Vita

John R. Suler, Ph.D.


Department of Psychology, Rider University
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 (609) 895-5430

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Education:

B.A. Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1977, summa cum laude
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1982, Woodburn Fellow
Clinical Psychology Internship, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 1982-83



Awards and Honors

- Distinguished Teaching Awadr, Rider University, 2010
- Next Generation Indie Book Award for First Novel, 2010
- University Graduate Fellowship, SUNY at Buffalo, 1980- 81
- Woodburn Graduate School Fellowship, SUNY at Buffalo, 1977- 80
- Melville Valedictory Award, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1977
- Phi Beta Kappa

 


Teaching Experience:

Professor of Psychology, Rider University, 1982 - present. Courses taught include:

- Introduction to Psychology
- Psychology and Film
- Theories of Psychotherapy
- Abnormal Psychology
- Psychological Tests
- Group Dynamics
- Psychology of Religion
- States of Consciousness
- Psychology of Improvisation (in collaboration with Fine Arts)



Summary of Research Activities:

Photographic Psychology - The psychology of how people create, share, and interpret photographic images, especially in digital environments.

The Psychology of Cyberspace - studies of individual and group behavior in cyberspace.

Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Eastern Thought, especially the relationship of psychoanalytic theories and therapies to Zen Buddhism and Taoism.

The teaching of clinical psychology - quantitative and qualitative studies of teaching techniques and experiential exercises.

Mental imagery in creativity, emotional processes, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy; psychophysiological correlates of mental imagery. Member of clinical research group for studying mental imagery techniques in psychoanalysis, led by Lloyd Silverman, Ph.D.

Therapeutic processes in self-help groups - theoretical and field research, case studies.



Books:

Suler, J.R. (1993). Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Eastern Thought. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press.

Suler, J.R.(2010). Madman: Strange Adventures of a Psychology Intern. True Center Publishing, PA.



Hypertext Books and Online Documents:

Suler, J.R. (2006-present). Photographic Psychology

Suler, J.R. (1995-present). The Psychology of Cyberspace.
http://www.rider.edu/users/suler/psycyber/psycyber.html

Suler, J.R. (1995-present). Teaching Clinical Psychology.
http://www.rider.edu/users/suler/tcp.html

Suler, J.R. (1986-present). Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors.
http://www.rider.edu/users/suler/zenstory/zenstory.html

Suler, J.R. (1995). Working (and playing) with Dreams.
http://www.rider.edu/users/suler/dreams.html



Publications and Manuscripts:

Suler, J. (2013). Conceptual photography. Mindfulness in photography. Image therapeutics. Inside the psyche. Negative space. All are invited articles appearing in the 4th edition of Richard Zakia’s Perception and Imaging, Focal Press (Elsevier), Oxford.

Suler, J. (2012). The decisive moment. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 9, 372-375.

Suler, J. (2011). The impact of image streams. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 9, 84-88.

Suler, J. (2011). Creating images for educational presentations: Insights from contemporary conceptual photography. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 8, 103-111.

Suler, J. (2011). Interpersonal guidelines for texting. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 7, 358-361.

Suler, J. (2010). Myths about online psychotherapy. Cross Currents: The Journal of Addiction and Mental Health, 13, 3.

Suler, J. (2009). The psychotherapeutics of online photosharing. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 6, 339-344.

Suler, J. (2008). Image, action, word: Interpersonal dynamics in a photo-sharing community. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 11, 555-560.

Suler, J. (2007). Cybertherapeutic theory and techniques. In Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace: Theory, Research, Applications (A. Barak, editor). Cambridge University Press.

Suler, J. (2005). eQuest: Case study of a comprehensive online program for self-study and personal growth. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 8, 379-386.

Suler, J.R. (2004). Extending the classroom into cyberspace: The discussion board. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 7, 397-403.

Suler, J. (2004). Computer and cyberspace addiction. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 1, 359-362.

Suler, J.R. (2004). The online disinhibition effect. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 7, 321-326.

Suler, J.R. (2004). Do boys and girls just wanna have fun? In Gender Communication (by A. Kunkel). Kendall/Hunt Publishing.

