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Susan Bodnar

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A. Wesleyan University (anthropology and american studies), New York University (anthropology graduate studies), PhD City University of New York (clinical psychology). Internship: Beth Israel Medical Center. Postdoctoral fellowship/medical psychology: Roosevelt Hospital. Psychoanalytic Training: William Alanson White Institute.

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Bodnar works primarily as a relational psychologist with a strong interest in the role of neurobiological and cultural systems in the development of personality. Her current interests include expanding the notion of object relations to include the materiality of the physical environment.


Selected Publications

Bodnar, S. (2014).  Narratives from the field: Garnering local knowledge in a changing ecological world, Ecopsychology, March 2014.

Bodnar, S. (2011) "It's Snowing Less": Narratives of a Transformed Relationship Between Humans and their Environments. In Vital Signs: Psychological Responses to Ecological Crisis, ed. N.Totton & MJ Rust, Karnac Press:London.

Bodnar, S. (2008) Wasted and Bombed; Clinical Enactments of a changing relationship to the Earth, Psychoanalytic Dialogues 18, 484-513.

Bodnar, S. (2004) "Remember where you come from: Dissociative Process in Multicultural Individuals, Psychoanalytic Dialogues 14, 581-603.

active professional organizations

APA (American Psychological Association)

IARPP (International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy)

Steven Mitchell Relational Center

biographical information

Dr. Bodnar graduated from Wesleyan University with a double major in Anthropology anAmerican Studies.  After graduate study in anthropology at New York University, she received her doctorate in clinical psychology from The City University of New York.  She interned at Beth Israel Medical Center, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in medical psychology from Roosevelt Hospital and then received analytic training at the William Alanson White Institute.   She currently serves as an associate editor for Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and serves on the editorial board for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She has also been a reader for Ecopsychology. In addition to teaching masters students and supervising doctoral students at Teachers College, Dr. Bodnar has also taught and supervised at the Stephen Mitchell Relational Center as well as the White Institute.

In addition to private practice she has organized several community projects including work with the homeless, persons with HIV/AIDS, teens, actors, and diverse cultural groups. She also served as the co-chair of the diversity committee from 2013 - 2015 at the Trinity School in NYC. 

publications

Blogger (CNN/InAmerica, NYCPrivateschoolsblog, Ordinaryearth); Live media (Huffpostlive, Youtube); Cited in "Where You Go is not Who You'll Be" Frank Bruni; "Bouncing Back" Joan Rivers; "Still Practicing: The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career" Sandra Beuchler; "How Passionate Are You?" Seventeen Magazine. 

Bodnar, S. (2014).  Narratives from the field: Garnering local knowledge in a changing ecological world, Ecopsychology, March 2014.

Bodnar, S. (2011) "It's Snowing Less": Narratives of a Transformed Relationship Between Humans and their Environments. In Vital Signs: Psychological Responses to Ecological Crisis, ed. N.Totton & MJ Rust, Karnac Press:London.

Bodnar, S. (2008) Wasted and Bombed; Clinical Enactments of a changing relationship to the Earth, Psychoanalytic Dialogues 18, 484-513.

Bodnar, S. (2006) I'm in the Milk and the Milk's in me: Eros in the Clinical Relationship, Psychoanalytic Dialogues 16, 45-89.

Bodnar, S. (2005) Reflections upon the Roundtable Discussion on Culture, Psychoanalytic Perspectives 2, 15-17.

Bodnar, S. (2004) Review of Schopenhauer's Porcupines: Intimacy and its Dilemmas, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society 9, 360-362.

Bodnar, S. (2004) "Remember where you come from: Dissociative Process in Multicultural Individuals, Psychoanalytic Dialogues 14, 581-603.

Bodnar, S. (1997) Gidget Goes to Sing-Sing: An Interpersonal Therapeutic Approach to HIV-Positive Substance Abusers. In: Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV, ed. Mark Blechner, Analytic Press: Hillsdale, New Jersey.

Bodnar, S. (1997) Dances with Men: The Impact of Multiple Losses in My Practice of Psychoanalytically Informed Psychotherapy. In: Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV, ed. Mark Blechner, Analytic Press: Hillsdale, New Jersey.