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Ms. Lauren Polly Hanson-Grodsky, LICSW

Field-Based Supervisor and Instructor

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Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Education

Smith College School for Social Work Northampton, MA MSW, 2009

Smith College Northampton, MA BA in Geology and Marine Science, 1994

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Dr. Nancy Gerber, Ph.D., NCPsyA

Research Department

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Dr. Mahrou Zhaf, Psya.D.

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Dr. Greta Kaluzeviciute, M.A., Ph.D.

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Personal Statement

I am a researcher and clinical practitioner in the field of psychoanalysis, with a particular interest in knowledge generation practices from ‘the couch’. Being understood and listened to is a vital part of clinical practice. However, given the complexity of experiences involving mental health distress, trauma, and past events, it can be challenging to provide an accurate picture of another person’s inner world. While statistical findings provide us with a glimpse of which treatment interventions may work on average, and which general symptoms might be experienced by patients diagnosed with a specific condition, clinical practice often calls for a more personalised approach toward treatment. The case study method – historically used by classic psychoanalysts, including the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud – offers a way to understand individual psychological experiences by addressing the unique subjective imprints of each patient (attachment patterns, early object relations, traumas, repressed experiences, defence mechanisms). Interpreting such imprints, developing hypotheses about them and providing generalisable findings, however, is a scientifically difficult task. My research seeks to lay out the groundwork on how we can develop case studies in a sensitive and rigorous way while prioritising the psychology of the individual (and with it, the rawness of mental health experiences).

I strongly believe that psychoanalysis is at its strength when it works with other disciplines. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, Department of Psychiatry (2021-2022), I investigated how educational psychosocial and physical environments impact the mental health of children and young people, with a particular focus on identifying interventions that could improve mental health outcomes and inequalities. In a similar vein, I worked on several research projects focusing on young people’s mental health experiences online, as well as higher education students’ experiences of burnout, anxiety and depression, working with colleagues from several different institutions (Universities of Derby, Lancaster, Newcastle, Birmingham in the UK, and Vilnius University, Lithuania).

I have written research articles for various psychological, therapeutic and psychoanalytic journals (such as the British Journal of PsychotherapyThe International Journal of PsychoanalysisThe Scandinavian Psychoanalytic ReviewBMC Public Health, and Psychotherapy, to name a few) on the topics of empathy, the Internet’s impact on mental health, body image, and the relationship between different therapeutic paradigms. I taught and worked in several research projects across four different institutions: University of Essex, University of Cambridge, and University of Derby (UK) as well as Vilnius University (Lithuania).

Program Affiliation

Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Education

B.A. (Honours), Philosophy and Literature, University of Essex, 2016

M.A., Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, 2017

Ph.D., Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, 2021

Research

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Psychoanalytic process, case study narratives, empathy, the impact of Internet on psychotherapy, youth mental health

Peer-reviewed Articles

Kaluzeviciute, G., & Moreton, J. P. I. (in press). From Clinical Encounter to Knowledge Claims: Epistemological Guidelines for Case Studies in Psychotherapy. Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology.

Kaluzeviciute, G. (2022). Learning from past practices: an overview of criticisms for psychoanalytic case studies. The Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/01062301.2022.2137313

Kaluzeviciute, G., Jackson, J., Moreton, J. (2022). Online representations of anxiety amongst adolescent users on Reddit: a qualitative Internet-mediated study protocol. Journal of Concurrent Disorders. https://doi.org/10.54127/DJMS5818

Rushforth, A., Kotera, Y. & Kaluzeviciute, G. (2022) Theory Paper: Suggesting Compassion-Based Approaches for Treating Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. International Journal of Mental Health Addiction. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-022-00856-4

Lu, K., Kaluzeviciute, G., Sharp, W. (2022). Things Can Only Get Stranger: Theoretical and Clinical Reflections on Netflix’s Stranger Things. Journal of Popular Culture. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpcu.13143

Jessiman, P., Kidger, J., Spencer, L., Geijer-Simpson, E., Kaluzeviciute, G., Burn. A., Leonard, N., Limmer, M. (2022). School culture and student mental health: A qualitative study in UK secondary schools. BMC Public Health, 22, 619. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-13034-x

Meganck, R., Krivzov, J., Notaerts, L., Willemsen, J., Kaluzeviciute, G., Dewaele, A., & Desmet, M. (2022). The Single Case Archive: Review of a Multitheoretical Online Database of Published Peer-Reviewed Single-Case Studies. Psychotherapy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pst0000431

Kaluzeviciute, G., Jessiman, T., Burn, A., Ford, T., Kidger, J., Leonard, N., Limmer, M., Spencer, L. (2022). Studying Mental Health in Schools: A Participatory Action Research (PAR) Approach in Public Mental Health. Journal of Concurrent Disorders. https://doi.org/10.54127/RNUO8607

