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Jeffrey Binder





  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, 1971.
  • B.A. University of Michigan, 1965.
  • Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (since 1983)


Dr. Binder received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1971. Before joining the faculty of the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in 1991, he had been Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, and Research Associate Professor of Psychology and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Vanderbilt University. In these faculty positions, Dr. Binder taught psychiatry residents and psychology interns inpatient and outpatient psychotherapy with adults and adolescents. For a decade, he was a senior researcher at the Vanderbilt Center for Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Binder also directed an outpatient community mental health clinic, as well as adolescent and adult inpatient programs at a private psychiatric hospital. Before returning to a full-time faculty teaching position, he was Dean for two years and directed our Clinical Psychology Program for seven years. Dr. Binder teaches courses on brief psychotherapy, therapy process and consultation/supervision.

For the past thirty years, Dr. Binder's research interests have focused on learning processes associated with developing psychotherapy skills, the development of structured psychotherapy training modules, the assessment of psychotherapy training, and the intensive study of psychotherapy process through mixed-method single case analyses. He has given over 60 presentations and workshops world-wide, and he has over 40 publications, including two books on short-term psychotherapy that have received wide acclaim. A third book on this topic has recently been published. He has held office in regional and national professional organizations. Dr. Binder's contributions to the field of psychology have been recognized by the American Psychological Association, the Georgia Psychological Association, and the Academy of Clinical Psychology, all of which have elected him to Fellow status.

Work experience: Private Practice (1991-present); Dean of Georgia School of Professional Psychology (2001-2006); Program Chair of Georgia School of Professional Psychology (1997-2006); Director of Psychology Services, Cumberland Hall Psychiatric Hospital (1989-1991); Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University (1984-1991); Senior Consultant, Vanderbilt Center for Psychotherapy Research (1984-1989); Research Associate Professor of Psychology, Vanderbilt University (1980-1983); Director of Outpatient Services, Region Ten Mental Health Services, Charlottesville, VA (1976-1980); Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Virginia (1976-1980); Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical Center (1972-1976); Research Psychologist, Washtenaw County Mental Health Center (1971-1972); Chief Psychologist, Livingston Mental Health Center (1970-1971).


  • Adult General Clinical.
  • Psychodynamic Therapy.
  • Psychotherapy Research.

Selected Publications

  • Binder, J.L. & Betan, E. (2012). Core competencies in brief dynamic psychotherapy: Becoming a highly competent brief dynamic psychotherapist. New York: Routledge.
  • Betan, E.J. & Binder, J.L. (2010). Clinical expertise in psychotherapy: How expert therapists use theory in generating conceptualizations and interventions. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 40(3), 141-152.
  • Binder, J.L. & Henry, W.P. (2011). The Vanderbilt studies. In J.C. Muran & J.P. Barber (Eds.), The therapeutic alliance: An evidence-based approach to practice and training (pp. 285-303). NY: Guilford.
  • Binder, J.L. (2010). Short-term psychotherapy. In I.B. Weiner & W. E. Craighead (Eds.), The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology (4th ed.). Hoboken NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Binder, J.L. & Wechsler, F. (2010). The intervention competency. In M.B. Kenkel & R.L. Peterson (Eds.), Competence-based education for professional psychology (pp.105-123). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Binder, J.L. (2007). Mind or brain? Where does therapeutic change originate? A reaction to “The reunion process. A new focus in Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.” Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 44, 137-141.
  • Binder, J. L. (2004). Key competencies in brief psychotherapy. New York: Guilford.


  • American Psychological Association, Fellow
  • Georgia Psychological Association, Fellow
  • Academy of Clinical Psychology, Fellow
  • Society for Psychotherapy Research
  • Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration


  • Invited presenter, “AVATAR: A new supervision technology for psychotherapy training. Symposium: Teaching and Supervisiong Psychotherapies in the 21st Century. Pressing Needs, Impressing Possibilities. American Psychological Association Annual Conference. Washington, DC. August, 2011.
  • Moderator, A Tribute to Hans Strupp: His SPR Research and Personal Legacies. Panel at the Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Meeting, 2007. Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Facilitator, “Intervention competency” workgroups. National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology Annual Conference, 2005. Coronado, California.
  • “Year in review: psychotherapy research.” Georgia Psychological Association Annual Meeting, 2004, Hilton Head, South Carolina.
  • “What do we know about psychotherapy training?” Panel, National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology Annual Meeting, 2003, Scottsdale, AZ.

Selected Lectures

  • "A Review of the Theoretical and Empirical Literatures on Psychotherapy Supervision and a Proposal for Improving the Conceptual Framework and Methods for Supervision." Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader. Conference on Training, Research, and Practice in Time-Limited Psychotherapy. Current and Evolving Models, Dilemmas, and Managed Care. Sponsored by the New Jersey Psychological Association in collaboration with Fairleigh Dickinson University, Seaton Hall University, and Rutgers University. Teaneck, New Jersey, 1995.
  • "The Mental Functioning and Training of Psychodynamic Psychotherapists." Presentation for Conference on the Training of Psychotherapists' Information Processing in the Future. Grindelwald, Switzerland. Sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation, 1997. "Training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy." (Hans H. Strupp & Jeffrey L. Binder). Presentation for Conference on the Training of Psychotherapist' Information Processing in the Future. Grindelwald, Switzerland. Sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation, 1997.
  • "Implications of cognitive science for the development of methods to train students in the practice of psychotherapy." Presentation for the Panel on Preparing Students to Practice in the 21st Century. What Faculty Advisors and Students Need to Know. Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting. Boston, Massachusetts, 1998.
  • "Transference, the therapeutic alliance, and the effect on group treatment outcome," Atlanta Group Psychotherapy Society, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • "What do we know about psychotherapy training." Keynote Speaker, Eighteenth World Congress of Psychotherapy, Trondheim, Norway, August.