Robin Gomolin, Psya.D., Cert. Psya., Faculty, BGSP
During my career as a professional social worker I learned that short-term treatment modalities were not of benefit to the majority of clients I saw. I knew that in order to work effectively with individuals I would have to convert my “grass roots” enthusiasm into a deeper understanding of the human mind. The programs at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis offered me this opportunity.
In my graduate studies, I pursued my clinical interest in the effects of the Holocaust upon the second generation. My thesis, A Legacy of Trauma Across Generations, was based upon qualitative interviews with a non-clinical sample of high functioning children of survivors. My research examined their perception of the influence their parents’ traumatic Holocaust experiences had upon their emotional development.
I pursued post-graduate studies at BGSP and obtained my Certificate in Psychoanalysis. My single case study investigated a patient’s defense structure and his unconscious need to destroy the meaning of his associations during the analytic hour. A version of this paper received The International Psychoanalytic Association Exceptional Contribution to Psychoanalytic Research Award (2003).
In 2004, I completed my doctoral studies at the Institute of the Study of Violence at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. My dissertation systematically reviewed the psychoanalytic theory of an intergenerational transmission of Holocaust trauma. Using both quantitative and qualitative modes of analysis, my research examined the historical, social and unconscious factors that contributed to the psychoanalytic view of the second generation as a traumatized population.
The knowledge I gained through my clinical training and academic projects continue to influence my development as a researcher, clinician and instructor. Psychoanalytic training and treatment are structured by an ongoing quest for meaning and knowledge. In any given moment, what we “know” represents a partial truth, a prelude to deeper understandings. In both the classroom and clinical setting, my goal is to integrate this fundamental tenet of psychoanalysis.
Current Research & Writing Interests
Imagery in repetitive dreams and its relationship to the resolution of conflict.
Body Talk: The symptom as a mode of discourse during the analytic hour.
The Countertransference Dream. Modern Psychoanalysis, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 51- 73, (2002)
Ideological Artifacts in Social Science Research: The Case of Rachel and the Theory of Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma. The Discourse of Sociological Practice, Volume 6. Issue 1, pp. 23-31(2004)
The Death of an Entrepreneur: A systematic Analysis of a Manic Defense. (in press) Modern Psychoanalysis
Dr. Gomolin is currently on leave.