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Susan G. Goldberg, J.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

240 Rockwell Hall
Phone: 412.396.6512


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Fielding Graduate University, 2007
J.D., Law, Georgetown University, 1985
A.B., Anthropology, Bryn Mawr College, 1977
African Studies, Universite de Dakar, Senegal, 1976

The focus of Dr. Goldberg's research is the experiences of the marginalized "other." She has investigated the life worlds of people with psychiatric disabilities, people who have been incarcerated, and residents of Pittsburgh's Hill District. Her work has addressed the social construction of psychiatric labels, the interaction of disability with law, conceptualizations of forensic psychology as a human science, and ethics in psychology.

Her background is in anthropology (Bryn Mawr College), African Studies (L'université de Dakar, Senegal), law (Georgetown University Law Center) and clinical psychology (Fielding Graduate University). As a clinician, her main theoretical influences are psychodynamic and Gestalt theories and practices. In her research, writing, and clinical work, Dr. Goldberg seeks to integrate various intellectual approaches and bridge competing epistemologies. Her theoretical interests include the exploration of psychodynamic, social constructionist, and existential questions.


Goldberg, S. (2012). Unjustly locked up: A critique of the societal and moral aspects of confinement [review of the book The ethics of total confinement: A critique of madness, citizenship, and social justice, by Bruce A. Arrigo, Heather Y. Bersot, and Brian G. Sellers]. PsycCRITIQUES, 57(1).

Goldberg, S. (2012). Becoming the denigrated other: Group relations perspectives on initial reactions to a bipolar disorder diagnosis. Frontiers in Psychology/Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysas, 3(Article 347), 1-14.

Goldberg, S. (2012). Locked up without recourse. [Review of the book The ethics of total confinement: A critique of madness, citizenship, and social justice] by. Bruce A. Arrigo, Heather Y. Bersot, and Brian G. Sellers. PsyCRITIQUES, 57(1).

Fischer, C.T., and Goldberg, S. (2011) Moral philosophy as a guide to social issues [Review of the book Free Will and Responsibility: A guide for practitioners, by John S. Callender]. PsycCRITIQUES, 56 (4)

Hansen, N. D., & Goldberg, S.G. (2008). Navigating the nuances: A matrix of considerations for ethical-legal dilemmas. In D. N. Bersoff (Ed.), Ethical Conflicts in Psychology (Fourth ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Goldberg, S.G., Killeen, M.B., & O'Day, B. (2005). The disclosure conundrum: How people with psychiatric disabilities navigate employment. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 11(3), 463-500.


Goldberg, S. (2012). The perils of discarding forensic psychology as a human science. Paper presented at the Society for Personality Assessment, Chicago, IL.

Goldberg, S. (2012). Understanding the other: The humanistic approach to forensic psychological assessment. Paper presented at the American Psychology Association Convention 2012, Orlando, FL.

Goldberg, S., & Outhouse, M. (2012). Unresolved ethical challenges in providing mandated sex offender treatment. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Orlando, FL.

Outhouse, M., Lovelace, D., & Goldberg, S. (2011). Myths and facts about American juvenile sex offenders and their implications for the adjudication process. Paper presented at the International Society for Criminology, Kobe, Japan.

Outhouse, M., Lovelace, D., & Goldberg, S. (2011). Disproportionate minority confinement among juvenile sex offenders: Preliminary findings and implications. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention.

Goldberg, S., & Wagner, K. (2011). Forensic psychological assessment: The urgency of revivng psychoanalytic, depth, and other clinical aproaches. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention.

Outhouse, M., & Goldberg, S. (2010). The importance of gender affirmation in transgender experience. Paper presented at the APA Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

Goldberg, S. G. (2010). Forensic psychology as a Human Science: Reviving clinically-rich approaches. Paper presented at the APA Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

Goldberg, S. G., & Osherson, S. (2010). Psychoanalysis and existential psychology: An advanced seminar investigating similarities and distinctions in theory and practice. Paper presented at the Fielding Graduate University Summer Session Presentation, Kansas City, MO.

Goldberg, S. G. (2010). Experiences of being labeled with Bipolar Disorder. Paper presented at the Howard University Medical School Didactic Presentation, Howard University, Washington, DC.

Recent Interviews
The new coming out: Disclosing a mental disorder at work

Work is where many of us spend a third of our lives doing-and for some, a bit more.
Hear the interview: http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2014/11/25/40512/the-new-coming-out-disclosing-a-mental-disorder-at/

Dr. Goldberg was quoted in the New York Times article:

Deciding whether to disclose mental disorders at work

link to article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/15/your-money/disclosing-mental-disorders-at-work.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-middle-span-region&region=c-column-middle-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-middle-span-region