Stephen Soldz, Ph.D., Cert. Psya., Director, Center for Research, Evaluation and Program Development; Full Professor, Instructor, BGSP
I am a psychoanalyst, clinical psychologist, and active researcher. In my clinical practice I draw upon both modern and classical psychoanalytic theory, as well as the best of other therapeutic approaches. I believe that talking and taking action are complementary aspects of the change process.
My research has spanned several areas of mental health and public health. I have worked on problems in psychotherapy process and outcome, personality processes in development and pathology, substance abuse, and youth tobacco use. Two themes underlie much of my work:
One is the building of bridges between the research and practice communities. In this regard I co-edited a book: Reconciling Empirical Knowledge and Clinical Experience: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, published by the American Psychological Association.
The second theme is a profound appreciation of research as a difficult, slow, and fallible, but essential process of increasing human knowledge. I love the process of research design and data analysis in whatever area I approach. There is a thrill in taking data and making it tell a tale that was not obvious to begin with. As a scientist I then have to skeptically question the truth of my carefully constructed tale by carefully reexamining the data. I sometimes facetiously describe myself as the only psychoanalyst who is also a data analyst.
My research work has included research undertaken just for the thrill of discovering the answer to a question, evaluation research to improve individual intervention programs, and work conducted for policy-makers at the state and federal level who seek to use data to improve social service delivery. I have been Director of Research for three research and consulting organizations, and currently am Director of the Center for Research, Evaluation, and Program Development at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, where I also teach and practice.
I am also interested in the application of psychoanalytic concepts to social practice and have founded Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice.
I have over 80 professional publications. A sample:
Soldz, S. (2009, August). Psychologists in Coercive Interrogations: What Do We Know? Presentation for Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Toronto, Canada.
Soldz, S. (2009, March). Defusing Everyday Conflicts in the Workplace. Invited workshop at Bunker Hill Community College Staff and Faculty Day, Charlestown, MA.
Soldz, S. (2009, February). The War on Terror, Torture and the Demise of American Society, Parts I & II and Social Change Strategies. Invited presentations at the Learning to Live Right: Jared T. Burkholder Conference on Global Engage, Grace University, Omaha, NE.
del Re, E.C., Soldz, S., Barahona, R., & Oster, J.M. (2008, December). A Retrospective Analysis of The Initial Clinical Signs Of Patients During Psychogenic Non Epileptic Seizures (PNES). Poster presented at the annual meeting of the 'American Epilepsy Society', Seattle, WA.
Soldz, S. (2008, November). Psychologists and Torture. Invited lecture, Psychology Department, Keen State College, Keene, NH.
Soldz, S. (2008, October). Workplace Bullying and Lateral Violence. Invited workshop at Bunker Hill Community College Staff and Faculty Day, Charlestown, MA.
Soldz, S. (2008, September). Invited presenter at Ethics in the Professions Series Symposium: Perspectives on Coercive Interrogation, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Soldz, S. (2008, August). People's History of Psychology and Intelligence Gathering. Paper presented on panel: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the UDHR---Ethics and Interrogation. American Psychological Association annual meeting, Boston, MA.
Soldz S. (2008, June). Co-organizer and Participant, Psychology and Military Intelligence Ethics Casebook workgroup, Washington, DC
Soldz, S. (2008, April). The American Psychological Association and Coercive Interrogations. Invited participant on panel at the American Psychological Association Division 39 spring meeting, New York, NY.
Soldz, S. (2008, March). Psychologists, Torture and Civil Society. Invited presentation at the Midwest World Affairs Conference: Global Power, War and Inequality in the 21st Century. University of Nebraska, Kearney.
Soldz, S. (2008, January). Invited participant: Workshop on Medical Professionals, Interrogations, and Hunger Strikes. Harvard Medical School Human Rights Program.
Soldz, S. (2007, August). Invited presentation on panel: What Ethical Dilemmas do Psychologists Working in Detention Centers Face? Invited presentation at the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
Soldz, S. (2007, March). Aid and Comfort for Torturers: Psychology and Coercive Interrogations in Historical Perspective. Paper presented at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC), San Francisco, CA.
Soldz, S. (2006, July). Modern Psychoanalysis and the Treatment of Borderline Patients. Presented to the Illawarra Institute for Mental Health, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.
Soldz, S. (2006, July). Personality Traits: Part of the Answer. Presented to the Psychology Department, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.
Soldz, S. (2006, February). Red Zone, Green Zone: Contiguous and Yet So Distant. Presented at the Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA.
Soldz, S. (2005, August). Why Psychoanalytic Research? Workshop conducted at the Annual Cape Psychoanalytic Conference, Wellfleet, MA.
Soldz, S. (2005, June). Alternative Models for Multilevel Psychotherapy Data. Paper presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Soldz, S. (2005, June). Discussion Group Moderator: Rigor and clinical relevance in psychoanalytic research. Presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Soldz, S. (2005, June). Panel Organizer: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Psychoanalytic Research. Presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Soldz, S. & Gumpert, P. (2005, May). Workshop Leader: Leadership in times of change. Presented at Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis Conference: Leadership and Teamwork: Tapping the Power of the Unconscious, Chestnut Hill, MA.
