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Katie Aafjes-van Doorn

Katie
Aafjes-van Doorn

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology Psychodynamic Track

DClinPsy, University of Oxford, 2012
MSc, University of Oxford, 2009
MSc, Vrije Universiteit, 2005

Dr. Katie Aafjes-van Doorn is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Clinical Psychology Program of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She received a MSc in Clinical Psychology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, as well as a MSc in Psychological Research and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University of Oxford. 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. Most recently, Dr. Aafjes-van Doorn completed a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University.

She currently teaches Evidence-based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, and Research Methods and Design. In her research lab she focuses on psychodynamic process research, by coding therapeutic interactions between the therapist and patient and change in personality functioning over time. Her research topics include a range of moderators and mediators of therapy change (e.g. defenses, attachment, affect experiencing, reflective functioning), as well as therapist training (integration of research & practice and integration of different therapy models). She applies observer-coding systems, NLP and machine learning algorithms to illuminate the micro interactions and changes within the patient and therapist, during therapist training and treatment sessions. She has co-authored an introductory book on clinical psychology, chapters on process-outcome research and research in clinical psychology and is currently associate editor of the journal Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice.

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Dr. Aafjes-van Doorn specializes in psychodynamic psychotherapy research. She has co-authored an introductory book on clinical psychology, chapters on process-outcome research and research in clinical psychology and has written about affect experiencing-in session and video-recording in psychotherapy.


RECENT PUBLICATIONS:
    1. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Békés, V., Luo, X (2021). COVID-related traumatic distress in psychotherapy patients during the pandemic: The role of attachment, alliance, and therapeutic agency. Brain Sciences. 11, 1288.

https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11101288

    1. Békés, V., Aafjes, K., Spina, D., Talia, A., Starrs, C. J., & Perry, J. C. The relationship between defense mechanisms and attachment as measured by observer-rated methods in a sample of depressed patients: A pilot study. Frontiers in Psychology, 4152. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.648503
    2. Békés, V., Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Luo, X., Prout, T. A., & Hoffman, M. D. (2021). Psychotherapists' challenges with online therapy during COVID-19: Concerns about connectedness predict therapists’ negative view of online therapy and its perceived efficacy over time. Frontiers in Psychology12, 3036.  doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.705699
    3. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Békés, V., Luo, X., Prout, T. A., & Hoffman, L. (2021). What do therapist defense mechanisms have to do with their experience of professional self-doubt and vicarious trauma during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Frontiers in Psychology, 12  doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.647503
    4. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Békés, V., Luo, X., Prout, T. A., & Hoffman, L. (2021). Therapists’ Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tra0001097
    5. Aafjes-van Doorn, K, McCollum, J, Kealy, D., Silberschatz, G., & Snyder, J., (2021). Interpersonal and social functioning among psychotherapy patients: the indirect effect of childhood adversity. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1097/nmd.0000000000001373 
    6. Aafjes-van Doorn, K, McCollum, J, Kealy, D., Silberschatz, G., & Snyder, J., (2021). Perceived adverse parenting in childhood and psychological distress among
      psychotherapy patients: The mediating role of pathogenic beliefs, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, , 209(3), 181-187. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001274
    7. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Nissen, K. J., & Chen*, Z. (2021). Learning styles in counseling: a scoping review of the empirical evidence. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 1-25. DOI: 10.1080/09515070.2021.1908961
    8. Kufferath-Lin*,T, Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Prout, T. A., & Hoffman, L., (2021). An Examination of Parent Sessions in Regulation Focused Psychotherapy for Children, Psychotherapy 58, 109 -120, https://doi.org/10.1037/pst0000314
    9. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Kamsteeg, C., Bate, J., & Aafjes., M. (2021). A Scoping Review of Machine Learning in Psychotherapy Research. Psychotherapy Research, 31(1), 92-116. https://doi.org/10.1080/10503307.2020.1808729 .

