Safran, Jeremy


Jeremy Safran
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1982; postdoctoral certification in psychoanalysis, New York University, 2001
Professor of Psychology


Concentrations: Clinical theory; clinical psychology; psychotherapy.

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Recent Publications:
  • Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Therapies (author, 2012)
  • Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: An Unfolding Dialogue (editor, 2003)
  • Negotiating the Therapeutic Alliance: A Relational Treatment Guide (coauthor, 2000)

Selected Articles (for download):

Safran, J.D., Greenberg, L.S. & Rice, L.N. (1988). Integrating psychotherapy research and practice: Modeling the change process. Psychotherapy, 25, 1-17.

Safran, J.D. (1993) Breaches in the therapeutic alliance: An arena for negotiating authentic relatedness. Psychotherapy, 30, 11-24.

Hill, C.R. & Safran, J.D. (1994). Assessing interpersonal schemas: Anticipated responses of significant othersJournal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 13, 366-379.

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

Safran, J.D. (1999). Faith, will and despair in psychoanalysis. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 35, 5-23.

Safran, J.D. & Aron, L. (2001). The implications of the empirically supported treatment controversy for psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 11, 571-582.

Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C., Wallner Samstag, L. & Stevens, C. (2001). Repairing therapeutic alliance ruptures. Psychotherapy, 38, 406-412.

Safran, J.D. (2002). Brief relational psychoanalytic treatment. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 12, 171-196.

Safran, J.D. (2003). Psychoanalysis and Buddhism as cultural institutions. In J.D. Safran (Ed.), (2003), Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: An Unfolding Dialogue. Boston: Wisdom Publications.

Safran, J.D. (2003). The relational turn, the therapeutic alliance and psychotherapy research: Strange bedfellows or postmodern marriage?Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 39, 449-475.

Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C., Samstag, L., & Winston, A. (2005). Evaluating alliance-focused intervention for potential treatment failures. Psychotherapy, 42, 532-545.

Muran, J.C., Safran, J.D., Samstag, L., & Winston, A. (2005). Evaluating an alliance-focused treatment for personality disorders. Psychotherapy, 42, 512-531.

Safran, J. D. (2006). Before the ass has gone the horse has already arrived. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 42, 197-212.

Safran, J.D. (2006). The relational unconscious, the American enchanted interior and the return of the repressed. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 42, 393-412.

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

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

Safran, J. D. , Muran, J. C., Demaria, A., Boutwell, C., Eubanks-Carter, C. & Winston, A. (2014) Investigating the impact of alliance focused training on interpersonal process and therapists’ capacity for experiential reflection. Psychotherapy Research, 24, 269-285.

Office Location:
Room 603, 80 Fifth Avenue
Office Hours:
By Appointment
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5727, ext. 3259


Research Interests:
I'm interested in recent developments in psychoanalytic theory and practice, as well as research on psychotherapy process and outcome. I also have an interest in psychotherapy integration, and in the interface between psychoanalysis and Buddhism. My research program focuses on topics such as the therapeutic alliance, therapeutic impasses, transference and counter-transference, the internal processes of the therapist, and the relationship between attachment processes and therapeutic change. Major ongoing research programs at the present time include: 1) research in psychotherapy process and outcome at the Beth Israel Brief Psychotherapy Research Program, and 2) Research on the way in which psychoanalysts’ internal representations of their own analysts and their clinical supervisors, influence their development as psychoanalysts. This research is being conducted at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:

Educational DVDs:

• Safran, J.D. (2009). Psychoanalytic Therapy Over Time

• Safran, J.D. (2008). Relational Psychotherapy

• Safran, J.D. & Muran, J. C. (2006). Resolving therapeutic impasses.

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