Randomized Control Trial of RFP-C

This two-year study is supported by The FAR Fund. Recruitment began in January 2017. The project involves a clinical trial utilizing the RFP-C method, comparing 20 children receiving the intervention with 20 children in a wait list control group (who also receive treatment at a later date). Effectiveness will be measured in terms of severity of ODD symptoms and changes in emotion regulation skills. The RFP-C manual is specifically designed for use by a wide range of psychotherapy disciplines and professionals. Our long-term goals include wide dissemination of the RFP-C approach for use in schools, community mental health clinics, and outpatient clinics. We also hope to pursue multi-site studies with other research groups in the future in order to obtain an evidence based practice designation for children with disruptive disorders.


RFP-C Parenting Intervention

This study will examine the efficacy of a novel parent group for externalizing behaviors based on the RFP-C treatment model, which targets emotion regulation and emphasizes that all behavior has meaning. The study will collect data from a pilot group parent intervention to assess changes in children’s externalizing symptoms, parental self-efficacy, and parenting stress before and after intervention. 


Pilot Study of Regulation Focused Psychotherapy for Children

This pilot study was funded by the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and was completed in 2016 and involved providing RFP-C treatment to children with symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder. here is a critical need for the development, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based psychodynamic treatments for children and adolescents (Fonagy, 2003). RFP-C is a novel, manualized, time-limited psychodynamic treatment approach for children who manifest disruptive behaviors and emotional dysregulation. This twenty-session psychotherapy method operationalizes individual play therapy approaches for children with externalizing behaviors, including ODD. Results of this study have been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.


Supervision in RFP-C

This project examined the effects of supervision in RFP-C and how this influences trainee therapists’ professional development.  We examined the effects of supervision on trainee self-efficacy, theoretical orientation, and views on predicted treatment prognosis in a hypothetical case. Trainees felt greater self-efficacy, identified more with principles of psychodynamic therapy, and had a more favorable prediction for the prognosis of a hypothetical client after participating in ongoing RFP-C supervision and training.