Psychoanalytic Psychology serves as a resource for original contributions that reflect and broaden the interaction between psychoanalysis and psychology. Manuscripts that involve issues in psychology raised by psychoanalysis and issues in psychoanalysis raised by psychology are welcome.

The journal, a quarterly, publishes clinical papers, research papers, literature reviews, clinical notes, brief reports, commentary, and book reviews.

Editorial Board


Christopher Christian
City College, City University of New York

Associate Editors

Johanna Malone
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Kevin B. Meehan
Long Island University

International Editor

Lutz Wittman
International Psychoanalytic University

Brief Reports Editor

Wilma Bucci
Adelphi University

Book Review Editors

Steven J. Ellman
Professor Emeritus, City College of New York

Neal Vorus
Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

Editorial Board

Ricardo Ainslie
University of Texas at Austin

David Anderegg
Bennington College

Maurice Apprey
University of Virginia

John S. Auerbach
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Gainesville, FL

Barnaby B. Barratt
Parkmore Institute and University of Witwatersrand

Robert F. Bornstein
Adelphi University

C. Brooks Brenneis
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Rosemary Cogan
Texas Tech University

Mary Beth M. Cresci
Adelphi University

Diana Diamond
City University of New York

David Downing
University of Indianapolis

Morris N. Eagle
California Lutheran University

Kenneth Eisold
William Alanson White Institute

Peter Fonagy
University College London

Roger Frie
Simon Fraser University

M. Gerard Fromm
Austen Riggs Center

Gerald J. Gargiulo
NPAP Psychoanalytic Institute

György Gergely
Central European University

Patricia Gherovici
Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research/Philadelphia Lacan Group

William H. Gottdiener
John Jay College of the City University of New York

Anton H. Hart
William Alanson White Institute

Frank Lachmann
Institute for the Psychoanaltic Study of Subjectivity

Kimberlyn Leary
Harvard Medical School and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Marsha Levy-Warren
New York University

Vittorio Lingiardi
Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Paul Lippmann
William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute

William MacGillivray
Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society

Karen J. Maroda
Medical College of Wisconsin

Nancy McWilliams
Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

Michael L. Miller
Seattle Psychoanlytic Society and Institute

Jon Mills
Adler Graduate Professional School, Toronto

Ira Moses
William Alanson White Institute

Michael Moskowitz
Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

Sean Murphy
John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York

Jack Novick
University of Michigan Medical School

Donna M. Orange
Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity and New York University

David I. Pincus
Case Western Reserve University

Peter L. Rudnytsky
University of Florida

Adriano Schimmenti
Kore University of Enna, Italy

Doris K. Silverman
New York University and Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

Donnel B. Stern
William Alanson White Institute and New York University

Robert D. Stolorow
Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Jennifer J. Stuart
Institute for Psychoanalytic Education

Alan Sugarman
San Diego Psychoanalytic Center

Frank L. Summers
Northwestern University

Michael Guy Thompson
Free Association, Inc., San Francisco, CA

Jane G. Tillman
Austen Riggs Center

Steve Tuber
City College of New York

Pratyusha Tummala-Narra
Boston College

Paul L. Wachtel
City College of NY and CUNY Graduate Center

Lissa Weinstein
City University of New York

David L. Wolitzky
New York University

Philip S. Wong
Long Island University–Brooklyn

Abstracting & Indexing

Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of Psychoanalytic Psychology

  • Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Psychology
  • Current Contents: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Embase (Excerpta Medica)
  • ERIH (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Journal Citations Report: Social Sciences Edition
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • OCLC
  • Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing
  • PsycINFO
  • PsycLine
  • SafetyLit
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
Manuscript Submission

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


To submit to the Editorial Office of Christopher Christian, please submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal in Word Document format (.doc).

Submit Manuscript

Christopher Christian
City College, City University of New York

Manuscripts will be evaluated on the basis of both style and content. Authors must take responsibility for clarity, conciseness, and felicity of expression.

Masked Review

This journal has adopted a policy of masked review for all submissions. The cover letter should include all authors' names and institutional affiliations. The first page of text should omit this information but should include the title of the manuscript and the date it is submitted. Every effort should be made to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors' identity.

If your manuscript was mask reviewed, please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Cover Letter

The cover letter should include a statement that the findings reported in the manuscript have not been previously published and that the manuscript is not being simultaneously submitted elsewhere. The cover letter should also indicate that original research procedures were consistent with the principles of research ethics, published by the American Psychological Association, except as may be detailed in the manuscript.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual. Additional guidance on APA Style is available on the APA Style website.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
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If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material

We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article

If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.


Manuscripts for Psychoanalytic Psychology can vary in length, but may not exceed 25 double-spaced manuscript pages (including title page, abstract, manuscript body, references, and tables/figures.) Manuscripts that exceed this length may be returned without review. Authors do have the option of electronically archiving supplemental material, such as tables and figures, in order to assist them in keeping their articles to the required length.

While Psychoanalytic Psychology primarily publishes original empirical studies, we are also open to reviewing high quality literature reviews and clinical, qualitative, theoretical and policy articles.

Academic Writing and English Language Editing Services

Authors who feel that their manuscript may benefit from additional academic writing or language editing support prior to submission are encouraged to seek out such services at their host institutions, engage with colleagues and subject matter experts, and/or consider several vendors that offer discounts to APA authors.

Please note that APA does not endorse or take responsibility for the service providers listed. It is strictly a referral service.

Use of such service is not mandatory for publication in an APA journal. Use of one or more of these services does not guarantee selection for peer review, manuscript acceptance, or preference for publication in any APA journal.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

Other Information

Special Issues
  • Sexual Boundary Violations

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol. 34, No. 2, April 2017. Underlying the issue is the belief that a study of sexual boundary violations can potentially avert reenactments.

  • Psychoanalysis and the Humanities

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol. 33, No. Supplement 1, 2016. Includes articles with a general focus on psychoanalysis and the humanities, as well as a specific focus, such as history, philosophy, painting, literature, film, photography, performance, music, and poetry.

  • The Relevance of Sigmund Freud for the 21st Century

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol. 23, No. 2, April 2006. Articles discuss unitary theory in psychoanalysis; prospects for the 21st century; Freud's legacy; psychoanalytic science and research; psychodynamics of personality pathology; Freud, civilization, religion, and stoicism; and the concept of danger-situation for an intersubjective-systems perspective.