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Barry A. Farber

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., Queens College, CUNY; M.A., Teachers College; Ph.D., Yale University

Scholarly Interests

Psychotherapy research (attachment theory and object relations; therapist and patient representations; self-disclosure and concealment in patients, therapists, supervisors, and supervisees); the influence of emerging technologies (e.g., texting, blogging, emails, social media) on self-disclosure in children and adolescents; Carl Rogers and person-centered therapy (e.g., varieties and consequences of positive regard).

Selected Publications

Self Disclosure in Psychotherapy (2006, Guilford)

The Psychotherapy of Carl Rogers
(1996, Guilford). 

"Attachment style, representations of psychotherapy, and clinical interventions with insecurely attached clients" (2015, Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session).

"Putting up emotional (Facebook) walls: Attachment status and emerging adults' experience of social networking sites" (2013, Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session).

"Client disclosure and therapist response in psychotherapy with women with a history of childhood sexual abuse" (2013, Psychotherapy Research).

"Positive Regard" (2011, Psychotherapy)

"The therapist as secure base" (In Obegi & Berant, 2009, Attachment theory and research in clinical work with adults)

"The benefits and risks of patient self-disclosure in the psychotherapy of women with a history of childhood sexual abuse" (2009, Psychotherapy)

"On the enduring and substantial influence of Carl Rogers' not-quite essential nor
 necessary conditions" (2007, Psychotherapy)

"Patterns  of self-disclosure in psychotherapy and marriage" (2007, Psychotherapy)

"A temporal model of patient disclosure in psychotherapy" (2007, Psychotherapy Research)

"Patient self-disclosure: A review of the research" (2003, Journal of Clinical Psychology)

"Positive regard" (2001, Psychotherapy)

"The therapist as attachment figure" (1995, Psychotherapy).

"Gender and representation in psychotherapy" (1994, Psychotherapy).

biographical information

Professor Barry A. Farber received his Ph.D. from Yale University. Clinically, he has had training in behavioral, client-centered, and psychodynamically oriented psychotherapies. His research and scholarly interests are in the areas of psychotherapy process and outcome (e.g., the ways in which patients construct internal representations of the therapist and the therapeutic relationship; self-disclosure in patients, therapists, and supervisees; the nature and consequences of the therapist's provision of positive regard), the impact on the therapist of doing psychotherapy, the development of psychological-mindedness, and the ways in which interpersonal disclosure is influenced by emerging technologies (e.g., texting, emailing, blogging). He was Director of Training in the clinical program here for 21 years (1990-2011) and recently (2014) re-assumed that positon; he's currently the editor of Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session. He's also on the Executive Committee of Division 29 (Psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association.

principal publications

CCPX 4120: Psychotherapy through fiction and film

Psychotherapy, the therapist, and psychopathology as reflected in current fiction and film.

CCPX 4900: Research and independent study

Permission required.

CCPX 5034: Child psychopathology

Major clinical syndromes of childhood and adolescence viewed within the context of normal development. Consideration of various theoretical, diagnostic, etiological, and therapeutic viewpoints. Fall semester: doctoral candidates in psychology; others by permission (prerequisite: CCPX 4542). Spring, Summer semesters: Open to all.

CCPX 5039: Empirical bases of psychotherapy

Open to doctoral candidates in psychology; others by permission. (Prerequisite: CCPX 4038). Analysis of research efforts concerned with investigating the process and outcome of psychotherapy. Emphasis on client, therapist, and system variables that contribute to the probability of therapeutic success.

CCPX 6335: Practicum in clinical intervention

Permission required. For second-year doctoral students in clinical psychology, two semesters, 3-4 points each semester. Supervised practice in psychotherapy as staff members of the Dean Hope Center.

CCPX 6900: Advanced research and independent study

Permission required.

CCPX 7500: Dissertation seminar

Permission required. Development of doctoral dissertations and presentation of plans for approval. Registration limited to two terms.

CCPX 8900: Dissertation advisement

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate of each term.

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