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July 31 - August 10, 2014

BGSP Faculty member to participate in national conferences in Boston and Washington

BGSP professor Stephen Soldz will be an active participant in two conferences in the next several weeks.

On July 31- August 1st, he will be the Scientific Chair of the Stata Conference, to be held in Boston. Stata is a major statistical software package; Dr. Soldz consulted to Stata Corp. on the development of their multidimensional analysis suite of procedures. The conference brings together Stata users worldwide to share cutting-edge uses for the software.

The following week, August 7-10, Dr. Soldz will be participating in two conferences in Washington DC. At the American Psychological Association he will be an invited participant in a Conversation Hour discussion of the psychological and ethical aspects of drone warfare. At a Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) conference timed to coincide with the APA, Dr. Soldz will chair a film screening on drones, followed by commentary by Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pryer. He will also present on a panel discussing Ethics & Psychology (Do No Harm: When do we Say "Enough!?") for PsySR. Dr. Soldz is a former President of PsySR and is a member of their Steering Committee.

June 9, 2014

BGSP President Quoted in Article on Competition

President of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (BGSP), Dr. Jane Snyder was recently quoted on the concepts of competition and cooperation as featured in The Valley, the official alumni magazine of Lebanon Valley College. Dr. Snyder, graduate of the class of '71, discusses the importance of finding a balance between competition and cooperation in a world where there is a great deal of competition. She also touches upon the need to channel people's competitive feelings within an organization toward an outside group.

Click here to read more from this article.

April 30, 2014

New Book in Psychoanalysis

Learn more about Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst's Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional by Steven Kuchuck here.

April 30, 2014

BGSP Faculty member, Dr. Stephen Soldz, published an editorial in the British Journal of Medicine

To read Dr. Soldz's article "Medical professionalism and abuse of detainees in the war on terror" on the BJM website, please click here. For a pdf, please click here.

April 23, 2014

BGSP to screen Mwizalero Nyirenda's film Umunthu this Friday, April 25

BGSP will host young Malawian filmmaker Mwizalero Nyirenda this Friday evening, April 25th, at 7:30 at BGSP to show his film "Umunthu: An African Response to Homosexuality in Malawi." This will be followed by a discussion of attitudes towards homosexuality in Africa, forces affecting these attitudes, the role of religion, of American-European influence and aid in Africa, neocolonialism, African nationalism, and other related topics.

Umunthu : An African Response to Homosexuality in Malawi is a first person documentary. The film unpacks the controversy surrounding homosexuality in Malawi and investigates the interplay of tolerance, politics and culture through the lens of "Umunthu" - a Pan-African philosophical concept of humanity, often defined in the phrase "I am because we are". The documentary frames a discussion that is not based on an imposition from outside, and is not also fueled by resistance to foreign forces. Rather, it uses local concepts and values to discuss the matter in an informed and sober manner. This opens space to begin shaping a genuinely African response to the topic of homosexuality in Malawi.

The film is 30-minutes long and will be followed by discussion with the filmmaker.

April 22, 2014

BGSP to participate in Brookline Open Studios: Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27

Please join BGSP in celebrating Brookline Open Studios this weekend! This Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, view the work of over 140 local artists in galleries and venues across Brookline--including at BGSP! For more information on Brookline Open Studios, including a map of participating artists and locations, please visit:

January 24, 2014

SUPPORT HB 236: An Act for Consumer Protection and Regulation in Psychotherapy

A public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 4, 1-3 pm at the Massachusetts State House, Hearing Room A-1, on a bill to license independent psychoanalysts. 

January 22, 2014

BGSP Faculty, Dr. Stephen Soldz, Quoted as expert in guardian article

BGSP faculty member Dr. Stephen Soldz was quoted in today's publication of the Guardian, which discusses the APA's decision not to rebuke John Leso, retired US army reserve officer and member of the APA, for his role in the interrogations that took place at Guantánamo Bay following 9/11.

Click here to read the full article.

January 16, 2014

BGSP Faculty, Dr. Stephen Soldz, to lead discussion of Doctors of the dark side

BGSP faculty member Dr. Stephen Soldz will lead a discussion after the screening of the film Doctors of the Dark Side by the American Red Cross in Cambridge. The screening and discussion will take place at the Red Cross headquarters, 139 Main St., Cambridge, 6:00 PM Monday February 10. This event is part of the Red Cross’ International Humanitarian Law Film & Forum Series.

For more information and to register for this free event, go to

Doctors of the Dark Side explores the roles of health professionals in US torture and abuse during the war on terror. Dr. Soldz is among those interviewed in the film. More information on the film and the trailer are available at

December 16, 2013

BGSP Student, Dr. R. Danielle Egan, PUBLISHED ONCE MORE in Huffington Post Online

Dr. R. Danielle Egan, a BGSP doctoral student, was recently published in the Huffington Post online for the second time. This time she discusses how parents tackle difficult topics in sexuality in raising young girls and how pop culture affects these topics. Click here to read the article.

December 6, 2013

BGSP Student, Dr. R. Danielle Egan, Published in Huffington Post Online

Dr. R. Danielle Egan, a BGSP doctoral student, was recently published in the Huffington Post online. Her featured article discusses the bullying incident in the Miami Dolphins locker room that has garnered national media attention. Click here to read the article.

