Anni Bergman, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology (Adjunct)
B.A. 1943, University of California (Los Angeles)
M.A. 1963, Bank Street College
Ph.D. 1983, City University of New York
Areas of Research/Interest:
· Parent-Infant work
· Infant Development
· Working with autistic and psychotic children
· Long-term psychoanalytic work with adults
Anni Bergman was born in Vienna and immigrated to the United States in 1939. She graduated with a degree in music from the University of California and eventually settled in New York City with her husband, writer and publisher Peter Bergman, with whom she had two sons. While in California she met the psychoanalyst Christine Olden, who became a close friend and important influence. In 1959 Dr. Bergman began to work with Margaret Mahler on the observational study of the separation-individuation process. She is co-author with Margaret Mahler and Fred Pine of The Psychological Birth of the Human Infant. Following her work with Dr. Mahler, Dr. Bergman continued to practice and teach dyadic work with autistic children and their primary caretakers.Some of this work has been published in her collected paper, Ours, Yours, Mine: Mutuality and the Emergence of the Separate Self, which was written in collaboration with Maria F. Fahey.
Dr. Bergman received her PhD in clinical psychology from the City University of New York, where, as a member of the faculty, she co-founded and directed a treatment center for preschool inner-city children with severe attachment disorders. Dr. Bergman is the founder and co-director of the Anni-Bergman Parent-Infant program, a three-year program designed for psychoanalysts to study infant development, as well as therapeutic work with infants, toddlers and their primary care takers. She is also a member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and the International Psychoanalytic Association and Associate Professor at New York University's postdoctoral program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.For the last nine years Dr. Bergman has been affiliated with Dr. Beatrice Beebe in the study of children who lost their fathers in the 9/11 disaster.Her work in this project is included in a recently published book, Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001: A Primary Prevention Project.Dr. Bergman continues her work with autistic and psychotic children as a supervisor and consultant.
Bergman, A., Moskowitz, S., Friedman, D.D. (2012). Early years of support group I: Three therapistsí views. In B. Beebe., P. Cohen, M. Sossin, & S. Markese (Eds.), Mothers, infants and young children of September 11, 2001 (62-71). New York: Routledge.
Bergman, A.,& Remez, A. (2012). The team approach to the treatment of a traumatized mother and child: Christina and bobby. In B. Beebe., P. Cohen, M. Sossin, & S. Markese (Eds.), Mothers, infants and young children of September 11, 2001 (142-150). New York: Routledge.
Bergman, A., Sossin, K.M., Tortora, S., Cohen, P., & Beebe, B. (2012). The team approach to the treatment of a traumatized mother and child: Lydia and ryan. In B. Beebe., P. Cohen, M. Sossin, & S. Markese (Eds.), Mothers, infants and young children of September 11, 2001 (151-165). New York: Routledge.
Bergman, A., Blom, I.,& Polyak, D. (2011). Attachment and separation-individuation: Two ways of looking at the mother/infant relationship. In S. Akhtar (Ed.), The mother and her child: Clinical aspects of attachment, separation and loss ( ). United States: Jason Aronson.
Bergman, A. (2010). Commentary on Skye Haberman's multiple meanings of primitive symbolic play: Whose poop is it? Case presentation of the four year treatment of a latency age girl. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychothery, 9, 128-132.
Bergman, A. (2008). Taming the wild things in a treatment from early childhood to adult motherhood and beyond. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother, 7, 218-230.
Beland, H., & Bergman, A. (2002). Changing psychoanalytic psychotherapy into psychoanalysis. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 83, 245-247.
Mahler, M., Pine, F.,& Bergman, A., (2000). The psychological birth of the human infant: symbiosis and individuation. New York: Basic Books.
Bergman, A.,& Fahey, M. (1999). Ours, yours, mine: Mutuality and the emergence of self. New York: Jason Aronson.
Bergman, A. (1993). To be or not to be separate: The meaning of hide-and-seek in forming internal representations.Psychoanal. Rev, 80, 361-375.