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Louise Gaston, Phd

Louise Gaston, Phd

Biographical Info Dr. Louise Gaston, PhD TRAUMATYS founder and directorAfter her Ph.D. from University of Montreal, Dr. Louise Gaston completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) with Dr. Mardi Horowitz, author of Stress Response Syndrome. At UCSF, Dr. Gaston acquired an expertise in both PTSD and psychotherapy research. Subsequently, Dr. Gaston was recruited to become an assistant professor by the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, where she conducted clinical studies for many years. As a researcher, Dr. Gaston collaborated with many colleagues in diverse settings, including at Stanford University. She carried out clinical trials. Her main research topic was the alliance in psychotherapy and its interaction with techniques, as they contribute to better outcomes . She has developed the California Psychotherapy Alliance Scale, CALPAS, an alliance measure which is used as one of the standard in clinical research.

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