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Ruth T Rosenbaum

Professional Background

Educational Background

Ruth H. Livingston, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. at Columbia University and holds a certificate in psychoanalysis from the William Alanson White Institute, as well as a certificate in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University.  She maintains a private practice with a specialty in treating the medically ill in interpersonal/relational psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.  Dr. Livingston is also a clinical supervisor at Columbia University Teachers College, the City University of New York, and the William Alanson White Institute. 

Scholarly Interests

In addition to her private practice, Dr. Livingston is a newly appointed Editor-in-Chief of  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and Founder and Director of LIVING WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS, a study group and referral service affiliated with the White Institute.  She has been published in professional journals: Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Religion and Health, and Psychotherapy, as well as in the popular press: The New York Times, Psychology Today/Psychoanalysis 3.0 blog, and Psych Matters, the blog of the New York State Psychological Association.  Dr. Livingston writes and lectures on the subject of psychoanalytic treatment for those with acute and chronic medical conditions. 

Selected Publications

“Courting Maxwell’s demon: Filter-shifts and transformation in psychotherapy” in Filters and Reflections: Perpsectives on Reality (2009); “Exploring the other dark continent: Parallels between psi phenomena and the process of change in psychotherapy” in The Psychoanalytic Review,(Feb. 2011),and a chapter on the common ground of spiritual space, psychoanalysis, and psi phenomena in an upcoming (2011) Oxford University Press volume—The Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Spirituality.

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professional experiences

Her professional affiliations include NAAP (National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis), ICRL (International Consciousness Research Laboratory), SSE (Society for Scientific Exploration), and ISPS (International Society for the Psychological Treatment of the Schizophrenias and Other Psychoses). 

CCPX 5045: Psychotherapy, religious diversity, and spirituality

This course will focus on the role of religion and spirituality in psychotherapy. Research, theory and case material will be used to clarify healing dimensions of religion and spirituality. Discussion will focus on a re-examination of models of psyche and goals of treatment.