Soldz, S. (2005, February). The Psychodynamics of Occupation and the Abuse at Abu Ghraib. Presented at the Eastern Sociological Society, Washington DC.
(2000) Soldz, S. & McCullough, L. (Eds.). Reconciling empirical knowledge and clinical experience: The art and science of psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.
Selected Papers& Book Chapters:
Complete List: http://soldzresearch.com/SoldzPublications.htm
(2003) Soldz, S., Huyser, D.J., & Dorsey, E. Characteristics of users of cigars, bidis, and kreteks and the relationship to cigarette use. Preventive Medicine, 37, 250-258.
(2003) Soldz, S., Dorsey, E. & Huyser, D. J. The cigar as a drug delivery device: Youth use of blunts. Addiction, 98, 1379-1386.
(2003) Soldz, S., Huyser, D.J., & Dorsey, E. Youth preferences for cigar brands: Rates of use and characteristics of users. Tobacco Control, 12, 155-160.
(2002) Soldz, S. & Cui, X. Pathways through adolescent smoking: A 7-year longitudinal grouping analysis, Health Psychology, 21, 495-504.
(2002) Soldz, S., Panas, L., & Rodriguez-Howard, M. The reliability of the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Management Information System, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68U, 1057-1069.
(2002) Soldz, S., Clark, T.W., Stewart, E., Celebucki, C., & Klein-Walker, D. Decreased youth Tobacco use in Massachusetts 1996 to 1999: Evidence of tobacco control effectiveness, Tobacco Control, 11(Supplement II), ii14-ii19.
(2001) Soldz, S. & Cui, X. A risk factor index predicting adolescent cigarette smoking: A 7-year longitudinal study, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 15, 33-41.
(1999) Soldz, S. & Vaillant, G.E. The Big Five personality traits and the life course: A 50-year longitudinal study. Journal of Research in Personality, 33, 208-232. [Selected as the Best Paper of 1999 by JRP]
(1998) Soldz, S. & Vaillant, G.E. A 50-year longitudinal study of defense use among inner city men: A validation of the DSM-IV defense axis. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 186, 104-111.
(1997) Soldz, S. The Interpersonal Circumplex in clinical research. In R. Plutchik & H.R. Conte (Eds.), Circumplex models of personality and emotion. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, pp. 411-428.
(1996) Soldz, S. Psychoanalysis and constructivism: Meaning-making from two perspectives. In H. Rosen & K.T. Kuehwein (Eds.), Constructing realities: Meaning-making perspectives for psychotherapists. New York: Jossey-Bass, 277-306.
(1995) Soldz, S., Budman, S.H., Demby, A. & Merry, J. Personality traits as seen by patients, therapists and other group members: The Big Five in personality disorder groups. Psychotherapy, 32, 678-687.
(1995) Soldz, S., Budman, S.H., Demby, A. & Merry, J. The relation of defensive style to personality pathology and the Big Five personality factors. Journal of Personality Disorders, 9,356-370.
(1993) Soldz, S., Budman, S.H., Demby, A. & Merry, J. Representation of Personality Disorders in Circumplex and Five-Factor Space: Explorations with a Clinical Sample, Psychological Assessment, 5, 41-52.
(1993) Soldz, S. Beyond interpretation: Elaboration of transference in personal construct therapy. In L.M. Leitner & N.G.M. Dunnet (Eds.). Critical issues in personal construct therapy. Malabar, FL: Robert E. Krieger Publishing Co., 173-192.
(1990) Soldz, S. The therapeutic interaction: Research perspectives. In R. A. Wells & V. J. Giannetti, (Eds.). Handbook of the brief psychotherapies. New York: Plenum, 22-53.
(1989) Budman, S., Soldz, S., Demby, A., Feldstein, M. & Springer, T.. Cohesion, alliance and outcome in group psychotherapy: An empirical examination. Psychiatry, 52, 339-350. Translated into German as Kohasion, therapeutische allianz und therapieerfolg in der gruppenpsychotherapie: Eine empirische untersuchung. In V. Tschuschke & D. Czogalik (Eds.). Psychotherapie -- Welche effekte verandern? Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 369-386.
(1988) Soldz, S. Constructivist tendencies in recent psychoanalysis. International Journal of Personal Construct Psychology, 1, 329-347.
(1988) Soldz, S. The construction of meaning: Piaget, Kegan and Psychoanalysis. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 18, 46 59.
(1987) Soldz S. The flight from relationship: Personal construct reflections on a psychoanalytic therapy. Chapter in G. Neimeyer & R. Neimeyer. (eds.). Personal construct therapy casebook. New York: Springer. Translated into Spanish as La fuga de la relacion: Reflexiones sobre la terapia psicoanalitcia desde la perspectiva de los constructos personales. In G. Neimeyer & R. Neimeyer. (eds.). (1989). Casos de terapia de constructos personales, Bilbao, Spain: Desclee de Brouwer, S.A.