November 15, 2013

BGSP Professor, Dr. Stephen Soldz, Takes Part in Conducting a Legislative Briefing

BGSP professor Stephen Soldz, along with psychiatrist Brigadier General [Ret.] Stephen Xenakis and Guantanamo habeas attorney Buz Eisenberg, conducted a briefing November 14th for Massachusetts legislators and legislative aides on a bill that would ban state license health providers from participating in torture, prisoner abuse, or direct interrogation of prisoners or detainees. The bill is the product of a grassroots coalition and was inspired by news of physicians, psychologists, and other health providers participating in abuses at Guantanamo and other war on terror prisons. Dr. Soldz has long been actively involved in the issues involving problematic roles of psychologists and other health providers in national security work.

October 26, 2013

Two Members of the BGSP Community Receive Prestigious Gradiva Award

BGSP faculty member, Dr. Mary Shepherd and BGSP alumna, Dr. Gohar Homayounpour were each honored with the Gradiva Award at the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) 41st Annual Conference in New York City on October 26, 2013. The Gradiva Awards, inspired by an essay written by Sigmund Freud, "Delusions and Dreams in Jensen's Gradiva", are awarded to those who have created works that advance psychoanalysis. 

Dr. Shepherd was selected for her published article "Speaking the never spoken: The challenge of id analysis" which addresses the challenges of bringing preverbal experience to language. Dr. Homayounpour was selected for her book Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran, which tells the story of her return to Tehran as a Western-trained psychoanalyst to set up a psychoanalytic practice, after being out of the country for 20 years. We extend our congratulations to Dr. Shepherd and Dr. Homayounpour for their contributions to the field and for being recognized with this important award.

October 17, 2013

BGSP faculty member featured in article on

Dr. Mara Wagner discusses the reasoning one might meddle in other people business and how to alter the behavior. Click here to read the article.

October 11, 2013

40th Anniversary gala Weekend and graduation

Friday, October 11

5:00PM: Graduation of the Class of 2013
6:30PM: 40th Anniversary Gala with Dinner, Dancing, Honors, and Silent Auction

July 15, 2013

29th Annual Cape Cod Summer Institute, July 15-18 2013
Wellfleet, MA

Human Passions: Impulse and Inhibition

Conference Overview
This institute examines the passions of sexual desire, love, hate, violent rage and their means of expression, inhibition and containment through impulsive and calculated action, fantasy, repression, projection, addiction, ideology, the arts and other activities. These dynamics will be considered through case presentations and panel discussions followed by discussion groups. Conference meets daily, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Conference faculty: Dr. Jane Snyder, Dr. Lynn Perlman, Dr. June Bernstein, Ms. Faye Newsome, Dr. Theodore Laquercia, Dr. Stephen Price, Dr. Helen Michael, Dr. Thomas Twyman, Dr. Eugene Goldwater, Dr. Patricia Hugenberger, Ms. Elizabeth Dorsey, Mrs. Virginia Elliott and others.

Full Conference Schedule and Objectives

March 28, 2013

What Are Words Worth? Some Reflections on the Circulation of Money in the Psychoanalytic Economy

Saturday, April 20, 9AM

Special Guest Lecturer: Dany Nobus, Chair of Psychology and Psychoanalysis, Brunel University, London

Moderator & Discussant: Siamak Movahedi, Ph.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, Professor of Sociology,University of Massachusetts Boston

March 22, 2013

Identity and Time
Abstract and Expressionistic Oil Paintings by Joanne Tarlin

Thursday, April 18, 5-7PM

The exhibit is composed of three collections: Silent Soul, an installation of 88 twelve-inch-square canvases memorializing Ms. Tarlin's father, Bertram Tarlin; As a woman, how do I feel?, five "self-portraits" painted as birthday presents to herself; and Speculations, abstract compositions of squares and rectangles juxtaposed curves and circles, allegories for entryways to the imagination and for the flow of spiritual energy. The abstract notions of time and identity are key components to each installation.

Joanne Tarlin, an American abstract painter known internationally for her sophisticated use of color, is based in Boston, Massachusetts. She trained in industrial and graphic design as well as painting on both coasts. In Los Angeles, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Otis Art Institute, then a division of Parsons School of Design. In New England, her fine art training included sculpture and painting at both the deCordova and Danforth Museum schools.

Joanne's work is in private and corporate collections including a piece at MathWorks, acquired to commemorate their twenty-fifth anniversary. Her work has been in solo exhibits at the Touch Gallery, Cambridge, MA, Bentley College, Waltham, MA and The Danforth Museum School Gallery, Framingham, MA. Joanne has also exhibited in numerous juried group shows, which include the National Arts Club, New York City, The Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL, Alta Luna Gallery, Bristol, RI and The Juarez Arts Gallery, San Miguell deAllende, Mexico.

Joanne can be reached through her web site: or by email:

January 18, 2013

BGSP Grad and Faculty Member Published in International Journal of Psychoanalysis

At BGSP, our graduates often continue to achieve huge successes in the field of psychoanalysis. For example, this article from the International Journal of Psychoanalysis features BGSP faculty member, Dr. Siamak Movahedi and a graduate of our doctoral program, Dr. Gohar Homayounpour. "The Couch and the Chador" depicts a clinical discussion of the psychic functions of the chador, a veil-like outer garment worn in public by some Iranian women. Click here to read the article.

January 15, 2013

Special Issue of The Journal of Research Practice features three BGSP faculty Members

BGSP faculty member Dr. Stephen Soldz is also Associate Editor of The Journal of Research Practice. This Special Issue, "New Approaches to Psychodynamic Research," illustrates the varied uses of countertransference and researcher subjectivity in a wide variety of research areas. It also features articles from two BGSP faculty members--Sara Hueso and Siamak Movahedi. Read the Special issue here.