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Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor (Adjunct);

B.S. 1978, Fordham University
Ph.D. 1987, St. John's University

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Courses Taught:

The Interpersonal Treatment of Eating Disorders

Areas of Research/Interest: 

· Interpersonal & Relational Treatment with Eating Disorders
· The creation of a new assessment tool: The BODI (Body Observational Diagnostic Interview) with the BODI Group (Members: K. Baker-Pitts, C. Bloom, L. Eichenbaum, L. Garafallou, S. Orbach, J. Petrucelli, V. Sliva, & S. Tortora) to study and assess the Intergenerational Transmission of Body Image and Embodiment
· The BodyMind aspect of Eating Disorders
· Body-States
· Self-States and Tennis

External Affiliations:

· Director & Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders, Compulsions & Addictions Service, William Alanson White Institute
· Teaching Faculty & Supervisor of Psychotherapy, William Alanson White Institute


Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst, Director and Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Service; Fellow; Supervising Analyst; Teaching Faculty; Conference Advisory Committee Chair and Founding Director of the Eating, Disorders, Compulsions & Addictions one year educational certificate program at The William Alanson White Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. In addition, she is an Associate Professor for New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; Associate Editor for the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis; member of The BODI Group (with Susie Orbach, members of The Woman's Therapy Center, The New School, and body movement therapists) conducting research on the Intergenerational Transmission of Body Image and Embodiment, and was the 2008 Co-Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychoanalysis (39) NY spring conference.

Dr. Petrucelli is Editor of the books: Knowing, Not-Knowing & Sort-of-Knowing: Psychoanalysis and the Experience of Uncertainty (Karnac Books, 2010); and Longing: Psychoanalytic Musings on Desire (Karnac Books, 2006); Co-editor of the book Hungers and Compulsions: The Psychodynamic Treatment of Eating Disorders and Addictions (Jason Aronson Inc., 2001). She is currently working on a new edited book for Routledge Publications called "Body-States: Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives in the Treatment of Eating Disorders......Sustainability in Recovery" to be released in 2013. Dr. Petrucelli specializes in the interpersonal treatment of eating disorders and addictions and has lectured at colleges, universities, private and public high schools, institutes and treatment facilities. She is in private practice on the upper west side in New York City.

Selected Publications:

2013  (pending) Book Editor of Body-States: Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives in the Treatment of Eating Disorders…….Sustainability in Recovery, to be published as part of Donnel Stern’s Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book  Series; Routledge Press, NY & London.

2013  (pending) Chapter Author in Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration: An Evolving Synthesis; (Eds.) J. Bresler, K. Starr,  to be published as part of the Relational Perspectives book series edited by Lew Aron and Adrienne Harris; Routledge Press, NY & London.

2010  Article. Serve, Smash and Self States: Tennis on the Couch and Courting Steve
Mitchell in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Vol. 46: 4, pp 578-588. (Oct, 2010).

2010  Book Editor of  Knowing, Not-Knowing & Sort-of-Knowing: Psychoanalysis and the Experience of Uncertainty, Karnac Books, London. Chapter Author, Things That Go Bump in the Night: Secrets After Dark.

2007  Chapter Author of When a Body Meets a Body: The Impact of the Therapist’s Body on Eating-Disordered Patients  in Bodies in Treatment: The Unspoken Dimension, (Ed.) F. Somers Anderson), The Analytic Press, NY & London.

2006  Book Editor of Longing: Psychoanalytic Musings on Desire, Karnac Books, London;
Chapter author: Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Regulation, Compulsion and Desire.

2005  Chapter Author of  Feast or Famine: Eating Disorders and the Parent-child Relationship. in What Do Mothers Want?, (Ed) S. Brown, The Analytic Press, NJ. 

2004  Chapter Author of Treating Eating Disorders. in Handbook of Addictive Disorders: A Practical
Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, (Ed.) R. Coombs, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ.

Co-Editor of the book:  Hungers and Compulsions: The Psychodynamic Treatment of Eating Disorders & Addictions, (Jason Aronson, Inc. , NJ & London). Chapter Author:  Close Encounters of the Regulatory Kind: An Interpersonal/Relational
Look at Self-Regulation.

1997  Chapter Author in of Playing with Fire: Transference, countertransference configurations
In the treatment of an HIV+, sexually compulsive gay man. in Hope and Mortality:Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV, The Analytic Press, Mahwah, NJ.

Updated on 06/21/2012