Certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies


All PhD students are encouraged to inquire about participating in the Psychoanalytic Studies Program (PSP). We seek to support the graduate study of students with a range of interests from any department. Students enter the program formally by initiating a document which will track their progress through the certificate and by submitting a certificate declaration to the Laney Graduate School. The PSP director and program coordinator will assist with this process. This report will be updated by the student every semester as they fulfill the program requirements below.

Coursework and participation requirements

  • Completion of the seminar "Introduction to Psychoanalytic Studies," offered every three to four semesters.

  • Completion of 3 four-semester-hour course electives. Each semester, the PSP will make available a list of courses across the curriculum that will count toward the Certificate.

  • Regular attendance at the "Lunch and Learn" and Colloquium series and at least one "Lunch and Learn" presentation. The "Lunch and Learn" series is an opportunity for PSP students to share their work with colleagues from across disciplines. The speaker gives a talk ranging from 20 to 30 minutes followed by a question and answer period.

Writing requirements

  • Submission of a paper of length and quality appropriate for a journal article to a three-person committee chosen from among PSP affiliated faculty. The paper may be a revision or an outgrowth of a research paper prepared during coursework. The students can choose their own committee.

  • Approval of the paper by committee members through notification to the program director (via email).


  • A section on Psychoanalytic Studies must be included in departmental doctoral examination.

Once the student has satisfied all the requirements above, the finalized document detailing the student's work and completition of the certificate should be submitted to the PSP program director for approval and signature. It will then be submitted to LGS along with application for the student's primary PhD degree.

Please note: students are credited with the PSP Certificate on their transcript only if they apply for it.

For details, please contact PSP Director Noelle McAfee at noelle.c.mcafee@emory.edu