Paul Siegel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
School of Natural and Social Sciences


Tel: (914) 251-6655
Fax: (914) 251-6603
Email: paul.siegel@purchase.edu

Paul Siegel graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College in 1991, majoring in Psychology and English. He earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, in 2001, and post-doctoral certification in clinical psychology from Weill Medical College of Cornell University in 2002. 

Dr. Siegel's translational research program focuses on non-conscious processes in phobias.  In a twist on the standard treatment of phobias that involves prolonged exposure to feared stimuli (behavior therapy), his primary research program is testing the hypothesis that exposure without full conscious awareness can reduce fearful behavior.  The experimental paradigm, very brief exposure, involves computerized administration of a continuous series of masked fear-relevant images (each for .025 sec), followed by a graded task in which the participant is asked to approach the actual feared object.

A second area of focus is personality psychopathology. Dr. Siegel has developed a method for identifying the maladaptive interpersonal patterns that characterize personality pathology in the life stories that people tell and enact in psychotherapy.  This method is used to track the evolution of personality pathology in longitudinal studies of psychotherapy.

Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University (2001 – 2002).  Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology.

The Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University (1996-2002). M.A. (1997),  Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (2001). 

Amherst College (1986-1991).  B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Psychology and English. 

Siegel, P. & Weinberger, J. (in press).  Very Brief Exposure: The Effects of Unreportable Stimuli on Fearful Behavior.  Consciousness and Cognition.

Siegel, P. (accepted pending revision).  Affective Scripts: A Systematic Case Study of Change in Psychotherapy.  Psychotherapy Research.

Siegel, P.  (submitted).  The Effects of Very Brief Exposure on Reducing Fear of Spiders.

Weinberger, J., Siegel, P., & Seifert, C. (submitted).  What You Can’t See Can Help You: The Effects of Exposure to Unreportable Stimuli.

Siegel, P., Sammons, M., & Dahl, H. (2003).  FRAMES: The Method in Action and the Assessment of its Reliability.  Psychotherapy Research, 12, 59-77.

Siegel, P. (2003).  Dissociation and the Question of History: “What, precisely, are the facts?”  Psychoanalytic Psychology, 20, 67-83.

Siegel, P., Josephs, L., & Weinberger, J. (2002).  Where’s the Text?: The Problem of Validation in Psychoanalysis.  Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 50, 407-428.

Siegel, P. (2002). Book Review: Cognitive Psychodynamics, by Mardi Horowitz, M.D.  Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 12, 247-253.

Weinberger, J., Siegel, P., & DeCamello, A. (2000). On Integrating Psychoanalysis and Cognitive Science.  Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, 23, 147-175.

Siegel, P. & Weinberger, J. (1998). The Oneness Motive.  In R. Bornstein and J. Masling (Eds.), Emprical Perspectives on the Psychoanalytic Unconscious.  Washington: APA Press.

Sammons, M. & Siegel, P. (1998).  A Comparison of FRAMES, the CCRT and CRA.  Revista Argentian de Clinica Psicologica, 7, 131-145.

Siegel, P. (1996).  The Meaning of Behaviorism for B.F. Skinner.  Psychoanalytic Psychology, 13, 343-365.

Demorest, A. P. & Siegel, P. (1996).  Personal Influences on Professional Work: An Empirical Case Study of B.F. Skinner.  Journal of Personality, 64, 243-261.

Selected Presentations
Anderson, J., Han, E. & Siegel, P.  (2009).  The Effects of Unreportable Stimuli on Reducing Fear of Spiders.  Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society.  San Francisco, CA, May 24.

Siegel, P. (2008).  The Effects of Subliminal Versus Supraliminal Exposure on Fear of Spiders.  Paper presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.  Boston, MA, August 16.

Siegel, P. (2006).  Am I really afraid of spiders? An Experimental Paradigm for Subliminal Exposure to Phobic Stimuli.  Invited Speaker, the NYU Psychology Department’s Annual Research Conference. New York, NY, April 26.

Siegel, P. (2003).  Measuring Personality Patterns and Their Evolution of Change in Psychotherapy.  Grand Rounds presentation at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, White Plains, New York, May 2.

Siegel, P. (2000).  FRAMES as a Measure of the Clinical Process.  Panel presentation at the international meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Braga, Portugal, June 21.

Grants and Awards
SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 2009. 

Research Grant Award ($20,000), American Psychoanalytic Association, 2008-2010. 

Faculty Research Support Awards, Purchase College, 2006- 2007, 2007-2008.

Research Grant Award ($10,000), International Psychoanalytic Association, 1998-1999.  Only fully funded doctoral candidate.

Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship ($40,000), National Institute of Mental Health, 1995-1997.

Clinical Experience
Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, White Plains, NY (2001 – 2002). 

Clinical Psychology Intern, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY (2000 – 2001).