Saturday, April 13, 2019
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Angello Alumni House

Reflections on Body Modifications and Transformations: A Day with Alessandra Lemma

6 CEU Credits

Alessandra LemmaDr. Lemma has distinguished herself with her work in areas that are not typically found in the psychoanalytic literature and yet, are routinely seen in many of the clients we see in our offices. 

In her publications Dr. Lemma explores clinical issues and cultural phenomena that have become quite prevalent in our culture and are subjects to misinformation and prejudice. 

Dr. Lemma’s insightful work on body modifications, technology as a medium and substitute of desire, as well as transgender identities offers us an opportunity to pause and reflect on our understanding and our perspectives on these issues. Her insights help us to understand how to engage with clients whose bodily presentation and gender identity leave us unsure of our work and of our grasp of what is going on. 

Dr. Lemma talks about the phantasy of being one’s creator, a phantasy that can take different expressions depending on the modifications or figurations one is doing to his or her body or the transformations one seeks with invasive procedures and medication. Her evocative work can have a transformative effect on how we come to make sense of the experiences of clients who challenge, with their behavior, our understanding of their realities. It can help us mentalize what often feels the unmentalizable to us, and in doing that to make us feel more present in our work and in the way we understand what we can offer to our clients. 


Saturday, April 13

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

Jacques Barber, PhD, Dean
Ionas Sapountzis, PhD, faculty

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Paper Presentation

Alessandra Lemma
Under the Skin: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Body Modification.

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Comments and Discussion

Richard Hansen, PhD & Karen Lombardi, PhD – Faculty
Daria Chase, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow
Moderator: Michael O’Loughlin, PhD – Faculty

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Paper Presentation

Alessandra Lemma
Trans-itory Identities: Some Psychoanalytic Reflections on Transgender Identities

Moderator: Amira Simha Alpern, PhD, Director of Postgraduate Programs

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Case Presentations

Mr. David Shapiro, Christopher Lowe, PhD –  Candidates
Alvaro Moreira, MA – doctoral Candidate
Discussant: Alessandra Lemma, PhD


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Registrants will receive 6 CE credits. Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  The Adelphi University School of Social Work is a co-sponsor of this event and is recognized by the New York State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032. Participants who attend this conference will receive 4.5 CE credits. No partial credits can be offered.