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Matthew Steinfeld, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthew Steinfeld is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, the Associate Director of Clinical Training at the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of the Connecticut Mental Health Center, and a psychoanalytic candidate at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis. He is a board member of Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility (Section IX, of Division 39, in the American Psychological Association), and is in private practice in New Haven, CT, and New York City. 

Dr. Steinfeld received his doctorate in clinical psychology from The New School for Social Research, and completed pre and postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. He has been a Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association and a Psychoanalytic Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Dr. Steinfeld’s scholarly, clinical, and research interests center on: clinical theory and technique in psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychotherapy integration, the psychological and sociological correlates of substance use disorders, and the acoustic dimensions of psychotherapy. A classically trained musician, he has also conducted research on the psychodynamics of music making. 

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Education & Training

Psychoanalytic Candidate, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (2014-)
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine (2012)
Predoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine (2011)
PhD The New School for Social Research (2011) 
MA The New School for Social Research (2007)
BA Eugene Lang College, The New School University (2003) 

Honors & Recognition

2017 Medical Education Fellowship, Yale School of Medicine
2016 Benjamin Wolstein Fellowship, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
2016- Faculty Fellow of Silliman College, Yale University
2014-2015 Early Career Professional Scholar, American Psychological Association Division (39) of Psychoanalysis
2014 Distinguished Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions as a Teacher, Yale University School of Medicine, Division of Psychology in Psychiatry
2014 Benjamin Wolstein Fellowship, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
2013-2014 Teaching Scholar, Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Teachers’ Academy American Psychoanalytic Association
2011-2012 APsaA Fellow, American Psychoanalytic Association
2011-2012 Psychoanalytic Fellow, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research
2010-2011 Alexander and Ilse Melamid Fellowship, The New School for Social Research
2010-2011 Eberstadt Dissertation Fellowship, The New School for Social Research

Selected Publications

Steinfeld M. (In Press) Learning in safety: Intersectional awareness and the expiration of ignorance through its embrace. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 

Lingiardi V, McWilliams N. (Eds.) Malone J, Malberg N, (Section Eds.) Brotnow L, Colli A, Hamlett N, Lympinaki E, Rosenberg L, Steinfeld M, Stojanac D (Section consultants in alphabetical order) (2017) Emerging personality patterns and syndromes in adolescence, PA Axis. The Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, Second Edition (PDM-2). Guilford Press.
LaPaglia D, Kiluk B, Fucito L, Ikomi J, Steinfeld M, Muvvala S. (2016) Substance abuse systems and services. In Jacobs S, Steiner J. (Eds) The Yale Textbook of Public Psychiatry. Oxford University Press, 81-95.
Steinfeld M, Kelmendi B, Corlett PR. (2016). America’s autoimmune syndrome: How failures in self-recognition contribute to the perception of threat. The Psychoanalytic Activist. https://psychoanalyticactivist.com/2016/04/01/americas-autoimmune-syndrome- how-failures- in-self- recognition-contribute- to-the- perception-of-threat- 2/
Steinfeld M, Brewer JA. (2015). The psychological benefits from reconceptualizing music making as mindfulness practice. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. Vol. 30, No. 2, 84-89.
Fineberg S, Steinfeld M, Brewer JA, Corlett PR. (2014). A computational account of Borderline Personality Disorder: Impaired predictive learning about self and others through bodily simulation. Frontiers in Psychiatry. Vol. 5, 111, 1-7.
Steinfeld M. (2014) Jeremy D. Safran: Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapies.American Journal of Psychoanalysis. Sep; 74(3): 288-91.
Serafini K, LaPaglia D, Steinfeld M. (2013) Calling for Help? Considering Function and Meaning when Patients Drunk-Dial Psychotherapists. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment. Vol. 7, 131-137.
Aniskin D, Fink E, Prosser JM, Cohen LJ, Boda N, Steinfeld M, Galynker II. (2011) The effect of pain on Stroop performance in patients with opiate dependence in sustained remission. Journal of Addiction Medicine. Vol. 5, No. 1, 50-56.
Cohen LJ, Nesci C, Steinfeld M, Haeri S, Galynker I. (2010) Investigating the relationship between sexual and chemical addictions by comparing executive function in pedophiles, opiate addicts, and healthy controls. Journal of Psychiatric Practice. Vol. 16, No. 6, 405-412.
Prosser JM, Steinfeld M, Cohen LJ, Derbyshire S, Eisenberg DP, Cruciani RA, Galynker II. (2008) Abnormal heat and pain perception in remitted heroin dependence months after detoxification from methadone-maintenance. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Vol. 95, 237-244.
Prosser J, Eisenberg D, Davey EE, Steinfeld M, Cohen LJ, London ED, Galynker II. (2008) Character pathology and neuropsychological test performance in remitted opiate dependence. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. Vol. 3, No. 1, 1-11.
Prosser J, Cohen LJ, Steinfeld M, Eisenberg D, London ED, Galynker I. (2006) Neuropsychological correlates of protracted abstinence in opiate addiction. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Vol. 84, 240–247.
Eisenberg DP, London ED, Matochik JA, Derbyshire S, Cohen LJ, Steinfeld M, Prosser J, Galynker II. (2005) Education-associated cortical glucose metabolism during sustained attention. NeuroReport. Vol. 16, No. 13, 1473-1476.
Grebchenko Y, Steinfeld M, Kaleem M, Cullen K, Kunik L, Galynker I, Cohen LJ. (2005) Personality profiles across addictive behaviors. Bridging Eastern and Western Psychiatry. Vol. III, No. I, 11-16.

