Episode 10: "The Problem with Clinical Trials" with Jonathan Shedler, PhD

Jonathan Shedler, PhD
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Jonathan Shedler, Phd is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and faculty member at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. He is author of numerous scientific and scholarly articles, and his article The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy won worldwide acclaim for firmly establishing psychoanalytic therapy as an evidence-based treatment. He has more than 25 years’ experience teaching and supervising psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychoanalysts.

In this episode Jonathan and Bruce talk about what constitutes meaningful psychological change and whether or not randomized clinical trials of eight to sixteen sessions are actually relevant to real-world psychotherapy. Jonathan also discusses some of the evidence for psychodynamic therapy as an effective long term psychological intervention.

Find out more about Jonathan and his work at https://jonathanshedler.com/


Ormel J, Hollon SD, Kessler RC, Cuijpers P, Monroe SM. More treatment but no less depression: The treatment-prevalence paradox. Clin Psychol Rev. 2022 Feb;91:102111. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2021.102111. Epub 2021 Dec 11. PMID: 34959153. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34959153/

Beutel, M., Rasting, M., Stuhr, U., Ruger, B., & LeuzingerBohleber, M. (2004). Assessing the impact of psychoanalyses and long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapies on health care utilization and cost. Psychotherapy Research, 14, 146-160.

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