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Donnel Stern, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor of Psychology (Adjunct)
Clinical Consultant;

B.A. 1970, University of California
Ph.D. 1975, Michigan State University

Courses Taught:

Constructivism and the Psychoanalytic Situation

Areas of Research/Interest: 

· Topics in clinical process: witnessing, unformulated experience, dissociation, enactment


Donnel B. Stern, Ph.D. is Clinical Professor (Adjunct) and Consultant/Supervisor, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; Training and Supervising Analyst, and member of the Faculty, William Alanson White Institute; Board of Directors, International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; Editor, "Psychoanalysis in a New Key" Book Series from Routledge; Former Editor-in-Chief, Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Author, Unformulated Experience: From Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis (The Analytic Press, 1997) and Partners in Thought: Working with Unformulated Experience, Dissociation, and Enactment (Routledge, 2010). Co-editor of The Handbook of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis (The Analytic Press, 1995) and Pioneers of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis (The Analytic Press, also 1995). Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues. Member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, and Psychoanalytic Psychology. Recipient in 2005 of the first biannual award for Lifetime Achievement in Psychoanalysis by Section 5 of Division 39. Private practice, New York City.

Selected Publications:

(2010), Unconscious fantasy versus unconscious relatedness: Comparing Interpersonal/Relational and Freudian approaches to clinical practice. Contemp. Psychoanal., 46: 101-111.

(2011). Ethics and liberation: Commentary on Eyal Rozmarin’s “To Be Is to Betray.” Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21:346-353.

(2011). The hard-to-engage patient: A treatment failure.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21: 596-606.

(2012). Implicit theories of technique and the values that inspire them.  Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 32:33-49.

(in press). Psychotherapy is an emergent process: In favor of acknowledging hermeneutics and against the privileging of systematic empirical research.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues.

(in press).  Field theory in psychoanalysis, Part I: Harry Stack Sullivan and Madeleine and Willy Baranger.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues.

(in press).  Field theory in psychoanalysis, Part II: Contemporary interpersonal/relational thinking and neo-Kleinian/Bionian theory.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues.

(in press). Witnessing across time: Accessing the present from the past and the past from the present.  Psychoanalytic Quarterly.

(in press). More meaning: Commentary on Jeanine Vivona’s “Is there a nonverbal period of development?” Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

(in press). Being With Andres: Commentary on Ellen Fries’s “Perchance to Sleep:  Minding the Unworded Body in Psychoanalysis.”  Psychoanalytic Dialogues.

Updated on 06/17/2012