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Mark Diener

Marc J. Diener, Ph.D.

Co-Director of Clinical Training Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A., Yeshiva College, Yeshiva UniversityM.A., Adelphi UniversityPh.D., Adelphi University

Description

Marc Diener is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at LIU Post.  From 2007-2012, he was an Assistant Professor at the American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Washington, DC.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2001 from Yeshiva College, Yeshiva University, and he earned his M.A. (2003) as well as his Ph.D. (2006) in Clinical Psychology from the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University.  He completed his predoctoral internship (2005-2006) at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, University Hospital of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and his postdoctoral fellowship (2006-2007) at The Addiction Institute of NY (St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, University Hospital of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons).  Professor Diener’s program of research examines personality assessment as well as psychotherapy process and outcome.  His publications have focused on attachment, psychotherapy technique, psychotherapy outcome, application of meta-analytic methodology, as well as self-report and performance-based measures of personality. He serves as a Consulting Editor for Psychotherapy, for the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, for the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.  He previously served as a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment.  He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of journals including The Journal of Nervous and Mental DiseaseClinical Psychology: Science and Practice, Psychiatry Research, Psychotherapy Research, Addiction Research and Theory, Journal of Counseling Psychology, Psychoanalytic Psychology, and the Journal of Personality Assessment.

Specialties

Psychotherapy (psychodynamic therapy; integrative therapy); Psychological Assessment; Psychotherapy process and outcome research; Meta-analytic research; Therapeutic models of assessment; Case conceptualization; Substance use disorders.

Publications

Co-author, “Some effective strategies for the supervision of psychodynamic psychotherapy,” published in The cycle of excellence: Using deliberate practice in supervision, training, and independent practice.

First author, “The significance of attachment quality for obesity: A meta-analytic review,” published in Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science.

Co-author, “Evaluating pre-treatment patient insight as a factor in early therapeutic technique,” published in Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.

First author, “Supervisory process from a supportive-expressive relational psychodynamic approach,” published in Psychotherapy.

Co-author, “Patient participation in psychodynamic psychotherapy: Contributions of alliance and therapist technique,” published in American Journal of Psychotherapy.

Co-author, “Processes of therapeutic change in psychodynamic therapy of two inpatients with borderline personality disorder, published in Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.

Co-author, “The criterion validity of the Mutuality of Autonomy Scale: A meta-analytic review,” published in Psychoanalytic Psychology.

First author, “Technique and therapeutic process from a supportive-expressive relational psychodynamic approach” published in Psychotherapy.

First author, “A primer on meta-analysis of correlation coefficients: The relation between patient-reported therapeutic alliance and adult attachment style as an illustration,” published in Quantitative and qualitative methods in psychotherapy research.

First author, “An introduction to the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS),” published in Independent Practitioner. 

Co-author, "A meta-analysis of psychodynamic psychotherapy outcomes: Evaluating the effects of research-specific procedures," published in Psychotherapy. 

First author, "Love's labors lost?  Therapeutic assessment of depression," published in "Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment: A casebook and guide."

Co-author, "Effectiveness of combined individual and group Dialectical Behavior Therapy compared to only individual Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A preliminary study," published in Psychotherapy. 

First author, "A meta-analysis of the relationship between the Rorschach Ego Impairment Index (EII) and psychiatric severity," published in Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy.

First author, "The relationship between adult attachment style and therapeutic alliance in individual psychotherapy: A meta-analytic review," published in Psychotherapy.

Co-author, "Dropout and therapeutic alliance: A meta-analysis of adult individual psychotherapy," published in Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training.

Author, "Cohen's d," published in "Corsini's Encyclopedia of Psychology (4th ed., Vol. 1)."

First author, " correlation coefficients: The relationship between patient-reported therapeutic alliance and adult attachment style as an illustration," published in Psychotherapy Research. 

First author, "Affect-focused techniques in psychodynamic psychotherapy," published in "Handbook of evidence-based psychodynamic psychotherapy: Bridging the gap between science and practice."

Author, "The utility of therapist affect focus in psychodynamic psychotherapy," published in Psychologist-Psychoanalyst. 

First author, "Therapist affect focus and patient outcomes in psychodynamic psychotherapy: A meta-analysis," published in American Journal of Psychiatry.

First author, "Multi-method validity assessment of the SWAP-200 Dysphoric Q-Factor," published in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.


Lectures and Presentations

Co-author of presentation, “Perceptions of nonsuicidal self-injury among Orthodox Jewish adolescents: A qualitative analysis,” Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Presenter, “Supervisory process from a psychodynamic approach,” Nefesh International Conference.

Co-author of presentation, “Risk factors for nonsuicidal self-injury in Orthodox Jewish adolescents: A preliminary study, Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

Co-author of presentation, “Evaluating pre-treatment patient insight as a factor in early therapeutic technique,” Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Co-author of presentation, “The relation between readmission rates and diagnosis for psychiatric inpatients: An update of a meta-analytic review, Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Co-author of presentation, “The relation between anxiety and intellectual functioning,” Society for Personality Assessment.

Co-author of presentation, “Does academic training influence the theoretical orientation of clinical psychology students?”  Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.