Suler, J.R. (2004). The psychology of text relationships. In Online Counseling: a manual for mental health professionals (R. Kraus, J. Zack & G. Striker, Eds). London: Elsevier Academic Press.

Suler, J.R. (2002). The future of online clinical work. Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 4, 265-270.

Suler, J.R. (2002). Identity Management in Cyberspace. Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 4, 455-460.

Fenichel, M., Suler, J., Azy Barak, Zelvin, E., Jones, G., Munro, K., Meunier, V., & Walker-Schmucker, W. (2002). Myths and Realities of Online Clinical Work. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 481-497.

Suler, J.R. (2001). The online clinical case study group: An e-mail model. CyberPsychology and Behavior,4, 711-722.

ISMHO Clinical Case Study Group - J. Suler, participant (2001). Assessing a person's suitability for online therapy. CyberPsychology and Behavior,4, 675-680.

Suler, J.R. (2001). The psychology of avatars and graphical space in multimedia chat communities. In Chat Communication, Michael Beiswenger (ed.), pp. 305-344. Ibidem, Stuttgart, Germany.

Suler, J.R. (2001). Psychotherapy and clinical work in cyberspace. Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 3, 483-486.

Suler, J.R. (2001). Online clinical case study and peer supervision groups. Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 3, 95-97.

Suler, J.R. (2000). Case studies and the evolution of digital life forms. CyberPsychology and Behavior,3, 219-220.

Suler, J.R. (2000). Exploring psychoanalysis on the web. Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 2, 205-208.

Suler, J.R. (2000). Psychotherapy in cyberspace: A 5-dimension model of online and computer-mediated psychotherapy. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 3, 151-160.

Suler, J. (1999). Publishing Online. Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 1, 373-376.

Suler, J.R. (1999). Internet mailing lists. Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 1, 199-201.

Suler, J.R. (1999) To get what you need: Healthy and pathological internet use. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 2, 385-394.

Suler, J.R. (1999). The Palace. New Observations: Cultures of Cyberspace, 120, 10.

Suler, J.R. and Phillips, W. (1998). The Bad Boys of Cyberspace: Deviant Behavior in Multimedia Chat Communities. CyberPsychology and Behavior, 1, 275-294.

Suler, J.R. (1997). Mental imagery in the organization and transformation of the self. Psychoanalytic Review, 83, 655-672.

Suler, J.R. (1996). Psychoanalysis. In Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia (J.J. Chambliss, Editor), pp. 508-512. New York: Garland.

Suler, J.R. (1996). Computer-simulated psychotherapy as an aid in teaching clinical psychology. In Handbook of Demonstrations and Activities in the Teaching of Psychology (volume 3). Ware, M. & Johnson, D. (eds). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (reprinted from Teaching of Psychology, 14, 37-39)

Suler, J.R. (1995). Psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism. Psychoanalytic Review, 82, 407-426.

Rizziello, J., & Suler, J.R. (1992). A computer program for the block figure imagery test: A preliminary report. Journal of Mental Imagery, 16, 205-210.

Suler, J.R. (1991a). The T'ai Chi Images: A model of psychotherapeutic change. Psychologia: An International Journal of Psychology in the Orient, 34, 18-27.

Suler, J.R. (1991b). Book review of Clinical Empathy by D. Berger. NY: Jason Aronson, 1987. In Psychoanalytic Psychology, 8, 122-127.

Suler, J.R. (1990a). Wandering in search of a sign: A contemporary version of the vision quest. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 30, 73-88.

Suler, J.R. (1990b). Images of the self in Zen meditation. Journal of Mental Imagery, 14, 197-204.

Suler, J.R. (1990c). Book review of Theories of the unconscious and theories of the self by R. Stern (Ed.). Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, 1987. In Psychoanalytic Psychology, 7, 157-160.

Finnegan, D.L., Suler., J.R., & Sadigh, M. The reluctant Mamma's boy: Diagnosis and treatment of a schizoid subgroup. (unpublished manuscript)

Suler, J.R. (1989a). Mental imagery in psychoanalytic treatment. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 6, 343-366.

Suler, J.R. (1989b). Paradox in psychological transformations: The Zen koan and psycho- therapy. Psychologia: An International Journal of Psychology in the Orient, 32, 221-229.

