the development of intervention models & training strategies to facilitate their resolution (supported in part by grants from the NIMH). We have developed various measures and procedures that have permitted us to identify critical patient-therapist interactions and to model the sequences in which they occur in the resolution of negative interpersonal process. We have demonstrated the effectiveness of the intervention strategies identified in our research with patients presenting with multiple diagnostic conditions and longstanding histories of treatment failure. We have also developed an approach to training that cultivates the skill of therapists to recognize and address negative interactions with their patients. The training model is primarily founded on principles from relational psychoanalysis and contemporary theories on affect regulation and intersubjective communication. It involves the use of experiential exercises to increase therapist awareness of their internal processes and their abilities to implement various resolution strategies, including metacommunication. The research program is currently testing the additive effect of this training in the application of a cognitive-behavioral therapy to a personality disordered population. The overall aim is to improve the effectiveness of psychotherapy by redressing failure rates due to difficulties in negotiating a therapeutic alliance. See following link for details:
https://www.wehealny.org/studies/briefpsycho.html.

Grants/Sponsored Research

Selected grant awards:

Principal Investigator: Resolving ruptures in the therapeutic alliance (MH071768). National Institute of Mental Health (2006-2009). Total: $745,000.

Principal Investigator: Training therapists to increase effectiveness in psychotherapy for treatment resistant patients with multiple & chronic diagnoses. Cohn, Spanier, & Levy Foundations (2005-7). Total: $450,000.

Principal Investigator: Training therapists to improve effectiveness in the psychotherapy of comorbid patients. Singer-Hellman Research Award (2002-3). Total: $30,000.

Principal Investigator: Towards reducing the risk of treatment failure in psychotherapy: A study of the resolution of negative process. Singer-Hellman Research Award (1999-2000). Total: $25,000.

Co-Principal Investigator: Problems in the therapeutic alliance (MH50246). National Institute of Mental Health (1993-1996). Total: $165,000.

Books

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A.W. Wolf, M.R. Goldfried, & J.C. Muran, eds. (2013). Transforming Negative Reactions to Clients: From Frustration to Compassion. Washington, DC: APA Books.

J.C. Muran & J.P. Barber, eds. (2010). The Therapeutic Alliance: An Evidence-Based Guide to Practice. New York, NY: Guilford Press (Italian translation).

L.G. Castonguay, J.C. Muran et al., eds. (2010). Bringing Psychotherapy Research to Life. Washington, DC: APA Books.

J.C. Muran, ed. (2007). Dialogues on Difference: Diversity Studies on the Therapeutic Relationship. Washington, DC: APA Books.

J.C. Muran, ed. (2001). Self-Relations in the Psychotherapy Process. Washington, DC: APA Books.

J.D. Safran & J.C. Muran (2000). Negotiating the Therapeutic Alliance: A Relational Treatment Guide. New York, NY: Guilford Press (Spanish & Italian translations; also in paperback).

J.D. Safran & J.C. Muran, ed. (1998). The Therapeutic Alliance in Brief Psychotherapy. Washington, DC: APA Books (Italian translation).


Book Chapters

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Selected chapters (16/40) since (2000). See PDFs at ResearchGate.

Tufekcioglu, S., & Muran, J. C. (2014). A Relational Approach to Personality Disorder and Alliance Rupture. In Livesley, J.W., Dimaggio, G. & Clarkin, J.F. (Eds.). Integrated Modular Treatment for Personality Disorders. Guilford Press.

