Our Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to welcome our 2024 keynote speaker, J. Christopher Muran, Ph.D.

Dr. Muran is Dean and Professor at the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University, where he served as training director for the doctoral program in clinical psychology (2009-2021). He completed postdoctoral training in cognitive therapy (University of Toronto) and psychoanalysis (New York University). 

He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 12 and 29) and on its Advisory Steering Committee for the Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines. He is past president of the international Society for Psychotherapy Research, past editor of its journal Psychotherapy Research, and recipient of its Distinguished Career Award. He is also recipient of the Alfred M. Wellner Lifetime Achievement Award for Research Excellence from the National Register. He currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology and Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice. 

Since 1990, Dr. Muran has been Director (and Principal Investigator) of the Psychotherapy Research Program at Beth Israel Medical Center (now Mount Sinai), which has been funded by grant awards from the National Institute of Mental Health. He was Chief Psychologist at Beth Israel for 15 years (1994-2009) and is on faculty at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He was also appointed to the faculty of New York University Postdoctoral Program in 2021 and held the Horst K├Ąchele Chair (visiting professorship) at International Psychoanalytic University/Berlin in 2022.

Dr. Muran has published over 170 papers and 10 books, including Therapist Performance under Pressure: Negotiating Emotion, Difference & Rupture (2020; with Catherine Eubanks), Practice-Oriented Research (2016; with Louis Castonguay), The Therapeutic Alliance (2010; with Jacques Barber), Dialogues on Difference: Diversity Studies of the Therapeutic Relationship (2007), Self-Relations in the Psychotherapy Process (2001), and Negotiating the Therapeutic Alliance (2000; with Jeremy Safran). In addition, he has co-produced 3 video demonstrations on alliance rupture repair.

The IEDTA and its psychotherapist members are dedicated to the practice, research, and dissemination of Experiential Dynamic Therapies (EDTs).