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

The modern era of psychotherapy began over a century ago guided by the assumption that psychological treatments were mediated by changes in the brain. Although we are far from fully understanding the neural basis of enduring change in psychotherapy, recent developments in neuroscience provide a foundation for advancing knowledge in this area.

The purposes of this two-day conference for researchers and clinicians are: (1) to define a research agenda for the neuroscience of enduring change, (2) acquaint researchers and clinicians with recent basic research findings and their clinical implications, and (3) discuss the mechanisms of enduring change in psychotherapy from the perspective of the major psychotherapy modalities.

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, Pomona College: Construction of Emotional Experience
  • Merel Kindt, PhD, University of Amsterdam: Emotion-Memory Interactions
  • Jessica Andrews-Hanna, PhD, University of Arizona: Arousal and the Frontal Lobes
  • 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