Meet the Faculty

Dr. Juan B. Faraoni III, Psya.D., LMHC, LPC

Program Director, Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Personal Statement

I stumbled into psychoanalysis when I completed my undergraduate education and knew that I craved something more. I was initially attracted to the Psychoanalysis, Society, and Culture Program as I had just completed a degree in Sociology. But after beginning analysis, realizing the benefits of the experiential learning model offered at BGSP, and having taken some clinical courses, I quickly switched to the clinical program.

Working full-time throughout my education at BGSP allowed me the ability to build a clinical career working with and directing programs serving various populations such as physical and mental disabilities, addictions, dual-diagnosis, LGBTQ+ individuals, and afforded me the opportunity to obtain professional licenses in MA, CT, and FL. Currently, in addition to working as Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, I work as a clinical supervisor and academic advisor for students enrolled in masters and doctorate programs at BGSP and hold private practices in Boston, MA and Hartford, CT.

What I have enjoyed most about the education BGSP provides is applying modern psychoanalytic technique to a wide variety of life situations, both in and out of the therapeutic setting.

Program Affiliations

Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Psya.D., Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 2023
M.A., Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 2014
B.S., Grand Valley State University, 2009

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Shirin W. Sajadi, Psya.D.

Director of Admissions

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Personal Statement

I have always loved people’s stories. At a young age, after I read every storybook and novel I could get my hands on, I started reading the “stories” (case studies) in psychology and psychiatry textbooks. I found solace and excitement in delving into the wonders of the human mind. However, my first psychoanalytic book changed it all at the age of thirteen. I stumbled upon Eric Berne’s “Games People Play.” It introduced me to the notion of the unconscious. I discovered an entirely new dimension to human interactions. I learned that there was a discernable dynamic within them. This discovery drastically shifted my worldview and forever changed the trajectory of my journey in studying humanities.

One of the aspects I cherish most about psychoanalysis is its inherent creativity in thinking and practice. In the therapeutic space, imagination takes flight, allowing for exploring hidden realms and uncharted territories of the psyche. A tapestry of images, symbols, and metaphors emerges through the creative interplay between analyst and patient. This cocreation unveils novel perspectives and new emotions, leading to profound self-discovery and healing. As a psychoanalyst, I am captivated by people’s stories every day. Each person carries a unique narrative, a collection of memories, emotions, and desires that shape their lives. I cannot imagine a more fulfilling job than that of a listener, sitting alongside people as they share and rewrite their narratives. It is a privilege to witness the transformation and growth happening as individuals navigate their minds.

I entered the field of psychoanalysis to understand myself as a human being and as a woman, yet I also found it to be a valuable critical thinking tool. My dealings with psychoanalysis and feminism, another major influence on my thinking, have mutually shaped each other. No subject within psychoanalysis has intrigued me more than human sexuality and the intricate concept of gender. The complexity of these aspects of the human psyche never ceases to amaze me. This fascination fuels my quest to comprehend the mechanisms of human sexuality and the profound influence gender holds over our lives. As a result, much of my academic effort is dedicated to feminist studies and exploring the “fantasies” of gender and sexuality.

These days, my time is divided between my private practice, research, and my role as the Director of Admissions and faculty member at BGSP.

Program Affiliation

Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Psya.D. Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 2023


Gender, Sexuality, Fantasy, Language, Technology in Psychoanalysis.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Siamak Movahedi, Ph.D., FIPA, Cert.Psya

Director, The Institute for the Study of Psychoanalysis, Society and Culture

Personal Statement

Siamak Movahedi, Ph.D., has an L.L.B. in Law from Tehran University, an M.S. in Criminology from California State University, a Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University, and a Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst and the Institute for the Study of Psychoanalysis, Society, and Culture director at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He is also a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he served as the Department Chair and the Graduate Program Director. He is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA), American Psychoanalytic Association (APSaA), National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP), life member of the American Psychological Association (APA.) and the life member of Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA). He is the founding Director of Persepolis Psychoanalytic (PersPsy) https://perspsychoanalytic.com/, an online psychoanalytic institute in Iran. His over sixty papers and book chapters have appeared in major national and international psychoanalytic, psychological, and sociological journals, including American Sociological Review, American Psychologist, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, The Sigmund Freud Museum Symposia, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Psychoanalytic Review, Journal of Modern Psychoanalysis, etc. Dr. Movahedi received the Vision Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in 1995.

Program Affiliation

Programs in Psychoanalysis, Society and Culture


Cert. Psya., Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 1993
Ph.D., Washington State University, 1971
M.S., California State University, 1964


Language and psychoanalysis; the relation between social structure and psychopathology; political suicides and self-destructive behavior; dynamics of diagnostic activity in psychoanalytic situation.

Articles & Book Chapters

Movahedi, S. (2024). Analyse métalinguistique du discours thérapeutique:  fuite dans une autre langue quand analyste et analysant sont multilingues. La langue maternelle et ses avatars dans la cure et dans la vie. Le Coq-Heron. 256: 77-92.

