Nancy McWilliams

Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D., ABPP., is a Visiting Full Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University.[1] She has written on personality and psychotherapy.[2][3][4]

Dr. McWilliams is a psychoanalytic/dynamic author, teacher, supervisor, and therapist. She currently teaches part-time at Rutgers University in New Jersey at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and has a private practice in Lambertville, NJ. she is author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994; rev. ed. 2011), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004), all with Guilford Press. She has edited and contributed to several other books, and is Associate Editor of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006; 2nd ed. 2017). Her writings have been translated into 20 languages. She is a former president of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Born in 1945 in Abington, PA, she grew up in Longmeadow, MA, New Canaan, CT, and Wyomissing, PA. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1967, with honors in Political Science. Subsequently, she studied Psychology at Brooklyn College and then received her Master's and Doctoral degrees from Rutgers University in Psychology (Personality and Social). In 1978 she was licensed as an independent psychologist in New Jersey and also graduated from the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis in New York. Since 2010 she has been Board Certified in Psychoanalysis in Psychology.

In 2011 the American Psychological Association chose her to represent psychoanalytic therapy in the remake of the classic film, "Three Approaches to Psychotherapy." In 2015, she was asked to be the plenary speaker at the American Psychological Association convention in Toronto, Canada. She is a member of the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey and an Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Moscow Psychoanalytic Society, the Institute for Psychoanalytic Therapy in Turin, Italy, and the Warsaw Scientific Association for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Awards include the Gradiva Prize for her second book, the Rosalee Weiss award for contributions to practice, the Division of Psychoanalysis awards for both leadership and scholarship, the Laughlin distinguished teacher award, the Goethe Scholarship award, and the Hans Strupp award for teaching, practice and writing. She has given graduation addresses at the Smith College School for Social Work and the Yale University School of Medicine. In the summer of 2016 she was the Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. In 2016 she taught a course on "The Minister and Mental Health" at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Her areas of specialty include psychoanalytic theories, individual differences, personality, the relationship between psychological diagnosis and treatment, alternatives to DSM diagnostic conventions, integration of feminist theory and psychoanalytic knowledge, and the application of psychoanalytic understanding to the problems of diverse clinical populations.


  1. ^ "Rutgers University Faculty and Staff Experts Directory: Nancy McWilliams". Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Results for 'au:McWilliams, Nancy'". WorldCat. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Nancy Mcwilliams, PhD: Posts by Author". Psychiatric Times. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Books Authored - Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP". 10 March 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2015.

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