Faculty Directory
Ken Critchfield


Associate Professor, Program Director of the Clinical PsyD program


(646) 592-4517

Rm 332, Rousso Building


1165 Morris Park Avenue

Rousso Building

Bronx, NY 10461

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Utah, 2002

Dr. Ken Critchfield is a tenured Associate Professor and Program Director of the Clinical Psychology Program of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. Critchfield’s research, teaching and clinical work all emphasize interpersonal and attachment-based principles of change implemented in Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT: Benjamin, 2003; 2018). IRT is an integrative, psychosocial treatment that uses an attachment-based case formulation to tailor treatment for patients having severe and chronic problems characterized comorbid depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and/or chronic suicidality, often accompanied by personality disorder. Dr. Critchfield earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Utah in 2002, with an internship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and post-doctoral training at Weill-Cornell Medical College. He was co-director of the IRT clinic at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute and was most recently directed the Combined-Integrated Clinical and School Psychology program at James Madison University. Dr. Critchfield is a Fellow of APA’s Society for Advancement of Psychotherapy (Div. 29). He has held leadership roles with the Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), and has long been a member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). He maintains a psychotherapy practice and frequently consults on issues of methodology, design, and analysis for work at the interface between interpersonal measurement (especially Structural Analysis of Social Behavior), personality, and psychopathology.

APA Fellow: Division 29, Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.

Woehrle, P. L., Critchfield, K. L., Anolik, S., Bobal, C., Pempek, T. A., & Skowron, E. A. (2022). Multigenerational patterns of parenting-at-risk: A test of interpersonal specificity using copy process theory. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 10.1002/jclp.23412. Advance online publication.https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.23412

Harvell-Bowman, L.A., Critchfield, K.L., Ndzana, J. F., Stucker, E., I., Yocca, C., Wilgus, K., Hurst, A., & Sullivan, K. (2022). Of Love and Death: Death anxiety, attachment, and suicide as experienced by college students. OMEGA – Journal of Death and Dying. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/00302228221100636

Critchfield, K. L., Mackaronis, J. E., Thapa, P., & Cechak, P. (2022). A brief overview of safety planning in interpersonal reconstructive therapy. Psychotherapy, 59(2), 168–173. https://doi.org/10.1037/pst0000415

Melluish, S., Bhola, P., Gutierrez, M. C., Critchfield, K. L., & Atwood, K. C. (2022). Psychological impact and clinical psychology responses to COVID-19: comparative case studies from Cuba, Ethiopia, India, UK and USA. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation. 11(2). https://doi.org/10.1027/2157-3891/a000037

Critchfield, K. L., Thapa, P., Panizo, M. T., & Conceição, N. (2022). Using interpersonal reconstructive therapy to address comorbid problems organized by attachment-based learning: The case of Don. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 78, 396– 408. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.23292

Marquis, A., Henriques, G. R., Anchin, J. C., Magnavita, J., Harris, J., Ingram, B., Critchfield, K. L., & Osborne, K. (2021). Unification: The Fifth Pathway to Psychotherapy Integration. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 51, 285-294. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10879-021-09506-7

Critchfield, K. L., Dobner-Pereira, J., Stucker, E. I., (2021). The Case of Sharon Considered form the Vantage Point of Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 17(1), 42-62. http://pcsp.libraries.rutgers.edu

Critchfield, K. L., Panizo, M. T., & Benjamin, L. S., (2019). Formulating key psychosocial mechanisms of psychopathology and change in Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy. In U. Kramer (Ed.) Case Formulation for Personality Disorders: Tailoring Psychotherapy to the Individual Client. Elsevier. (pp. 181-201).

Ness, E., Dahl, H-S J, Critchfield, K. L., & Ulberg, R. (2018) Exploring in-session process with qualitative and quantitative methods in psychotherapy with an adolescent. Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 17(4), 310-327, DOI: 10.1080/15289168.2018.1526021

Benjamin, L. S., Critchfield, K. L., Karpiak, C. P., Smith. T. L., & Mestel, R. (2018). Using Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy to select effective interventions for comorbid, treatment-resistant, personality-disordered individuals. In W. J. Livesley (Ed.), Handbook of Personality Disorders (2nd edition). New York: Guilford Press. (pp. 394-416).

