Bios for PRC Members
Dr. Sherwood Waldron is a psychoanalyst, in practice in New York since 1966, teaching as well at Mt. Sinai and at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, where he trained in adult and child psychoanalysis. Previously he studied psychology as an undergraduate at Harvard, then after his MD at Yale Medical School trained in psychiatry and child psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
He has had a major interest for decades in the evaluation of the efficacy of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. An NIMH sponsored project on outcomes of childhood neuroses was followed by a thirty-year project to develop a collection of recorded psychoanalyses and psychotherapies. He founded the Psychoanalytic Research Consortium to study the relationships between what patient and therapist contribute and benefit. This effort has been supported by grants from the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association, among others, and has the largest database in the world of recorded psychoanalyses. Currently the group is looking to apply natural language processing and artificial intelligence to digest this large database, and look for reliable ways of identifying early in treatment whether and to what degree the patient is likely to benefit from this treatment.
Sherwood Waldron, MD
Chair, Psychoanalytic Research Consortium
Member, Fund for Psychoanalytic Research, American Psychoanalytic Association
98 Riverside Drive, apt. 9C
New York, NY 10024
Dr. Katie Aafjes-van Doorn is a Clinical Psychologist and psychotherapy researcher. Previously, she received a MSc in Clinical Psychology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as well as a MSc in Psychological Research and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University of Oxford, UK. Over the years, she has worked clinically in different settings within the National Health Service, in the UK as well as at a psychoanalytic community clinic in San Francisco. She moved to New York in 2016 for a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Derner Institute for Psychological Services, Adelphi University. She has co-authored an introductory book on clinical psychology, chapters on process-outcome research and research in clinical psychology and has written several peer reviewed empirical and review papers on the role of in-session affect experiencing and attunement in psychotherapy, psychodynamic and psychoanalytic treatments.
Katie is now an Assistant Professor at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, New York, where she teaches courses on evidence-based psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal psychodynamic psychotherapy and research design to the doctoral students in the clinical psychology program. Her research interest is in psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as its potential moderators and mediators of change. In order to operationalize the (non)verbal psychodynamic processes, students in her research lab learn about several observational coding systems of unconscious processes & therapist techniques. This facilitates data-collection for potential research projects and most importantly also aids clinical skills.
Dr. Katie Aafjes-van Doorn
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology
Rousso Building, room 123
1165 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
Luis H. Ripoll M.D.is a psychoanalyst educated at and affiliated with the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, who works in private practice in New York. He completed his medical training at the University of Florida, and psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident. He completed a MIRECC Advanced Clinical Research Fellowship on the neurobiology of personality disorders at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, and during his psychoanalytic education, he completed the New York Psychoanalytic Institute’s Silvan Clinical Research Fellowship. His interests include borderline and psychotic personality structure, the impact of trauma on personality development, disturbances in identity and sense of self, mentalization, the neurobiology of attachment, empathy, and interpersonal functioning, clinical aesthetics, psychoanalytic field theory, and the roles of creativity, curiosity, and play in the therapeutic process. He has published on related subjects in journals such as Neuropsychoanalysis, Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, and Current Psychiatry Reports, and he is a member of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute’s Scientific Program Committee. Luis also is the website editor.
Luis H. Ripoll M.D.
New York Psychoanalytic Institute
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dept. of Psychiatry
Psychoanalytic Research Consortium
Psychoanalytic Research & Development Fund
240 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016
Dr. Steve Axelrod is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, with practices in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and organizational consulting in New York City. Dr. Axelrod was trained at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis where he is on the faculty as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor. He is also a Principal of the Boswell Group, a network of psychodynamic management consultants.
In addition to a number of journal articles Dr. Axelrod is the author of the 1999 book Work and the Evolving Self, which broke new ground in educating clinicians about work and organizational issues in their practices. He is also the co-editor of the 2018 book Progress in Psychoanalysis: Envisioning the Future of the Profession. In the course of his career Dr. Axelrod has developed expertise in applying a systems psychodynamic approach across all the domains of his practice . He is currently interested in the intersection of psychoanalysis and executive advising and in applying a systems psychodynamic approach to problems of culture, leadership, and innovation in psychoanalysis.
Steven D. Axelrod, Ph.D.
Faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
Co-Editor, Progress in Psychoanalysis(https://www.routledge.com/Progress-in-Psychoanalysis-Envisioning-the-future-of-the-profession/Axelrod-Naso-Rosenberg/p/book/9781138477872)
60 West 13th St, Suite LC
New York, NY 10011
Karen Myers, Executive Director, has been with the PRC for the past 16 years. She is an independent Ethnographic Researcher in the areas of sociology, anthropology, political science and religion and works with several colleges, universities and other organizations in their national and international research projects. She works with Dr. Waldron in the administration of the PRC as well as the research and development of the database of recorded psychoanalytic sessions.
Diana Diamond is Professor in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York (emerita), and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical Center of Cornell University, where she is also a senior fellow in the Personality Disorders Institute (PDI). She is also on the faculty of New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NYPSI), and the New School for Social Research.
At the PDI, she has investigating the impact of narcissistic pathology on the treatment process and outcome over the course of Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP). These, clinical and research investigations have led to her most recent book A Clinical Guide to Treating Narcissistic Disorders: A Transference Focused Psychotherapy (with Frank Yeomans, Barry Stern and Otto Kernberg, Guilford Press, in press). She has also recently published, Cinematic Reflections on the Legacy of the Holocaust: Psychoanalytic Perspective (Taylor and Francis, Routledge, 2018). She has written a number of articles in the areas of the theory, research and treatment of personality disorders, the relevance of attachment theory and research to psychoanalysis, mental representations and how they change over the course of dynamic therapy, and gender issues.
She is the recipient of several awards including the research award from the American Psychological Association (Division 39), and the inaugural International Society for Transference Focused Psychotherapy (ISTFP) Research Award. She is on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychological Issues, the Journal of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalytic Inquiry. She is a graduate of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and is in private practice in psychoanalysis and individual and couple therapy.