Psychoanalytic Psychology

ISSN: 0736-9735
eISSN: 1939-1331
Published: quarterly, beginning in January
ISI Impact Factor: 0.679
Psychology - Psychoanalysis : 4 of 13
This journal is a publication of APA Division 39 (Psychoanalysis)

Psychoanalytic Psychology serves as a resource for original contributions that reflect and broaden the interaction between psychoanalysis and psychology. Manuscripts that involve issues in psychology raised by psychoanalysis and issues in psychoanalysis raised by psychology are welcome.

The journal, a quarterly, publishes clinical papers, research papers, literature reviews, clinical notes, brief reports, commentary, and book reviews.

Editorial Board


Elliot L. Jurist, PhD
College University of New York, The City College of New York

Associate Editors

Kevin B. Meehan
Long Island University

Johanna Malone
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

International Editor

Lutz Wittmann
International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin

Book Review Editor

Joseph Reynoso
Private Practice, New York

Editorial Board

Ricardo C. Ainslie, PhD
University of Texas at Austin

David Anderegg, PhD
Bennington College

Maurice Apprey, PhD, DM, FIPA
University of Virginia

John S. Auerbach, PhD
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Gainesville, Florida

Barnaby B. Barratt, PhD, DHS
South African Psychoanalytic Association

Robert F. Bornstein, PhD
Adelphi University

C. Brooks Brenneis, PhD
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Wilma S. Bucci, PhD
Adelphi University

Christopher Christian
New School for Social Research

Rosemary Cogan, PhD, ABPP
Department of Psychology, Texas Tech University

Mary Beth M. Cresci, PhD, ABPP
Adelphi University Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies

Diana Diamond, PhD
City University of New York

David L. Downing, PsyD, ABPP
University of Indianapolis, School of Psychological Sciences

Morris N. Eagle, PhD, ABPP
Adelphi University, California Lutheran University

Kenneth Eisold, PhD
William Alanson White Institute

Peter Fonagy, OBE, PhD, DipPsy, FBPSA, FBA
University College London

Roger Frie, PhD, PsyD, RPsych
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP
Erikson Institute, The Austen Riggs Center

Gerald J. Gargiulo, PhD, FIPA
The National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis Training Institute, NY

George Gergely, PhD, DSc, Dr. Habil.
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

William H. Gottdiener, PhD
John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York

Anton H. Hart, PhD
William Alanson White Institute

Frank M. Lachmann, PhD
Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity

Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, ABPP
Harvard Medical School

Paul Lippmann, PhD
William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute

Karen J. Maroda, PhD, ABBP
Medical College of Wisconsin

Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP
Rutgers Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology

Michael L. Miller, PhD
Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Jon Mills, PsyD, PhD, CPsych, ABPP
Adler Graduate Professional School, Toronto

Ira Moses, PhD, ABPP
William Alanson White Institute

Jack Novick, PhD
University of Michigan Medical School

Donna M. Orange, PhD, PsyD
Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

David I. Pincus, DMH
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center

Peter L. Rudyntsky, PhD, LCSW
University of Florida

Jeremy D. Safran, PhD
New School for Social Research

Henry M. Seiden, PhD, ABPP
Private Practice, Forest Hills, NY

Doris K. Silverman, PhD
New York University

Donnel B. Stern, PhD
William Alanson White Institute, New York City, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Robert D. Stolorow, PhD, PhD
Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Jennifer J. Stuart, PhD
Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, Affiliated with NYU School of Medicine

Alan Sugarman, PhD
San Diego Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Frank L. Summers, PhD, ABPP
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

M. Guy Thompson, PhD
Private Practice, San Francisco

Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP
The Austen Riggs Center

Steve Tuber, PhD, ABPP
City University of New York

Neal Vorus, PhD
Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

Paul Wachtel, PhD
City University of New York

Marsha Levy Warren, PhD
New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis

Lissa Weinstein
The City University of New York

David L. Wolitzky, PhD
New York University

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Elliot L. Jurist, PhD
Psychoanalytic Psychology
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, CUNY
The City College of New York
138th St. and Convent Ave.
NAC Building, 8/109
New York, NY 10031
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    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
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    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


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Other Information

Special Issues
  • The Relevance of Sigmund Freud for the 21st Century

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol. 23, No. 2, April 2006. Articles discuss unitary theory in psychoanalysis; prospects for the 21st century; Freud's legacy; psychoanalytic science and research; psychodynamics of personality pathology; Freud, civilization, religion, and stoicism; and the concept of danger-situation for an intersubjective-systems perspective.