Alexandra Murray Harrison, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Part Time, Harvard Medical School, at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and on the Core Faculty of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Certificate Program at University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Harrison has maintained an active adult and child psychoanalytic and psychiatric private practice and is board certified in both adult and child psychiatry. She has a particular clinical interest in treating preschool children and consulting with their families, and treating children with autistic spectrum disorders. She has developed a parent consultation model and applied the model with numerous families. In the context of consultations with directors of orphanages in Central America and India and a nursing school in India, Dr. Harrison has developed a model for mental health care professionals to volunteer their services to child caregivers in developing countries that involves periodic visits and frequent skype consults in the context of a long-term relationship. She also offers consultation in her blog, In addition to her clinical work, she has participated in research in various topics, primarily the process of change in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Dr. Harrison has collaborated with colleagues in infant research to develop a clinical model that integrates developmental theory and psychoanalytic theory and to apply the model to various clinical situations. She has co-authored a book on autism and published articles on numerous topics, including body image, play therapy, therapeutic change, and volunteer consultation in developing countries. Dr. Harrison has lectured extensively in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America.

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Psychoanalytic Education

  • Adult: 1974-1987
  • Child: 1983-2002
  • License No. and State: MA 34629
  • Psychoanalytic Institute/Center affiliation: Boston Psychoanalytic Institute


Certifications in Psychoanalysis

APsaA Certification:
  • Adult: 01/01/1986
  • Child: 12/19/2001

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