Movahedi, S. (2023). The Musical Semiotics of Voice in Distance: Some Reflections on the Question of Teleanalysis. Psychoanalytic Review, 110 (December), 413-438

Movahedi, S. (2021). Is the Noise the Message in Psychoanalytic Listening?. Psychoanal. Rev., 108(1):1-25

Movahedi, S. {co-authored with McKnight, A }(2019). The Evolution of the Notion of Intimacy in Psychoanalysis and Culture. American Imago 76(4), 589-621.

Movahedi, S. (2019). Sigmund Freud’s Most Famous Psychoanalytic Drama and the Man Who Dreamed and Played the Role of the Wolfman. Psychoanalytic Discourse. 4, (May Issue) 19-29.

Movahedi, S. Moshtagh, N. (2019). Persian tales on the couch: Notes on folktales as the mirror of the contemporary cultural struggles with gender and sexuality. International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 28(2): 115-124.

Movahedi, S. (2018). Forty Shades of Gray in Iraninan Intimacy: Cross Cultural Analysis of Intimacy, Chapter 6 in Kanwal, G. and Akhtar, S. (edits). Intimacy: Clinical, Cultural, Digital and Developmental Perspectives. Routhledge Taylor & Francis: 96-108.

Movahedi, S. (2018). “Après un Rêve”: Transference of Passion and the Return of the Hidden Ghost of Desire, Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis/ Revue Canadienne de Psychanalyse, 26 (2), 115-137.

Movahedi, S. (2017). A False Dichotomy between Science and Hermeneutics, and Observation and Interpretation in the Analysis of Manifest Dreams in Clinical Work. Psychoanalytic Discourse, 3 (February).

Movahedi, S., Homayounpour, G. (2016). Il lettino e il chador. L'Annata Psicoanal. Int., 8:151-172.

Movahedi, S. and Moshtagh, N. (2016). Your Smartphone Is Watching You: Evocative Objects of Influence and Fear of Breakdown. Psychoanalytic Review, 103. 623-648.

Movahedi, S. (2015). Contextualized Language and Transferential. Aspects of Context, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, (August) 63: Pp. 641-670

Movahedi, S. and Homayounpour, G (2014). Le divan et le tchador L’Année psychanalytique international. Volume 2014, 2014/1. Pp. 87 à 109.

Movahedi, S. and Homayounpour, G (2014).  Die Couch und der Tschador, L’Année Psychanalytique Internationale, and Internationale Psychoanalyse Band 9: Moderne Pathologien, Pp. 89-1114.

Movahedi, S. (2014). The Narcissism of Minor Differences: The Status Anxiety & Disciplinary Intolerance between Sociology and Psychoanalysis. In L Chancer and J. Andrews (Ed.), The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis, Pp. 140-155 .London, England: Palgrave Macmillan.

Movahedi, S. (2013). Did You Say Bizarre? Pocketing the Change as a “Post-interpretive Action.” Modern Psychoanalysis, 38, Pp.189-202.

Movahedi, S. and Homayounpour, G. (2013). Fort!/Da! and the Paradox of Women’s Visibility and Invisibility. Psychoanalysis, Monotheism and Morality: The Sigmund Freud Museum Symposia 2009-2011. Wolfgang Muller-Funk, Ingrid Scholz Strasser, and Herman Westrink (eds). Belgium: Leuvan University Press. Pp. 113-133.

Movahedi, S. & Homayounpour, G. (2013). Divan ve Çarşaf. Uluslararasi Psikanaliz Yilligi (Turkish Annual of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis), 11, 185 – 207.http://www.pandora.com.tr/urun/uluslararasi-psikanaliz-yilligi-2013/293633

Movahedi, S. (2012). Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Reported Dreams and the Problem of Double Hermeneutics in Clinical Research. Journal of Research Practice. Volume 8, Issue 2, Article M12 Retrieved from http://jrp.icaap.org/index.php/jrp/article/view/303/274

Movahedi, S. &  Homayounpour, G. (2012). The Couch and The Chador, International Journal of Psychoanalysis.93:1357–1375

Movahedi, S. & Jacobs, G.(2012). “Death in the Service of

Life: Individual and Cultural Projections and Practices.” In

Marcelline Block and Christina Staudt, eds., Unequal Before Death, Pp. 60-75. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Movahedi, S. (co-authored with Gohar Homayoupour)  (2012). Transferential Discourse in the Language of the (M)other, Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis/ Revue canadienne de psychanalyse, Vol. 20, No. 1, Pp. 114-143.

Death, Fantasy, and Politics of Self-Destruction. Reprinted (by the editor’s invitation) in the Italian journal, I Problemi della Pedagogia. September, 2010.

Wall Street Scandals: The Myth of Individual Greed.” (Co-authored with Laura Hansen).Sociological Forum. V. 25, No. 2, Pp 367-375. September 2010.

