Analyzing Whiteness from a Psychodynamic Perspective

Credit Option
Program Type
Garden City, Online

In this Panel discussion, panellists will consider the inheritances afforded by historical whiteness as situated by Michael O'Loughlin's paper, "Whiteness and the psychoanalytic imagination" [in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 2020], and perpetuated daily in our institutions that study, teach, and practice psychoanalysis.

We will integrate theory and experience in discussion of essential points to interrogate as we seek first and courageous steps away from the structural repression of difference.

Dr. O’Loughlin will build on his own journey into whiteness through his upbringing in Ireland and his immigration to the U.S, and he will also explore the inherent whiteness of psychoanalysis from its inception, and how whiteness is manifest in the language and practices of psychoanalysis today. Renowned and longtime Adelphi colleague, Kirkland Vaughans, PhD, and recent arrival Joaniko Kohchi, MPhil, LCSW, will bring their thoughts and experience to this panel.

Workshop Information:

Course Date:

March 6, 2022

Meeting Time:

2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EST


3 CEUs available for New York State Psychologists, Social Workers LMFT and LMHC


  • General Admission: $70.00
  • Derner Alum, Adelphi faculty/clinical supervisor, Non-Adelphi psychoanalytic Candidate/students: $50
  • Derner student/Postgraduate candidates: $25
  • Veterans: $25

Speaker Bios

Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D.

Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D., senior adjunct faculty at Adelphi University, founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and co-editor of the two-volume series, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents. Dr. Vaughans is a central voice in “Black Psychoanalysts Speak”, an award-winning documentary that raises awareness of racial challenges that need to be acknowledged and addressed in our field. Dr. Vaughans is in private practice on Long Island, NY.

Dr. Michael O’Loughlin

Dr. Michael O’Loughlin is Professor in the College of Education and Health Sciences and Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University. He has authored, co-authored or edited ten books, most recently [With S. Arac-Orhun and M. Queler], Lives Interrupted: Psychiatric Narratives of Struggle and Resilience [Lexington Books, 2019]. Since 2018 he has been co-editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. He is editor of two book series, one in psychoanalysis, and one in childhood and youth studies. He writes about trauma, psychosis, migration, childhood subjectivity, schooling, psychoanalysis, race, and politics, and he directs the Adelphi Asylum Project. He is in private practice on Long Island, NY.

Joaniko Kohchi, MPhil, LCSW, IECMH-E

Joaniko Kohchi, MPhil, LCSW, IECMH-E is the Director of the Institute for Parenting, the Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice master’s degree, and the Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Derner School of Psychology, all at Adelphi University, where she teaches and supervises graduate and postgraduate candidates as well as the Institute’s clinicians. She is an Endorsed Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor with both clinical and academic experience spanning several regions of the United States. Ms. Kohchi holds two master’s degrees in literature and narrative analysis, a Master of Social Work, and a certificate in Infant Mental Health from LSU School of Medicine. Her clinical work focuses on children, families, and adults who have survived traumatic events that often lead to out-of-home care and court involvement.


Amira Simha-Alpern, Ph.D., ABPP

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Adelphi University, Derner School of Psychology, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0024 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0607 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0185 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0083.

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