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John Porcerelli, Ph.D., ABPP

Associate Professor of Psychology

John Porcerelli
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Reno Hall
Room: 142
Phone: (248) 821-0013 (cell) or (313) 993-1442 (office)
John Porcerelli

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Detroit, Clinical Psychology (APA Accredited)
  • M.A., University of Detroit, Clinical Psychology
  • B.A., University of Michigan - Dearborn, Psychology

Biography

John Porcerelli, Ph.D.,  joined University of Detroit Mercy's faculty in 2016. Prior to Detroit Mercy, he held the rank of Professor and served as Director of Behavioral Medicine (1996-2016) in the residency program in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine. At University of Detroit Mercy, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and supervises psychotherapy, second-year research projects, and dissertations. He is board certified in clinical psychology and clinical health psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology, and is a graduate of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Michigan Psychological Association, Society for Personality Assessment, American Academy of Clinical Psychology, and American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology.

Porcerelli’s research interests have spanned both personality dynamics as well as health psychology. He has conducted studies of object relations and defense mechanisms development, changes in these constructs in response to psychological treatments, and the relationship between psychodynamic personality constructs and psychopathology. As a health psychologist, he has conducted studies of collaborative care (i.e., physicians working side-by-side psychologists in medical settings), predictors of difficult physician-patient relationships, accuracy of self-ratings of physicians during objective structured clinical exams, and has developed curricula for collaborative care in residency programs. His 2016 paper titled, Defense Mechanisms in Pregnant Mothers Predict Attachment Security, Social/Emotional Competence, and Behavioral Problems in Their Toddlers (American Journal of Psychiatry), won the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Research Award for the research that had the greatest scientific value to the field of psychoanalysis. He and his colleague, Alissa Huth-Bocks, are currently being funded by the International Psychoanalytic Association for their study of Stability & Change in Defense Mechanisms from Pregnancy to 2-Years Post Pregnancy.  Porcerelli is a reviewer for several psychology and medicine journals and currently serves as a consulting editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment and its Clinical Case Applications section.

For the last 25 years, he has also maintained a private practice in clinical psychology in Birmingham, Michigan.  He treats older adults, adults, adolescents, and children for assessment and psychotherapy.

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    Internships / Training

    Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Detroit Psychiatric Institute/Wayne State University Department of Psychiatry; Postgraduate Graduate - Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
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    Classes Taught at Detroit Mercy

    • Health Psychology
    • Human Sexuality
    • Cultural Diversity
    • Psychotherapy Practicum
    • Supervise 2nd Year Projects and Doctoral Dissertations
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    Recent Publications (2015-2016)

    Cogan, R., & Porcerelli, J. H. (2016). Psychoanalytic treatment in adults: A longitudinal study of change. London, UK: Routledge.

    Porcerelli JH, Jones JR (In press). Psychological assessment in integrated care: An overview. In ME Maruish (Ed), Handbook of psychological a in primary care settings, 2nd Edition. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

    Porcerelli JH, Cogan R, Melchoir K, Jazsinski M, Richardson L, Fowler S, Morris P, Murdoch W. (2016). Convergent validity of the Early Memory Index in two primary care samples. Journal of Personality Assessment, 98, 289-297.

    Porcerelli JH, Huth-Bock A, Huprich SK, Richardson LR. (2016). Defense mechanisms in pregnant mothers predict attachment security, social/emotional competence, and behavioral problems in their toddlers. American Journal of Psychiatry, 173, 138-146.

    Huprich, SK, Auerbach, JS, Porcerelli JH, Bupp LL. (2016). Sidney Blatt’s Object Relations Inventory: Contributions &future directions. Journal of Personality Assessment, 98, 1-4.

    Porcerelli JH, Hurrell K, Cogan R, Jeffries K, Markova T. (2015) Personality Assessment Screener, childhood abuse, and adult partner-violence in African-American women using primary care. Assessment, 22, 749-752.

    Porcerelli JH, Brennon S, Carty J, Ziadni M, Markova T. (2015) Can residents accurately rate communication skills during a resident OSCE? Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 3, 458-461.

    Pouliot GS, Huprich SK, Nelson SM, Pouliot SK, Porcerelli JH, Cawood C., Albright, JJ (2015) Factor Structure of the Structural Dimensions of Object Representations Scale. Journal of Personality Assessment, 97, 605-615.

    Porcerelli JH, Bornstein, RF, Porcerelli D, Arterbery VE. (2015) The Complex Role of Personality in Cancer Treatment: Impact of Dependency-Detachment on Health Status, Distress, and Physician-Patient Relationship. Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease, 203, 264-268.