What Do Post-Modern Feminists Want From Freud and Psychoanalysis? Modern Psychoanalysis. v. 34, number 2, 2009; Pp. 75-83.

Weaponization of the Body and Politicization of Death. The Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental, v. 12, Pp 71-98, March, 2009.

Psychoanalysis. Entry in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology,  ed. George Ritzer (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007) Pp. 3694-3696.

Death, Fantasy and The Discovery of the Perverse.  The Psychology of Death in Fantasy and History,has been reprinted in J. Piven (Ed.), Terrorism, Jihad, and Sacred Vengeance. Giessen, GER: Psychosozial-Verlag., 2007.

The “Voice” of the Analysand and the “Subject” of Diagnosis, Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Journal of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society, 41 (No.2):281-305, 2005.

Death, Fantasy and The Discovery of the Perverse.  The Psychology of Death in Fantasy and History, Piven Jerry (editor), Greenwood Praeger,  February 2004.

“Narcissism” and   “Narcissistic Neurosis” two entries in The Edinburgh International Encyclopedia of Psychoanalysis; General Editor: Ross M. Skelton ( Trinity College, Dublin, Edinburgh University Press,2006) Pp. 319-320.

An Interdisciplinary Dialog on Violence: A Commentary, The Journal of Modern Psychoanalysis, Vol. 28, 2004).

Quantitative Analysis of Qualitative Clinical Data. Proceeding of the annual meeting of the Hawaii International Conference on Statistics, Hawaii, 2003. ISSN # 1539-7211.

Regional Disparities in Romania: Political Participation in a Transitional Society. (co-authored with Russell Schutt, Denisa Popescu and Ali Pirzadeh) The Discourse of Sociological Practice. Vo. 5, Number 1 2003, Pp.19-26.

“Utopian Pursuit of Death American Imago. 56: Pp.1-26 (number 1), 1999.

The Discourse of Time and The Structure of Psychic Reality, Modern Psychoanalysis. 2(23):197-209, 1998.

“Women in Multinational Corporations: Old Myths, New Constructions, and some Deconstruction. Co-authored with Arlene Dallalfar. Organization. 3(4):541-554, 1996.

“Metalinguistic Analysis of Therapeutic Discourse, “Journal of The American Psychoanalytic Association, 44: number 3: 837-862, 1996.

“On Cause, Teleology and the Question of Drive versus Wish: A Comment on Nigel Mackay’s Refutation of Purposive Explanations,” Modern Psychoanalysis, 21:19-29, 1996.

“The Social Psychology of Foreign Policy and the Politics of International Images.” Human Affairs 8 {October}: 18‑37, 1985.

“Cultural Preconceptions of Time: Can We Use Operational Time to Meddle in God’s Time?”, Comparative Studies in Society and History  27 {July}: 385‑400, 1985.

“Are Freudian Slips in Trouble?” Modern Psychoanalysis 10, No. 1, p. 79‑88, 1985.

“Probability, Confirmation and Information of Theories.” Pp. 201‑261 in Lee Frees (ed.) Theoretical Methods in Sociology,  University of Pittsburgh Press, 1980.

“Drug Addicts and Addiction: Cultural Stereotypes and Clinical Theories.” Urban Life: A Journal of Ethnographic Research 7 {April}: 45‑66, 1979.

“Probability of a Theory or a Hypothesis: Some of the Uses and Misuses of the Concept of Probability.” Sociology & Social Research 62 {January}: 43‑62. [Co‑authored with Richard Ogles], 1978.

“Role Playing: An Alternative to What?” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin           3 {2}, 1977.

“Prediction and Inference in Criminology.” Criminology: An Interdisciplinary Journal 14 {August}: 177‑188. [Co‑authored with Richard Ogles], 1976.

“Reaction to the Stanford Prison Experiment: Movahedi and Banuazizi Reply.” Published in Readings in Social Psychology: Contemporary Perspective.  Edited by Dennis Krebs. New York: Harper and Row, 1976.

“Methodological Schizophrenia: A Problem in the Sociology of Science.” International Journal of Contemporary Sociology 13 {January & April}: 79‑92, 1976.

“How Should One Load the Dice?” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 17 {September} 312‑314, 1976.

“Loading the Dice in Favor of Madness. “Journal of Health and Social Behavior16 {June}: 192‑197, 19975.

“Interpersonal Dynamics in a Simulated Prison: A Methodological Analysis.” American Psychologist 30 {February}: 152‑160.  [Co‑authored with Ali Banuazizi], 1975.

“Role Playing and Its Associated Problems of Inference: Movahedi & Banuazizi Reply.” American Psychologist 30 {October}: 1016‑1018, 1975.

“A Comment on the Distinction between Formal Statements and Empirical Propositions and Its Implication for Some Critiques of  Parsons.” Sociological Research Symposium, Vol. 1, pp. 10‑16, published by Virginia Commonwealth University, 1973.

