Research & Publications
Dr. Beitel is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapy researcher. He serves as Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. He offers an undergraduate course on Native American Health through Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (cross-listed in Psychology) at Yale College. Dr. Beitel is interested in patient variables (demographic and diagnostic), therapist variables (technique use), and patient-therapist interaction variables (working alliance) that affect treatment outcome. He conducts qualitative and quantitative research. He has a longstanding interest in patients who present with co-occurring chronic physical pain and opioid dependence and has published widely on the demographic, clinical, and treatment-related correlates of these intersecting problems.
Dr. Beitel directs The Native American Psychotherapy Research Project at Yale, which provides a forum to study psychotherapy process and outcome with Native American patients. For a variety of reasons, Native Americans have largely been left out of psychotherapy research. To fill this gap in the literature, our group has fostered connections with both urban and reservation-based Native clinical partners. To date, we have investigated expectations about counseling, therapist technical activity, working alliance, and session quality with Native participants. We are currently conducting a scoping review to identify peer-reviewed, published case studies of Native American patients in psychotherapy.
Education & Training
- PhDFordham University (2003)
- MANew School for Social Research (1996)
- ABUniversity of Michigan, Psychology Honors Program (1994)