Critchfield, K. L., Mackaronis, J. E., & Benjamin, L. S. (2017). Integrative use of CBT and Psychodynamic techniques in Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 27(4), 460-475. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/int0000092

Knobloch-Fedders, L. M., Critchfield, K. L., & Staab, E. M. (2017). Informative disagreements: Using divergence in couple and observer ratings of interaction to predict relationship distress and depression. Family Process. doi: 10.1111/famp.12201

Gunn, H. E., Critchfield, K. L., Mackaronis, J. E., Rau, H. K., Cribbet, M. R., Troxel, W. M., & Williams, P. G. (2016). Affiliative interpersonal behaviors during stress are associated with sleep quality and presleep arousal in young, healthy adults. Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. DOI:10.1016/j.sleh.2016.12.004 

Ulberg, R., Ness, E., Dahl, H-S, J., Høglend, P. A., Critchfield, K. L., Blayvas, P., & Amlo, S. (2016). Relational Interventions in psychotherapy: Development of a therapy process rating scale. BMC Psychiatry. 16(310). DOI: 10.1186/s12888-016-1021-4 (downloadable, free access: http://rdcu.be/vCih).

Critchfield, K. L., Benjamin, L. S., & Levenick, K. (2015). Reliability, sensitivity, and specificity of case formulations for comorbid profiles in Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy: addressing mechanisms of psychopathology. Journal of Personality Disorders, 29(4), 547-573. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1521/pedi.2015.29.4.547

Critchfield, K. L., & Mackaronis, J. E. (2015). Use of empirically-grounded relational principles to enhance clinical-decision making. In J. J. Magnavita (Ed.) Clinical Decision-Making in Behavioral and Mental Health Practice. (pp. 193-221). APA Press.

Knobloch-Fedders, L. M., Critchfield, K. L., Boissom, T., Woods, N., Bitman, R., Durbin, C. E. (2014). Depression, relationship quality, and couples’ demand / withdraw and demand / submit sequential interactions. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61(2), 264-279.

Ulberg, R., Amlo, S., Critchfield, K. L., Marble, A., & Høglend, P. (2014). Transference interventions and the process between therapist and patient. Psychotherapy, 51(2), 258-269. DOI: 10.1037/a0034708.

Critchfield, K. L. (2012). Tailoring common treatment principles to fit individual personalities. Journal of Personality Disorders, 26(1), 108-125.

Critchfield, K. L., & Benjamin, L. S. (2010). Assessment of repeated relational patterns for individual cases using the SASB-based Intrex questionnaire. Journal of Personality Assessment, 92(6), 480-489. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00223891.2010.513286

Stern, B. L., Caligor, E., Clarkin, J., Critchfield, C., Horz, S., Maccornack, V., Lenzenweger, M. F., & Kernberg, O. F. (2010). Structured Interview of Personality Organization (STIPO): Preliminary psychometrics in a clinical sample.  Journal of Personality Assessment, 92, 35-44.

Critchfield, K. L., Clarkin, J. F., Levy, K. N., & Kernberg, O. K. (2008). Organization of co-occurring Axis II features in BPD. British Journal of Clinical Psychology. 47(2), 185-200. [Selected for Faculty of 1000 Medicine, October 2008]

Critchfield, K. L., & Benjamin, L. S. (2008). Internalized representations of early interpersonal experience and adult relationships: A test of copy process theory in clinical and non-clinical settings. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 71(1), 71-92. http://dx.doi.org/10.1521/psyc.2008.71.1.71.  [reprinted in Ecologia della Mente, Vol 34(2), Dec 2011, 182-211.]

Critchfield, K. L., Levy, K. N., Clarkin, J. F., & Kernberg, O. F. (2008). The relational context of aggression in BPD: Using adult attachment style to predict forms of hostility. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64(1), 67-82.

Critchfield, K. L., Henry, W. P., Castonguay, L. G., & Borkovec, T. D. (2007). Interpersonal process and outcome in variants of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 63(1), 31-51.

Critchfield, K. L., & Benjamin, L. S. (2006). Principles for psychosocial treatment of personality disorder: Summary of the Division 12 Task Force review. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62(6), 661-674.

Benjamin, L. S., Rothweiler, J. C., & Critchfield, K. L. (2006). The use of Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (SASB) as an assessment tool. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 2, 83-109.


(646) 592-4517

Rm 332, Rousso Building


1165 Morris Park Avenue

Rousso Building

Bronx, NY 10461


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