Axiomatic Theory, Informative Value of Propositions and Derivation Rules of Ordinary Language.” American Sociological Review 38: 416‑424,  [Co‑authored with Richard Ogles], 1973.


On The Freud Watch: Public Memoirs by Paul Roazen (2003). Free

Association Book,  Modern Psychoanalysis, Vol. 30, No.1, Pp.129-134. The journal came in 2006.

Violence Workers: Police Torturers and Murderers Reconstruct Brazilian Atrocities, by Martha Huggins, Mika Haritos-Fatouros and Philip Zimbardo, Journal of the South Eastern Latin Americanist, Volume XLVII, No. 1,2; Pp. 141-145, 2003.

The Contemporary Kleinian of London, Roy Schafer (EDT), International University Press, 1997, pp. 440. Modern Psychoanalysis

Working With Resistance, Martha Stark. Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, 1994. 302 pp. Modern Psychoanalysis, Pp. 102-104, 1995.

Melanie Klein, Volume I: First Discoveries And First System, 1919-1932. Jean-Michel Petot. Trans. Christine Trollop. Madison Connecticut: International University Press, 1990. 314 PP, 1991.

Melanie Klein, Volume Ii: The Ego And The Good Object, 1932-1966. Jean-Michel Petot. Trans. Christine Trollop. Madison Connecticut: International University Press, 1991. 282 pp. Modern Psychoanalysis., 1992.

Psychotherapy in a New Key, by Hans Strupp and Jeffrey Binder. Modern Psychoanalysis, Vol. 11, No. one & Two, 1986.

Networks, Exchange and Coercion: The Elementary Theory and Its Application, by David Miller and Bo Anderson. American  Journal of Sociology 84 {July}:270‑273, 1983.

Reviewer & Critic, The IQ Game: A Methodological Inquiry into the Heredity‑Environment Controversy  by Howard F. Taylor. Author Meets the Critics Session of the Annual Meeting of Eastern   Sociological Society, Philadelphia, 1983.

Techniques and Problems of Theory Construction in Sociology,” by Gerald Hage. International Journal of Contemporary Sociology {1 & 2}: 144‑145, 1977.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Marjorie Goodwin, RN, MS, PsyaD.

Contact Information

Program Affiliation

Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Professional Summary

Psychoanalyst and Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with thirty+ years experience. Possess clinical, supervisory, administrative and teaching and research experience.

• Clinical psychoanalysis
• Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment
• Medication Assessment and Treatment
• Individual, Group and Family Therapy
• Competency Evaluations
• Completion of Medical Certificates and Rogers’ Affidavits
• Clinical Supervision of Staff
• Administrative and Clinical Management
• Clinical and Classroom Teaching/Professional Development

Articles Published & Workshops Developed

Stone, JA and Goodwin, M. (1988) Increasing Self-esteem in Nursing Students: A
Workshop in Women’s Psychology. Journal of Nursing Education. 27(3) pp 139-141

“Senior Talks: Film Screening of The Pharoahs.” Boston Graduate School of
Psychoanalysis. May 2019

“Senior Talks: Emotional Communication with the Post-Verbal Client.” Boston
Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. April 2018

“Psychiatric Assessment of the Homebound Client in the Community.” Springwell,
Inc., Waltham, MA May 2017

“Senior Talks: Aging Well Workshops for the Mature Adult.” Boston Graduate School
of Psychoanalysis. May 2014

“Treating the Psychotic Patient in a Medical Setting.” Boston Graduate School of
Psychoanalysis. May 2002; April 2001

Mind/Body. Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. December, 2000

“Caring for the Psychiatrically Ill in the Community.” Mystic Valley Elderly Services,
Malden, MA February, 2002


Doctorate of Psychoanalysis (PsyaD)
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, Brookline, MA

Master of Science in Adult Mental Health Nursing
Boston University, Boston, MA

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Jill Solomon, Psya.D.

Program Director, Accelerated Hybrid PsyaD for Certified Analysts

Contact Information

Program Affiliation

Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Psya.D., Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 2011
Cert. Psya., Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 2000
M.S.W., Hunter College, 1983

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Stephen Soldz, Ph.D., Cert.Psya.

President-Elect (2024), The Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology – Division 39, the American Psychological Association

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Personal Statement

Stephen Soldz is a professor, clinical psychologist, and psychoanalyst with a specialization in research methodologies. In addition to teaching at BGSP since 1989, he has taught at Boston University; Boston College; Harvard Medical School; and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. During the 2016-2017 academic year he was a Fellow-in-Residence at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. In the fall of 2019, he will be an adjunct professor at Tufts University’s Experimental College.

Dr. Soldz has been research director of several nonprofit and for-profit consulting organizations. He has consulted to federal, state, and local governments, as well as corporate and nonprofit organizations, including the Department of Defense, the North Carolina Department of Corrections, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. His research has focused on research methodologies, substance abuse, tobacco control, personality, lifespan development, and psychotherapy research.