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    Publicatons

    2015 – 2017

    Porcerelli JH, Jones JR (In press). Psychological assessment in integrated care: An overview. In ME Maruish (Ed), Handbook of psychological a in primary care settings, 2nd Edition. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

    Porcerelli JH. (In press). Career bio-sketch. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York, NY: Springer.

    Cogan, R., Porcerelli JH (2016). Psychoanalytic treatment in adults: A longitudinal study of change. London: Routledge. (12 Co-authored chapters)

    Porcerelli JH, Cramer, P, Porcerelli, DJ, Arterbery VE. (In press) Defense mechanisms and utilization in cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy: A pilot study. Submitted to Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.Ziadni M, Lumley M, Doherty H, Porcerelli JH, Rapport L, Schubiner H (2016)

    Intensive stress and emotion interview for primary care patients with medically unexplained pain disorders: a randomized trial. Journal of Pain, 17(4), S96-S97.

    Porcerelli JH, Cogan R, Melchoir K, Jazsinski M, Richardson L, Fowler S, Morris P, Murdoch W. (2016). Convergent validity of the Early Memory Index in two primary care samples. Journal of Personality Assessment, 98(3), 289-297.

    Porcerelli JH, Jones J, Klamo R, Heeney R. (In press). Childhood abuse in adults in primary care: empirical findings and clinical implications. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine.

    Porcerelli JH, Hurrell K, Cogan R, Jeffries K, Markova T. (2015) Personality Assessment Screener, Childhood Abuse, and Adult Partner-Violence in African-American Women Using Primary Care. Assessment, 22(6), 749-752.

    Porcerelli JH, Huth-Bock A, Huprich SK, Richardson LR. (2016). Defense mechanisms in pregnant mothers predict attachment security, social/emotional competence, and behavioral problems in their toddlers. American Journal of Psychiatry, 173(2), 138-146.

    Huprich, SK, Auerbach, JS, Porcerelli JH, Bupp LL. (2016). Sidney Blatt’s Object Relations Inventory: Contributions and future directions. Journal of Personality Assessment, 98(1), 1-4.

    Porcerelli JH, Brennon S, Carty J, Ziadni M, Markova T. (2015) Can Residents Accurately Rate Communication Skills During A Resident OSCE? Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 3, 458-461.

    Pouliot GS, Huprich SK, Nelson SM, Pouliot SK, Porcerelli JH, Cawood C., Albright, JJ (2015) Factor Structure of the Structural Dimensions of Object Representations Scale. Journal of Personality Assessment, 97(6), 605-615.

    Porcerelli JH, Bornstein, RF, Porcerelli D, Arterbery VE. (2015) The Complex Role of Personality in Cancer Treatment: Impact of Dependency-Detachment on Health Status, Distress, and Physician-Patient Relationship. Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease, 203, 264-268.

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    Presentations (2015-2016)

    Hurrell K, Markova T, Cogan R, Porcerelli JH. Personality Assessment Screener, Childhood Abuse, and Adult Partner-Violence: An Urban Primary Care Study of Women. Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, Brooklyn, NY, March 8, 2015.

    LaLonde C, Cogan R, Markova T, Porcerelli JH. Object Relations Inventory: A Multi-method Validity Study with Urban Women Using Primary Care. Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, Brooklyn, NY, March 8, 2015.

    Tamborello A, Murdoch W, Morris P, Richardson L, Porcerelli JH. Predicting “Difficult” Physician-Patient Relationships in a Family Medicine Residency Clinic Presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Personality Assessment, Brooklyn, NY, March 6, 2015.

    Jones J, Porcerelli DJ, Arterbery VE, Porcerelli JH. Object Relations Inventory: A Multi-method Validity Study with Cancer Patients. Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, Brooklyn, NY, March 6, 2015.

    Porcerelli JH. Invited symposium discussant: Generating clinical insights using the SCORS-G global and individual scales (Stein M – chair). Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, Brooklyn, NY, March 6, 2015.

    Kamoo R, Porcerelli JH, Dauphin VB, Munday C, Hinrichs J, Kliger P. The PDM Psychodiagnostic Chart (PDC) and defensive mechanisms: A study of convergent validity. Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, Brooklyn, NY, March 6, 2015.

    Porcerelli JH, Huth-Bocks A, Huprich SK, Richardson L. Pregnant mothers’ defenses predict attachment, social/emotional competence and behavior problems in toddlers. Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, Brooklyn, NY, March 6, 2015.

    Porcerelli JH, Morgan D. Assessment in Health Psychology Interest Group. Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, Brooklyn, NY, March 6, 2015.

    Porcerelli, JH. (Invited; Visiting Professor) Training mental health professionals to work collaboratively with primary care physicians: Lessons learned from the other “WSU.” Department of Psychology, Wichita State University, April 7, 2015.

