Professor of Psychology
80 Fifth Avenue
Jeremy Safran is Professor of Psychology & former Director of Clinical Psychology at The New School for Social Research.
Concentrations: Clinical theory; psychotherapy research; psychotherapy; psychoanalysis
PhD 1982, University of British Columbia
Certificate in Psychoanalysis 2001, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
Fellow, The American Psychological Association
The Society for Psychotherapy Research
Doran, J.M., Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C. (2016). The Alliance Negotiation Scale: A psychometric investigation. Psychological Assessment, 28, 8, 885-897.
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.
Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C., & Eubanks-Carter, C. (2011). Repairing alliance ruptures. Psychotherapy, 48, 80-87.
Safran, J. D. & Muran, J.C. (2006). Has the concept of the alliance outlived its usefulness? Psychotherapy, 43, 286-291.
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. (2006). Before the ass has gone the horse has already arrived. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 42, 197-212.
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., Muran, J.C., Samstag, L., & Winston, A. (2005). Evaluating alliance-focused intervention for potential treatment failures. Psychotherapy, 42, 532-545.
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. (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. (2002). Brief relational psychoanalytic treatment. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 12, 171-196.
Safran, J.D., Muran, J.C., Wallner Samstag, L. & Stevens, C. (2001). Repairing therapeutic alliance ruptures. Psychotherapy, 38, 406-412.
Safran, J.D. & Aron, L. (2001). The implications of the empirically supported treatment controversy for psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 11, 571-582.
Safran, J.D. (1999). Faith, will and despair in psychoanalysis. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 35, 5-23.
Safran, J.D. & Muran, J.C. (1996). The resolution of ruptures in the therapeutic alliance. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64, 447-458.
Hill, C.R. & Safran, J.D. (1994). Assessing interpersonal schemas: Anticipated responses of significant others. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 13, 366-379.
Safran, J.D. (1993) Breaches in the therapeutic alliance: An arena for negotiating authentic relatedness. Psychotherapy, 30, 11-24.
Safran, J.D., Greenberg, L.S. & Rice, L.N. (1988). Integrating psychotherapy research and practice: Modeling the change process. Psychotherapy, 25, 1-17.
Interview May 2016
• Safran, J.D. (2009). Psychoanalytic Therapy Over Time
• Safran, J.D. (2008). Relational Psychotherapy
• Safran, J.D. & Muran, J. C. (2006). Resolving therapeutic impasses.
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. I also focus on the topic of therapist effects and specifically the investigation of factors or qualities associated with therapist expertise. In addition my colleagues and I have developed an evidence-based treatment known as Brief Relational Therapy, which combines principles of mindfulness, emotion-focused treatment and relational psychoanalysis. In addition we conduct research on a therapist training model known as Alliance-Focused Training.
2013 Gradiva Award for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Therapies (publisher: American Psychological Association)
2016 The Society for Psychotherapy Research Distingished Research Career Award
2017 The Americal Psychological Association Division 39 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychoanalytic Research
Clin Theory: Psychody.Ther
Clin Sup & Consultation
Integ Clinical Theor& Pract
Emotion and Psychotherapy
Senior Work Project