From 2006,, Dr. Soldz has been a leader in a movement to remove psychologists from sometimes abusive national security interrogations and to change the American Psychological Association’s (APA) permissive policies allowing that involvement. These efforts bore fruit in 2015 when a report commissioned by the APA (Hoffman Report) documented extensive collusion between the APA and the Defense Department. Release of the report led the APA to vote to remove psychologists from national security interrogations and from detention sites, such as Guantánamo, which the UN has declared operate in violation of international law. In response, in fall 2015, the Defense Department withdrew psychologists from any involvement in detainee relations at Guantánamo.

This work expanded beyond interrogations to encompass ethical issues raised by other forms of psychologist involvement in military and intelligence operations, an area known as “operational psychology.” As part of this effort he wrote or coauthored over 100 articles, journal papers, and book chapters and was interviewed by press from around the world, including CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, the Associated Press, and radio in South Africa, Jamaica, Switzerland, Australia, among many others. Soldz was a lead author of the report “All the President’s Psychologists: The American Psychological Association’s Secret Complicity with the White House and US Intelligence Community in Support of the CIA’s ‘Enhanced’ Interrogation Program,” featured on the front page of the May 1, 2015 New York Times. He was President of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, a cofounder of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, and currently is an Advisor to Physicians for Human Rights and a member of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Soldz has won numerous awards including Best Paper, Journal of Research in Personality; Distinguished Psychoanalytic Educator, International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE); Vision Award, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP); Leadership Award, American Psychological Association Division 39 (Psychoanalysis); and the Anthony J. Marsella Award, Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

Along with his other interests, Dr. Soldz is interested in ways in which the understanding of individual, group, and organizational dynamics provided by psychoanalysis can enrich social change efforts. Psychoanalysis, he believes, can help understand the “human factor” that can help or hinder effective change strategies.

Program Affiliation

Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Cert.Psya., Boston Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, 1988
Ph.D., Boston University, 1986
M.Ed., Lesley College, 1978


Soldz, S. & McCullough, L. (Eds.), (2000). Reconciling empirical knowledge and clinical experience: The art and science of psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.


Soldz, S., & Arrigo, J.M., Frakt, D., Olson, B. (2018). Second response to Staal: Independent moral assessment, an essential requirement for ethical practice in operational psychology. Peace and Conflict 24, 460-463.

Soldz, S., & Arrigo, J.M., Frakt, D., Olson, B. (2018). Response to Staal: “Psychological ethics and operational psychology” — fundamental issues and methods. Peace and Conflict, 24, 448-456.

Soldz, S. (2018). Principles determine practice: Commentary on World Psychiatric Association Declaration on Participation of Psychiatrists in Interrogation of Detainees. Torture, 27, 96-97. [Invited commentary.]

Soldz, S., Olson, B., & Arrigo, J.M. (2017). Interrogating the ethics of operational psychology. Journal of Social and Community Psychology, 27, 273-286.

Zaman, B. & Soldz S. (2016). Why cannibal? Representation and defense in the Meiwes “German cannibal" case. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies 14, 69-80.

Kimball, S. & Soldz, S. (2014). Medical professionalism and abuse of detainees in the war on terror. British Medical Journal, 348: g2947. [Editorial.]

Eidelson , R., Pilisuk, M, & Soldz, S. (2011). The dark side of “Comprehensive Soldier Fitness.” American Psychologist, 66, 643-644.

Soldz, S. (2011). Fighting torture and psychologist complicity. Peace Review, 23, 12-20.

Soldz, S. (2008). Psychology and coercive interrogations in historical perspective. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 18, 592-613.

Olson, B. Soldz, S., & Davis, M. (2008). The ethics of interrogation and the American Psychological Association: A critique of policy and process. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, 3, 1-15. Available online at: http://www.peh-med.com/content/3/1/3

Altman, N., Cushman, P., Goldsmith, M., Hartman, S., Hollander, N., Lesser, R. Lotto, D., McCarroll, J., Peoples, K., Riethmiller, R., Samuels, A., Soldz, S., & Stopford, A. (2007). Discussion of Neil Altman's paper 'Psychoanalysis and war.' Psychotherapy and Politics International, 5, 184-214.

Soldz, S. (2007). Thinking critically in the midst of the maelstrom: Can psychoanalysis help us stay sane in an insane world? [Introduction to Special section: Ideology and the Clinic.] Psychotherapy and Politics International, 5, 163-170.

Olson B. & Soldz S. (2007). Positive illusions and the necessity of a bright line forbidding psychologist involvement in detainee interrogations. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 7-1, 1-10.

Soldz, S. (2006). Models and meanings: Therapist effects and the stories we tell. (Invited commentary for Special Section). Psychotherapy Research, 16, 173-177.

