Meet the Faculty

Dr. Jane Snyder, Ph.D., Cert.Psya.


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Personal Statement

I have devoted my professional life to psychoanalysis because I find the field to be endlessly fascinating. I find that psychoanalysis offers the most in-depth approach to understanding another person or group and freeing them of self destructive patterns, as well as the most comprehensive approach to researching what makes a person tick.  It also provides the best lens for understanding symbolic communication and emotional development which I personally pursued first through my studies in literature, later in my doctoral studies in developmental psychology in which I studied children’s creative use of language. I subsequently trained in clinical work with children and families, and entered psychoanalytic training in order to learn more about working with unconscious dynamics. I have been learning ever since. I enjoy writing and doing research on particular issues in treatment, such as enactment in the transference, adolescent aggression and sexuality, perversions, and symbolic communication. I have also done research and writing in the area of family violence and was a co-director of the Institute for the Study of Violence, now the program in Psychoanalysis, Society  and Culture.  Other areas of interest include love and marriage, creativity and the application of psychoanalytic understanding to literature.  I enjoy working with colleagues and students, sharing new ideas and working together to understand clinical, organizational and social issues.  I believe that to solve the problems  of today’s world we will need to use what we know about the deepest layers of human motivation and work with colleagues in other disciplines to promote constructive and cooperative interaction.

Program Affiliation

Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling


M.A., Boston University, 1975
Ph.D., Boston University, 1980
M.A., Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 1996
Cert.Psya., Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 1996


(2014) Snyder, J. Journal review:Bohleber, W., Fonagy, P., Jimenez, J.P., Scarfone, D., Varvin, S., Zysman, S. (2013) “Towards a better use of psychoanalytic concepts: A model illustrated using the concept of enactment”. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 94: 501-530. Journal of Analytical Psychology,59: 599-603.

(2011) Snyder, J. Bringing to Mind: Psychoanalytic research with patients on the primitive edge, Modern Psychoanalysis, 36: 42-51.

(2011) Snyder, J. The dangers of an ethical code.  Modern Psychoanalysis, 36:212-238.

(2006) Snyder, J. Modern psychoanalysis meets Andre Green: The Case of Z. Modern Psychoanalysis, 31, 25-44.

(2003) Snyder, J. Why violence? An introduction. Modern Psychoanalysis, 28:163-166.

(2003) Snyder, J. On violence: An epilogue. Modern Psychoanalysis, 28:259-265.

(2002) Snyder, J. Reconciling Empirical Knowledge and Clinical Experience: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy. Stephen Soldz & Leigh McCullough, eds. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Assoc., 2000. 286 pp. Modern Psychoanalysis, 27:  159-161.

(2001) Snyder, J., Rogers, K. The Violent Adolescent: The Urge to Destroy Versus the Urge to Feel Alive. American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 62: 237-253.

(2001) Snyder Gutowski, J. Why marriage? Modern Psychoanalysis, 26:55-61.

(2000) Snyder-Gutowski, J. A boy who was a girl…Modern Psychoanalysis, 25: 191-197.

(1998)  Snyder, J. The Seed of Madness: Constitution, Environment, and Fantasy in The Organization of the Psychotic Core. V.D. Volkan & S. Akhtar (eds) Madison, CT: IUP, 1997, 213 pp. Modern Psychoanalysis, 23: 253-255.

(1992) Snyder, J. Gender Disorders and Paraphilias. W.B. Arndt, Madison Ct: IUP, 1991. 488 pp. Modern Psychoanalysis, 17:  110-111.

(1989) White, K.M., Snyder, J., Bourne, R., Newberger, E. (1989). Treating Child Abuse and Family Violence in Hospitals. Lexington, MA: Heath. (Winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award in pediatric nursing.)

(1987) White, K.M., Snyder, J., Bourne, R., and Newberger, E.H. Treating Family Violence in a Pediatric Hospital: A Program of Training, Research, and Services. U.S. Governmental Printing Office, DHHS Pub. No. (ADM) 87-1504.

(1986) Snyder, J.C. and Newberg, E.H. Consensus and differences among hospital professionals in evaluating child maltreatment. Violence and Victims, Vol. 1, pp. 125-139.

(1986) Katz, M., Hampton, R.L., Newberger, E.H., Bowles, R.T., and Snyder, J.C. Returning children home: Clinical decision making in cases of child abuse and neglect. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 56:253-262.

(1985) Bithoney, W., Snyder, J., Michalek, J., Newberger, E. Childhood ingestions as symptoms of family distress. American Journal of Diseases of Children, 139:456-459.

(1983) Snyder, J., Hampton, R., and Newberger, E. Family dysfunction: Family violence, neglect, and sexual misuse and abuse. In Levine, M.D., Carey W.B., Crocker, A.C., Gross, R.T. (Eds.) Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. Philadelphia: Saunders.

(1982) Snyder, J., Bowles, R., Newberger, E. Bridging research and practice on family violence: Potential of a hospital based training program. Urban and Social Change Review, 15:3-7.