James Madison University

Critchfield Receives Charles J. Gelso, Ph.D. Psychotherapy Research Grant


Dr. Ken Critchfield (shown here with Armand Cerbone, President of the Society for Advancement of Psychotherapy) received a Charles J. Gelso, Ph.D. Psychotherapy Research Grant in August at the 2016 APA Convention in Denver. These grants, offered annually by the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Div 29) are designed to advance research on psychotherapy process and/or outcome. The Gelso grant will enable coding of the level of adherence for therapists and patients in a recently-archived psychotherapy database focused on evaluation of Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT: Benjamin, 2003/2006; Benjamin, in press) and represents a direct extension of methods and findings pursued for over a decade by Dr. Critchfield and Lorna Smith Benjamin, Ph.D. This work has so far resulted in a sequence of empirical, peer-reviewed publications addressing IRT’s basis in copy process theory, its case formulation method, effectiveness, and mechanisms that impact change (Critchfield & Benjamin, 2008; 2010; in preparation; Critchfield, Benjamin, & Levenick, 2015). With the assistance of this grant, program trainees will have the opportunity to assist Dr. Critchfield in continuing this research. Dr. Critchfield joined the faculty of the Department of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University in 2014, and now co-directs JMU’s Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program in Clinical and School Psychology.