Psychoanalysis and Psychological Testing: Reawakening an Historical Relationship (The 2019 Spring Academic Lecture)

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Using two case illustrations, this presentation will draw on commitments and concepts held in common by the fields of personality assessment and psychoanalysis to demonstrate ways in which psychological testing can be useful as a form of consultation to psychoanalysts and their patients.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Berenson Hall

Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road

Newton Centre, MA 02459


6:15 PM -- Reception (Bereson Hall Lobby, Hebrew College)

6:45 PM -- Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Candidates & Affiliate Scholars Council (Berenson Hall)

7:00 PM -- Reception (Berenson Hall)


The target audience for this program is mental health clinicians at all levels of training. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, social workers, and licensed mental health clinicians.

Psychoanalysis and Psychological Testing: Reawakening aan Historical Relationship


The fields of personality assessment and psychoanalysis share much historical and conceptual DNA, notably a commitment to understanding people in-depth and conceptualizing treatment in individualized, meaningful ways. The two disciplines share the premise that there is more to understand about a person and their relationships than he or she is able to simply self-report. Sophisticated understanding encompasses taking into account both conscious and unconscious psychological processes. Such commonalities are not surprising because the early history of personality assessment, a sub-discipline of clinical psychology, was entwined with the psychoanalytic thinking that predominated at the time. Given the historical links and simpatico conceptual attitude shared by psychoanalytic theory and personality assessment, one might think that analytic clinicians would often refer for psychological testing. But this is not so much the case. In this presentation, I describe ways and conditions under which psychological testing can be useful as a form of consultation to psychoanalysts and their patients. I also offer a window into the conceptual framework and thought processes of an analytically-oriented assessor. I conclude with two case illustrations of how psychological testing can facilitate psychoanalytic treatment. 




Anthony Bram, PhD (Presenter) Faculty, BPSI; Lecturer, Part-time, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School; Private Practice, Lexington, MA.

Ellen Goldberg, PhD (Discussant) Post-Seminar ATP Student, BPSI; Director, Neurodevelopmental Assessment Service for Young Children (ages 2-8), Brenner Center, William James College; Private Practice offering neuropsychological and psychological testing, consultation, and school observations, Newton, MA.

Sureyya Iscan, PhD (Discussant) Year 4 Psychoanalytic Candidate, BPSI; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School; Private Practice, Westborough, MA.

Lucinda Di Domenico, MD (Moderator) Faculty, BPSI; Supervisor, Department of Psychiatry, Tufts Medical Center; Private Practice, Newton Centre, MA.


Learning Objectives
After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least two referral questions that psychological testing can address.
  2. Name and define the four models of ‘underlying developmental disruption’ and their broad treatment implications.
  3. Describe at least three principles of inference-making.
  4. Name and describe three sources of data considered in the interpretation of psychological tests.


Bram, A.D., & Peebles, M.J. (2014). Psychological testing that matters: Creating a road map for effective treatment. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. [Available in the BPSI library upon request.]

Bram, A.D. (2017). Reviving and refining psychodynamic interpretation of the Wechsler intelligence tests: The Verbal Comprehension subtests. Journal of Personality Assessment, 99(3), 324-333. [Available in the BPSI library upon request.]

Bram, A.D. (2013). Psychological testing and treatment implications: We can say more. Journal of Personality Assessment, 95(4), 319-331. [Available in the BPSI library upon request.]

Bram, A.D. (2010). The relevance of the Rorschach and patient-examiner relationship in treatment planning and outcome assessment. Journal of Personality Assessment, 92(2), 91-115. [Available in the BPSI library upon request.]


7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation; 8:00 pm – 8:15 pm: First Discussant; 8:15 – 8:30 pm; Second Discussant; 8:30 – 8:40 pm: Response from Presenter; 8:40 – 9:00 pm: Discussion and Q&A.

Continuing Education

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physician. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 2 hours of CE.

Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education has been submitted. Please contact us at or 617-266-0953 for the status of the social work CE accreditation. 

Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Licensed Mental Health Clinicians:The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (BPSI) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6913. BPSI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This program offers 2 NBCC Clock Hours.


Cancellation Policies & Procedures
If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee.

Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/Director of Continuing Education, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459;; 617.266.0953.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship and loan programs or employment.





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