Jonathan Shedler, PhD

about Jonathan

Jonathan Shedler photoAmerican psychologist Jonathan Shedler, PhD is known internationally as an author, consultant, and master clinician and teacher.

His article The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy won worldwide acclaim for firmly establishing psychoanalytic therapy as an evidence-based treatment.

Dr. Shedler’s research and writing are shaping contemporary views of personality syndromes and their treatment. He is author of numerous scientific and scholarly articles, creator of the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP) for personality diagnosis and clinical case formulation, and co-author of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2).

He has more than 25 years’ experience teaching and supervising psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychoanalysts.

Dr. Shedler lectures internationally, leads workshops for professional audiences, consults to U.S. and international government agencies, and provides expert clinical consultation to mental health professionals worldwide. He is clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), faculty member at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and Consulting Supervisor at California Pacific Medical Center.

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Jonathan in the News

Interview with author-journalist Oliver Burkeman   video  podcast

Therapy Wars: The Revenge of Freud (The Guardian)


Adam Corneel Major Teachers in Psychotherapy Lecture
McLean Hospital
Personality Diagnosis in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Belmont, MA February 4, 2011

Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
Personality Dynamics in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
New Haven, CT,  January 30, 2021

University of Milano-Bicocca
The Efficacy of Psychoanalytic Therapy
Milan, Italy, November 28, 2020

British Columbia Psychological Association
Personality Dynamics in Psychotherapy: A Roadmap for Lasting Change
Vancouver, British Columbia, November 13, 2020

American Psychoanalytic Association
Presidential Symposium: The Efficacy of Psychoanalytic Therapy
New York, NY, February 14, 2020