Wynn Schwartz Wynn Schwartz, PhD

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  • Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology Program


  • BS, Duke University (Human Psychobiology)
  • MA, University of Colorado, Boulder (Clinical Psychology)
  • PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder (Clinical and Experimental Psychology)


William James College:

  • Psychodynamic Theory
  • Clinical Seminar in Supervision and Consultation

Harvard University (Lecturer, Harvard Medical School):

  • Introduction to Psychoanalysis
  • Seminar in Supervision

Research and Practice Interests

Research Interests:

  • Descriptive Psychology (Pre-empirical and conceptual foundations of the behavioral sciences) 
  • Natural units of stability and transition in adult character and the concept of “through-lines”
  • Comparative Psychoanalysis
  • Conceptualizations of empathy
  • The "Person Concept" and nonhuman persons
  • Problem representation in dreams
  • Hypnosis, memory structure, and indications of dissociation

Practice Interests:

  • Psychotherapy supervision
  • Individual and couple's psychotherapy and psychoanalysis

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist Provider, Massachusetts
  • National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology


  • 1972, Graduation with Distinction in Zoology, Duke University
  • 1972-76, National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship
  • 2006 & 2009, Mary McDermott Shideler Award for Intellectual Contributions to Descriptive Psychology, The Society for Descriptive Psychology

Publications and Presentations

Invited Presentations

2006. "Self-presentation and the status dynamics psychotherapy and supervision",  The Society for Descriptive Psychology, Golden, CO

2006. "Evidence and the training of the clinical psychologist: The empirical, the pre-empirical, and the uncertainties of the subject matter", University College London, London UK

2010. "Mindful Ignorance: I, Thou and Empathy," The Society for Descriptive Psychology, Golden, CO

2013. "Empathy and Altruism", The Helix Center, New York Psychoanalytic Society,  New York, NY

2013. "What is a person and how can we be sure?" Personhood Beyond the Human Conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

2015. The Inaugural Peter G. Ossorio Memorial Fund Lecture, "Empathy, Intentional Action and the Person Concept".  University of Colorado-Boulder.

2015. Presidential Address, The Society for Descriptive Psychology, "Social Progress and the Just Choice: What interferes with negotiating social justice?" Golden, CO.

Journal Articles

Schwartz W.  Time and context during hypnotic involvement.  International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 1979;26: 307-316.

Schwartz W.  Degradation, accreditation and rites of passage. Psychiatry 1979;42: 138-146.

Schwartz W.  Hypnosis and episodic memory. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 1980;28: 375-385.

Plotkin W and Schwartz W.  A conceptualization of hypnosis:  1. exploring the place of appraisals and anomaly in behavior and experience.  Advances Descriptive Psychology.  1982;2: 139-199.

Schwartz W.  The problem of other possible persons:  dolphins,  primates, and aliens.  Advances Descriptive Psychology.  1982;2: 31-55.

Greenberg R, Pearlman C, Schwartz W. and Youkalis-Grossman H. Memory, emotion and rem sleep.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 1983; 92: 378-381.

Schwartz W.  The two concepts of action and responsibility in psychoanalysis.  Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. 1984; 32: 557-572.

Plotkin W and Schwartz W.  A conceptualization of the hypnosis: 2.  hypnotic induction procedures and manifestations of the hypnotic state.  Advances Descriptive Psychology.  1985;4: 75-101.

Schwartz W.  What makes something psychoanalytic? Psychiatry.  1988; 51: 417-426.

Greenberg R, Katz H, Schwartz W, and Pearlman C.  A research based reconsideration of the psychoanalytic theory or dreaming. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 1992; 40: 531-550.

Schwartz W.  The manifest problem as the psychoanalytic unit in the interpretation of dreams.  International Journal of Psychosomatics. 1993; 40:11-13.

Greenberg R, Pearlman C, and Schwartz W.  Using the Rorschach to define differences in schizophrenics and the implications for treatment.  Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. 1997; 25: 399-408.

Schwartz W.  Status dynamics and psychotherapy.  The Society for Descriptive Psychology.  1999; www.sdp.org

Schwartz W.  From Passivity to Competence:  A Conceptualization of knowledge, skill, tolerance and empathy.  Psychiatry.  2002;65: 338-345.

Schwartz W.  Self-presentation and the status dynamics of psychotherapy and supervision.  American Journal of Psychotherapy. 2008; 62:51-65.

Schwartz W.  On saying no.  Evidence Based Practice and the Hijacking of the Empirical.  Advances in Descriptive Psychology, vol 9, eds: Davis, Lubuguin, Schwartz, Descriptive Psychology Press, 2010

Schwartz, W. The Parameters of Empathy: Core Considerations for Psychotherapy and Supervision. Advances in Descriptive Psychology, vol10, Davis, Bergner, Lubuguin, Schwartz, Descriptive Psychology Press, 2013

Schwartz, W. What is a person and How can we be sure? A Paradigm Case Formulation. Journal of Evolution and Technology, 2014; 24 (3)     


Schwartz W. (book review) The externalization of consciousness and the psychopathology of everyday life by Stephen DeBerry.  Contempory Psychology.  1992; 37: 460-461.

Book Chapters

Schwartz W and Godwyn M.  Action and representation in ordinary and lucid dreams.  In:  Gackenback J, LaBarge S eds. Lucid dreaming:  new direction in consciousness during sleep New York:  Plenum, 1988:419-427.

Schwartz W.  A psychoanalytic approach to dreamwork.  In Krippner S, ed.  Dreamtime and Dreamwork, Los Angles:  Tarcher, 1990:49-58.

Greenberg R, Schwartz W, and Katz H.  The importance of theory for the analysis of dreams:  the problem as a unit.  In Horne J ed. Sleep 90   Bochum:  Pontenagal, 1990:277-280.

Schwartz W.  Problem representation in dreams.  In Wotiz J ed.  The Kekule riddle:  a problem for chemist and psychologists. Vienna IL:  Cache River Press, 1993:277-283.


Davis, Lubuguin, & Schwartz, (eds). Advances in Descriptive Psychology vol 9. Ann Arbor:  DP Press 2010

Davis, Bergner, Lubuguin, & Schwartz, (eds). Advances in Descriptive Psychology vol 10. Ann Arbor:  DP Press 2014

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Lecturer, Harvard Medical School
  • Editorial Board, The American Journal of Psychotherapy
  • Editorial Board, The Advances in Descriptive Psychology
  • Associate of The Taos Institute
  • Staff Psychologist, The Cambridge Hospital

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Past President, The Society for Descriptive Psychology
  • The faculties of Wellesley College, The Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, and The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
  • Staff psychologist in the General Psychiatry Practice of Massachusetts General Hospital and a

Professional Affiliations

  • 1979, The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
  • 1979, The Society for Descriptive Psychology
  • 1994, The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
  • 2012, The British Wittgenstein Society

Community Engagement

My public teaching blog "Freedom, Liberation, and Reaction" is syndicated by the online journal “Social Justice Solutions”