Dr. Bigda-Peyton, Frances

Frances Bigda-Peyton, Ph.D., Cert.Psya.

Cert. Psya., Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 1999.
Ed.D., Boston University, 1982.
Ed.M., Harvard University, 1977.
B.A. Harvard College, 1976.

Personal Statement

Dr. Bigda-Peyton's current interests include Psychoanalysis as it applies to intimate relationships, communications strategy, and messaging about social issues. She is knowledgeable about the intersection between Psychoanalysis, Buddhist Psychology, and Neuroscience.

Dr. Bigda-Peyton is a BGSP Training Analyst and a member of the Research Committee. Previously, she has served as Fieldwork Coordinator for the Psychoanalysis & Culture Program. She maintains a private practice in Bedford, Mass. Dr. Bigda-Peyton co-founded Common Purpose, the largest batter treatment program in Massachusetts. She presents widely in the Boston area. Dr Bigda-Peyton is a longstanding activist in support of the environment and women’s empowerment.


(2020) "Can’t live with you, can’t live without you: Working with a primitive, hostile dependent couple,"
Modern Psychoanalysis, 43, 2, pp.38-48.
(2004) "When Drives are Dangerous: Drive Theory and Resource Overconsumption," Modern Psychoanalysis, 29, 2, 251-270.

(2000) "An Analysis of Intense Enactments in the Case of a 10 Year Old Girl." Modern Psychoanalysis, 25, 2
(2000) "Antisocial Behavior: Personality Disorders from Hostility to Homicide. Benjamin Wolman. Book Review, Modern Psychoanalysis, 25,2
(1998) "Managing Conflicts in a Women's Prison. Individual Styles and Institutional Pressures," Journal of Offender Counseling, 8, 2
(1998) Why Family Counseling Makes Sense," Independent School, 47, 2, Winter
(1981) Development in Thinking About Careers," Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Boston University
(1978) The Hephaestus Complex: Power Themes in the Life and Work of James Thurber," Biography, 1, 2, 37-60
Numerous articles for the Bedford Minuteman for the Violence Prevention Task Force.