Kotera, Y., Kaluzeviciute, G., Bennett-Viliardos, L. (2021). Qualitative Investigation into Pre- and Post-natal Experience of Parents of Triplets. Journal of Child and Family Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-021-02200-1

Kaluzeviciute, G., Jessiman, T., Burn, A., Ford, T., Geijer-Simpson, E., Kidger, J., Limmer, M., Ramsay, S. E., Spencer, L. (2021). Participatory action research (PAR) on school culture and student mental health: a study protocol. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 20, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069211047753

Kotera, Y., Kaluzeviciute, G., Lloyd, C. M., Edwards, A., Ozaki, A. (2021). Qualitative Investigation into Therapists’ Experiences of Online Therapy and Implications for Working Clients. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 10295. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910295

Kotera, Y., Chircop, J., Hutchinson, L., Rhodes, C., Green, P., Maxwell-Jones, R., Kaluzeviciute, G., Garip, G. (2021). Loneliness in Online Students with Disabilities: Qualitative Appraisal for Experience, Understanding and Solutions. Journal of Education Technology in Higher Education, 18(64). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41239-021-00301-x

Kaluzeviciute, G. & Lloyd, C.E.M. (2021). A Qualitative Exploration of CBT and Psychodynamic Therapists’ Views, Experiences and Perceptions of Integrating Different Therapeutic Modalities into their Private Practice with Adult Clients: Study Protocol. Journal of Concurrent Disorders. https://doi.org/10.54127/JDRY7829

Knowles, E., Kotera, Y., & Kaluzeviciute, G. (2021). The Psychosocial Impact of Instagram on Female Body Image: Literature Review and Proposal. Journal of Concurrent Disorders. https://doi.org/10.54127/HXZU2446

Kaluzeviciute, G. (2021). Appraising Psychotherapy Case Studies in Practice–Based Evidence: Introducing Case Study Evaluation–tool (CaSE) for Systematic Case Studies. Psychology: Research and Review/Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica, 34, 9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41155-021-00175-y

Kaluzeviciute, G. (2021). Letter to the Editor: Response about Scientific Thinking Styles. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 102(1), 191-193. https://doi.org/10.1080/00207578.2021.1880715

Kotera, Y., Dosedlova, J., Andrzejewski, D., Kaluzeviciute, G., Sakai, M. (2021). From Stress to Psychopathology: Relationship with Self-Reassurance and Self-Criticism in Czech University Students. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-021-00516-z

Kotera, Y., Cockerill, V., Chircop, J., Kaluzeviciute, G., Dyson, S. (2021). Predicting Self-Compassion in UK Nursing Students: Relationships with Resilience, Engagement, Motivation, and Wellbeing. Nurse Education in Practice, 51, 102989, ISSN 1471-5953. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2021.102989

Kaluzeviciute, G., & Willemsen, J. (2020). Scientific thinking styles: The different ways of thinking in psychoanalytic case studies. The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 101(5), 900-922. https://doi.org/10.1080/00207578.2020.1796491

Kaluzeviciute, G. (2020). Social Media and its Impact on Therapeutic Relationships. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 36(2), 303-320. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjp.12545

Kaluzeviciute, G. (2020). The role of empathy in psychoanalytic psychotherapy: A historical exploration. Cogent Psychology, 7(1), 1748792. https://doi.org/10.1080/23311908.2020.1748792

Kaluzeviciute, G. (2016). Evaluating Kierkegaard’s eros and agape: an alternative Leap to Faith. Dialogue, 59(1), 162-175.

Chapters in Edited Books

Sharp, W., Lu, K., Kaluzeviciute, G. (2023). Stranger Things in the First Episodes: Lessons from the Start. In T. Langley (Ed.), Stranger Things Psychology: Life Upside Down (pp. 133-146). Wiley.

Kotera, Y., Kaluzeviciute, G., Garip, G., McEwan, K., & Chamberlain, K.J. (2021). Health benefits of ikigai: A review of literature. In Y. Kotera & D. Fido (Eds.), Ikigai: Towards a psychological understanding of a life worth living. Concurrent Disorders Society Publishing.

Kotera, Y., Bennett-Viliardos, L., Phillips, C.F.F., Lloyd, C. & Kaluzeviciute, G. (2021). A review of mental health in healthcare students: Strategies and suggestions. In M. Zangeneh (Ed.), Mental health of university/college students. Concurrent Disorders Society Publishing.

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Ms. Roxana Sahlean, M.Ed., LMHC

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Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Dr. Tara Vilk, M.A., Psya.D.

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Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Dr. Brad Verter, Ph.D.

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Programs in Psychoanalysis, Society, and Culture

Education

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1998.
M.A., Princeton University, 1995.
B.A., Columbia University, 1989.

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Dr. Fereydoun Safizadeh

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Programs in Psychoanalysis, Society and Culture