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Carol Reichenthal

Professor of Psychology

My teaching and scholarly activities revolve around my being trained as a psychoanalytically oriented clinical psychologist, with postdoctoral advanced training in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy. My areas of specialization are modern psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theory and practice, with an additional area of specialization in gender differences.

My teaching philosophy reflects my theoretical point of view that change, including the change inherent in learning, is deepest when interaction is at its core. I use a combination of lecture and discussion with emphasis on active engagement of students in a dialogue with each other and with me.

It seems to me that the field of clinical psychology is characterized by a variety of viewpoints, by multiple models of human functioning. It is influenced by the neuroscience of brain functioning, by cognitive-behavioral models, by recent findings from infant research as well as by contemporary psychoanalytic theory. My own perspective parallels contemporary psychodynamic theories. This conceptual framework of self and other informs both my thinking and my teaching. It encompasses a view of clinical psychology as fundamentally characterized by attempts to understand the unique experience of individuals and their relationships. I approach psychological questions from this context of “experience-in-relationship,” taking into account social processes, the personal unconscious, individual and family histories and the ongoing co-construction of self. The clinical papers I have delivered at the local and national level over the years draw on this perspective.

I received my Ph.D. in psychology from the State University of Buffalo, am a licensed clinical psychologist, and have completed a four-year postdoctoral training program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

I am currently involved in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy community at both the local and national levels, primarily at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the American Psychoanalytic Association. This work within the psychoanalytic community deeply enriches my teaching as my teaching enriches my contributions to the psychoanalytic community. 


B.A., Psychology and English, The City College of New York
Ph.D., Psychology, State University of New York, Buffalo
Certificate in Advanced Training, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute


  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology of Sex Differences
  • Clinical Field Experience
  • Senior Seminar: Psychopathology as Seen Through Memoir
  • Psychology of Trauma


Selected Publications and Conference Proceedings

Selected Clinical Papers
Reichenthal, C. (2004, May).  Through a glass darkly: Reflections of early physical impairment on images of self.  Keynote Speaker, Annual ATP Conference On the Nature of the Transference, B.P.S.I., Boston, MA.

Reichenthal, C. (2004, January). On visual interaction in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Invited Presenter, The Annual Winter Meetings of The American Psychoanalytic Association, New York, N.Y.

Reichenthal, C. (2003, June). Body talk.  Invited Presenter Annual Summer Meetings of The American Psychoanalytic Association, Boston, MA.

Reichenthal, C. (1998, November). The patient, the therapist and the insurance company: Inner expectations and outer Realities.  Panel Participant at the Fall Conference of the BPSI Advanced Training Program, B.P.S.I, Boston, MA.

Reichenthal, C. & Epstein, W. (1997, October).  To tell or not to tell, not a simple question: Some considerations about the place of self disclosure in contemporary technique. Presented at the Scientific Meeting of the Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology.  

Reichenthal, C. (1996, March). In the face of a stalemate: Shifts in the transference.  Keynote speaker at the Annual Spring Conference of the BPSI Advanced Training Program, B.P.S.I., Boston, MA.                    

Published Articles
Reichenthal, C. (2002).  The Personal is Political Revisited.  BPSI Focus, Newsletter of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

Reichenthal, C. & Smolen, B.  (1995).  In the Matter of Dr. Margaret Bean-Bayog (Review), Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology Newsletter.

Reichenthal, (1993).  Is there a psychologically real? Report on talked delivered by Leston Havens, M.D, Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology Newsletter.

Reichenthal, (1991). Review of A. P. Morrison’s Shame: the underside of narcissism, Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology Newsletter. Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology.

Reichenthal, (1990).  Report on Psychological Aspects of Therapist Sexual Abuse (Conference), Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Newsletter.



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