Jeffrey S. Berman
Phone: (901) 678-2974
Throughout its history as a discipline, clinical psychology has been closely associated
with research on psychotherapy. This tradition of the scientific study of psychological
disorder and training in psychotherapy research and practice continues at the University
of Memphis. A special feature of our clinical program is this designated research
area involving students and faculty in the pursuit of psychotherapeutic acumen and
expertise. Faculty and students in the Psychotherapy Research area collaborate to
examine elements of psychotherapy that lead to a greater understanding of the workings
of the personal change process.
Participants in the Psychotherapy Research area are committed to improving understanding
of psychotherapy process and outcome using a range of quantitative and qualitative
methods. They study both the experience of psychological distress and the enhancement
of human potential. Psychotherapy research projects being pursued by research teams
focus on positive and negative treatment outcome, psychotherapy process, the workings
of narrative processes and silence in psychotherapy, significant therapy moments for
therapists and clients, differences in clients' and therapists' experiences of therapy,
the role of between-session homework in improvement, and interventions for for traumatized
and bereaved people, among other topics. In addition to these broad interests, a number
of faculty and students share a particular focus on constructivist, experiential,
and cognitive therapies, offering advanced training in these areas.
Graduate students in this specialty are encouraged to develop competencies as psychotherapists
as well as clinical researchers through enhanced coursework in applied as well as
scientific aspects of clinical psychology. The program is structured so that students'
research and clinical skills augment one another to produce clinicians who can integrate
outcome research into their practice and researchers with a greater sensitivity to
psychotherapy process. To this end, students are expected to establish a close mentoring
relationship with a faculty member in the area as they develop their unique research
The Psychotherapy Research area has limited meeting space. If you are interested in
attending, please contact Dr. Berman for more information.
Jeffrey S. Berman, Ph.D.
J. Gayle Beck, Ph.D.
Meghan McDevitt-Murphy, Ph.D.
Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D.
Andrew Meyers, Ph.D.
James G. Murphy, Ph.D.