Dr. Brien Goodwin is a psychotherapist and psychotherapy researcher who specializes in integrating evidence-based therapeutic interventions to tailor treatment to individual patients’ needs. To this end, he is a staunch advocate for the two-way bridge between practice and research as a means to understand the ideographic psychotherapeutic processes that contribute to a given person’s recovery. In his clinical practice, Dr. Goodwin draws on principles associated with cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, theory-common treatment factors, and relational and attachment-based modalities. He has worked with patients who hold diverse intersecting identities and those presenting with complex, comorbid psychopathology, including mood and anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, and personality disorders.
Dr. Goodwin received his MS and PhD from UMASS Amherst’s clinical psychology program. During his training, Dr. Goodwin worked with child, adolescent, and adult patients in the Psychological Services Center—a community-based, outpatient clinic. He also spent two years at the UMass Adolescent Continuing Care Psychiatric Inpatient Unit (the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health’s most acute setting) conducting group, family, and individual therapy for adolescents. He completed his predoctoral internship and a clinical fellowship at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital. As a fellow, Dr. Goodwin was the lead consultant for the Inpatient Consultation Service. In this role, he provided diagnostic clarification, treatment recommendations, and group, family, and individual therapy for people with serious mental illness.
Dr. Goodwin’s research focuses on psychotherapy process, outcome, and integration. His work has been disseminated through peer-reviewed publications, and at national and international conferences. He is an active member of a number of psychotherapy research organizations, including the Society for Psychotherapy Research, the Society for Psychotherapy Integration, and the American Psychological Association’s Division 29 (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy). For the latter, he served a two-year elected term on the Publications Board. Dr. Goodwin has also been an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatryand the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.