Faculty Directory


Assistant Professor

MA, Eötvös Lóránt University ,
PhD, University of Pécs,

Dr. Vera Békés is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She studied clinical psychology and philosophy at Eötvös Lóránt University in Budapest, and she received her clinical psychologist training, as well as her PhD in the Psychoanalysis Doctoral Program at University of Pécs, Hungary. She completed postdoctoral research fellowships at McGill University and at Université du Québec á Montréal, and she continued working at McGill University as Research Associate at the Psychiatry Department, Faculty of Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology Dr. Békés worked as a researcher and clinical supervisor at Université Laval in Québec City, QC. She gained clinical experience at psychiatric wards (Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and Kútvölgyi Hospital in Budapest) as well as in private practice.

Her research focuses on the empirical study of psychodynamic concepts in various psychopathologies and in the therapy process. She is especially interested in PTSD, and recovery and resilience after social trauma such as the Holocaust. Dr. Békés has published a book, three book chapters and more than twenty papers on these topics.

Latest publications: Békés, V., Perry, J. C., Robertson, B. M. (2018). Psychological masochism: A systematic review of the literature on conflicts, defenses, and motives. Psychotherapy Research, 28(3), 470-483. Békés, V., Beaulieu-Prévost, D., Marchand, A., Guay, S., & Belleville, G. (2018). Trauma related beliefs mediate the role of avoidant and borderline personality pathologies on treatment outcome. In press. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma. Békés, V., Perry, J. C., & Starrs, C. J. (2017). Resilience in Holocaust survivors: A study of defense mechanisms in Holocaust narratives. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 26(10), 1072-1089. Perry, J. C., Bond, M., & Békés, V. (2017). The rate of improvement in long-term dynamic psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 205(7), 517-524. Békés, V., Perry, J. C., Robertson, B. M. (2017). Masochism: Its Development and Psychological Function, and Changes in the Concept Over Time – A Mixed Method Analysis. The Psychoanalytic Review. Bisson-Desrochers, A., Beaulieu-Prévost, D., Marchand, A., Békés, V., Desautels, J., Belleville, G., Guay, S. (2016). Gender and Changes in Trauma Narrative Following CBT for PTSD. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 25(9), 974-990. Békés, V., Beaulieu-Prévost, D., Guay, S., Belleville, G., & Marchand, A. (2016). Women with PTSD benefit more from psychotherapy then men. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 8(6), 720. Békés, V., Dunkley, M., Taylor, G., Zuroff, D., Lewkowski, M., Foley, E., Myhr, G., & Westreich, R (2015). Chronic Stress and Attenuated Improvement in Depression Over One Year: The Moderating Role of Perfectionism. Behavior Therapy, 46(4), 478-492.


Resnick campus - Rousso Building


To request an interview, please contact Media Relations at 212-960-5400 x5488 or publicaffairs@yu.edu

Fall 2018
Advanced Research Seminar
PSC 6539


PSC 6463


Research Project I
PSC 6915


Research Project II
PSC 6916


Self Psychology
PSC 6491