Stephanie Swales, Ph.D.

Stephanie Swales, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University and her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College.  She is a practicing clinician, providing psychoanalysis and psychotherapy to children and adults at her office in the uptown area of Dallas.  

Dr. Swales specializes in the theory and practice of Lacanian psychoanalysis and its intersections with humanistic psychology and philosophy.  In 2012, Routledge published her book, Perversion: A Lacanian Psychoanalytic Approach to the Subject.  Her current research focuses on clinical and theoretical approaches to the experiences of anxiety and ambivalence. She is also an active member of Community Assistance Research, and her work with them centers on food insecurity and mental health.   

She is the Founder of the Dallas/Fort Worth-area Lacan Study Group, Candidate and Faculty of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, President-Elect of the Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Review Editor of Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysis for the journal Frontiers in Psychology, a member of the APA Division 39 Analytic Candidate Outreach Committee, and she is also a member of numerous professional societies in psychology.

Education

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Aug. 2005 – Aug. 2011  
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (APA Accredited)

M.A. in Psychology, Dec. 2007  
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (APA Accredited)

May 2004 A.B., Cum Laude with honors in Psychology
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Candidate Psychoanalyst, Sept. 2013 – present 
Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, San Francisco, California 

Licensed Psychologist with Health Service Provider status in Texas (36416), Dec., 2012

National Register of Health Service Psychologists (53627), Aug., 2012                     

Academic Appointments

August 2014—present           
Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Dallas  
Irving, Texas

Sept. 2013 – May 2014          
Adjunct Instructor
University of Dallas
Irving, Texas

­­ January 2012 – May 2012    
Adjunct Instructor
Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Chicago, Illinois

August 2006 – May 2009       
Adjunct Instructor                                                
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

May 2015—present: Private Practice, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dallas, Texas 
Providing psychoanalysis and individual, couples’, and family psychotherapy for children and adults

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association, Division 39: Psychoanalysis
American Psychological Association, Division 24: Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
American Psychological Association, Division 5: Division for Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups (APW)
Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, President-Elect
National Register of Health Service Psychologists Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, Candidate Psychoanalyst and Instructor
Dallas/Fort Worth Area Lacan Study Group, Founder and Curator

Selected Publications

Book Publication

Swales, S. (2012). Perversion: A Lacanian psychoanalytic approach to the subject. New York: Routledge. 

Shorter Publications

Swales, S. (in press). Review of Sergio Benvenuto's What are Perversions? Sexuality, Ethics, Psychoanalysis. DIVISION/Review, 16. 

Swales, S. (2017). Lacanian Psychoanalysis with Children: Framing Challenges and Inventions. In C. Owens and S. Farrelly (Eds.) Further Notes on the Child: Lacanian Psychoanalysis with Babies, Children and Teenagers. London: Karnac.

Pruitt, S.L., Leonard, T., Xuan, L., Amory, R., Nguyen, O.K., Pezzia, C., Swales, S. (2016). 
Who Is Food Insecure? Implications for Targeted Recruitment and Outreach, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005–2010. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13.

Swales, S. (2014). Hysteria as a philosophical problem [Review of the book A nonOedipal psychoanalysis? A clinical anthropology of hysteria in the works of Freud and Lacan, by P. Van Haute & T. Geyskens]. Philosophy in Review, 34, 3-4, 174-176.

Swales, S. (2012). Perversion: A Lacanian psychoanalytic approach to the subject. New York: Routledge. 

Swales, S. (2011). S/he stole my jouissance! A Lacanian approach to gender in the group. GROUP, 35, 3, 221-234.

Swales, S. (2010). Psychosis or neurosis? Lacanian diagnosis and group therapists. GROUP, 34, 2, 129-144. 

Fowler, C., Brunnschweiler, B., Swales, S., & Brock, J. (2005). Assessment of Rorschach dependency measures in female inpatients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Assessment, 85, 146-153.

Presentations

Swales, S. (2017, March). The Spectacle of the Hysteric. Paper presented at the 2017 10th Clinical Study Days of the World Association of Psychoanalysis, Miami, FL. 

Swales, S.(2016, October). Transgender Identity: Posing Questions of Difference and  
Jouissance. Paper presented at the 2016 conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Swales, S.(2016, October). I love you to death. Part 2: Truly, Madly, Deeply (and with ambivalence…). Paper presented at the 2016 conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Owens, C. & Swales, S.(2016, July). I Love You To Death – Putting Together the Pieces of Ambivalence. Paper presented at the 2016 Fourteenth Annual Conference of the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Swales, S. (2016, March). The Demand for Treatment in a Case of Hysteria. Paper presented at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland for the university and the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland. 

Swales, S. (2016, March). Variations on the Standard Treatment: The Possibilities of Conducting Analytic Work By Phone or Video-Chat. Paper presented at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland for the university and the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland.  


For more presentations, see CV.

Awards & Honors

2017 University of Dallas King Haggar Scholar Award

2015 Class of 1988 Alumni Faculty Development Award

2015 University of Dallas King Haggar Scholar Award 

2012 Early Career Psychologist Credentialing Scholarship (from the National Register of Health Service Psychologists) 

2009-2010 McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Dissertation Fellowship Award