Bodnar, Susan A. (sb2581)

Susan Bodnar, PhD, adjunct associate professor of counseling and clinical psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY

Adjunct Associate Professor
Adjunct associate faculty, City College, NY

Office Location:

328 HMann

Office Hours:

By appointment, or Fall 2022 Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00 HM 142

Scholarly Interests


Child and adolescent psychology; culture, biology and psychology; environmental psychology.

Courses Taught:

Child Psychopathology (syllabus)

Ecopsychology: Child Wellness and the Physical Environment

Wellness and the Natural World

Educational Background


Wesleyan University (BA), New York University (graduate anthropology), City College (Clinical PhD), William Alanson White Institute (certificate in psychoanalysis) 

Additional Appointments

Adjunct Faculty City College Clinical PhD proram

Associate editor Psychoanalytic Dialogues

Editorical Board Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Selected Publications

Recent Publications

Bodnar, S. et. al. (in press). The Environment as an Object Relationship: A Two-Part Study. Ecopsychology. 

Bodnar, S. (2019) The loss of innocence: Confronting class differences in the practice of psychopatherapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology September 

Bodnar, S. (2018) Hamilton: The “Activist Client” Is no Longer an Academic Exercise. Psychoanalytic Dialogues (27) 6 p. 694 – 703

Bodnar, S (2018) November 8, 2016: The Day I Became a White Clinician   Journal of Clinical Psychology (74)1

Bodnar, S. (2015) Inside Out: Making Stories From Kaleidoscopic Realities  Psychoanalytic Dialogues 25 (6), p. 687 -693.

Bodnar, S. (2018) Dialogues of the Heart, Living and Trusting Through Moments of Betrayal. Psychoanalytic Dialogues (5), p. 581-585.

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

I am currently the clinical director for the Stamford Wellness Center, a community based mental health center in a rural farming area of the Catskills.

Susan Bodnar, PhD

7 W.81st Street Tel: 212-721-0637

New York, NY 10024  

Therapy Skills:

  • Short and long-term psychodynamic child and adult
  • Psychoanalysis
  • ADD management 
  • Parent Coaching
  • CBT and DBT for Depression, Anxiety & Mood disorder
  • Cultural and Historical Modeling 
  • Applications of Diversity Theory to Therapeutic Settings 
  • Temperamental Coordination
  • Collaborative Parent-Child Play Therapy
  • Directed Active Intervention (modified DBT) for Acting Out Children and Adolescents (including substance abuse) 
  • Structured Eating Sessions & reconstruction of nutritional habits for eating disordered adolescents. 


  • Adjunct associate professor of clinical psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University- Child Psychopathology
  • Adjunct assistant professor of clinical psychology, City College of New York. 
  • Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis


  • Child and Adult Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students at Teachers College,Columbia University 
  • Integrative Masters Projects at Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalytic Candidates at Stephen Mitchell Relational Center 


  • Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues 
  • Editorial Board Member, Contemporary Psychoanalysis
  • Reader Ecopsychology

Research Affiliate: Center for Environmental Decision Making, Columbia University, 2008 – 2009.

Program Development and Coordination (1990-2014): 

  • The Cambodian Group Therapy Program at Bronx Center for Community Services
  • AIDS Prevention Project at the Onondaga Reservation 
  • Group Therapy and Education Program for Substance Abusing Persons with AIDS at St.Clare’s Hospital; Family Intervention Program for Persons with AIDS at Roosevelt Hospital 
  • Skills Exchange Program for residents of Euclid Hall (Upper West Side SRO) 
  • Development of Early Childhood, Youth and Community Supported Agriculture Programs at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun.

Publications and Media

  • Blogger (CNN/InAmerica, NYCPrivateschoolsblog, Ordinaryearth)
  • Live media (Huffpostlive: “Is it time to ask what being white means?” & Garrison Institute/YouTube: “Sustainability in a Culture of Entitlement”).
  • Cited in “Where You Go is not Who You’ll Be” by Frank Bruni; “Bouncing Back” by Joan Rivers; “Still Practicing: The Heartaches and Joys of a Clinical Career” by Sandra Beuchler; & “How Passionate Are You?” by Seventeen Magazine.  

Bodnar, S. (2019, in press). The Loss of Innocence: Confronting Class Differences in the Practice of Psychotherapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology.

 Bodnar, S. (2018). Dialogues of the Heart: Living and Trusting Through Moments of Betrayal. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 28 (5):581-585 ·

Bodnar, S. (2018). November 8, 2016: The Day I Became a White Clinician. Journal of Clinical Psychology 74:5, p. 722-729.

Bodnar, S.  (2017) Hamilton: The “Activist Client” Is No Longer an Academic Exercise, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27:6, 694-702.

Bodnar, S. (2017) “Horton Hears a Who and I Do To!” Psychoanalytic Dialogues 27:2. p.27-29.

Bodnar, S. (2015) “Inside Out: Making Stories from Kaleidoscopic Realities”. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 25:6, p. 687-693.

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 in 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.


  • PhD Clinical Psychology, The City University of New York
  • Graduate Cultural Anthropology, New York University
  • B.A. in Anthropology and American Studies, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

Additional Training: 

    • Zero to Three National Training Institute, Washington, DC 
    • Psychoanalytic Certificate William Alanson White Institute 
    • Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Psychology at Roosevelt Hospital
    • Intern at Beth Israel Medical Center

"I've been an urban psychologist for over twenty years. Born in Pennsylvania, I have traveled internationally, have lived in New York City most of my life. Ethnographic data informs my clinical practice.  I'm the proud mother of a son and a daughter and happlly married. We live with cats, and I'm a fan of theater and music. My gardening and time outdoors form a core component of how I view the importrance and centrality of psychological work."

Trying to make the ideas of psychology accessible to underserved populations. 

Making private practice clinical care accessible to people of all incomes.

Integrating the ideas of psychology with those of environmental science.

Currently the principal investigator of the Development, Environment and Wellness lab. 

APA, APA Division 39, International Association of Relational Psychologists and Psychoanalysts, Stephen Mitchell Relational Center, The Stamford Wellness Center

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