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A Panel of Faculty Authors:

Engaging the Self: Theory and its Applications in Psychoanalysis


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The authors hope that Engaging the Self: Theory and its Applications in Psychoanalysis will be the first in a series of annual volumes published to showcase the scholarship of the faculty of the Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at the Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University. All of the papers endorse the view that psychoanalysis creates the conditions for authentic dialogue and that self-understanding necessitates an engaged other, such as a parent, teacher, therapist or mentor. Further, each paper included in this volume highlights the continuing relevance of psychoanalysis as both treatment and form of profound human understanding. 


Engaging the Self: Theory and its Applications in Psychoanalysis presents both the clinical and theoretical work of postgraduate faculty who work from a wide array of theoretical orientations. Through the lenses of both theory and clinical work, the included papers query and endeavor to illuminate the challenge of authentic engagement and bring to life those meanings and experiences that are excluded from consciousness and/or unformulated.


The editors believe that this work will inspire reflection, critical thought, and scholarly colloquy.

The Authors:

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Jon Mills, PsyD, PhD, ABPP is a philosopher, psychoanalyst, and clinical psychologist. He is Professor of Psychology & Psychoanalysis at the Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto as well as a member of the adjunct faculty here at the Postgraduate Programs.  The author of many works in philosophy, psychoanalysis, and psychology, including over 25 books, his work was recognized in 2006, 2011, and 2013 with a Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in New York City for his scholarship He also received the Significant Contribution to Canadian Psychology Award in 2008, a Goethe Award for best book in 2013, and the Otto Weininger Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in 2015 from the Section on Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association. He runs a mental health corporation in Ontario, Canada.  

His professional website is :

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Ronald C. Naso, PhD, ABPP is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified psychoanalyst in independent practice in Stamford, CT. Dr. Naso is an adjunct professor and supervisor in the Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University, and is the current Past-President of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis.  He is the author/co-editor of nine books and numerous papers on psychoanalytic topics.

His professional website is :

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Michael O'Loughlin, PhD is Professor in the College of Education and Health Sciences and Derner School of Psychology. He is also on the faculty of the Postgraduate Programs.. Since 2018 he has been co-editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. He is editor of two book series, one in psychoanalysis, and one in childhood and youth studies. He writes about trauma, psychosis, migration, childhood subjectivity, schooling, psychoanalysis, race, and politics, and he directs the Adelphi Asylum Project. He is in private practice on Long Island, NY.

His professional website is: and his faculty profile is here.

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Larry Rosenberg, PhD is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Postgraduate Programs, Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University. He is Past President of Section II (Child and Adolescent) of the Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology of the APA and is a past Member at Large on the Section V (applied psychoanalysis) board of Directors. Dr. Rosenberg served for 27 years as the Clinical Director of the Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, where he developed and directed training programs in psychology and social work and where he contributed to the formation of the first accredited Community Action Center in the state of CT. Dr. Rosenberg has often provided expert testimony on child sexual abuse cases as well as consultation and training for state's attorneys and defense lawyers in the state of Connecticut and more recently for the United Nations Office of Project Services.  Dr. Rosenberg is co-editor of the Child Section of the second edition of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual and a contributor to the Adolescent Section of that manual. He is co-editor, along with Steve Axelrod and Ron Naso, of Progress in Psychoanalysis; Envisioning the Future of the Profession. Dr. Rosenberg is in private practice in Stamford where he sees children, adolescents and adult patients and continues to supervise and consult with clinicians and executives working in the public sector and in private practice.

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Ionas Sapountzis, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Derner School of Psychology of Adelphi University and the director of its School Psychology program.  He is a faculty member and supervisor in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and in the Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapy programs of the Derner School of Psychology.  His articles have been published in the journals of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychoanalytic Review and in the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (JICAP).  He has worked with emotionally disabled children and students in the spectrum in school and community settings and maintains a private practice in Garden City, New York.

His faculty profile is here.

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Amira Simha-Alpern, PhD, ABPP is a clinical psychologist, a certified psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor. She is the Director of the Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at the Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University; as well as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University. She maintains private practice in Smithtown, NY.

Her professional website is: and her faculty profile is here.

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