The Psychotherapy Process and Outcome Research Lab is dedicated to empirically examining the processes and mechanisms of psychotherapy in an effort to improve treatment outcomes for clients. This work focuses on studying the client, therapist, and relational variables that influence therapy outcomes broadly, across clients and disorders. Psychotherapy has been found to be a viable and valuable form of intervention for those suffering from mental disorders. However, this form of intervention is far from perfect and does not yet produce 100% success rates. Psychotherapy research plays an essential function in helping those suffering from mental disorders recover from their impairment and distress by furthering our understanding of this form of intervention, which in turn potentially improves the quality and effectiveness of the services that are offered to individuals.
Watch a video of Dr. Swift (Lab Director) discussing this area of research. This video was filmed as part of the UAA Psychology Department's Faculty Research Interviews project.