Associate Professor

Prof. Dana Atzil-Slonim

Associate Professor

    Refereed articles in scientific journals 

    (* indicates a student working under my supervision)

    Atzil-Slonim, D. (2007) Treating Bulimia from the guts. Sihut, Israeli Journal for psychotherapy. March (2).

    Atzil-Slonim, D., Shefler, G., Dvir, S., & Tishby, O. (2011). Changes in rigidity and symptoms among adolescents in psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy Research, 21(6), 685-695

    Atzil-Slonim, D., Shefler, G., Slonim, N., & Tishby, O. (2013). Adolescents in psychodynamic psychotherapy: changes in internal representations of relationships with parents. Psychotherapy Research, 23(2), 201-217.

    Atzil-Slonim, D., Shefler, G., & Tishby, O. (2015). Internal representations of the therapeutic relationship among adolescents in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy22, 502-515.

    Atzil-Slonim, D., Bar-Kalifa, E., Rafaeli, E., Lutz, W., Schiefele, A. K., Rubel, J., & Peri, T. (2015). Therapeutic bond judgments: congruence and incongruence. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology83(4), 773-784.

    Atzil-Slonim, D., Reshef, M., Berman, E., Peri, T. & Shulman, S. (2015). Changes in romantic competence and career adaptability among young adults in psychotherapy. Emerging Adulthood.

    Atzil-Slonim, D., Wiseman, H., & Tishby, O. (2016). Relationship representations and change in adolescents and emerging adults during psychodynamic psychotherapy. Psychotherapy Research, 26(3), 279-296.

    Fisher, H., Atzil-Slonim, D., Bar-Kalifa, E., Rafaeli, E., & Peri, T. (2016). Emotional experience and alliance as common factors that synergistically contribute to therapeutic change. Psychotherapy. 53(1), 105-116.

    Chen, R., Atzil-Slonim, D., Bar-Kalifa, E., Hasson-Ohayon, I., & Rafaeli, E. (2016). Therapist Recognition of Alliance Ruptures as a Moderator of Changes in Alliance and Symptoms. Psychotherapy Research. 1-11.

    Bar-Kalifa, E. **, Atzil-Slonim, D. **, Rafaeli, E., Peri, T., Rubel, J., &. Lutz, W., (2016). Accuracy and bias in therapists' assessments of clients' functioning. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(12). (**equal contribution).

    Arnon-Ribenfeld, N.,* Bloom, R., Atzil-Slonim, D., Peri, T., de Jong, S. Hasson-Ohayon, I. (2017).  Metacognitive Reflection and Insight Therapy (MERIT) among people with schizophrenia: lessons from two case studies. American Journal of Psychotherapy

    Mendlovic, S., Doron, A. Saad, A., Atzil-Slonim, D., Mar'I, S. Bloch, Y., Ben-Yehuda, A. (2017). The MATRIX, a novel tool exploring dynamic psychotherapy: Preliminary psychometric properties. Psychiatry Research

    Arnon-Ribenfeld, N., * Hasson-Ohayon, I., Lavidor, M., Atzil-Slonim, D., Lysaker, P. (2017). The association between metacognitive abilities and outcome measures among people with schizophrenia: A meta-analysis, European Psychiatry, 46, 33-41.

    HaCohen, H., Atzil-Slonim, D.,  Tuval-Mashiach, R., Bar-Kalifa, E., & Rand-Lakritz, S. (2017). Multiplicity and mutuality in the transition of patient and therapist's self-states: comparison of good vs. poor outcome groups. Psychotherapy Research. 1-14.

    Galili-Weinstock, L.,* Chen, R., Atzil-Slonim, D., Bar-Kalifa, E., Peri, T., & Rafaeli, E. (2017). The Association between Self-Compassion and Treatment Outcomes: session-level and treatment-level effects. Journal of Clinical Psychology.

    Fisher, H.,* Atzil-Slonim, D., Bar-Kalifa, E., Rafaeli, E., & Peri, T. (2017). Growth curves of clients' emotional experience and their association with emotion regulation and symptoms. Psychotherapy Research.

    Atzil-Slonim, D., Bar-Kalifa, E.,Fisher, H., Peri, T., Rubel, J., Lutz, W., & Rafaeli, E., (2018). Emotional congruence between clients and therapists and Its effect on treatment outcome. Journal of Counselling Psychology. 65(1), 51.

