Joan White, Psya.D., Cert. Psya., Associate Professor, BGSP

Contact information
(617) 277-3915 (ext. 23)

Personal Statement
Dr. White was nationally certified as a psychoanalyst by NAAP in 1984. She is also certified by the state of Vermont. Currently, she is the Director of the Treatment Service at BGSP, and has been a faculty member and training analyst for 38 years. During this time, Dr. White maintained a practice as a clinician and supervisor at Lynn Community Health Center for 20 years where she established the school-based programs. She has been active at BGSP in developing programs for educators and clinicians, and supervises therapists in the school-based program.

Dr. White has expanded an interest in Eastern healing modalities and is a practitioner and teacher of Qi Gong/Tai Chi.

Due to her pioneering work accessing the emotional lives of children through acting workshops, Dr. White was awarded a scholarship from the University of Illinois School of Social Work for a master’s degree. After graduate school, Dr. White continued her work with children by developing “talking” programs for teenage gang members.

Dr. White’s dissertation titled Life as Pain: Psychic Restructuring After Catastrophic Trauma, which explored the lasting effects of trauma on the psyche, led her to investigate the effect of such an unresolved crisis on the children of holocaust survivors from Cambodia.