NEW JOURNAL EDITOR
The editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy
Integration will encourage a science-practice dialogue.
BY AMY NOVOTNEY
In his clinical and research work with seriously disturbed and economically disadvantaged adolescents and young
adults, Golan Shahar, PhD, draws on multiple
clinical perspectives and research methods
to understand how and why his patients are
predisposed to psychiatric problems. Shahar,
a psychology professor at Israel’s Ben-Gurion
University of the Negev, also embraces both
office-based treatment and community
practice. With such a background, it’s no surprise that
Shahar’s goal as the new editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy
Integration is to highlight research that transcends single-theory
approaches to psychotherapy and behavior change.
“I want readers to feel that the journal is pushing their
intellectual and professional envelope … and instilling
enthusiasm in them to identify similarities across theoretical
perspectives,” says Shahar, who began editing the journal in
The best way to bring together various clinical theories, says
Shahar, is to bring together clinical practice and empirical data.
In his own research, for example, Shahar has discovered that
patients actively create the very interpersonal
conditions that bring about their psychiatric
symptoms. In his clinical work, therefore, he
often works hardest to assess, and short-circuit,
these vicious interpersonal cycles, tailoring his
treatments based on each patient’s individual
Amy Novotney is a writer in Chicago.