Elizabeth Dorsey, MSW, Cert. Psya., Associate Professor, BGSP
I was born to be a modern psychoanalyst. An inquisitive, passionate child, I moved to adulthood studying, in true liberal arts fashion, science, social sciences, humanities, music and fine arts and the world around me. Later, on an eventual career path, social work training led to social systems study and the nomadic search for an intellectual home that would yield the best therapeutic and personal skills I could muster. Modern psychoanalysis became that home.
Today, I am privileged to study the passions of the human mind in clinical practice and research, in the classroom and in the exciting, rapidly growing doctoral program at the Vermont Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. Topnotch colleagues add excellent minds and creative research interests to the adventure. With students from all walks of life and many parts of the world and the opportunity to bring psychoanalytic insights and training to areas previously lacking in these resources, work is a challenging and evolving pleasure.
Primitive mental states; the unfolding mind in modern psychoanalysis; ethical dilemmas in psychoanalytic practice, youth tobacco use.
(In press) Dilemmas in search of a code (Chapter 3.) In the Interest of the Patient: Ethics for Psychoanalysis , Meadow P.W., ed. International Universities Press.
(2003) with Soldz, S., and D.J. Huyser. The cigar as a drug delivery device: Youth use of blunts. Addiction, 98, 1379-1386.
(2003) with Soldz., S., and D.J. Huyser. Characteristics of users of cigars, bidis, and kreteks and the relationship to cigarette use. Preventive Medicine, 37, 250-258.
(2003) with Soldz, S., and D.J. Huyser. Youth preferences for cigar brands: Rates of use and characteristics of users. Tobacco Control, 12, 155-160.
(2001) Rethinking Eros: An Overview. Modern Psychoanalysis, 26:29-32.
(1997) Becoming Themselves: What Kids Really Need. Editor's Introduction. Modern Psychoanalysis, 22:133-135.
(1999) Encounters with Autistic States: A Memorial Tribute to Frances Tustin. Theodore Mitrani and Judith Mitrani, eds. Northvale, New Jersey and London: Jason Aronson Inc., 1997. Modern Psychoanalysis, 24:236-239.
(1998) The Making of a Psychotherapist. Neville Symington. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, 1996. Modern Psychoanalysis, 23: 249-253.
(1996) Treatment of the Narcissistic Neuroses. Hyman Spotnitz and Phyllis Meadow. Revised edition; Phyllis Meadow, ed., Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1995. Modern Psychoanalysis, 21:117-119.
(1995) On Freud's "Observations of Transference Love." Ethel Spector Person, Aiban Hagelin, Peter Fonagy, eds. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1993. Modern Psychoanalysis, 20: 110-114.
(1992) Anne Sexton: A Biography. Diane Wood Middlebrook. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991. Modern Psychoanalysis, 17:105-108.
Current classes taught
PT 151 Basic Psychoanalytic Theory
Primitive Mental States