    Rubel, J., Bar-Kalifa, E., Atzil-Slonim, D., Schmidt, S., &. Lutz, W. (2018). Congruence of Therapeutic Bond Perceptions and Its Relation to Treatment Outcome: Within- and Between-Dyad Effects. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

    Chen, R.,* Rafaeli, E. , Bar-Kalifa, E., Gilboa-Schechtman, E., Lutz, W., & Atzil-Slonim, D. (2018). Moderators of congruent alliance between therapists and clients: A Realistic Accuracy Model. Journal of Counselling Psychology.

    Mendelovic, S. Saad, A, Tuval-Machiach, R., & Atzil-Slonim, D. (2018). The Association between Patient-Therapist MATRIX Congruence and Treatment Outcome. Psychotherapy Research.

    Atzil-Slonim, D., Bar-Kalifa, E., Fisher, H.,  Lazarus, G., Hasson-Ohayon, I., Lutz, W., Rubel, J., & Rafaeli, E. (2019). Therapists` empathic accuracy regarding the clients` emotions on clients` outcomes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

    Aderka, I., Atzil-Slonim, D., Bar-Kalifa, E., hasson-Ohayon, I., & Gilboa-Schetman, E. (2018). Intra-individual variability in symptoms consistently predicts sudden gains: An examination of three independent datasets. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

    HaCohen, N., Atzil-Slonim, D., Shapira, K., Bar-Kalifa, E., & Tuval-Mashiach, R. (2018). Investigating the Mutual Changing of Patient's and Therapist's Self-States: An Integrative Clinical Research Study of a Single Case. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.

    Atzil-Slonim, D., Bar-Kalifa, E., Fisher, H.,  Lazarus, G., Hasson-Ohayon, I., Lutz, W., Rubel, J., & Rafaeli, E. (2019). Therapists` empathic accuracy regarding the clients` emotions on clients` outcomes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 87(1), 33

    Lazarus, G.,* Atzil-Slonim, D., Bar-Kalifa, E.,  & Rafaeli, E. (2019) Emotional instability and therapists' inferential flexibility predict therapists' session-by-session empathic accuracy. Journal of Counselling Psychology. 66(1), 56. 

    Galili-Weinstock, L., *  Lazarus, G., *  Atzil-Slonim, D., Bar- Kalifa, E., Rafaeli, E., & Peri, T.  (in press). Self-compassion among psychotherapy clients is in the details of negative, not positive, emotions. The Journal of Positive Psychology

    Bar-Kalifa, E., Prinz, J., Atzil-Slonim, D., Rafaeli, E., & Lutz, W., (in press). Physiological Synchrony and Therapeutic Alliance in an Imagery-based Treatment. Journal of Counselling Psychology.

    Fisher, H., Rafaeli, E., Bar Kalifa, E., Barber, J., Solomonov, N., Peri, T., & Atzil-Slonim, D. (2019). Therapists' Interventions as a Predictor of Improvement in Clients' Emotional Experience, Self-Understanding, and Treatment Outcomes. Journal of Counselling Psychology.

    Galili, L., Chen, R., Atzil-Slonim, D., Rafaeli, E., & Peri, T., (in press). Enhancement of self compassion in psychotherapy- the effect of therapists' interventions. Psychotherapy Research.

    Atzil-Slonim, D.,, & Tschacher, W. (2019). Dynamic Dyadic Processes in Psychotherapy: Introduction to a Special Section. Psychotherapy Research.

    Lutz, W., Prinz, J., Schwartz,  B., Paulick, J., Schoenherr, D., Deisenhofer, A.K., Terhürne, P.,  Boyle, K., Altmann, U., Strauß, B., Rafaeli, E., Atzil-Slonim, D., Bar-Kalifa, E., Rubel, J. (in press). Patterns of early change in interpersonal problems and their relationship to nonverbal synchrony and multidimensional outcome. Journal of Counselling Psychology

    Arnon-Ribenfeld, N.,* Atzil-Slonim, D., Bar-Kalifa, E., Silber, Y., Fisher, H., Peri, T., ... & Hasson-Ohayon, I. (2019). Tracing metacognition in psychotherapy: associations with symptoms of general distress and depression. The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 207(11), 936-943.

    Chen, R., Rafaeli, E., Ziv-Beiman, S., Bar-Kalifa, e., Solomonov, N., Barber, J.P., Peri, T., & Atzil-Slonim, D. (in press). Therapeutic Technique Diversity is Linked to Quality of Working Alliance and Client Functioning Following Alliance Ruptures. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

    Bar-Kalifa, E., & Atzil-Slonim, D. (in press). Dyadic emotional networks and their association with treatment outcome. Journal of Counselling Psychology.

