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Amy Taylor, Ph.D. - Fielding Graduate University. Santa Barbara, CA, US

Amy Taylor, Ph.D.

Ruthellen Josselson Chair in Qualitative Inquiry |Director of the Alonso Center for Psychodynamic Studies | Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA, UNITED STATES



Amy Taylor, PhD is a core faculty member in the Clinical Psychology program and a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. She received her PhD and additional training in interpretive and qualitative research and gender studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, before completing postdoctoral psychoanalytic training at the Austen Riggs Center. Dr. Taylor’s clinical, research, and scholarly interests include the intersection of gender, sexuality, and technology and how the social world shapes our lived and felt embodied experiences.

Industry Expertise (3)

Mental Health Care



Areas of Expertise (5)


Qualitative Inquiry

Qualitative Research


Gender and Sexuality Studies

Accomplishments (2)

Division 39 Scholars Award, Section VIII: Psychoanalysis and Couple and Family Therapy, (professional)


National Register of Health Service Psychologists Credentialing Scholarship (professional)


Education (3)

Duquesne University: PhD, Clinical Psychology 2012

Duquesne University: MA, Duquesne University 2008

St. John's College: BA, Liberal Arts/Great Books 2005

Affiliations (7)

  • Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN)
  • Center for the Study of Group & Social Systems (CSGSS) - Boston division of The A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems® (AKRI)
  • Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Institute of New England
  • American Psychological Association : Member. Divisions 5, 24, 32, 39
  • Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology
  • American Academy of Psychotherapists
  • China American Psychoanalytic Alliance

Event Appearances (6)

Graduate student and faculty experiences during the pandemic

(2022) International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry  Virtual

Generational Transition in Psychoanalysis

(2022) American Psychological Association Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) Spring Meeting  

Methodological Agility and Community Building During the Covid-19 Pandemic

(2022) American Psychological Association Division 24 (Theoretical & Philosophical Psychology) Midwinter Meeting  

The Unsayable of the Covid-19 Pandemic: Lags, Losses, and Liminality

(2022) American Psychological Association Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) Spring Meeting  

“It was transcendent”: Virtual embodiment, sex, and sexualities in the Black Mirror episode, Striking Vipers

(2019) Association for Psychoanalysis, Culture, & Society Conference  Rutgers, NJ

Reimagining the sexual body: Sex in a time of physical distancing

(2020) LGBTQ Study Group  William Alanson White Institute

Articles (4)

Being Through Love: The Collaborative Construction of a Sexual Body

The New Philosophies of Sex and Love: Thinking Through Desire


Reframing the humanistic critique of technology and a discussion of online embodiment

Janus Head


Thematic Apperception Test: A performance-based assessment technique

Personality Assessment


Review of the book Conversation Analysis in Psychotherapy

Qualitative Research in Psychology