The Psychosocial Work Group


The Psychosocial Work Group is part of Psychology and the Other. The Psychosocial Work Group is an interdisciplinary collective of theorists, activists, clinicians, filmmakers, and empirical researchers dedicated to elucidating the links between the psychic and the social.


The focus of the Psychosocial Work Group is to resist disciplinary boundaries, work against paradigms of subjectivity that dissociate the social from the psychic, and sustain an ethic of social justice. An important part of our mission is also to introduce psychosocial work to broader audiences; to that end, we will offer public lectures and conferences featuring local and international people doing cutting edge work on all aspects of the psychosocial.



Lynne Layton, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Part-time, Harvard Medical School. Shesupervises at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and is adjunct faculty in the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology and Ecopsychology program at Pacifica Graduate Institute.  She has drawn on psychoanalysis to understand class, race, gender and sexuality dynamics both in the clinic and in the culture at large. She is the author of Who’s That Girl? Who’s That Boy? Clinical Practice Meets Postmodern Gender Theory; co-editor of Narcissism and the Text: Studies in Literature and the Psychology of Self; co-editor of Bringing the Plague. Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis, and co-editor of Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting. She is co-editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, associate editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and co-founder of the Boston Psychosocial Work Group. She is President of Section IX (Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility) of Division 39, and a co-founder of the Boston chapter of Reflective Spaces/Material Places.

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