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Alan Nathan

Associate professor




  • Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus,
  • B.A., Psychology, City University of New York - Queens College, 1987


Dr. Nathan is an associate professor at Argosy University, Washington D.C. He is a graduate of Long Island University, CW Post. His major interests include relational psychodynamic theory and therapy and related infant and child development research. He is also interested in cultural and diversity issues as seen through the relational psychodynamic model. He developed an advanced relational psychodynamic course and a psychodynamic interest group. He also has a strong interest in student professional development with an emphasis upon professional identity development and learning psychotherapy relationship skills. Dr. Nathan co-developed the principles and practices in psychotherapy course which focuses upon psychotherapy relationship skill development and he has presented on the topic at a professional conference and as a consultant to a university based clinic. Dr. Nathan has experience providing clinical supervision to doctoral students and has presented on topics related to supervision. Dr. Nathan has a private practice in which he sees adolescents and adults. Major clinical areas addressed within his practice include childhood trauma and abuse, adolescent issues, relationship and self esteem issues, and personality disorders. Dr. Nathan has published articles on professional identity development and the psychotherapy relationship. He is a member of APA Division 39/Psychoanalysis, Maryland Psychological Association (MPA), International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP), Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), and Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PSR). He is a candidate in the Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program with the Washington D.C. chapter of the New York Freudian Society.


  • Relational psychodynamic theory & therapy
  • Adult/adolescent survivors of childhood trauma and abuse Attachment and dyadic systems research
  • Culture/diversity issues
  • Development of psychotherapy relationship skills

Selected Publications

  • Nathan, A. (2009). The dialectic of professional identity: What's on our minds? The Maryland Psychologist, 54(6), 8-10.
  • Nathan, A. (2010). Work-family life balance for early career psychologists: Discovering points of contact through development of fluid identity. The Maryland Psychologist, 55(6), 10.
  • Nathan, A. (2010). Introduction to an integrative attachment-based model of sexual and loving feelings in psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Bulletin, 45(4), 39-46.


  • American Psychological Association (APA), Division 39 (Psychoanalysis)
  • International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP)
  • Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI)
  • New York Freudian Society
  • Maryland Psychological Association (MPA) Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PSR)


  • Nathan, A. (2011, June). Relational psychodynamic psychotherapy for adult survivors of child abuse: Reawakening loving and creative desire and in the working through phase. Poster session presented at the Greater Washington Trauma and Torture Survivor Network Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Nathan, A. (2009, October). Managing countertransference in clinical supervision: A relational psychodynamic perspective. Seminar conducted at the Maryland Psychological Association convention, Maryland.
  • Nathan, A. (2006, October). The principles and practice of psychotherapy course: The use of experiential teaching techniques toward developing student psychotherapy skills. Seminar conducted at the Mid-Atlantic Association for Teachers of Psychology conference, Maryland.