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Margaret A. Cramer, PhD, ABPP - Fielding Graduate University. Melrose, MA, US

Margaret A. Cramer, PhD, ABPP Margaret A. Cramer, PhD, ABPP

Doctoral Faculty - Clinical Psychology | Fielding Graduate University


Psychodynamics; PTSD and substance abuse; Women, trauma and addiction.



Margaret A. Cramer, PhD, ABPP, is a member of the faculty of the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. She serves currently as a supervisor, mentor, and teacher for the Program in Psychodynamics (PIP) at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she also supervises and teaches in the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Cramer has won numerous awards for clinical supervision and teaching and has published in The American Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychotherapy: Teaching/Research/Practice/Teaching. Dr. Cramer is a candidate at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and maintains a clinical practice in the Back Bay in Boston.

Industry Expertise (4)

Mental Health Care


Training and Development


Areas of Expertise (14)

History and Systems of Psychology

Theories of Personality


Health Psychology

Psychoanalytic and Neoanalytic Theory and Psychotherapy

Personality Disorders

Mood Disorders

Integration of Theory and Technique

Transference / Countertransference

Clinical Supervision


Psychotherapy Process

Parallel Process and Systems Theory

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Accomplishments (2)

Innovator Award, Women and Children's Treatment (professional)

(2005) Awarded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Excellence in Clinical Writing, Upjohn Achievement Award (professional)

(1991) Awarded by the Psychiatric Service, Harvard Medical School.

Education (2)

Boston Children's Hospital: Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Adolescent Medicine 1993

California School of Professional Psychology: PhD, Clinical Psychology 1992

Affiliations (2)

  • American Psychological Association : Member
  • Harvard Medical School : Teaching and Supervising Faculty (part time), The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at Massachusetts General Hospital

Event Appearances (5)

Sex, drugs, and treatment with residents: A tale of loss and longing

(2007) MGH Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Case Conference, The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and the MGH/McLean Psychiatry Residency  MGH, Boston, MA.

Pandora's early object experience

(April, 2005) Case Presentation at the Psychiatry Department, Harvard Medical School  Belmont, MA.

How do we hold on to the values (that made us become therapists in the first place) in the age of managed care?

(February, 2005) Commonwealth Educational Seminars  Newton, MA.

Numbing the pain: PTSD and substance abuse

(May, 2003) Commonwealth Educational Seminars  Dedham, MA.

Women, trauma and addiction

(May, 2002) Vermont Consortium for Addiction Training  Randolph, VT.

Articles (3)

Under the influence of unconscious process: Countertransference in the treatment of PTSD and substance abuse in women

American Journal of Psychotherapy

(2001) PTSD and addiction are a marriage made in the avoidance of unbearable affect; an avoidance that is costly in the resulting traumatic reenactments experienced by patients whose attempts to escape the past keep them evermore tightly bound to it. Rather than" ...

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ERPs during continuous recognition memory for words and pictures

Bulletin for Psychonomic Society

(1991) Event-related brain potentials (ERPs) and performance measures were recorded from young adults during continuous recognition memory for word or picture representations of the same concepts. Subjects made speeded choice responses as to whether the item ...

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A developmental study of event-related potentials during explicit and implicit memory

International Journal of Psychophysiology

(1990) Event-related potentials (ERPs) were recorded from children, adolescents and adults in response to drawings of common objects or their printed names. Explicit memory was assessed in a continuous recognition paradigm, where each item had (old) or had not ...

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