Barber, J. P., Muran, J.C., McCarthy, K.S., & Keefe, R.J. (2013). Research on Psychodynamic Therapies. In M.J. Lambert (Eds.). Bergin and Garfield's Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behavior Change (6th Ed.). (pp. 443-494). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Muran, J.C., & Hungr, C. (2013). Power Plays, Negotiation, & Mutual Recognition in the Therapeutic Alliance. In In A.W. Wolf, M.R. Goldfried, & J.C. Muran (Eds.). Transforming Negative Reactions to Clients: From Frustration to Compassion. (pp. 23-44). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C., & Eubanks-Carter, C. (2011). Repairing Alliance Ruptures. In J.C. Norcross (Eds.). Psychotherapy Relationships That Work: Evidence-Based Responsiveness (2nd Edition). (pp. 224-238). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Eubanks-Carter, C, Muran, J.C., Safran, J.D., & Hayes, J.A. (2011). Interpersonal Interventions for Maintaining an Alliance. In L.M. Horowitz & S. Strack (Eds.). Handbook of Interpersonal Psychology: Theory, Research, Assessment & Intervention. (pp. 519-532). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Muran, J.C., Safran, J.D., & Eubanks-Carter, C. (2010). Developing Therapist Abilities to Negotiate Alliance Ruptures. In J.C. Muran & J.P. Barber (Eds.). The Therapeutic Alliance: An Evidence-Based Guide to Practice. (pp. 320-340). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Muran, J.C., Eubanks-Carter, C., & Safran, J.D. (2010). A Relational Approach to the Treatment of Personality Dysfunction. In J.J. Magnavita (Eds.). Evidence-Based Treatment of Personality Dysfunction. (pp. 167-192). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Muran, J.C., Castonguay, L.G., & Strauss, B. (2010). A Brief History of Psychotherapy Research. In L.G. Castonguay, J.C. Muran et al. (Eds.). Bring Psychotherapy Research to Life. (pp. 3-13). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Eubanks-Carter, C, Muran, J.C., & Safran, J.D. (2010). Alliance Ruptures & Resolution. In J.C. Muran & J.P. Barber (Eds.). The Therapeutic Alliance: An Evidence-Based Guide to Practice. (pp. 74-93). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C., & Proskurov, B. (2009). Alliance, Negotiation & Rupture Resolution. In R.A. Levy & J.S. Ablon (Eds.). Handbook of Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. (pp. 201-226). New York, NY: Humana Press.

Muran, J.C. (2007). The Power of/in Language. In J.C. Muran (Eds.). Dialogues on Difference: Studies of Diversity in the Therapeutic Relationship. (pp. 285-288). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Muran, J.C. (2007). A Relational Turn on Thick Description. In J.C. Muran (Eds.). Dialogues on Difference: Studies of Diversity in the Therapeutic Relationship. (pp. 257-274). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Muran, J.C. (2007). Positioning the Editor: An Introduction to Difference & Dialogue. In J.C. Muran (Eds.). Dialogues on Difference: Studies of Diversity in the Therapeutic Relationship. (pp. 3-12). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Muran, J.C. (2001). Meditations on Both/And. In J.C. Muran (Eds.). Self-Relations in the Psychotherapy Process. (pp. 347-372). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Muran, J.C. (2001). Contemporary Constructions & Contexts. In J.C. Muran (Eds.). Self-Relations in the Psychotherapy Process. (pp. 3-44). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.


Refereed Articles

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Selected articles (22/60) since (1990), See PDFs at ResearchGate.

Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C. et al. (2014), Investigating the impact of alliance-focused training on interpersonal process and therapists capacity for experiential reflection. Psychotherapy Research, 24, 269-285.

Tufekclioglu, S., Muran, J.C., Safran, J.D., & Winston, A. (2013), Personality disorder and early therapeutic alliance in two time-limited therapies. Psychotherapy Research.

Eubanks-Carter, C, Gorman, B.S. & Muran, J.C. (2012), Quantitative naturalistic methods for detecting change points in psychotherapy research: An illustration with alliance ruptures. Psychotherapy Research, 22, 621-637.

Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C. & Eubanks-Carter, C. (2011), Repairing alliance ruptures. Psychotherapy, 48, 80-87.

Muran, J.C. et al. (2009), Relationship of early alliance ruptures to process and outcome. Psychotherapy, 46, 233-28.

Muran, J.C. (2009), A fusion of horizons in psychotherapy research: Alternative methods to study psychotherapy process. Psychotherapy Research, 19, 617-618.