Suler, J.R. (1989c). Eliza helps students grasp therapy. APA Monitor, 2, 30.

Suler, J.R. (1988a). Book review of The psychotic core by M. Eigen. N.J. & London: Aronson, 1986. In Psychologist/Psychoanalyst, 8, 31-32.

Suler, J.R. (1988b). Book review of Progress in self psychology, vol. 2, Arnold Goldberg (Ed.). New York: Guilford Press, 1986. In Psychoanalytic Psychology, 5, 219-222.

Suler, J.R. & Genovese, D. (1988). Psychodynamics of the vision quest. Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, 24, 83-90.

Suler, J.R., & Katkin, E.S. (1988). Mental imagery of fear-related stimuli. Journal of Mental Imagery, 12, 115-124.

Suler, J.R. (1987a). Computer-simulated psychotherapy as an aid in teaching clinical psychology. Teaching of Psychology, 14, 37-39.

Suler, J.R. (1987b). Book review of Structures of subjectivity: Explorations in psychoanalytic phenomenology by G. Atwood & R. Stolorow. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., 1984. In Psychoanalytic Psychology, 4, 359-363.

Suler, J.R. & Rizziello, J. (1987). Imagery and verbal processes in creativity. Journal of Creative Behavior, 21, 1-6.

Suler, J.R. (1986a). Teaching theories of psychotherapy at the undergraduate level. Unpublished manuscript, Rider University.

Suler, J.R. (1986b). Administering a test battery: Hands-on experience in teaching tests and measurements. Unpublished manuscript, Rider University.

Suler, J.R., & Bartholemew, E. (1986). Ideology in Overeaters Anonymous. Social Policy, 16, 48-53. (invited paper)

Suler, J.R. (1985a). Imagery ability and the experience of affect by free associative imagery. Journal of Mental Imagery, 9, 101-110.

Suler, J.R. (1985b). Meditation and somatic arousal: A comment on Holmes review. American Psychologist, 40, 717.

Suler, J.R. (1985c). Developing ideological mottos for the rehabilitation of chronic psychiatric patients. Journal of Rehabilitation, 51, 61-63.

Finnegan, D., & Suler, J.R. (1985). Psychological factors associated with improved health behaviors in post-coronary patients. Journal of Psychology, 119, 87-90.

Suler, J.R. (1984). The role of ideology in self-help groups. Social Policy, 14, 29-36. (invited paper)

Suler, J.R. (1980). Primary process thinking and creativity. Psychological Bulletin, 88, 144-165.

Suler, J.R., Katkin, E.S., Goldband, S., & Herman, T. (1980). Individual differences in heart rate and pulse transit time responses in hypertensive and normotensive subjects. Psychophysiology, 17, 318.

Suler, J.R. (1976). Health, illness and cure in psychoanalysis. Discourse: Stony Brook Working Papers in the Social Sciences and Philosophy, 1, 14-24. (invited paper)



Conference Presentations:

Suler, J.R (2007). States of Consciousness: Enhancing Life by Exploring the Facets of Mind. Lectures for the Smithsonian Institute Resident Program. Washington, D.C.

Suler, J.R. (2002). eQuest: A Comprehensive Online Program for Self-study and Personal Growth. Conference of the American Psychological Association, Chicago.

Suler, J.R. (2001). The future of online clinical work. Conference of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco.

Suler, J.R. (2000). Online relationships via text talk. Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, Lawrence, Kansas.

Suler, J.R. (2000). Panel discussant for "Information and Misinformation Online." Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Suler, J.R. (2000). An online clinical case study group. Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Suler, J.R. (2000). The Clinical Psychologist in Online Communities. Convention of the New York State Psychological Association, New York.

Suler, J.R. (1999). Mental Health and the Internet, program organizer and chair. Convention of the Eastern Psychological Association, Providence, RI.

Suler, J.R. (1998). The psychology of cyberspace. Convention of the New York Psychological Association, Saratoga Springs.

Suler, J.R. (1998). Interventions for deviant and pathological behavior in an online community. Paper presentation at the Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco.

Suler, J.R. (1998). The psychology of cyberspace. Presentation at the symposium "Insider's Guide to Mental Health Resources Online." The Cape Cod Institute.

