Neuroscience of Psychotherapy Conference September 2017


  • Early Registration (before 10pm, August 1st) - $275 
  • Registration (after 10pm, August 1st) - $350
  • Reduced Rate for Graduate Students, Postdocs and Residents - $50

Sponsored by the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry

How does psychotherapy bring about change in mental health?  Clarity about the core mechanisms that explain how enduring change occurs can be of great benefit to researchers and clinicians. While every practitioner develops particular techniques and theories that are often effective, these may not work or may not apply to a given patient. 

This conference will focus on the core mechanisms of change that apply to all major modalities of therapy as described in a recent paper in a leading neuroscience journal. By better understanding how therapy works, clinicians will be able to take a fresh look at how they do therapy and potentially make changes to more effectively help patients to change. Emphasis will be placed on linking basic science to clinical application and examining the implications for clinical practice of this new model of enduring change.

Confirmed Speakers and Topics:

Friday, September 15 : Basic Science

  • Lynn Nadel, PhD, University of Arizona: Memory Systems and Dynamics
  • Ryan Smith, PhD, University of Arizona: Implicit and Explicit Emotion
  • Ajay B. Satpute, PhD, Northeastern University: Construction of Emotional Experience
  • Jessica Andrews-Hanna, PhD, University of Arizona: Arousal and the Frontal Lobes
  • Joseph Dunsmoor, PhD, University of Texas at Austin: Emotion-Memory Interactions
  • Jessica Payne, PhD, University of Notre Dame: Sleep and Memory Dynamics
  • Lee Ryan, PhD, University of Arizona: Memory and the Self
  • Jacek Debiec, MD, PhD, DPhil, MPhil, University of Michigan: Early Life Trauma

Saturday, September 16 : Applications to Psychotherapy

  • Les Greenberg, PhD, York University: Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Edna B. Foa, PhD, University of Pennsylvania: Behavioral Therapy
  • Michelle G. Craske, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Hanna Levenson, PhD, Wright Institute, Berkeley: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Rhonda Goldman, PhD, Illinois School of Professional Psychology: Integrative Therapies
  • Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD, University of Arizona: Synthesis

Information regarding CE and CME credits TBA     

The event will be held in the North Ballroom at the University of Arizona Student Union. Parking is included at the Second Street Garage. The tentative schedule for both days is 8am-5pm and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. An evening reception is also included for Friday, September 15th. If you are in need of hotel accommodations, we recommend the Tucson Marriott University Park or Aloft Tucson University.

Parking Information

For Questions Contact: Dale Schoonover