Katie Aafjes-van Doorn

Katie Aafjes-van Doorn
Area Head of Social Sciences, Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr Katie Aafjes-van Doorn is currently an Area Head of Social Sciences and Visiting Associate Professor in Psychology at NYU Shanghai. Dr Aafjes-van Doorn completed her first MSc in Clinical Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She then moved to the United Kingdom to complete her MSc in Psychological Research, and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at University of Oxford, United Kingdom. After moving to the United States, she worked clinically for several years in San Francisco, California, and gained licensure as Clinical Psychologist in New York. She completed her research postdoc at Adelphi University, New York and has since worked at the Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, New York, where she is now Associate Professor. She is also the Associate Editor for the journal Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice, and the Clinical-lead of a startup company that develops AI-based multi-modal assessments for mental health. She has published over 60 peer reviewed papers, co-authored several books and book- chapters and is a regular speaker at (inter)national conferences.


Select Publications

  • Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Békés, V., Luo, X., & Hopwood, C. (2023). How does the therapeutic relationship in teletherapy compare to in-person therapy? Psychotherapy Research https://doi.10.1080/10503307.2023.2193299 Online advance publication. 
  • Aafjes-van Doorn, K & Barber, J.P. (2023). What do we know about professional training and supervision of experienced therapists? In Clara Hill & Louis Castonguay (Eds).Handbook for Therapist Training. Routledge. 
  • Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Kealy, D., Ehrenthal, J. C., Ogrodniczuk, J. S., Joyce, A. S., & Weber, R. (2022). The Relationship Between Patients’ Personality Traits, the Alliance, and Change in Interpersonal Distress in Intensive Group Treatment for Personality Dysfunction. Journal of Personality Disorders, 36(6), 731–748. https://doi.org/10.1521/pedi.2022.36.6.731.
  • Aafjes-van Doorn, K., Kamsteeg, C., Bate, J., & Aafjes., M. (2021). A scoping review of machine learning in psychotherapy research. Psychotherapy Research, 31(1), 92-116. https://doi.org/10.1080/10503307.2020.1808729.
  • Aafjes-van Doorn, K. Porcerelli, J., & Müller-Frommeyer, L. C., (2020). Language style matching in psychotherapy: An implicit aspect of alliance. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 67(4), 509–522. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000433.



  • DClinPsy, Clinical Psychology
    University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • MSc, Psychological Research
    University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • MSc, Clinical Psychology 
    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Research Interests

  • Bridging the gap between research and clinical practice
  • Psychotherapy and psychotherapy training 
  • Therapeutic relationship in in-person therapy and teletherapy. 
  • Routine outcome monitoring and deliberate practice
  • Multi-modal (audio, video, language) methods to examine different (un) conscious aspects of the therapeutic relationship