Presenter, “Integrative psychotherapy for substance use disorders: Theory, research, and clinical application, Nefesh International Conference.

Presenter, "Therapeutic interventions utilized by master clinicians: Final results," Annual Meeting, Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Co-author of presentation, "The relation between readmission rates and diagnosis for psychiatric inpatients: A meta-analytic review," Annual Meeting, Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Presenter, "Quality of student case formulation: A cross-sectional study of training," Annual Meeting, Society for Personality Assessment.

Co-author of presentation, "The association between adult attachment and posttraumatic symptomatologyAnnual Meeting, Society for Personality Assessment.

Co-author of presentation, "Therapeutic alliance and stages of change for sexual abusers in therapy," Annual Meeting, Society for Personality Assessment.

Co-author of presentation, "Statistical assessment of malingered incompetency to stand trial: A pilot study," Annual MeetingSociety for Personality Assessment.

Co-author of presentation, "A meta-analytic review of self-report measures and dropout," Annual Meeting, Society for Personality Assessment.

Co-author of presentation, "The Rorschach Mutuality of Autonomy Scale: Final meta-analytic results of the scale's criterion validity," Annual MeetingSociety for Personality Assessment.

Co-author of presentation, "Correlations between selected Rorschach variables and IQ measures for juvenile offenders in Washington, DC," Annual MeetingAmerican Psychological Association.

Co-author of presentation, "Efficacy and effectiveness of experimental disclosure for individuals with a history of trauma: A meta-analytic review," Annual Meeting, American Psychological Association.

Co-author of presentation, "Outcome evaluation of torture treatment in community mental health centers," Annual Meeting, American Psychological Association.

Co-author of presentation, "Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to improve care taking of people with schizophrenia," Annual Meeting, American Psychological Association.

Co-author of presentation, "Meta-analysis of HIV-prevention efficacy," Annual Meeting, American Psychological Association.

Presenter, "Therapeutic interventions utilized by master clinicians," Annual Meeting, Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Presenter, "A meta-analytic review of psychotherapy dropout rates in adult individual psychotherapy," Annual Meeting, Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.

Presenter, "Therapeutic assessment of depression: An evidence-based case study," Annual Meeting, Society for Personality Assessment.

Co-author of presentation, "The association between adult attachment and posttraumatic stress: A meta-analytic review,” Annual Meeting, Society for Personality Assessment.        
Co-author of presentation, "Assessment of psychosis in adolescents with the Rorschach: The relative effectiveness of the Perceptual-Thinking, Schizophrenia, and Ego Impairment Indices, Annual Meeting, Society for Personality Assessment.

Co-author of presentation, "The criterion validity of the Mutuality of Autonomy Scale: A meta-analytic review," Annual MeetingSociety for Personality Assessment.          

Co-author of presentation, "The effectiveness of the Personality Assessment Inventory in detecting malingering in a pretrial inpatient population," Annual Meeting, Society for Personality Assessment.

Presenter, "A meta-analysis of the relationship between the Rorschach Ego Impairment Index (EII) and psychiatric severity," Annual MeetingAmerican Psychoanalytic Association.

Presenter, "The relationship between adult attachment style and therapeutic alliance: A meta-analytic review," Annual Meeting, International Association for Relationship Research.

Presenter, "Training students in case formulation," Annual Meeting, Society for Psychotherapy Research, Asilomar, CA.

Co-author of presentation, "A meta-analysis of the utility of experimental disclosure for individuals with a history of trauma," Annual Meeting, Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Co-author of presentation, "Efficacy and effectiveness of HIV-prevention 
interventions: A meta-analytic review," Annual Meeting, Society for Psychotherapy Research.
Presenter, "Adult attachment style and the therapeutic alliance in individual psychotherapy: A meta-analytic review," Annual Meeting, Division of Psychoanalysis (39), American Psychological Association.

Co-author of presentation, "Mutuality of Autonomy scale: A meta-analytic study," Annual Meeting, Society for Personality Assessment.

Presenter, "A meta-analysis of the relationship between the Rorschach Ego Impairment Index (EII) and diagnostic/classification severity," Annual Meeting, Society for Personality Assessment.

Presenter, "A meta-analytic review of the relationship between focus on affect/emotional expression and patient outcome in psychodynamic psychotherapy," Annual Meeting, Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Presenter, "A review of the relationship between focus on affect/emotional expression and patient outcome in psychodynamic psychotherapy," Annual Meeting, North American Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Presenter, "Multi-method validity assessment of the SWAP-200 Dysphoric Q-Factor," Annual Meeting, Society for Personality Assessment.

Honors/Awards

Fellow, Division of Independent Practice (Division 42), American Psychological Association, Summer 2015-Present

Excellence in Research Award, Argosy University, Washington DC, 2012

Excellence in Research Award, Argosy University, Washington DC, 2010

Summa Cum Laude, Yeshiva University, Yeshiva College, 2001


Professional Affiliations

Member, Division of Independent Practice (42) of the American Psychological Association

Member, Division of Psychotherapy (29) of the American Psychological Association

Member, Society for Personality Assessment

Member, Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration

Member, Society for Psychotherapy Research

Member, American Psychological Association