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.

 

Director

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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Fellows

 Sam Binkley
Sam Binkley is Associate Professor of Sociology at Emerson College, Boston. He has published articles on the historical and social production of subjectivity in varied contexts, from the lifestyle movements of the 1970s to contemporary popular psychology. His current work considers positive psychology self-help literature and the happiness imperative through the lens of neoliberal governmentality. He is co-editor of Foucault Studies, and author of Getting Loose: Lifestyle Consumption in the 1970’s (Duke University Press, 2007). His research is available at: sambinkley.net. 

 

Lisa Cosgrove
Lisa Cosgrove, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Network Lab Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University. She is co-editor of Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis, coauthor of The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Industry Influence in Medicine, and a contributing editor to Psychiatric Ethics and the Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities in Institutions and the Community. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on critical psychology, postmodernism, women’s health issues, and psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. Her current research agenda focuses on ethical and medico-legal issues that arise in organized psychiatry because of financial conflicts of interest.

 

R. Danielle Egan
R. Danielle Egan is Professor and Chair of Gender and Sexuality Studies at St. Lawrence University and an advanced psychoanalytic candidate at the Boston Graduate School for Psychoanalysis. She has been interested in the intersection of culture and psychoanalysis since graduate school. Two of her books employ a psychosocial approach to sexuality studies: Dancing for Dollars and Paying for Love: The Relationships Between Dancers and their Regular Customers (2006 Palgrave) and Becoming Sexual: A Critical Appraisal of Girls and Sexualization (2013 Polity). She has also written numerous scholarly articles and opinion editorials on the topics of race, sexuality, gender, young people and politics. Currently, she is exploring why the concept of counter transference may be an important methodological and epistemological consideration for feminist authors writing on sexuality.

David Goodman
David Goodman is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services at the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College, Psychoanalytic Studies faculty at Boston College, the Director of Psychology and the OtherMassachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis faculty, and a Teaching Associate at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital. Dr. Goodman has written over a dozen articles on continental philosophy, Jewish thought, social justice, and psychotherapy. His recent book The Demanded Self: Levinasian Ethics and Identity in Psychology (with Duquesne University Press, 2012) considers the intersection of psychology, philosophy, and theology as it pertains to narcissism, ethical phenomenology, and selfhood.  Additionally, Dr. Goodman has co-edited four volumes which feature conversations that have taken place at the Psychology and the Other Conferences (Psychology and the Other: A Dialogue at the Crossroad of an Emerging Field with Mark Freeman and Oxford University Press, 2015; The Ethical Turn: Otherness and Subjectivity in Contemporary Psychoanalysis with Eric Severson and Routledge, 2016; The Road to the Living God:  Ana María Rizzuto and the Psychoanalysis of Religion with Martha Reineke and Rowman & Littlefield, contracted; Critical and Theoretical Perspectives in Psychology: Dialogues at the Edge of American Psychological Discourse with Heather Macdonald and Brian Becker and Palgrave Macmillan, contracted; and In the Wake of Trauma with Eric Severson and Brian Becker and Duquesne University Press, contracted. Dr. Goodman is also a licensed clinical psychologist and has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.

Heather Macadonald

Dr. Heather Macdonald is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lesley University. Dr. Macdonald came to academia 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. As a community based clinical psychologist and a person who has lived in Asia and Africa, she has always sought to understand mental health issues within the context of their respective social, economic and political environments and believes that groups and communities are the preferred sites of intervention.

 

Dr. Macdonald’s work has led to scholarly research on the interface between culture, social justice, relational ethics, clinical practice and post-colonial thought. Her research draws upon a cross-fertilization of ideas and disciplines including cultural phenomenology and psychopolitical theories of embodiment. Her most recent articles include the following: Issues of Translation, Mistrust and Co-Collaboration in Therapeutic Assessment (2010), The Ghetto Intern: Culture and Memory (2014) and African American Young Men and the Diagnosis of Conduct Disorder: The Neo-Colonization of Suffering (2015). Palgrave Macmillan has, recently published her first book: Critical and Cultural Explorations in Community Psychology. These works consider the danger of imposing overarching psychological universals to specific cultural environments. She is now researching and writing on culture, history, memory and the role of ancestral warriors in South African politics as well as conducting research on colonial disciplinary power and traditional healers using materials from the National Archives in Pretoria South Africa. She is a fellow and the Psychology and the Other Institute.

Cacky Mellor
Cacky is the Creative Director for Psychology and the Other. Cacky studied art therapy and holistic psychology in undergrad at Lesley University graduating magna cum laude. She recently received her Masters of Education in art based activism and social entrepreneurship from Lesley's Self Designed Masters Program. Cacky is also the founder and executive director of The Label Project Inc, a nonprofit that works with schools and educational programs, primarily grade school through college age, to bring awareness to how labels, stereotypes, and bullying impact individual lives. We work to empower people to create positive change for themselves and others. Her current work is centered around the internalization of language, narrative, and trauma on a somatic level and how it effects interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships.

Llewellyn Smith
Llew Smith is a documentary filmmaker and producer who has been making films that challenge our understanding of race, social justice and American History for over 30 years. He is Director of Media for Blue Spark Collaborative LLC, a film and research company. Before founding Blue Spark with Dr. Annie Stopford, Llew was president and founder of Vital Pictures (www.vitalpix.com), the award-winning Boston documentary group also dedicated to social justice issues. Their work includes the PBS series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick; Herskovits At The Heart Of Blackness for the PBS series Independent Lens, and American Denial. In 2012 Llew directed and produced Vital Pictures’ Gaining Ground: Building Community on Dudley Street. The film follows community organizing and community building effort over a two-year period in a remarkable low-income Boston neighborhood where Smith grew up. Llew has directed or contributed to many films honored for broadcast excellence, including the 6 hour series Africans In America: America’s Journey Through Slavery, the 3-hour PBS series Race: The Power Of An Illusion (2003), Reconstruction: The Second Civil War, and Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius.

Annie Stopford Ph.D.

Annie Stopford Ph.D. is co- founder and director of BlueSpark Collaborative: A Film and Research Company, based in New Orleans.   She is also a psychoanalytic  psychotherapist in part time private practice , adjunct research fellow at the Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health, William James College, and a contributing editor to Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. Current film projects include “Slow Drag”, about criminal justice reform efforts in New Orleans, and “Bound by Blood”, about the 1919 massacre of black sharecroppers near Elaine, Arkansas.  Annie’s most recent publication is “Baltimore Past and Present: The Violent State of Segregation”, in Violent States and Creative States: From the Individual to the Global. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (forthcoming).

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