Muran, J.C. & Samstag, L.W. (2008), Can some interpersonalists be more different than alike? Implications for method in practice and research. Psychotherapy, 45, 320-323.

Safran, J.D. & Muran, J.C. (2006), Has the concept of the therapeutic alliance outlived its usefulness. Psychotherapy, 43, 286-291.

Muran, J.C. et al. (2005), Evaluating an alliance-focused treatment for personality disorders. Psychotherapy, 42, 532-545.

Safran, J.D. Muran, J.C. et al. (2005), Evaluating an alliance-focused treatment for potential treatment failures. Psychotherapy, 42, 512-531.

Muran, J.C. (2002), A relational approach to understanding change: plurality and contextualism in a psychotherapy research program. Psychotherapy Research, 12 (2), 113-138.

Muran, J.C. et al. (2001), A cognitive-interpersonal case study of the self. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57, 307-330.

Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C., Samstag, L.W., & Stevens, C. (2001), Rupture repair. Psychotherapy, 38, 406-412.

Muran, J.C. et al. (1998), The development of interpersonal scenarios as an idiographic measure of self-schemas. Psychotherapy Research, 8, 321-333.

Muran, J.C. et al. (1997), Development of a suboutcome strategy to measure interpersonal process in psychotherapy from an observer perspective. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53, 405-429.

Safran, J.D. & Muran, J.C. (1996), The resolution of ruptures in the therapeutic alliance. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 64, 447-458.

Muran, J.C. et al. (1995), Linking in-session change to overall outcome in short-term cognitive therapy. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 63, 651-657.

Muran, J.C. et al. (1994), Self-scenarios as a repeated measures outcome measurement of self-schemas in short-term cognitive therapy. Behavior Therapy, 25, 255-274.

Muran, J.C. et al. (1994), Patient pretreatment interpersonal problems and therapeutic alliance in short-term cognitive therapy. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 62, 185-190.

Muran, J.C. & Segal, Z.V. (1992), The development of an idiographic measure of self-schemas: An illustration of the construction and use of self-scenarios. Psychotherapy, 29, 524-535.

Muran, J.C. (1991), A reformulation of the ABC model in cognitive psychotherapies: Implications for assessment and treatment. Clinical Psychology Review, 11, 399-418.


Conference Presentations/Papers

Selections (2014). See PDFs at ResearchGate.

Muran, J.C. (2014). Ruptures in the Therapeutic Alliance: Challenges & Opportunities for Training & Change. In American Psychiatric Association. New York, New York.

Muran, J.C. (2014). Exploring changes in interpersonal process, intermediate & ultimate outcome in a within-subject experimental study of an alliance-focused training. In Society for Psychotherapy Research. Copenhagen, Denmark.


Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

Safran, J.D., & Muran, J.C. (2006). Resolving Therapeutic Impasses. Two DVD set powered by CustomFlix www.customflix.com.

Honors and Accomplishments

Fellow, American Psychological Association,
Division 12, Clinical Psychology (2007)
Division 29, Psychotherapy (2008)

Joan Sadow Award for Excellence in Teaching,
Beth Israel Medical Center (1999, 2001, & 2011)

Early Career Achievement Award,
Society for Psychotherapy Research (1997)

Professional Activities

Director, Brief Psychotherapy Research Program,
Beth Israel Medical Center (1990-Present)

Chief Psychologist, Beth Israel Medical Center (1994-2009)

Editor, Psychotherapy Research (2010-2015)

Editorial Boards:
Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology (2008-Present),
Psychotherapy Research (1997-Present),
Psychotherapy (2004-2012),
Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy (2000-2003)

President, North American Society for Psychotherapy Research (2005-2007)
Member, Executive Council, Society for Psychotherapy Research (2005-2007)

Program Chair:
Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (2003)
North American Society for Psychotherapy Research (2004)
American Psychological Association, Clinical Psychology Division 29 (2010)

Licenses & Certifications

Psychologist, New York State, Number 010612
National Register of Health Service Providers, Number 44704