    Bar, M., Saad, A., Atzil-Slonim, D., Tuval-Mashiach, R., Gour, T., Baron, N., Mendlovic, S., (2020).  Patient-therapist congruent exchanges engaged with the potential-to-experience is associated with better outcome of Psychotherapy. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.

    Shapira, N.,* Lazarus, G., Goldberg, Y., Gilboa-Schechtman, E., Tuval-Mashiach, R., & Atzil-Slonim, D.  (2020).  Using Computerized Text-Analysis to Examine Associations Between Linguistic Features and Clients’ Distress during Psychotherapy. Journal of Counseling Psychology.



    Chapters in books

    Wiseman, H. & Atzil-Slonim, D. (2019). Changes in closeness and distance in the development of the client-therapist therapeutic bond. In O. Tishby & H. Wiseman (Eds.), Significant Moments in the Therapeutic Relationship. Washington, DC: APA Press.

    Atzil-Slonim, D. (2019). Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Adolescents. In J. S., Ogrodniczuk & D. Kealy (Eds.) Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Academic Press, Elsevier.

    Koole, S., Atzil-Slonim, D., Butler, E., Dikker, S., Tschacher, W., & Wilderjans, T. (2020). In sync with your shrink: Grounding psychotherapy in interpersonal synchrony. In Applications of social psychology - Sydney Symposium in Social Psychology. Psychology Press.


    Clinical practicum

    Family processes

    Psychotherapy Research




    Research Interests
    1. Exploring dyadic interpersonal dynamics in psychotherapy. I am especially fascinated by the exploration of the intrapersonal processes that take place in both clients and therapists, and of the interpersonal processes that occur between them, to better understand change mechanisms in psychotherapy. I have been interested in several factors related to the client (e.g., interpersonal patterns, emotional experience, affect), the therapist (e.g., focus of intervention, personal characteristics) and the therapeutic relationship (e.g., interpersonal patterns of the therapeutic bond, working alliance, ruptures). I have designed studies that systematically explore fundamental aspects of Psychodynamic theory (e.g. transference, countertransference, rigidity/flexibility in self/object representations, progression in treatment from dissociation to dialectics).  Together with collaborators I have applied methods developed in dyadic research, such as the Truth & Bias model (T&B; West & Kenny, 2011) and the Actor Partner Interdependence Model (APIM; Kenny & Cook, 1999) which capture the dyadic nature of the therapy relationship and enable analysis of session by session data and the examination of temporal patterns of change in psychotherapy.
    2. Tracing the process of psychotherapy via advanced machine learning techniques. One of the main barriers to psychotherapy process-outcome studies is the limited amount of data available to analyze the process, due to the substantial effort required for human judges to evaluate and code recorded or transcribed sessions. I have been interested in applying computerized coding systems that exploit machine learning and text/audio analysis techniques to enhance the study of process data without losing its depth

    Amount in NIS




    Principal Investigator. Israel Science Foundation grant: Bio-Behavioral Synchrony between Client and Therapist and its Relation to the Therapeutic Bond and to Treatment Outcome. ISF # 1046/17.




    Principal Investigator. Israel Science Foundation New-Faculty Equipment Grants: Psychotherapy Research Laboratory (dyadic audio/visual, psychophysiology and personalized self report and feedback system). ISF # 2222/17




    Co-Principal Investigator. Israel Science Foundation Institutional Equipment Grants: Clinical Research meets Analytic and Feedback Technologies (CRAFT): Using integrated multimodal information to enhance assessment, clarify mechanisms of change, and  refine

    feedback as means for improving psychotherapy outcomes. (With Eva Gilboa-Schechtman and Rivka Tuval-Mashiach). ISF 2400/17.



    Co-Principal investigator. Rector's grant for interdisciplinary groups: Eavesdropping on Humans and Hyraxes: Developing Automatic Methods for Analyzing and Predicting Social Structure from Diverse Auditory Data Sets (with Eva Gilboa-Schechtman, Eshkol Rafaeli, Ilanit Gordon, Sharon Ganot, Lee Koren & Yossi Keshet).



    Design and writing. Israel Science Foundation grant: From dissociation to dialectics: Mutual changing of client and therapist and its Relation to treatment outcome. (PI: Rivka Tuval-Mashiach; 700,000 NIS).

    2015 -2017


    SPR small research grant, The Society for Psychotherapy Research




    Last Updated Date : 16/03/2023