2019 Conference

The purpose of the Psychology and the Other Conference is to enrich conversations at the intersections of philosophy, psychology, and theological/religious studies, particularly emphasizing scholarship around the notion of the “Other.” Our hope is that our conversations and collaborations will challenge and deepen our various disciplines.


The conference will be held from October 4th- 6th, 2019 at Lesley University's Brattle Campus on 99 Brattle Street in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.


We are excited to announce some of our plenary speakers!


Sheldon George 

Simmons College


Kevin Hart

University of Virginia

Adrienne Harris

New York University

Ann Ulanov 

Union Theological Seminary


Invited Speakers

  • Lewis Aron, NYU

  • Jody Armour, USC

  • Pamela Cooper-White, Union Theological Seminary

  • Elizabeth Corpt, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis

  • Jack Foehl, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

  • Roger Frie, Simon Frasier University

  • Donna Orange, NYU

  • Ann Pellegrini, NYU

  • Mari Ruti, University of Toronto

  • Peter Shabad, Northwestern University



Invited Interviews

  • Philip Cushman, Antioch University

  • Mark Freeman, College of the Holy Cross

  • Kenneth Gergen, Swarthmore College

  • Derek Hook, Duquesne University

  • James Lamiell, Georgetown University

  • Lynne Layton, Harvard Medical School

  • Louis Sass, Rutgers University

  • Brent Slife, Brigham Young University

For a complete list of plenary, invited, and featured speakers, click here. 

Conference Sponsors

Conference Schedule

The deadline for submissions has passed. Proposal notifications have been sent to all authors.


The conference program can be found here

Pre-Conference Workshops

We are offering two pre-conference workshops:














Both pre-conference workshops will be held from 9am-5pm on Thursday, October 8th in Harvard Square. Each pre-conference workshop will have 6 CEUs available. More information to come!


While registering for the Conference, you can select either pre-conference workshop at an additional cost of $250.


Ann Pellegrini's

On Being Beside Ourselves:

Exploring the Work of Judith Butler




Donna Orange's

My Other's Keeper: Sustaining the Inner Life of Clinicians and Humanitarians
















Registration Information

Registration Fees


Please note that space is limited and on-site registration is unlikely

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Available


A maximum of 21 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Psychologists, Social Workers and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) are available over the 3 days of the conference, depending on which sessions are attended. This is not counting the pre-conference workshop. Each plenary and invited address during the conference is eligible for 1.5 CEUs. It is the participant’s responsibility to make sure that the program in which they are participating is CEU eligible (this is clearly marked on the conference program).


It is the responsibility of each conference participant to comply with the following instructions in order to receive CEUs:

  • The participant must be present for the entirety of the 1.5-hour address for which they are seeking CEUs.

  • The participant must acquire an evaluation form during the first 10 minutes of the address. These will be available at the respective entrances to the rooms within which the address is taking place. Please note: evaluation forms will not be provided later, as their distribution time verifies your entry time.

  • The participant must collect an attendance verification sticker at the conclusion of the session. These will be available at the respective entrances to the sessions within which the address is taking place. Please note: Stickers will not be provided later, as their distribution time verifies your exit time.

  • For each 1.5-hour CEU eligible program, the participant must complete the evaluation, affix the attendance verification sticker at the bottom of the evaluation form, and turns in at registration tables located in Washburn Hall or Sheraton Commander. 

  • The participant must complete a yellow CEU request form and CEU checklist (on back of yellow form) that is available at the registration/check-in table. This form and all individual CEU evaluation forms should be turned in together to the main registration tables (located in Washburn Hall or Sheraton Commander) before leaving the conference.


Each participant will receive a signed CEU certificate via email in the weeks following the conference. There is no additional cost for CEUs beyond the conference registration.


CEU Sponsorship

The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis is graciously sponsoring CEUs for Psychologists. The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Boston University School of Social Work Professional Education Program Department in collaboration with the Danielsen Institute is graciously sponsoring CEUs for Social Workers. For Social Workers from outside of Massachusetts, it is imperative that they contact their licensure board to determine whether these CEUs are recognized and applicable in their home state.


The Psychology and the Other Institute is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Psychology and the Other is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).


Live Stream Option

2019 Conference 

Live Stream Available

We are pleased to announce a new method of participating in this year’s conference for those who are unable to attend and witness the conversation taking place here in Boston. This year, we will offer a live-stream option that will allow you exclusive access to each of our plenary and invited addresses as they occur and for a one week period after the event. 


Register today for the “Online Digital Streaming for Plenaries and Invited Addresses” and be a part of the conversation for only $50.


Purchasing the live stream option will grant you access to:


  • A unique promotional code to access the live stream via email


  • Live stream viewing for each of the Plenary and Invited Addresses throughout the Psychology and the Other conference


  • On-Demand viewing of the Plenary and Invited Addresses for up to one week following the conference

Please contact support@psychologyandtheother.com with any questions regarding the live-stream option or technical requirements needed for viewing.


Network Information

Lesley University
Network Name: Lesley Open
Username: ptoconf
Password: p@kRj4

Sheraton Commander Hotel
Network name: Sheraton Meeting Rooms
Password: share

Conference Team


Conference Chairs:

David Goodman, Ph.D Boston College

Brian Becker, Ph.D., Lesley University


Steering Committee:

Christopher Adams, Ph.D., Azusa Pacific University

Ben Arcangeli, Boston College

Jacqueline Aug, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling/Middlesex University

Peter August, MFT, Private Practice

Jeffrey Bloechl, Ph.D., Boston College

Dan Bloom, New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy

Philip Brownell, Psy.D. New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy

Meenakshi Chhabra, Ph.D., Lesley University

Joshua Clegg, Ph.D., John Jay College

Abigail Collins, Lesley University

Adeline Dettor, Lesley University

Alvin Dueck, Ph.D., Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

Jenny Esdale, Babson College

Mark Freeman, Ph.D., College of the Holy Cross

Paul Fideler, Ph.D., Lesley University

Roger Frie, Ph.D., Psy.D., R.Psych, Simon Fraser University

Sam Gable, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Sue Grand, New York University

Marsha Hewitt, Ph.D., University of Toronto

Marie Hoffman, Ph.D.,Society for Exploration of Psychoanalytic Therapies & Theology

George Horton, Psy.D., Danielsen Institute at Boston University

David House, Lesley University

Katie Howe, MA, Lesley University

Perah Kessman, Ph.D., LMHC, Lesley University

Richard LaFleur, University of West Georgia

Lynne Layton, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Heather Macdonald, Psy.D., Lesley University

Cacky Mellor, M.Ed Boston College

Martha Reineke, Ph.D., University of Iowa

Donadrian Rice, Ph.D., University of West Georgia

Frank Richardson, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Eric Severson, Ph.D., Eastern Nazarene College

Brent Slife, Ph.D., Brigham Young University

George Stavros, Ph.D., Danielsen Institute at Boston University

Carol Swanson, LCSW, Portland Gestalt Therapy Institute

Kimm Topping, Boston College

Laura Werner, Ph.D., Harvard University

Natalia Yangarber-Hicks, Wheaton College


Program Coordinator

Kimm Topping, Boston College & Jenny Esdale, Babson College


Academic Exhibition Director

Ben Arcangeli, Boston College


Director of Operations

Cacky Mellor, M.Ed., Boston College 


Technology Director

David House, Lesley University


Marketing and Graphics Coordinator

Danielle Moreno, Independent Contractor



Marissa Uvanovic, Independent Contractor