Suler, J.R. (1998). What is this thing called self? Presentation at the Conference on Psychotherapy, Spirituality, and the Evolution of Thought. Santa Monica.

Suler, J.R. (1997). From ASCII to Holodecks: Psychology of an Online Multimedia Community. Presenation at the Convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago.

Suler, J.R. (1991). Organizer and Panel Facilitator for the Second Annual Conference on Psychotherapy and Eastern Thought: Clinical Issues. The Institute for Spirituality and Psychological Healing, Philadelphia.

Suler, J.R. (1990a). Psychoanalysis and eastern thought. Presentation at the Symposium on Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Religion. Boston.

Suler, J.R. (1990b). Mental imagery in psychodynamic therapy. Continuing education workshop at the Convention of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Split Rock, Poconos.

Suler, J.R. (1990c). Conference organizer for the Conference on Psychotherapy and Eastern Thought. The Institute for Spirituality and Psychological Healing in Philadelphia. The T'ai Chi images: A model of psychoanalytic therapy (paper presentation).

Suler, J.R. (1989). Experiential exercises for counseling and clinical psychology. Paper presented at the Conference for the Teaching of Psychology, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.

Suler, J.R. (1988a). Symposium on Object Relations Theory and Self Psychology: Empirical, theoretical and clinical issues (program organizer and chairperson). Psychoanalytic research on the self (paper presentation). Convention of the Eastern Psychological Association, Buffalo, New York.

Suler, J.R. (1988b). Symposium on The schizoid personality: Theoretical and treatment issues (program organizer and chairperson). A theoretical overview of the schizoid personality (paper presentation). Convention of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Lancaster.

Suler, J.R. (1988c). Using computer-simulated psychotherapy to teach undergraduate clinical psychology. Presentation at the Convention of the American Psychological Association, Atlanta.

Suler, J.R. (1988d). The drive towards healing: A perspective from self psychology. Paper presented at the conference on Spirituality and Psychological Healing, Philadelphia.

Suler, J.R. (1987a). Symposium on Object relations and self psychology in psychotherapy (program organizer and chairperson). A theoretical overview of object relations theory and self psychology (paper presentation). Convention of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Lancaster, PA.

Suler, J.R. (1987b). Symposium on Imagery of the self (invited chairperson). Self-images in Zen meditation (paper presentation). Conference of the American Imagery Association, N.Y.

Suler, J.R. (1986a). Symposium on Self-Reflection and self-synthesis (invited chairperson). Vision quest: The self in search of self (paper presentation). Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Suler, J.R. (1986b). Computer-simulated psychotherapy as an aid in teaching clinical psychology. Presentation at the Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Suler, J.R. (1985a). The effects of anxiety on mental imagery. Presentation at the convention of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston.

Suler, J.R. (1985b). Symposium on Psychoanalysis (invited chairperson). Mental imagery in psychoanalysis (paper). Conference of the American Imagery Assoc., Los Angeles Suler, J.R. (1983). Individual differences in the access of affect by visual imagery and verbal associations. Paper at the convention of the Eastern Psychological Association, Phila.

Suler, J.R., & Katkin, E.S. (1979). HR and PTT in hypertensive and normotensive subjects. Presentation at the convention of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Cincinatti.



Clinical Experience:

Licensed clinical psychologist, Pennsylvania #PS-4628-L.

Private Practice, Doylestown, PA. 1983 to 2000. Short and long-term psychotherapy; assessments.

Member of clinical supervision group, led by Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D., Rutgers University. Psychoanalytic study of therapy cases; weekly meetings, 1985 to 1996.

Psychologist, Counseling Center, Rider University. 1983 to 1993 (part-time). Psychotherapy with student population; supervision of interns; clinical research.

Intern (full time), University of Connecticut Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, 1981 to 1982.

Intern (half time), Psychological Services Center, State University of New York at Buffalo, 198O to 1981.



Consultation:

Consulting editor for CyberPsychology, Social Networking, and Behavior

Consulting editor for Journal of Virtual Environments

Consulting editor for Behavior Online and moderator for the Psychology of Cyberspace forum

Editor of Contemporary Media Forum, International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies

Book reviewer for State University of New York Press

Reviewer for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Reviewer for Journal of Mental Imagery