Meet the Faculty

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

Personal Statement

Dr. Bigda-Peyton’s current interests include modern psychoanalysis as it applies to marriage, emotional education, climate change communication, sustainability promotion, and community/economic development. An emerging research interest in the intersection of psychoanalytic thought and Buddhist psychology.

Dr. Bigda-Peyton is on the BGSP faculty and is a member of the research committee. Previously she has served as fieldwork coordinator for the Psychoanalysis & Culture program. She maintains a private analytic practice in Bedford, Mass. Dr. Bigda-Peyton founded Transition Town Bedford and Common Purpose, the largest batter treatment program in Massachusetts.

Program Affiliation

Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling


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


(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(1981) Development in Thinking About Careers," Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Boston University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.