Harrow, B., Tompkins, C.P., Mitchell, P., Smith, K.W., Soldz, S., Kasten, L., Fleming, K. (2006). The impact of publicly funded managed care on adolescent substance abuse treatment. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 32, 379-398.

Soldz, S. & Dorsey, E. (2005). Youth attitudes and beliefs toward alternative tobacco products: Cigars, bidis, and kreteks. Health Education and Behavior, 32, 549-566.

Soldz S. (2005). Pathways and prevention. (Editorial Comment). Addiction, 100, 733-734.

Soldz, S., Dorsey, E. & Huyser, D. J. (2003). The cigar as a drug delivery device: Youth use of blunts. Addiction, 98, 1379-1386.

Soldz, S., Huyser, D.J., & Dorsey, E. (2003). Characteristics of users of cigars, bidis, and kreteks and the relationship to cigarette use. Preventive Medicine, 37, 250-258.

Soldz, S., Huyser, D.J., & Dorsey, E. (2003). Youth preferences for cigar brands: Rates of use and characteristics of users. Tobacco Control, 12, 155-160.

Soldz, S. & Cui, X. (2002). Pathways through adolescent smoking: A seven-year longitudinal grouping analysis. Health Psychology, 21, 495-504.

Soldz, S., Panas, L., & Rodriguez-Howard, M. (2002). The reliability of the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Management Information System. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68U, 1057-1069.

Soldz, S., Clark, T.W., Stewart, E., Celebucki, C., & Klein-Walker, D. (2002). Decreased youth Tobacco use in Massachusetts 1996 to 1999: Evidence of tobacco control effectiveness. Tobacco Control, 11 (Supplement II), ii14-ii19.

Soldz, S. & Cui, X. (2001). A risk factor index predicting adolescent cigarette smoking: A seven year longitudinal study. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 15, 33-41.

Kreiner, P., Soldz, S., Berger, M., Elliott, E., Reynes, J., Williams, C., & Rodriguez-Howard, M. (2001). Social indicator-based measures of substance abuse consequences, risk, and protection at the town level. Journal of Primary Prevention, 21, 339-365.

Soldz, S., Kreiner, P., Clark, T., & Krakow, M. (2000). Trends in adolescent tobacco use: Is the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program working? Preventive Medicine, 31, 1-9.

Soldz, S. & Vaillant, G.E. (1999). The Big Five personality traits and the life course: A 50-year longitudinal study. Journal of Research in Personality, 33, 208-232. [Selected as the Best Paper of 1999 by JRP]

Soldz, S. & Vaillant, G.E. (1998). A 50-year longitudinal study of defense use among inner city men: A validation of the DSM-IV defense axis. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 186, 104-111.

Vaillant, G. E., Meyer, S., Muhamal, K. & Soldz, S. (1998). Are social supports in late midlife a cause or a result of successful physical aging? Psychological Medicine, 28, 1159-1168.

Donovan, J.M., Soldz, S., Kelly, H.F & Penk, W.E. (1998). Four addictions: The MMPI and discriminant function analysis. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 17, 41-55.

Budman, S.H., Demby, A., Soldz, S. & Merry, J. (1996). Group therapy for patients with personality disorders: Outcomes and dropouts. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 46, 357-377.

Soldz, S., Budman, S.H., Demby, A. & Merry, J. (1995). Personality traits as seen by patients, therapists and other group members: The Big Five in personality disorder groups. Psychotherapy, 32, 678-687.

Soldz, S., Budman, S.H., Demby, A. & Merry, J. (1995). The relation of defensive style to personality pathology and the Big Five personality factors. Journal of Personality Disorders, 9 ,356-370.

Soldz, S., Budman, S.H., Demby, A. & Merry, J. (1995). A short form of the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems Circumplex Scales, Assessment, 2, 53-63.

Soldz, S., Budman, S.H., Demby, A. & Merry, J. (1993). Representation of Personality Disorders in Circumplex and Five-Factor Space: Explorations with a Clinical Sample, Psychological Assessment, 5, 41-52.

Soldz, S., Budman, S.H., Demby, A. & Merry, J. (1993). Diagnostic Agreement Between the Personality Disorder Examination and the MCMI-II, Journal of Personality Assessment, 60, 486-499.

Soldz, S., Budman, H., Davis, M. & Demby, A. (1993) . Beyond the Interpersonal Circumplex in group psychotherapy: The Structure and Relationship to Outcome of The Individual Group Member Interpersonal Process Scale. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 49, 551-563.

Budman, S.H., Soldz, S., Demby, A. Davis, M. & Merry, J. (1993). What is cohesiveness? An empirical examination. Small Group Behavior, 24, 199-216.

Soldz, S. (1992). Negativity in psychotherapist evaluation of clients and personal acquaintances. International Journal of Personal Construct Psychology, 5, 393-411.

