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Lawrence Levenson, phd, FABP



Professional Positions

  • Writer, Development Office, University of Pennsylvania (1975 - 1976)
  • Psychiatric Consultant, Drug Dependence Unit, Connecticut Mental Health Center (1983 - 1985)
  • Psychiatric Consultant, Depression Research Unit, Yale University School of Medicine (1983 -1985)
  • Psychiatric Consultant, Valley Mental Health Center, Derby, Connecticut (1985 - 1986)
  • Private practice. New Haven, CT  (1985 - present)
  • Psychiatric Consultant, Waterbury Health Center, (1989 - 1990)
  • Psychiatric Consultant, Greater Bridgeport Mental Health Center (1990 - 2002)
  • Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis (2003)
  • Board Member, American Board of Psychoanalysis 2019 - present

Academic Appointments

  • Staff psychiatrist (part-time), Division of Mental Hygiene, Yale University Health Services (1991 -present)
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine (1989 - present)
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, West Haven VA Medical Center, Yale University School of Medicine (July 1985 - June 1989) 
  • Instructor in Psychiatry, West Haven VA Medical Center, Yale University School of Medicine (July 1984 - June 1985)
  • Resident in Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine (1980 - 1984)






Honors & Awards

  • Kohut Visiting Scholar, The John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago  (Spring 2013)
  • Visiting Scholar, Third Annual Paul Gray Visiting Scholar Weekend (April 28, 2007)
  • Menninger Prize, American Psychoanalytic Association, 2001, for paper entitled “Safer at a Distance: Losing Contact with the Analyst”
  • University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa Society (1974)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Magna Cum Laude (1975)
  • National Merit Scholar Honorable Mention (1971)
  • Princeton Day School, Cum Laude (1971)

Professional Memberships

  • Member, COPE Study Group on The Erotic Transference/Countertransference, American Psychoanalytic Association, 2015 to present
  • Member, Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies, Group II, 2003 to present
  • Member, American Psychiatric Association, 1982 to present

      Certification

      • 1997: Certified in Adult Psychoanalysis, The American Psychoanalytic Association
      • 2015: Certified in Adult Psychoanalysis.  The American Board of Psychoanalysis

      Organizational Appointments

      American Psychoanalytic Association

      • Member (1995-present)
      Western New England Psychoanalytic Society:
      • Chairman, Education Committee, Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis (2015 - present)
      • Member, Board of Trustees, Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis, (1999 - 2015)
      • Secretary and Treasurer, Education Committee, Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis, (2003 - 2015)
      • President, Western New England Psychoanalytic Society (2001 to 2003)
      • Vice President, Western New England Psychoanalytic Society (1999 to 2001)
      • Secretary, Western New England Psychoanalytic Society (1997 to 1999)
      • Treasurer, Western New England Psychoanalytic Society (1995 to 1997)

      Papers & Presentations

      “Superego Defense Analysis in the Termination Phase” (1998), Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Vol. 46 (3) pp. 847-866

      “Resistance to Exercising Self-Observational Capacity in Psychoanalytic Treatment” (2004) Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 59: 167-188

      “Paul Gray’s Innovations in Psychoanalytic Technique” (2007), Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 76: 257-273

      Book Review, “ ‘You Ought to’: A Psychoanalytic Study of the Superego and Conscience,” by Bernard Barnett (2007), Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

      Book Review, “The Year of Durocher: A Novel,” by Theodore Jacobs M.D. (2014), Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Vol. 62 (2)

      “Decreased Perceptual Sensitivity to Emotion-Evoking Stimuli in Depression” (1994), Psychiatry Research, 51:127-138 Wexler, B.E.; Levenson, L.N.; Warrenburg, S.; Price, L.H.

      PRESENTATIONS

       “The Analysis of the Superego in the Termination Phase” presented at Scientific Meeting of the Western New England Psychoanalytic Society, February 17, 1995 and Winter Meeting, American Psychoanalytic Association, 1995

       “Safer at a Distance: Losing Contact with the Analyst” presented at Scientific Meeting of the Western New England Psychoanalytic Society, January 2000 and Winter Meeting, American Psychoanalytic Association,  2001

      Co-chair of Discussion Group “Listening for Affect and Defense: Gray’s Approach to the Analysis of Conflict” at Winter Meeting, American Psychoanalytic Association, 2005 to present

      “The Technique of Close Process Attention,” workshop presented at Psychoanalytic Association of New York, February, 2005

      “Paul Gray’s Contributions to Psychoanalytic Technique,” workshop presented at Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, October, 2006

       “The Special Reality of the Psychoanalytic Situation” presented at the New York Psychoanalytic Society, February 28, 2006

      Presenter at Panel entitled “Close Process Attention: Clinical Advantages and Disadvantages” at Spring Meeting, American Psychoanalytic Association, June 17, 2006

      Panelist, “The Legacy of Paul Gray”, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association Netcast Panel, November 1- 30, 2006. On line: http:// www.psychoanalysis.net/JPN-Archive.

      “The Special Reality of the Psychoanalytic Situation” presented at Baltimore-Washington Psychoanalytic Institute as Paul Gray Visiting Scholar Presentation, April 28, 2007

      “Paul Gray’s Innovations in Psychoanalytic Technique” presented at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, California, Sept. 8, 2009

      Panelist, “Using Transference and Countertransference in Our Clinical Work” at Conference of Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology and Western New England Psychoanalytic Society, October 29, 2011

      “Why Mourn,” presented at Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, Chicago, Illinois, February 23, 2016 and at Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis, New Haven, Connecticut, February 11, 2017

      Discussant of “Profound Silence” by Steven Ablon MD, at Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis, New Haven, Connecticut, September 22, 2018


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