    Porcerelli, JH. (Invited; Visiting Professor) Integrating behavioral health and primary care. Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Kansas Medical School, April 8, 2015.

    Porcerelli, JH. (Invited; Paul Gray Visiting Professor) Defense mechanisms: Clinical observation to empirical validation. Baltimore-Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, April 25, 2015.

    Porcerelli, JH. (Invited; Paul Gray Visiting Professor) Utilizing Prenatal Maternal Defense Mechanisms as Predictors of Attachment Security and Social/ Emotional Competence. Paul Gray Memorial Lecture, Baltimore-Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, April 25, 2015.

    Porcerelli, JH. (Invited; Paul Gray Visiting Professor) Psychoanalysis of AVPD & Specific Phobia: A Systematic Case Study. Baltimore-Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, April 25, 2015.

    Porcerelli D, Cogan R, Porcerelli JH. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and self/other representations in urban women. Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, Chicago, IL, March 10, 2016.

    Andare T, Christoff M, Richardson L, Porcerelli JH. Patient relatedness and medical encounter ratings in primary care. Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, Chicago, IL, March 11, 2016.

    King E, Jones J, Melnyk K, Porcerelli JH. Psychological assessment in primary care: What does it look like and who does it? Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, Chicago, IL, March 10, 2016.

    Morris R, King E., Porcerelli JH. Early memories and their relationship to psychopathology, abuse, physical health, and doctor-patient relationships in primary care. Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, Chicago, IL, March 10, 2016.

    Porcerelli JH, Morgan D. (Co-chairs) Health psychology assessment interest group. Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, Chicago, IL, March 12, 2016.

    Porcerelli JH (Chair), Dauphin VB. Assessing Level of Personality Organization with the Psychodynamic Checklist for PDM2. Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, Chicago, IL, March 12, 2016.

    Ziadni M, Carty J, Doherty H, Lumley M, Porcerelli J, Rapport L, & Schubiner H. Intensive stress and emotion interview for primary care patients with medically unexplained pain disorders: A Randomized Trial. Annual Meeting of the American Pain Society, Austin TX, May 2016.

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    Grants

    PI; Porcerelli, Huth-Bocks. (2016). Stability & change in defense mechanisms from pregnancy to 2-years post pregnancy. Submitted to the International Psychoanalytic Association. Amount: $13,800.

    PI; Porcerelli JH (2012-2013). Healthy & pathological dependency, healthcare costs and utilization in cancer patients. Crittenton Cancer Committee (Supplemental grant). Amount: $5, 800.

    Co-I; Cogan R. (2007-2008) Longitudinal study of psychoanalytic therapy for personality pathology. International Psychoanalytic Association. Amount $4,500.

    Co-I; Penner L. et al. (2005-2008). Creating doctor-patient teams to address health disparities. National Institutes of Health (R21). Amount: $450,000.

    Co-I; Cogan R (2005-2006) Longitudinal study of psychoanalytic therapy for personality pathology. International Psychoanalytic Association. Amount: $4,000.

    PI; Porcerelli JH, Markova T (2005-2008) Health effects of abusive-partner relationships on African American women and children. Michigan Dept of Community Health. Amount: $735,000.

    PI; Porcerelli JH (2005-2007). Development of psychotherapy process research skills. Career Research Award, American Psychoanalytic Association. Amount: $30,000.

    Co-I; Cogan R (2005-2006) Longitudinal study of personality pathology & psychoanalytic psychotherapy. International Psychoanalytic Association. Amount: $4,500. Co-I; (2004-2005).

    Shahar G. Longitudinal study of relatedness and doctor-patient relationships among high-risk OB patients: A cross-lagged structural equation study. International Psychoanalytic Association. Amount: $39,700.

    Co-I; (2003-2004). Shahar G. Object relations in anaclitic and introjective individuals. International Psychoanalytic Association Research Fund. Amount: $10,000.

    PI; (2002-2003) Porcerelli JH, Cogan R. Development of a psychological profile of partner-violent men: A Q-sort approach. Family Medicine Research Fund. Amount: $4,705.PI;

    (2002-2003)

    Porcerelli JH, Cogan R. A survey of mental health professionals treating partner-violent men: A Q-sort study. Family Medicine Research Fund. Amount: $2,315.PI;

    (2000-2001)

    Porcerelli J, West P, Wilson K. Domestic violence screening in two primary care clinics. OHEP Center for Medical Education Resident Research Grant, Amount: $4,000.

    Co-I; (1999-2003) Roth L. Champions Project: A Two-tiered Mentoring Approach to Clinical Faculty Development. Department of Health & Human Services. Amount: $ 547,663

 
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