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Suzanne R. Kirschner

Psychology Department

Ed.D., Harvard University


Fields: History and philosophy of psychology; cultural psychology; sociocultural studies of psychology/psychiatry; theories of personality

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Office Phone: 508-793-2589
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Suzanne R. Kirschner is Professor of Psychology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.  She has been a Visiting Scholar in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard and in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts, and a Research Fellow in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She holds a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and received her doctorate from Harvard University, where she also taught. She is the author of The religious and romantic origins of psychoanalysis: Individuation and integration in post-Freudian theory  (Cambridge University Press), as well as numerous articles on the interconnections between psychological theories/practices and sociocultural forces. Kirschner is co-editor (with Jack Martin) ofThe sociocultural turn in psychology The contextual emergence of mind and self (Columbia University Press, 2010). Currently she is studying how the neurobehavioral turn in psychology and psychiatry is affecting how people experience and relate to themselves and others. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a recipient of the American Anthropological Association's L. Bryce Boyer Award in Psychoanalytic Anthropology and the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology's 2012 Distinguished Service Award.  Kirschner is also a past president of APA's Division 24 (Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology).

Beginning in July 2013 Professor Kirschner assumed the role of Director of College Scholar Programs. These include the College Honors and Fenwick Scholar Programs, as well as  the Presidential Scholars Symposium and Student Grants program.



Selected Publications

  • Selected Recent Publications:

    Kirschner, S.R. (2013).  The many challenges of theorizing subjectivity.  Culture & Psychology (19), 225-236. doi: 10.1177/1354067X13478985

    Kirschner, S.R. (2013).  Diagnosis and its discontents: Critical perspectives on psychiatric nosology and the DSM.  Feminism & Psychology(23), 10-28. doi:10.1177/0959353512467963

    Kirschner, S.R. (2012).  Do therapists really ‘make up’ their patients?: Review of Mikkel Borch-Jakobsen’s Making minds and madness.  Theory & Psychology(22), 860-863.  doi: 10.1177/0959354311434072

    Kirschner, S.R.  (2012).  How not to 'other' the other: Scenes from a psychoanalytic clinic and an inclusive classroom.  Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 32 (4), 214-229. doi: 10.1037/a0030158

    Kirschner, S.R. (2011).  Critical thinking and the end(s) of psychology.  Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. 31 (3), 173-183 . doi:10.1037/a0024698

    Kirschner, S.R. (2010).  Sociocultural subjectivities:  Progress, prospects, problems. Theory & Psychology,  20 (6),  765-780. doi: 10.1177/0959354310375745

    Kirschner, S.R. (2006).  Psychology and pluralism: Toward the psychological studies.  Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Vol 26(1-2),1-17.doi:10.1037/h0091264