 

2020

    1. Hackett, S. S., Zubala, A., Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Chadwick, T., Harrison, T. L., Bourne, J., ... & McNamara, R. (2020). A randomised controlled feasibility study of interpersonal art psychotherapy for the treatment of aggression in people with intellectual disabilities in secure care. Pilot and Feasibility Studies6(1), 1-14.
    2. Prout, T. A., Zilcha-Mano, S., Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Békés, V., Christman-Cohen, I., Whistler, K., ... & Di Giuseppe, M. (2020). Identifying predictors of psychological distress during COVID-19: A machine learning approach. Frontiers in Psychology11, 3063.
    3. Bayne, H., Impellizzeri, J.., Michel., R.E., Dietlin, O., Aafjes-van Doorn, K. (2020). Impact of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election on Politically Divided Relationships, Counseling and Values, 65, 137-154. doi: 10.1002/cvj.12134
    4. Hackett, S. S., Zubala, A., Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Chadwick, T., Harrison, T. L., Bourne, J., ... & McNamara, R. (2020). A randomised controlled feasibility study of interpersonal art psychotherapy for the treatment of aggression in people with intellectual disabilities in secure care. Pilot and Feasibility Studies6(1), 1-14.
    5. Prout, T. A., Zilcha-Mano, S., Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Békés, V., Christman-Cohen, I., Whistler, K., ... & Di Giuseppe, M. (2020). Identifying predictors of psychological distress during COVID-19: A machine learning approach. Frontiers in Psychology11, 3063.
    6. Békés, V., Aafjes–van Doorn, K., Prout, T. A., & Hoffman, L. (2020). Stretching the Analytic Frame: Analytic Therapists’ Experiences with Remote Therapy During COVID-19. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 0003065120939298.
    7. Békés, V., & Aafjes-van Doorn, K. (2020). Psychotherapists’ attitudes toward online therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration30(2), 238-247. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/int0000214
    8. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Békés, V., Prout, T. A., & Hoffman, L. (2020). Psychotherapists' vicarious traumatization during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0000868
    9. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Békés, V., & Prout, T. A. (2020). Grappling with our therapeutic relationship and professional self-doubt during COVID-19: will we use video therapy again?. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/09515070.2020.1773404
    10. Aafjes-van Doorn, K. Porcerelli, J., & Müller-Frommeyer, L. C., (2020). Language style matching in psychotherapy: An implicit aspect of alliance. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 67(4), 509–522. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000433
    11. Aafjes-van Doorn, K. & Müller-Frommeyer, L. C., (2020) Reciprocal language style matching in psychotherapy research. Counseling & Psychotherapy Research. https://doi.org/10.1002/capr.12298
    12. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Kealy, D., Ogrodniczuk, J., Weber, R., Ehrenthal, J., & Joyce, A. (2020). The effect of hopelessness and perceived group compatibility on treatment outcome for patients with personality dysfunction.  The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. https://doi.org/10.1097/nmd.0000000000001176
    13. Kealy, D., Aafjesvan Doorn, K., Ehrenthal, J. C., Weber, R., Ogrodniczuk, J. S., & Joyce, A. S. (2020). Improving social functioning and life satisfaction among patients with personality dysfunction: Connectedness and engagement in integrative group treatment. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 27, 288–299. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2427
    14. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., McCollum, J., Silberschatz, G., & Snyder, J. (2020). Assessing internalized beliefs: Development of the Pathogenic Belief Scale. Development and Psychopathology, 1-13. Advance online publication https://doi.org/10.1017/s0954579419001615
    15. Aafjes-van Doorn, K. Etchebarne, I., Garay, C, Kamsteeg, C., & Roussos, A.. (2020). Psychotherapy for personal growth? A multicultural and multitheoretical exploration. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 76,1255–1266. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22942
    16. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Portier, K., & Kamsteeg (2020). A dialectical behavior therapy skills group in a psychoanalytic community service: A pilot study. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy34(1), 21-46. https://doi.org/10.1891/0889-8391.34.1.21
    17. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., McCollum, J., Silberschatz, G., & Snyder, J. (2020). Assessing internalized beliefs: Development of the Pathogenic Belief Scale. Development and Psychopathology, 1-13. Advance online publication https://doi.org/10.1017/s0954579419001615
    18. Aafjes-van Doorn, K. Etchebarne, I., Garay, C, Kamsteeg, C., & Roussos, A.. (2020). Psychotherapy for personal growth? A multicultural and multitheoretical exploration. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 76,1255–1266. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22942
    19. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Portier, K., & Kamsteeg (2020). A dialectical behavior therapy skills group in a psychoanalytic community service: A pilot study. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy34(1), 21-46. https://doi.org/10.1891/0889-8391.34.1.21

