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  • Christopher Christian

    Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of New School-Beth Israel Center

    Office Location:

    80 Fifth Avenue


    Dr. Christian is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program of the New School for Social Research; Director of the New School-Beth Israel Center for Clinical Training and Research. He obtained a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1996. He earned a Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) in New York in 2007; where he is co-Director of the Norbert Freedman Center for Psychoanalytic Research. Dr. Christian is also a Research Scholar Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and Society; a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association; and he is on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology, and of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Christian writes on psychoanalytic theory and his research interests include psychotherapy process research. He has a practice near Union Square, where he works with adults providing individual psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and couples therapy.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD 1996, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

    Recent Publications:


    Eagle, M., Christian, C., and Wolitzky, D. (forthcoming 2017). Conflict and Psychoanalysis: A Critical Reassessment. London: Routledge.

    Diamond, M. and Christian, C. (Eds). (2011). The 2nd Century of Psychoanalysis: Evolving Perspectives on Therapeutic Action. London: Karnac Books.

    Selected Articles, Posts, and Book Chapters

    Christian, C. (2015). Intersubjectivity and Modern Conflict Theory. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 32 (2), 608-625.

    Christian, C., Safran, J. and Muran, J.C. (2012). The corrective emotional experience: A Relational Perspective and Critique. In L. Castonguay & C. Hill (Eds.). Corrective experiences in psychotherapy. Washington, DC: APA.

    Christian, C. (2012). The Interpreter and the Puerto Rican Syndrome.  Blog post to Critica Latinoamericana

    Christian, C., Hoffman, L., Bucci, W., Crimmins, M., Worth, M. (2010). Symbolization and Emotional Engagement in Mothers' Reports of Child Care Activities. International Jounal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 7, 22-39.

    Christian, C. (2009). The Piano Teacher: A Case Study in Sadomasochism. The Psychoanalytic Review, 96, 774-786.

    Christian, C., Hoffman, L., Bucci, W., Crimins, M. & Worth, M. (2010). Symbolization and Emotional Engagement In Mothers’ Reports of Child Care Activities. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 7(1), 22-39.

    Christian, C. (2008). The Death Instinct in Battlestar Galactica. In Josef Steiff and Tristan D. Tamplin (Eds). Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy. Chicago: Open Court Publishing Co.

    Christian, C. (2007). Sibling loss, guilt and reparation: A case study. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 88, 41-54.

    Research Interests:

    Psychotherapy Process and Outcome Research, Linguistic Measures of Psychotherapy Process, Measures of Defense in Children’s Narratives, Culture Bound Syndrome of Ataque de Nervios