- Psychology & the Other



David Goodman, PhD,


David Goodman is the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and External Relations in BC’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Associate Professor of the Practice in the Philosophy department in BC’s Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, the Director of Psychology and the Other, 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. Dr. Goodman currently serves as the Series Editor for the Psychology and the Other Book Series with Routledge. He has authored and edited several books including The Demanded Self: Levinasian Ethics and Identity in Psychology (with Duquesne University Press, 2012), 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), In the Wake of Trauma: Psychology and Philosophy for the Suffering Other (with Eric Severson and Brian Becker and Duquesne University Press, 2016), The Road to the Living God: Ana-María Rizzuto and the Psychoanalysis of Religion (with Martha Reineke and Rowman & Little field, 2017), Critical and Theoretical Perspectives in Psychology: Dialogues at the Edge of American Psychological Discourse (with Heather Macdonald and Brian Becker and Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and Memories and Monsters (with Eric Severson and Routledge, 2017).

Dr. Goodman is also a licensed clinical psychologist and has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.

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Michael Mookie Manalili,

LCSW, Co-Chair

Mookie hopes to better orient the complexity of our experiences towards responsibility. He receives a degree in the area of civil engineering (BSE) from Loyola Marymount University, theological pedagogy (MA) from the University of Notre Dame, and theological studies (MTS) & clinical social work with a certification in social research (MSW) from Boston College.


In terms of professional roles, Mookie is a program coordinator in BC’s Lynch School of Education Professional and Continuing Education series, which houses the budding Psychological Humanities and Ethics initiatives. Additionally, he is a research assistant in BC’s Morality Lab, which uses behavioral measures and neuroimaging to better understand social cognition and moral judgment. In terms of therapeutic practice, Mookie currently practices psychotherapy, by blending a narrative-based (White and Epston), meaning-oriented (Frankl), mindfulness-grounded, culturally-sensitive, and neuroscience-informed style. After he acquires his LICSW, Mookie hopes to pursue doctoral studies in the field of social neuroscience or clinical psychology.


By integrating multidisciplinary studies to engage life’s questions, Mookie hopes we can better dialogues on ethics, morality, and responsibility -- to empower those who suffer most. Mookie hopes to better our society: for our siblings who suffer injustices, for the widow, orphan, and stranger,  for our children and friends -- for a future beyond our-selves.

(When he has downtime from these meaningful projects, Mookie does enjoy playing basketball, teaching boxing, cooking restaurant food, reading in a hammock, and trading stories over tea/whiskey with good friends).

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Sophia Shieh,
Project Coordinator

Sophia is studying Applied Psychology & Human Development, with a combined BA/MSW degree in the Master in Social Work program. She double minors in Medical Humanities, Health, & Culture, and Leadership in Higher Education and Community Settings. 

She has experience working in community clinics, adoption agencies, shelters, residential, and psychiatric hospital settings with children, youth, and adults experiencing trauma, addiction, personality disorders, and various mental health challenges. Currently, she serves as a research assistant and Mental Health Specialist at McLean Hospital, a clinical assistant at Boston Child Study Center, and as an undergrad research assistant and teaching assistant at the LSEHD.  She also serves on several Student Advisory Boards for Active Minds, Student Minds (UK), and the Inclusion Team (Taiwan) that focus on young adult/college mental health. In her free time, she volunteers with Crisis Text Line and several correctional facilities/prison oversight organizations. 


She is interested in intersectional issues related to mental health and is passionate about accessibility, cultural humility, and trauma-informed care in higher education institutions and medical settings. Her other interests include complex trauma, Selective Mutism, attachment, adoption issues, Borderline Personality Disorder, and medical humanities. 

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Ashana Hurd is the inaugural assistant dean for professional development and urban outreach in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. She holds a B.A. and M. Ed. in elementary education and a C.A.E.S. in education leadership from Boston College. Before returning to BC in 2019, Hurd spent 16 years working as an educator and administrator in the Boston Public Schools, including as an elementary school teacher and vice-principal at the Jackson Mann K-8 School in Brighton. 

Ashana Hurd,

Program Manager


Kaitlyn Solano,

Program Administrator

Kaitlyn Solano is the programs administrator at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. She received her B.A. in Linguistics and International Studies with a focus on comparative identity studies from Boston College, as well as her M.A. in International Higher Education. She enjoys all things related to language and how we make meaning. Kaitlyn is also an amateur baker and dancer, and loves to learn. 

Psychological Humanities and Ethics - Research Group

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Sam Aston

Joshua Dean Beneventi

Matthew Clemente

Haleigh Creamer

Sarah Essner

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William Hendel

​Karley Peterson

Sophia Shieh

Julia Goetz