Faculty Profiles

John Christopher Muran

Associate Dean
Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology

Hy Weinberg Center Room 303

General Information



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)

Personal Statement

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.

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