B. Messer is Distinguished Professor and former dean (2001-2016) of the
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). Prior to
becoming dean, he was chair of the Department of Clinical Psychology. 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. Two of his most recent volumes are case studies within
psychotherapy trials: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
and Essential Psychotherapies:
Theory and Practice (3rd ed.).
Messer has contributed to the literature on psychotherapy integration and
eclecticism, examining its implications at the clinical, theoretical, and
philosophical levels. He is an associate editor of the online journal Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy,
editorial board member of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session and an advisory editor of Psychotherapy Research. He has been an
associate editor of American Psychologist,
a consulting editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,
and an editorial board member of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice and of Psychotherapy. He is coauthor
of the volume Models of Brief
Psychodynamic Therapy, coeditor of and contributor to the volumes
Psychoanalytic Therapy and Behavior Therapy: Is Integration Possible?; Hermeneutics
and Psychological Theory;History of Psychotherapy: A Century of Change; and
Theories of Psychotherapy: Origins and Evolution.
Dr. Messer is featured in an
American Psychological Association (APA) video, Brief Dynamic Therapy.
He has lectured and
invited workshops in several international venues, including Argentina, Brazil,
China, Israel, Norway, and Poland. As a licensed and practicing psychologist,
Dr. Messer conducts psychotherapy and clinical assessments. He is an APA Fellow
of the Society of Clinical Psychology, the Division of Theoretical and
Philosophical Psychology, and the Society for Advancement of Psychotherapy.