The program's Advisory Board is comprised of scholars from a variety of disciplines who serve as consultants to the program. The Board includes those who have made distinguished contributions to psychotherapy integration, are widely recognized for their expertise in particular non-analytic modalities, and who have specific expertise in other relevant disciplines. Instructors and consultants are selected from both the advisory board and the greater community.


Co-Director: Jill Bresler, PhD is a past Postdoctoral Fellow of the Institute for Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy and a graduate of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, where she is now on the faculty. Her area of interest is the integration of psychoanalysis, CBT, and the mindfulness-based behavior therapies. She is an editor of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration: An Emerging Synthesis (Routledge, 2015). Dr. Bresler teaches, practices, and supervises in New York City.

Co-Director:  Kenneth A. Frank, PhD is Co-Founder and Director of Training of NIP and a former Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is on the teaching and supervisory faculties of the Mitchell Center and CPPNJ, among others, and on the Professional Advisory Board of IARPP. He is also the Senior Consulting Editor of the journal Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Dr. Frank has published over 60 articles, chapters, and books, many in the areas of personality change and his specialty, psychotherapy integration, a topic on which he has lectured nationally and internationally. He practices in Englewood, New Jersey, and New York City.

Lisa S. Lyons, PhD is on the faculties of the Mitchell Center for Relational  Studies,  ICP, and CPPNJ.  She holds a certificate in Psychoanalysis from the NYU  Post -doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.  She also has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and was founder and for six years Director of the adult DBT program at Montefiore Medical Center.  Dr. Lyons is known for her writing and teaching on the integration of Relational Psychoanalysis and DBT and also teaches and has written on Relational Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalysis and Culture,  Trauma,  and Dreams.   She practices in New York City and Teaneck, New Jersey.

Cheryl Feigenson, PhD, is an advanced candidate in the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  She has had extensive training in the application of somatic modalities for the treatment of trauma (Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute).   Dr. Feigenson is an adjunct assistant professor at Hunter College, CUNY, in the Department of Educational Foundations and Counseling Programs.  She was formerly the Assistant Director at SUNY Purchase Counseling Center.  Dr. Feigenson has a private practice in Manhattan offering individual and couple therapy and psychoanalysis.  Prior to entering the field of psychology, Dr. Feigenson obtained a JD from Harvard Law School and was a partner in a New York law firm.

Advisory Board

Jerold Gold, PhD, ABPP (Clinical) is Professor of Psychology at Adelphi University, where he is also a faculty member and supervisor in the Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and in Couples Therapy. He was the editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and is the author of Key Concepts in Psychotherapy Integration (Plenum, 1996), and co-editor, with George Stricker, of the Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy Integration (Plenum, 1993), and of the Casebook of Psychotherapy Integration(APA, 2006). He has written extensively about integrative approaches, particularly the model known as Assimilative Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Marvin R. Goldfried, PhD is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University. He is a diplomate in clinical psychology and recipient of numerous awards from the American Psychological Association, and awards from the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT) and the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). He is Past President of SPR, founder of the journal In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice and author of numerous articles and books. Dr. Goldfried is cofounder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and founder of AFFIRM: Psychologists Affirming Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Family (

Henry Grayson, PhD is the Originator, Co-Founder, and Chairman Emeritus of NIP; former associate professor at the City University of New York; radio host of the Mindful Living Show; author of Use Your Body to Heal Your MindMindful LovingThe New Physics of LoveShort Term Approaches to the PsychotherapiesChanging Approaches to the Psychotherapies; and Three Psychotherapies (with CA & G Loew). Having studied, practiced and taught most of the major psychotherapies, he teaches training seminars on his Synergetic Therapy widely across the US and abroad.

Stanley Messer, PhD is Dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. He is interested in the application of psychodynamic theory and research to the brief and integrative therapies and has contributed to the debate on evidence-based practice. The author or editor of many books, articles, and book chapters on these topics, Dr. Messer is Associate Editor of the online journal Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy. He maintains a psychotherapy practice in Highland Park, New Jersey.

Sandra Shapiro, PhD is the Director of NIP's Integrative Trauma Program, a member of NIP's Board of Directors, and an Associate Professor Emeritus of the Psychology Department at Queens College, CUNY. She has a special interest in the broad scope of traumatic experience and the evolving approaches to trauma treatment and their integration into a psychoanalytic / psychodynamic and neuroscientific framework. She is an EMDR Institute Facilitator, an EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) approved Consultant, and has studied Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Coherence therapy, and other trauma-sensitive modalities. Her practice is located in Manhattan.

George Stricker, PhD received his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rochester in 1960 and an honorary PsyD from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Meadows Campus, in 1997. He is Professor of Psychology at Argosy University, Washington DC campus. Prior to that, he was Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology in the Derner Institute, Adelphi University, where he had served as Dean of the Derner Institute for a decade. His most recent books are Psychotherapy Integration,  and A Case Book of Psychotherapy Integration, with Jerry Gold, as well as a DVD, Psychotherapy Integration Over Time.

Paul L. Wachtel, PhD is CUNY Distinguished Professor in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center and a faculty member of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Mitchell Center for Relational Studies.  He was a cofounder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and was the winner of the 2010 Hans H. Strupp Award for Psychoanalytic Writing, Teaching, and Research, the 2012 Distinguished Psychologist Award by Division 29 (Psychotherapy) of APA and the 2013 Scientific Award by Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of APA.