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

Margaret A. Cramer, Ph.D., ABPP

Professor Emerit - 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)


Training and Development


Mental Health Care

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 (5)

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

Event Appearances (16)

Psychotherapy During the Pandemic

(2020) Summer National Session  Fielding Graduate University

Healing Beyond the Cure: The Psychodynamics of Palliative Care

(2019) Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study  Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

And Yet It Was a Blessing: Psychodynamic Insights for Well-Being While Coping with Serious Illness

(2018) American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, The Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care Conference  Boston, MA

Dreams, Imagination, and Psychoanalytic Process

(2018) National Annual Meetings, The American Psychoanalytic Association  New York, NY

Humor in Psychotherapy

(2017) Program in Psychodynamics (PIP)  

Pregnant and Postpartum Women’s Treatment

(2016) Summit Meeting, SAMSHA  

Psychoanalytic Theory

(2015) Psychiatry Academy Board Review Course. Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School  

Is Change Possible?

(2015) Opening Academic Lecture, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute  

The Role of Embodiment in Enactment

(2015) Psychodynamic Case Conference, Fielding Graduate University  

Metaphor and Soma: Reconsidering the body as the mediator of affect

(2014) Grand Rounds, The Boston Institute of Psychotherapy  

Keeping the Moth from the Flame: A Tale of Love and Longing

(2014) Department of Psychiatry, Annual MGH Psychodynamic Case Conference  

Listening to Music: Composers and their Illnesses

(2011) Psychosomatic Talks, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital  

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.

Articles (12)

Exploring the psychological aspects of palliative care: Lessons learned from an interdisciplinary seminar of experts.

Journal of palliative medicine: Special series: Psychological elements of palliative care. Volume 24, Number 9, 2021. DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2021.0224.

Brenner, K.O., MD, MPA, Rosenberg, L.B., MD, Cramer, M.A., PhD., et. al. (2021).


Here, but apart during COVID-19: Bringing connection and empathy to the socially distant family meeting.

Journal of General Internal Medicine. http://dx.doi.org:10.1007/all11606-021-06635-6.

Rosenberg, L., MD, Cramer, M.A. PhD., Jacobsen, J., MD. (2021).


The Alonso Center for Psychodynamic Studies: Fielding’s legacy in psychodynamics.

The fielding scholar practitioner: Voices from 45 years of fielding graduate university.

Cramer, M.A., Osherson, S. (2019).


Mechanisms of Behavior Change Within Peer-Implemented Alcohol Interventions.

J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2018 Mar; 79(2):208-216. PMID: 29553347.

Eaton EM, Magill M, Capone C, Cramer MA, Mastroleo NR, Reavy R, Borsari B.


Reenactments in their developmental context.

Psychodynamic Practice. Published online: 04 Apr 2016.

Cramer, M.A., Osherson, S., & Hatcher, S. L. (2016).


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“Introduction,” in, S. Hatcher, Ph.D., ABPP (Ed.). What psychotherapists learn from their clients.


Cramer, M. (2014).


“Wisdom won from illness: The psychoanalytic grasp of the human condition,”

Report of the Spring Scientific Meetings of the PINE Psychoanalytic Center. PINE Psychoanalytic Center, Inc. Newsletter (25:2) 7-10, Spring, 2014.

Cramer, M. (2014).


“Commentary: Stories We Tell, Directed by Sarah Polley”.

Talking Cures: The Newsletter of The Alonso Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. Santa Barbara, CA: Fielding Graduate University.

Cramer, M. (2014).


Effect of soy isoflavone supplementation on menopausal quality of life.

Menopause. 2013 Apr; 20(4):443-7. PMID: 23211877.

Amato P, Young RL, Steinberg FM, Murray MJ, Lewis RD, Cramer MA, Barnes S, Ellis KJ, Shypailo RJ, Fraley JK, Konzelmann KL, Fischer JG, LaSalle C, Smith EO, Wong WW.


Clinical outcomes of a 2-y soy isoflavone supplementation in menopausal women.

Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Feb; 93(2):356-67. PMID: 21177797; PMCID: PMC3021428.

Steinberg FM, Murray MJ, Lewis RD, Cramer MA, Amato P, Young RL, Barnes S, Konzelmann KL, Fischer JG, Ellis KJ, Shypailo RJ, Fraley JK, Smith EO, Wong WW.


Soy isoflavone supplementation and bone mineral density in menopausal women: a 2-y multicenter clinical trial.

Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Nov; 90(5):1433-9. PMID: 19759166; PMCID: PMC2762163.

Wong WW, Lewis RD, Steinberg FM, Murray MJ, Cramer MA, Amato P, Young RL, Barnes S, Ellis KJ, Shypailo RJ, Fraley JK, Konzelmann KL, Fischer JG, Smith EO.


“’Imaginary gardens with real toads”: ’Attachment to others, attachment to the market,’

Psychotherapy: Theory/Research/Practice/Training. Vol.41, No.3, 208-216.

Cramer, M. (2004).