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Steven Tuber
Position: Director
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York
Phone: 212.650.5672
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., University of Michigan
Training Area: Clinical Psychology @ City College
Research Interests: The assessment of representations of self and other, and the affects and defense mechanisms stimulated by such representations in children, adolescents and adults; the links between such assessments and the adaptive use of psychotherapy in clinical populations; the utility of projective methods, most especially the Rorschach Inkblot Method and the Thematic Apperception Test, to studies of psychotherapy outcome.
Steve Tuber is the Director of Clinical Training, Program Head and Professor of Psychology in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at City College. He is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and a licensed psychologist in New York State. He is also on the teaching faculty of the child psychotherapy program of the William Alanson White Institute in New York. He received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan and has served as an Attending Psychologist at both Montefiore Medical Center and Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.
Research and Scholarship Group
Dr. Tuber’s present research is linked to Dr. Rudenstine’s research within the INTERSECT Lab at CCNY.
The INTERSECT Lab is a clinical and epidemiological research program that examines the intersection of trajectories of well-being and the urban functioning poor.  What are extraordinary events for many individuals are daily experiences in the lives of this population. And yet, while such stressors may become commonplace, they affect daily functioning and arguably long-term health outcomes.  The INTERSECT Lab adopts a multi-level approach and ecological framework to understanding the cumulative effect of these chronic and yet quotidian experiences on well being.  It aims to examine and reassess frequently used terms such as trauma, health, family systems, and poverty to reflect the experiences that are relevant and specific to an urban marginalized population with the aim of promoting appropriate and targeted interventions and policies. Urban marginalized populations have access to disproportionally fewer mental health services and are less likely to receive care than non-Hispanic White Americans despite having similar rates of mental disorders.  Similarly, due to the scarcity of resources, few urban community-based mental health clinics measure trajectories of clinical care or treatment outcomes.  The INTERSECT Lab launched the Psychotherapy Evaluation and Clinical Effectiveness (PEACE) and Child Health and Psychotherapy (CHAP) Programs to study the (1) individual-level factors that mediate treatment outcomes among patients of an urban community-based setting, (2) effectiveness of psychodynamic individual therapy on a number of patient outcomes throughout the course of one’s treatment, and (3) role of stigma (individual and institutional) on the utilization and retention of psychological services among an urban marginalized population.
My research adds an assessment at an intrapsychic level to the work of the INTERSECT lab in that projective tests are given to each child who enters the lab. This level of assessment will then be used as we derive longitudinal data from these children over the course of their treatment at our Psychological Center.
In addition to this research, I am very interested in being useful as an Editor across a variety of scholarly publications. I am the Editor of the book series: Psychodynamic Assessment and Treatment for the 21st Century, published by Lexington Books; an Associate Editor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis; The Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and The Bulletin of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, as well as on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Psychological Innovations.
Selected Publications, Presentations, and Awards
Nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Academy for Professional Psychology (ABPP), “The Distinguished Service Award”, October 2013 and 2014.
Finalist for the 2012 Goethe Prize, awarded by the Canadian Psychological Association for the Outstanding Psychodynamic Book of 2012, for Understanding Personality Through Projective Testing
Finalist for the 2009 Gradiva Prize, awarded by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for the Outstanding Theoretical Book of 2008, for Attachment, Play & Authenticity: A Winnicott Primer.
 I have written and/or edited five books:
Tuber, S. (Ed.) (2016). Parenting: Contemporary Clinical Perspectives. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
Tuber, S. (Ed.) (2015). Early Encounters with Children and Adolescents:
         Beginning Psychodynamic Therapists’ First Cases. New York:
         Routledge Press.
Tuber, S. (2012) Understanding Personality Through Projective Testing.
       Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield (Jason Aronson Press).
Tuber, S. & Caflisch, J. (2011). Starting Therapy with Children and Adolescents: A Process-Oriented Guide for Therapists. New York: Routledge Press.
Tuber, S. (2008). Attachment, play and authenticity: A Winnicott Primer. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield (Jason Aronson Press).
I have also published and/or presented over 150 papers on child assessment and treatment.
Syllabus: Assessment I: Cognitive and Personality Testing
Syllabus: Practicum IIA: Child Psychotherapy
Syllabus: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory: Winnicott