 

 

2019

    1. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Silberschatz, G., Kamsteeg, C (2019) Cognitive mediators of the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and adult psychopathology: A systematic review. Development and Psychopathology. 1-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954579419001317
    2. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., & Sweeney, K. (2019). The effect of initial therapy contact: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 74, 101786. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2019.101786
    3. Minges, M., Zilcha-Mano, S., Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Gorman, B. & Barber, J.P. (2019) Interpersonal problems of cocaine dependent adults differ from those of a normative sample. Addiction Research & Theory. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1080/16066359.2019.1688304
    4. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Kealy, D., Ogrodniczuk, J., Weber, R., Ehrenthal, J., & Joyce, A. (2019). Improving self-esteem through integrative group therapy for personality dysfunction: Investigating the role of the therapeutic alliance and quality of object relations. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 75, 2079–2094. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22832
    5. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Zilcha-Mano, S., Graham, K., Caldari, A., Barber, J. P., Chambless, D.L., & Milrod, B. (2019). The role of safety behaviors in panic disorder treatment: Self-regulation or self-defeat?. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 49(4), 203-212. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10879-019-09432-9
    6. Nehrig, N., Prout, T., & Aafjes-van Doorn (2019) Whose anxiety are we treating, anyway?. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 75(10), 1866-1878. http://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22824
    7. Zalman*, H., Aafjes-van Doorn, K., & Eubanks, C. (2019). Alliance challenges in the treatment of a narcissistic patient: The case of Alex. Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome, 22(9). Advance online publication https://doi.org/10.4081/ripppo.2019.351
    8. Solomonov, N., Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Lipner, L.M., Gorman, B.S., Milrod, B., Rudden, M.G., Chambless, D.L., & Barber, J.P. (2019). Panic-focused reflective functioning and comorbid borderline traits as predictors of change in quality of object relations in panic disorder treatments. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 49(4), 255-264. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10879-019-09434-7
    9. Hackett, S. S., & Aafjes-van Doorn, K. (2019). Psychodynamic art psychotherapy for the treatment of aggression in an individual with antisocial personality disorder in a secure forensic hospital: A single-case design study. Psychotherapy, 56(2), 297-308. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pst0000232
    10. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Silberschatz, G., Kamsteeg, C (2019) Cognitive mediators of the relationship between adverse childhood experiences and adult psychopathology: A systematic review. Development and Psychopathology. 1-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954579419001317
    11. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., & Sweeney, K. (2019). The effect of initial therapy contact: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 74, 101786. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2019.101786
    12. Minges, M., Zilcha-Mano, S., Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Gorman, B. & Barber, J.P. (2019) Interpersonal problems of cocaine dependent adults differ from those of a normative sample. Addiction Research & Theory. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1080/16066359.2019.1688304
    13. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Kealy, D., Ogrodniczuk, J., Weber, R., Ehrenthal, J., & Joyce, A. (2019). Improving self-esteem through integrative group therapy for personality dysfunction: Investigating the role of the therapeutic alliance and quality of object relations. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 75, 2079–2094. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22832
    14. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Zilcha-Mano, S., Graham, K., Caldari, A., Barber, J. P., Chambless, D.L., & Milrod, B. (2019). The role of safety behaviors in panic disorder treatment: Self-regulation or self-defeat?. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 49(4), 203-212. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10879-019-09432-9
    15. Nehrig, N., Prout, T., & Aafjes-van Doorn (2019) Whose anxiety are we treating, anyway?. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 75(10), 1866-1878. http://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22824
    16. Zalman, H., Aafjes-van Doorn, K., & Eubanks, C. (2019). Alliance challenges in the treatment of a narcissistic patient: The case of Alex. Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome, 22(9). Advance online publication https://doi.org/10.4081/ripppo.2019.351
    17. Solomonov, N., Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Lipner, L.M., Gorman, B.S., Milrod, B., Rudden, M.G., Chambless, D.L., & Barber, J.P. (2019). Panic-focused reflective functioning and comorbid borderline traits as predictors of change in quality of object relations in panic disorder treatments. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 49(4), 255-264. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10879-019-09434-7
    18. Hackett, S. S., & Aafjes-van Doorn, K. (2019). Psychodynamic art psychotherapy for the treatment of aggression in an individual with antisocial personality disorder in a secure forensic hospital: A single-case design study. Psychotherapy, 56(2), 297-308. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pst0000232