Soldz, S., Budman, S., & Demby, A. (1992). The relationship between Main Actor behaviors and treatment outcome in group psychotherapy. Psychotherapy research, 2, 52-62.

Soldz, S., Budman, S., Demby, A. & Feldstein, M. (1990). Patient activity and outcome in group psychotherapy: New findings. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 40, 53-62.

Budman, S., Soldz, S., Demby, A., Feldstein, M. & Springer, T. (1989). Cohesion, alliance and outcome in group psychotherapy: An empirical examination. Psychiatry, 52, 339-350. Translated into German as Kohasion, therapeutische allianz und therapieerfolg in der gruppenpsychotherapie: Eine empirische untersuchung. In V. Tschuschke & D. Czogalik (Eds.). Psychotherapie -- Welche effekte verandern? Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 369-386.

Soldz S. & Soldz, E. (1989). A difficulty with the Functionally Independent Construction measure of cognitive differentiation. International Journal of Personal Construct Psychology, 2, 315-322.

Soldz, S. (1989). Do psychotherapists use distinct construct subsystems for construing clients and acquaintances?: A repertory grid study. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 8, 98-112.

Soldz, S. (1988). Constructivist tendencies in recent psychoanalysis. International Journal of Personal Construct Psychology, 1, 329-347.

Soldz, S. (1988). The deficiency of deficiency theories: A critique of ideology in psychology. Practice, 6, 50-64.

Soldz, S. (1988). The construction of meaning: Piaget, Kegan and Psychoanalysis. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 18, 46 59.

Soldz, S. (1986). Construing of others in psychotherapy: Personal construct perspectives. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 16, 52 61.

Book Chapters

Soldz, S. & Reisner, S. (in press). Professional standards in the aftermath of torture: The struggles of the American Psychological Association. In Barela, S. J., Fallon, M., Gaggioli, G. & Ohlin, J. D. Torture and interrogation: Research on efficacy and Its integration with morality and legality. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Soldz, S. & Lee, Bandy X. (2019). Prologue to the second edition: Professions and Activism. In Lee, B. X. The dangerous case of Donald Trump: 37 psychiatrists and mental health experts assess a president, second ed. New York: St. Martins, xxvii-xiv.

Soldz, S. (2011). Deception detection and torture: The American Psychological Association serves the intelligence services. In Zwerling, P. (Ed.), The CIA on campus: Academic freedom and the national security state. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, pp. 113-146.

Soldz, S. (2011). Psychologists, torture, and civil society: Complicity, institutional failure, and the struggle for professional transformation. In Cohn, M. (Ed.), The United States and torture. New York: New York University Press, pp. 177-202.

Soldz, S. (2010). Psychologists defying torture: The path ahead. In Harris, A. & Botticelli, S. (Eds.), First, do no harm. Oxford, UK: Taylor and Francis, pp. 67-105.

Soldz, S. & Shalom, S. (2009). Perspectives towards war and peace in the United States. In Malley-Morrison, K. (Ed.), International perspectives on war and peace. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Soldz, S. (2009). Closing eyes to atrocities: U.S. psychologists, detainee interrogations, and response of the American Psychological Association. In Roseman, M. & Goodman, R. (Eds.), Interrogations, forced feedings, and the role of health professionals: New perspectives on international human rights, humanitarian law and ethics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Soldz, S. & Olson, B. (2008). Psychologists, detainee interrogations, and torture: Varying perspectives on nonparticipation. In Ojeda, A. (Ed.), The trauma of psychological torture. Westport, CT: Praeger, pp. 70-91.

Soldz, S. (2000). Toward a researcher-practitioner alliance: A personal journey. In S. Soldz, & L. McCullough, (Eds.), Reconciling empirical knowledge and clinical experience: The art and science of psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

McCullough, L. & Soldz, S. (2000). Research and practice: Where are we? In S. Soldz, & L. McCullough, (Eds.), Reconciling empirical knowledge and clinical experience: The art and science of psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Davis, M., Budman, S.H., & Soldz, S.J. (2000). The Individual Group Member Interpersonal Process Scale. In A.P. Beck, L.R. Greene & Lewis, C.M. (Eds.), Process in therapeutic groups: A handbook of systems of analysis. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Soldz, S. (1997). The Interpersonal Circumplex in clinical research. In R. Plutchik & H.R. Conte (Eds.), Circumplex models of personality and emotion. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, pp. 411-428.

Soldz, S. (1996). Psychoanalysis and constructivism: Meaning-making from two perspectives. In H. Rosen & K.T. Kuehwein (Eds.), Constructing realities: Meaning-making perspectives for psychotherapists. New York: Jossey-Bass, 277-306.

Soldz, S. (1993). Beyond interpretation: Elaboration of transference in personal construct therapy. In L.M. Leitner & N.G.M. Dunnet (Eds.). Critical issues in personal construct therapy. Malabar, FL: Robert E. Krieger Publishing Co., 173-192.

