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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

2012 Visiting Professor - Rosemary Balsam, M.D.

Rosemary Balsam, M.D., a British doctor and an American psychoanalyst, was our 2012 Visiting Professor. She presented, taught and consulted at a variety of university and clinic settings for the week ending March 24, 2012.

Dr. Balsam is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Yale Medical School where she has taught psychotherapy at the Department of Student Health since coming to New Haven from Belfast, N. Ireland in the early 1970s. A Training and Supervising analyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis, she is also in private practice. Her special interest is in female development, and she will soon publish "Women's Bodies in Psychoanalysis" (Routledge), about how the body is represented and theorized in analysis. In 2005 she was the National Psychoanalytic Woman Scholar for APsaA. Her articles deal with gender issues, mothers and daughters and prize-winning papers on the topic of "the vanished pregnant body"-- how psychoanalysis tends to ignore pregnancy and delivery as an imagined aspect of a girl's future that she confronts in her development. She is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Quarterly and American Imago and is a reader for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. With her husband, Paul Schwaber, she is an editor of the Book Review section of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.