 

2018

    1. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Klinar Alfaro, D., Fialová, M., & Kamsteeg, C. (2018). Psychotherapy integration training around the globe: A personal and empirical perspective. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 28(4), 505-520. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/int0000135
    2. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., & Wooldridge, T. (2018). The complexity of loss during a forced termination: A case illustration. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 34(2), 285-299. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjp.12362
    3. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., & Barber, J.P. (2018). Mechanisms of change in treatments of Personality Disorders: Commentary on the special section. Journal of Personality Disorders, 32, 143-151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1521/pedi.2018.32.supp.143

2017

    1. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., & Barber, J. P. (2017). Systematic review of in-session affect experience in cognitive behavioral therapy for depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research41(6), 807-828. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10608-017-9865-6
    2. Silberschatz, G. & Aafjes-van Doorn, K. (2017). Pathogenic beliefs mediate the relationship between perceived negative parenting and psychopathology symptoms. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. 26(3), 258-275. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1080/10926771.2016.1259279
    3. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Lilliengren, P, Cooper, A., Macdonald, J., & Falkenström, F. (2017) Patients’ affective processes within initial experiential dynamic therapy sessions. Psychotherapy, 54(2), 175-183. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pst0000072

 

2016-2011

    1. Snyder, J. & Aafjes-van Doorn, K. (2016). Utilizing measure-based feedback in control-mastery theory: A clinical error. Psychotherapy, 53, 291-296. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pst0000075
    2. Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Macdonald, J., Stein, M., Cooper, A. M., & Tucker, S. (2014). Experiential dynamic therapy: A preliminary investigation into the effectiveness and process of the extended initial session. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 70(10), 914-923. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22094
    3. Van Doorn, K., McManus, F., & Yiend, J. (2012). An analysis of matching cognitive-behavior therapy techniques to learning styles. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 43, 1039-1044. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbtep.2012.05.001
    4. McManus, F., Van Doorn, K., & Yiend, J. (2011). Examining the effects of thought records and behavioral experiments in instigating belief change. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 43, 540-547. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbtep.2011.07.003

 

Books and Book Chapters

 

Llewelyn, S., & Aafjes-van Doorn, K. (2017). Clinical Psychology: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Llewelyn, S., Macdonald, J. & Aafjes-van Doorn, K. (2016). Process-Outcome Studies. In (Ed. J. Norcross) APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology: Theory and research (Vol2)  (pp 451-463), Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Llewelyn, S., Hardy, G. & Aafjes-van Doorn, K. (2015) Chapter 11. Psychologists as researchers. In J. Hall (Ed.) Clinical psychology in Britain: Historical perspectives, (pp. 154-167). Leicester, UK: British Psychological Society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall 2021
Advanced Research Seminar
PSC 6539

 

Evidence-Based Psychody Thrpy
PSC 6486

 

Psycodynamic Process Rsrch I
PSC 6574

 

Research Methods Design
PSC 6287

 

Research Project I
PSC 6915

 

Research Project II
PSC 6916