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Kevin Meehan

Kevin B. Meehan

Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A., New York UniversityM.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNYPh.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center


Kevin B. Meehan, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at LIU, Brooklyn. Dr. Meehan is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he is collaborating with his colleagues at the Personality Disorders Institute (PDI) as a researcher and study therapist in evaluating a manualized treatment for borderline personality disorder called Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP). His clinical research evaluates attachment and reflective functioning as mechanisms of change in psychodynamic and interpersonal psychotherapies, as well as the process of change in patients with personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. His research also evaluates deficits in effortful control, affect regulation, and social cognition in both college-age and personality disordered populations. He also maintains a private practice in psychotherapy in downtown Brooklyn.


Personality Disorders, Trauma, Attachment, Reflective Function, Narcissism, Self-Regulation, Psychodynamic and Interpersonal Therapies, Personality Assessment.


Meehan, K. B., & Clarkin, J. F. (in press, 2014). A critical evaluation of moving toward a trait system for personality disorder assessment. In S. K. Huprich (Ed.) Personality Disorders: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Research. APA Books.    

Meehan, K. B., Levy, K. N., Temes, C. M., & Detrixhe, J. (in press, 2014). Solitude and personality disorders. In Coplan, R. J. & Bowker, J. (Eds.), A Handbook of Solitude: Psychological Perspectives on Social Isolation, Social Withdrawal, and Being Alone. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell Press.

Diamond, D. & Meehan, K. B. (2013). Attachment and object relations in patients with narcissistic personality disorder:  Implications for therapeutic process and outcome. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session.

Cain, N. M., De Panfilis, C., Meehan, K. B., & Clarkin, J. F. (2013). Assessing interpersonal profiles associated with varying levels of effortful control. Journal of Personality Assessment, 95(6), 640-644.

Levy, K. N., Meehan, K. B., & Temes, C. M. (2013). Attachment theory and personality disorders. In A. Danquah & K. Berry (Eds.), Attachment Theory in Adult Mental Health. London: Routledge.

Meehan, K. B., De Panfilis, C., Cain, N. M., & Clarkin, J. F. (2013). Effortful control and externalizing problems in young adults. Personality and Individual Differences.

De Panfilis, C., Meehan, K. B., Cain, N. M., & Clarkin, J. F. (2013). The relationship between effortful control, current psychopathology and interpersonal difficulties in young adults.  Comprehensive Psychiatry, 54, 454-461.

Levy, K. N., Meehan, K. B., Cain, N. M., & Ellison, W. D. (2013). Narcissism in the DSM. In Ogrodniczuk, J. S. (Ed.), Understanding and Treating Pathological Narcissism. Washington DC: APA Books.

Rutimann, D. & Meehan, K. B. (2012). Validation of a brief interview for assessing reflective function. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 60, 577-589.

Meehan, K. B., Levy, K. N., & Clarkin, J. F. (2012). Construct validity of a measure of affective communication in psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 29, 145-165.

Levy, K. N., Meehan, K. B., & Yeomans, F. E. (2012). An update and overview of the empirical evidence for transference-focused psychotherapy and other psychotherapies for borderline personality disorder. In R. Levy, J.S. Ablon, & H. Kaechele (Eds.), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Research: Evidence-Based Practice and Practice-Based Evidence. New York: Springer.

Levy, K. N., Meehan, K. B., Temes, C. M., & Yeomans, F. E. (2012). Attachment theory and research: Implications for psychodynamic psychotherapy. In R. Levy, J.S. Ablon, & H. Kaechele (Eds.), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Research: Evidence-Based Practice and Practice-Based Evidence. New York: Springer.

Markowitz, J. C., Kaplowitz, M., Suh, E. J., Meehan, K. B., Neria, Y., Jonker, H., Rafaeli, A., & Lovell, K. (2012). Treating patients who strain the research psychotherapy paradigm. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 200, 594-597.

Yeomans, F. E., Levy, K. N., & Meehan, K. B. (2012). Treatment Approaches for Borderline Personality Disorder. Psychiatric Times, April, 42-46.

Levy, K. N., Meehan, K. B., & Yeomans, F. E. (2010). Transference-focused psychotherapy reduces treatment drop-out and suicide attempters compared with community psychotherapist treatment in borderline personality disorder. Evidence-Based Mental Health, 13, 119.

Meehan, K. B. & Levy, K. N. (2009). Psychodynamic theories of relationships. In Reis, H. & Sprecher, S. (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Human Relationships.  London: Sage.

Jurist, E. L. & Meehan, K. B. (2009). Attachment, mentalization and reflective functioning. In Obegi, J. H. & Berant, E. (Eds.), Attachment Theory and Research in Clinical Work with Adults.  New York: Guilford.

Drob, S. L., Meehan, K. B., Waxman, S. (2009). Clinical and conceptual problems in the attribution of malingering in forensic evaluations. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 37, 98-106.

Rudden, M. G., Milrod, B., Meehan, K. B., & Falkenström, F. (2009). Symptom-specific reflective functioning: Incorporating psychoanalytic measures into clinical trials. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 57, 1473-1478.

Meehan, K. B. (2009). Book Review: “Transforming Narcissism: Reflections on Empathy, Humor, and Expectations” by Frank M. Lachmann. Psychotherapy, 46, 402-403.

Meehan, K. B., Levy, K. N., Reynoso, J. S., Hill, L. L., & Clarkin, J. F. (2009). Measuring reflective function with a multi-dimensional rating scale: Comparison to scoring reflective function on the AAI. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 57, 208-213.

Meehan, K. B., Ueng-McHale, J., Reynoso, J. S., Harris, B. H., Wolfson, V. M., Gomes, H., & Tuber, S. B. (2008). Self-regulation and internal resources in school-aged children with ADHD symptomatology: An investigation using the Rorschach inkblot method. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 72, 259-282.

Levy, K. N., Meehan, K. B., Kelly, K. M., Reynoso, J. S., Weber, M., Clarkin, J. F., & Kernberg, O. F. (2006). Change in attachment patterns and reflective function in a randomized control trial of transference focused psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 1027-1040.

Harris, B. H., Reynoso, J. S., Meehan, K. B., Ueng-McHale, J., & Tuber, S. B. (2006). A child with ADHD; Convergences of Rorschach data and case material. Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 5, 499-517.

Tuber, S. B., Harris, B. H., Meehan, K. B., Reynoso, J. S., & Ueng-McHale, J. (2006). Rorschach configurations of children with ADHD. In Smith, S. & Handler, L. (Eds.), The Clinical Assessment of Children and Adolescents: A Practitioner’s Handbook.  New Jersey: Erlbaum.

Levy, K. N., Meehan, K. B., Weber, M., Reynoso, J., & Clarkin, J. F. (2005).  Attachment patterns in borderline personality disorder: Implications for psychotherapy. Psychopathology, 38, 64-74.

Levy, K. N., Meehan, K. B., Auerbach, J. S., & Blatt, S. J. (2005).  Concept of the object on the Rorschach scale.  In Bornstein, R. F. & Masling, J. M. (Eds.), Scoring the Rorschach: Seven validated systems.  New Jersey: Erlbaum.