Elliott Jurist

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Research Interests

  • Mentalization and the role of emotions and emotion regulation in psychotherapy; the relation between emotions and agency; addictions; ethics.


  • Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Ph.D., Columbia University,


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • The City College of New York

Elliot Jurist, Ph.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at the Graduate Center and The City College of New York, CUNY.  From 2004-2013, he served as the Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at CUNY. From 2008 to the present, he has been the Editor of Psychoanalytic Psychology, the journal of Division 39 of the APA. He is also the editor of a book series, Psychoanalysis and Psychological Science, from Guilford Publications, and author of a forthcoming book, Minding Emotions, from the same publisher.  He is the author of Beyond Hegel and Nietzsche: Philosophy, Culture and Agency (MIT Press, 2000) and co-author of Affect Regulation, Mentalization and the Development of the Self (Other Press, 2002), the latter of which has been translated into five languages and won two book prizes.  He is also the co-editor of Mind to Mind: Infant Research, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis (Other Press, 2008). 

Research and Scholarship Group

During the past two years, we have focused on developing a new measure of emotions: the Mentalized Affectviity Scale (MAS).

The scale delineates three aspects of emotional experience: identifying, modulating/processing, and expressing emotions.  It also examines the construct of mentalized affectivity, the capacity to understand emotions in light of one’s autobiographical memory.

Some students are undertaking projects using the MAS; other students are working on other, independent projects.

Selected Publications


  • Minding Emotions (Guilford Publications, forthcoming in 2018)


  • “Less Citation, Less Dissemination: The Case of French Psychoanalysis,” co-written with Olivier Putois and Remy Potier, in Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 7, Article 1729, November 2016.
  • “Exclamation! Honoring Philip Bromberg” in Division/Review, 2016.
  • “It Takes Two to Tango: Introduction to the Special Issue on Psychoanalysis and the Humaities,” co-written with Spyros Orfanos, in Psychoanalytic Psychology, June 2016.
  • “Whatever Happened to the Superego: Loewald and the Future of Psychoanalysis,” article to appear in special issue on Hans Loewald in Psychoanalytic Psychology, October 2014.

Book Chapters

  • “Multiplicity, Dissociation and Mentalization in Margareth von Trotta’s Hannah Arendt” in Cinematic Reflections on the Legacy of the Holocaust: Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Co-authored with Diana Diamond. Eds. Diana Diamond and Bruce Skalrew. (Routledge, 2018).
  • “A Defense of Strong Pluralism” in Progress in Psychoanalysis: Envisioning the Future of the Profession.  Eds. Steve Axelrod, Ronald Naso, and Larry Rosenberg (Routledge, 2018).


  • 2017. APA announces that Psychoanalytic Psychology, edited by Elliot Jurist, has the highest impact factor of any psychoanalytic journal (1st out of 13).
  • 2017, Nominated for Gradiva Award, for On-Line Only Issue on Psychoanalysis and the Humanities in Psychoanalytic Psychology
  • 2014 (June). Invited Speaker, Psychology Day, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2014 (April). Scholarship Award, Division 39, Invited Address, New York, NY

Course Syllabi

Elliott Jurist - Professor -  profile photo


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • The City College of New York