The staff and fellows of the Psychology and the Other Institute are scholars and practitioners from various fields of inquiry and discourse.
DirectorDavid GoodmanDavid Goodman is the Director of the Psychology and the Other Institute, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lesley University, an Associate at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital, and a Research Fellow and Supervisor at Boston University. Dr. Goodman has written over a dozen articles on continental philosophy, Jewish thought, social justice, and psychotherapy and his recent book The Demanded Self: Levinasian Ethics and Identity in Psychology (Duquesne University Press) considers the intersection of psychology, philosophy, and theology as it pertains to narcissism, ethical phenomenology, and selfhood. His forthcoming co-edited book (with Mark Freeman), Psychology and the Other: A Dialogue at the Crossroad of an Emerging Field (Oxford University Press), compiles some of the conversations from the first Psychology and the Other conference in 2011. Dr. Goodman also co-directs an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional Theoretical, Historical, and Philosophical Psychology Research Lab and works closely with students and colleagues on a variety of topics related to critical psychology, moral developmental theory, intersubjectivity and relational psychoanalysis, hermeneutical and dialogical psychologies, and the interfacing of religious/theological and psychological theories of selfhood. Dr. Goodman is also a licensed clinical psychologist and has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.
Brian BeckerDr. Brian W. Becker is a research fellow at the Psychology and the Other Institute and an assistant professor of neuropsychology at Lesley University. He is the founder and director of the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Lesley and a visiting scholar at Boston College. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He completed his postdoctoral training at the West Los Angeles Veteran Affairs Healthcare System and the Department of Neurology at UCLA. His previous research has examined the cognitive and functional consequences of HIV infection, while his dissertation offered a critique of contemporary notions of intersubjectivity in psychology using the phenomenology of Jean-Luc Marion. His current research is focused on social cognition and decision making, the history of neuroscience, and implications of the theological turn in phenomenology for psychological theory and practice.
Heather MacdonaldDr. Macdonald is the co-director of Theoretical, Historical, and Philosophical Psychology Research Lab and an Assistant Professor in the Psychology and Applied Therapies Program. Dr. Macdonald came to Lesley University after years of practice as a clinical psychologist whose work involved community outreach, child assessment, and individual therapeutic services to children and families in the foster care system and with youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Dr. Macdonald’s work in the inner cities and abroad has led to scholarly research on the interface between culture, social justice and psychotherapy. Her research draws upon a cross-fertilization of ideas and disciplines including cultural phenomenology and theories of embodiment. Her most recent articles that are currently in press include: Issues of Translation, Mistrust and Co-Collaboration in Therapeutic Assessment and Levinas in The Hood: Portable Social Justice. Both articles consider the danger of imposing overarching psychological universals to specific cultural environments. She is now researching and writing a paper on culture, history, memory and the role of ancestral warriors in South African politics.
Donna OrangeDonna Orange is educated in both philosophy and clinical psychology. She is an esteemed fellow in the Psychology and the Other Institute where she provides workshops, mentorship, and is actively involved in the bi-annual conferences. She also at NYU Postdoc and ISIPSé (Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychology of the Self and Relational Psychoanalysis) in Milano and Roma. In New York, she teaches and supervises at IPSS, the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. She runs study groups in philosophy, in the history of psychoanalysis, and in contemporary relational psychoanalysis. She is author of Emotional Understanding: Studies in Psychoanalytic Psychology; Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies, and The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice (2011). With George Atwood and Robert Stolorow she has written Working Intersubjectively: Contextualism in Psychoanalytic Practice and Worlds of Experience: Interweaving Philosophical and Clinical Dimensions in Psychoanalysis. With Roger Frie, she co-edited Beyond Postmodernism: Extending the Reach of Clinical Theory. Her philosophical studies include pragmatism, ethics, phenomenology, and many topics in the history of philosophy. In psychoanalysis, she wonders about the ways in which traumatic experience and fixed ideas, including especially her own, interact to inhibit dialogue and hospitality.
Eric SeversonDr. Eric Severson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Nazarene College, where he is also Director of the Center for Responsibility and Justice. He specializes in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, but frequently participates in interdisciplinary conversations with psychology, world religions, theology, ethics and the philosophy of religion. He is author of Levinas's Philosophy of Time (Duquesne, 2013) and Scandalous Obligation (Beacon Hill Press, 2011), and editor of three volumes of collected essays. Eric lives in Quincy, Massachusetts with his wife Misha and their three children.
Laura WernerLaura Werner, PhD is a philosopher and a Fellow at the Psychology and the Other Institute. She is currently training to be a clinician at Smith College School of Social Work. Before this, she led an Academy of Finland postdoctoral research project on the connection of active sexual desire and virility to ideas of political participation in Europe around 1800. The project took place at Harvard University (2010-12) and at the University of Chicago (2008-10). Laura has taught philosophy, gender studies and academic writing in Finland, Germany, Italy and the US, and has published articles on feminism and the history of philosophy, Hegel’s thought, and the philosophy of literature and film as well as co-edited two books: "Visions of Value and Truth: Understanding philosophy and literature" (Acta Philosophica Fennica, 2006) and "Feministinen filosofia" [Feminist philosophy](Gaudeamus, 2005). Her research interests include the history of sexuality and history of love, psychoanalysis, continental philosophy and gender theory.
Sam GableSam Gable is the Program Coordinator at the Psychology and the Other Institute at Lesley University. Sam attends Lesley's Counseling Psychology graduate program. His research explores the implications of implicit racism and cognitive-moral development for counselor education.Cacky MellorCacky is the Creative Director for Psychology and the Other and has recently stepped into the role as Graduate Research Assistant. Cacky studied art therapy and holistic psychology in undergrad at Lesley University graduating magna cum laude. She is currently in pursuit of her masters in art based activism and social entrepreneurship in Lesley's Self Designed Masters Program. Her current work is centered around the internalization of language on a somatic level and how it effects identity development. Cacky is also an adrenaline rush enthusiast. Additional Staff:Ben ArcangeliRachel CarbonaraAbigail CollinsAdeline DettorDavid HouseKimm Topping
Jacqueline AugJacqueline is a visiting scholar at the Psychology and the Other Institute at Lesley University. Jacqueline trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Sydney and has worked in Australia and Hong Kong, before moving to the States where she completed theological studies at Harvard Divinity school. Currently she is practicing as a psychotherapist in Cambridge and undertaking doctoral training in existential psychotherapy at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling/Middlesex University in London.
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