Soldz, S. (1990). The therapeutic interaction: Research perspectives. In R. A. Wells & V. J. Giannetti, (Eds.). Handbook of the brief psychotherapies. New York: Plenum, 22-53.

Soldz S. (1987). The flight from relationship: Personal construct reflections on a psychoanalytic therapy. Chapter in G. Neimeyer & R. Neimeyer. (eds.). Personal construct therapy casebook. New York: Springer. Translated into Spanish as La fuga de la relacion: Reflexiones sobre la terapia psicoanalitcia desde la perspectiva de los constructos personales. In G. Neimeyer & R.

Neimeyer. (eds.). (1989). Casos de terapia de constructos personales, Bilbao, Spain: Desclee de Brouwer, S.A.


Since 2003 I have written over 100 articles of social commentary. Most were on issues involving the intersection of psychology and social issues. Online publication venues included CounterPunch, OpEdNews, Jurist, Daily Kos, Alternet, Common Dreams, ZNet, Never In Our Names, Scoop (New Zealand).

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.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Mary Shepherd, Psya.D., M.A., Cert.Psya.

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In the late 1970s I attended a seminar on narcissism taught by Modern Psychoanalysts who had come to Boston from New York, filled with infectious enthusiasm for an advanced theory and technique which they had found to be far more efficacious than traditional psychoanalysis, particularly when working with severe problems. I was hooked. I began training with them and soon was able to see the effect of the new techniques in my private practice.

My interest in efficacy, what works and why, has continued to this day and has led me to study neuroscience. The explosion of discoveries about brain functioning which began in the ’80s has both corroborated and amplified much of modern psychoanalytic theory. Consequently, when the opportunity arose to study neuroscience and integrate it with psychoanalysis and social science in our Institute for the Study of Violence, I decided to take it.

Program Affiliation

Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Current areas of interest inlude evolutionary theory and psychoanalysis, neuroscience and psychoanalysis, and psychoanalysis and the creative process. Dr. Shepherd is the winner of the Gradiva Award for the best article in psychoanalysis, 2012.


Shepherd, M. (2001). Anaclitic considerations in severe negative states. Modern Psychoanalysis, 26:1, pp.77-83.

Shepherd, M. (2004). Single-Case study methodology and the contact function. Modern Psychoanalysis, 29:2, pp.163-170.

Shepherd, M. (2005). Toward a psychobiology of desire, drive theory in the time of neuroscience. Modern Psychoanalysis. 30:1, pp. 43-59.

Shepherd, M. (2008) The silent revolution in psychoanalysis: Hyman Spotnitz and the reversibility of schizophrenia. Modern Psychoanalysis. 33:2, pp.3-22.

Shepherd, M. (2009). Essay: Why Psychoanalysis? The process from drive to mind. The Contact, BGSP publication.

Shepherd, M. (2009). The perilous umm: a note on the contact function and a countertransference resistance. Modern Psychoanalysis. 34:2, pp.84-96.

Shepherd, M. (2012). Speaking the never spoken: the challenge of id analysis, Modern Psychoanalysis, 37:1, pp. 3-47.

Shepherd, M. (2012). Is change possible? Modern Psychoanalysis, 37:2, pp.1-10.

Shepherd, M. (2014). Revisiting the repetition compulsion: danger and survival in early mental functioning. Modern Psychoanalysis, 38:1, pp. 2-15.

Awards & Honors

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Awards: Gradiva Award, 2013, Best Psychoanalytic Article

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Lynn Perlman, Ph.D., Cert.Psya.

Dean of Graduate Studies

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Personal Statement

I came to BGSP in 1977. Having just completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, I was only interested in taking a course or two. To my surprise, I found a school that provided a unique experience for me. The primary interest was in my emotional and intellectual maturation. It was explained that the goal of the school is to work with each individual to develop her/his personality in a manner that is therapeutic. What an amazing opportunity! I could learn to be a better therapist as I enriched my life personally. I have been here ever since. I take great pleasure in being part of a faculty that works to develop therapeutic personalities in everyone. Psychoanalysis, particularly what we call Modern Psychoanalysis, is fascinating to me. It provides me with a continual source for challenge and growth.

Program Affiliation

Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Cert. Psya., Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 1986
Ph.D., City University of New York, 1971


Twins, Infancy, Pregnancy, Sibling Rivalry, Fear of Women, Maternal Sexuality


Perlman, Lynn "Looking for Love: The Twin Factor" Modern Psychoanalysis vol xxvi: number 1 2001

Perlman, Lynn "The Analyst's Pregnancy: Transference and Countertransference Reactions" Modern Psychoanalysis vol XI: 1 & 2 1986.

Meadow, P.W. and Perlman, L and Bernstein, J. (in press) "Ethics in Mythology, Religion and Literature". In Meadow, P.W. In the Interest of the Patient

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Leslie Barnard

Assistant Dean and Director, Advisement

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Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling