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Michael Katz

Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.Sc. Tel Aviv UniversityM.A. Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa M.A., Ph.D., Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University


Michael Katz, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at LIU Post. Dr. Katz received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University and completed a clinically focused fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital's WTCMHP, working with 9/11 responders, where he developed a clinical interest in working with trauma. He then worked at Sinai Hospital providing psychotherapy to medical school students, residents, and graduate school students, before joining LIU.  Dr. Katz's research work and his lab at LIU, the Psychotherapy, Intergration, and Emotion (PIE) lab, integrate psychodynamic/psychoanalytic roots with empirical methodologies and an emphasis on clinical utility and integration. His focus is on two main areas: 1) Variations in psychotherapy techniques (both dynamic and cognitive-behavioral) and their relationship to treatment process and outcome; 2) Crying in psychotherapy and its relation to treatment process and patient attachment. He is also interested in grief and psychotherapy for grieving patients.


Psychotherapy Research Process and Outcome; Technique Use in Therapy; Crying in Psychotherapy; Psychodynamic Theory; Integration; Trauma and Grief. 


Peer-Reviewed Articles


Katz, M., Zivā€Beiman, S., Rokah, N., & Hilsenroth, M. (2021). Crying in psychotherapy among Israeli patients and its relation to the working alliance, therapeutic change and attachment style. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. Advance online publication.


Groth, T., Hilsenroth, M., McMillen, K., Cersosimo, B., Bindon, N., Cain, L., & Katz, M. (2021). How are expert therapists similar, different, and integrative in the treatment of borderline personality disorder? Psychotherapy, 58 (2) 310-323.


Katz, M., Hilsenroth, M. J., Moore, M., & Gold, J. (2020). Profiles of Adherence and Flexibility in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Cluster Analysis. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. Advance online publication.


Genova, F., Zingaretti, P., Gazzillo, F., Tanzilli, A., Lingiardi, V., Katz, M., Hilsenroth, M. (2020). Patients' crying experience in psychotherapy and its relations with working alliance, therapeutic change and attachment styles. Psychotherapy, 58(1), 160–171.


Amitai, M., Ben Baruch, R., Ben-Dor, D. H., Ben-Ami, D., Katz, M., Sagy, R., Remez, R., Liav, N., Leibovich, M., Apter, A., Weizman, A., & Zalsman, G. (2019) Predictors of suicidal behaviors during hospitalization among adolescents admitted due to suicidal behaviors: A 10-year retrospective naturalistic study. Archives of Suicide Research.


Katz, M., Hilsenroth, M. J., Gold, J. R., Moore, M., Pitman, S. R., Levy, S. R., & Owen, J. (2019). Adherence, flexibility, and outcome in psychodynamic treatment of depression. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 66(1), 94-103.


Hilsenroth, M. J., Katz, M., & Tanzilli, A. (2018). Psychotherapy research and the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM–2). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 35(3), 320-327.


Katz, M., & Hilsenroth, M.J. (2017). Psychodynamic technique early in treatment related to outcome for depressed patients. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 25, 348-358.


Katz, M., & Hilsenroth, M. J. (2017). Is therapist evaluation of Social Anxiety/Avoidance traits associated with patient-reported attachment style? Psychiatry Research, 257, 526-532.


Weil, M. P., Katz, M., & Hilsenroth, M. J. (2017). Patient and Therapist Perspectives During the Psychotherapy Termination Process: The Role of Participation and Exploration. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 45(1), 23-43.

Ryu, J., Heisig, S., McLaughlin, C., Katz, M., Mayberg, H. S., & Gu, X. (2023). A natural language processing approach reveals first-person pronoun usage and non-fluency as markers of therapeutic alliance in psychotherapy. iScience, 26(6). 

Lectures and Presentations

Katz, M., Hilsenroth, M.J., Moore, M, & Gold, J. (June, 2021). Organized and moderated a virtual panel of three presenters on the topic of Adherence, Flexibility, and Technique Diversity in the Implementation of Psychotherapies, and presented on the topic of A Delicate Balance: Adherence and Flexibility in Psychodynamic Therapy for Depression at the International Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR), Heidelberg, Germany. 


Katz, M., Hilsenroth, M.J., Levy, S., Pitman, S., & Owen, J. (June, 2017). Assimilative Integration in Psychodynamic Treatment of Depression: Technique, Activity, and Outcome. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR), Toronto, Canada.


Katz, M., & Hilsenroth, M.J. (June, 2016). And How Does That Make You Feel? Psychodynamic Technique Related to Outcome for Depressed Patients. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR), Jerusalem, Israel.


Katz, M., & Hilsenroth, M.J. (January, 2016). Is Therapist Evaluation of Social Anxiety/Avoidance Traits Associated with Patient-Reported Attachment Style? Poster presented at the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) Winter Meeting, organized by PPRS, New York, NY


Katz, M., & Fein, I. (June, 2015). Are Highly Sensitive Persons More Vulnerable to the Effects of Social Stigma? The Interaction of Minority Stress and Sensory-Processing Sensitivity in Predicting Mental Health among Gay and Bisexual Men. Poster presented at annual student research conference, the Academic College of Tel Aviv, Israel. 

Katz. M., Hilsenroth, M., Rokah, N., Wolster, O., & Ziv-Beiman, S. (October, 2023). The Interaction between Alliance and Technique in Predicting Patient-Rated Change: Replication of a 2013 US study in Israel. Paper presented at a panel at the Biennial Meeting of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research (NASPR), Amherst, MA.



Society for Psychotherapy Research (2016-present)