Selected Presentations

2017  Hamlett N, Malone J, Speranza M, Steinfeld M. International 2-day workshop celebrating the release of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, 2nd Edition (PDM-2). PA-Axis small group presentation. New School for Social Research, NY, NY., June 2 nd -3 rd .
2017 Malone JC, Steinfeld M (Presenters), Knoblauch SH (Discussant). Music leads the way: Playing songs and making change. Symposium at the annual meeting of Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association. New York, NY, April 27th .
2017 Joseph J, Hamlett, N, Gentile K, Steinfeld M (Presenters), Morris W (Discussant). Annual meeting of Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association. Embodiment, Identity and the Uneven Distribution of Life Chances: In the Clinic and Beyond. New York, NY, April 26th-30th.
2017 Steinfeld M. Annual meeting of Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association. Words, ethnicity, and the mirage of whiteness. New York, NY, April 26-30.
2016 Alcorn MW, Grand S (Chairs). Alcorn MW, Grand S, Steinfeld M, Gordon, N, Singer F (Presenters). Cultural shifts in Pedagogy: Controversy, Safe Spaces, and Trigger Warnings. Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, October 13th -15th .
2016 Steinfeld M. Paper presented at the Fifth Annual Yale-Riggs Conference on Developmental Psychopathology, Family Process, and Social Context. Clinical training in community based mental health care systems: Challenges and opportunities. The Austen Riggs Center, June 3rd - 4th, Stockbridge, MA.
2015 Steinfeld M. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Yale-Riggs Conference on Developmental Psychopathology, Family Process, and Social Context. Contingency Management, the 'Rhythmic Third,' and the Tempo of Treatment Engagement with Young Adults Abusing Substances. Yale Child Study Center, June 20th, New Haven, CT.
2015 Steinfeld M. Expanding the 'relational data set' in the psychotherapy of substance use disorders. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), June 19th, Baltimore, MD.
2014 Steinfeld M. Historicizing psychotherapy: Recovering ‘subjugated discourses’ in the consulting room. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), April 12th, Montreal, QC, Canada.
2012 Steinfeld M. Trauma and the burden of invisibility: Recovery and the reclamation of a visible self. Case presentation at the national meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, January 14th , New York, NY.
2009 Nesci C, Katz C, Steinfeld M, Galynker II, Cohen LJ. How do pedophiles compare with opiate addicts and healthy controls on measures of neurocognitive functioning? Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, May 16-21, San Francisco, CA.
2008 Steinfeld M, Schober MF, Levine MF. How having ‘music-in- mind’ affects novice trumpeters’ first sound attempts. Paper presented at the 2nd European Conference on Developmental Music Psychology, at Roehampton University, September 10-12, London, UK.
2008 Steinfeld M, Todman M. Contextualizing minority overrepresentation in New York’s substance abusing populations: The psychological effects of second ghetto formation. Paper presented at the 2008 History Matters conference: ‘Perspectives on Space and Movement,’ at the New School for Social Research, April 4-5, New York, NY.
2007 Steinfeld M, Schober MF, Levine MF. How conceptualizing music affects novice trumpeters’ first sound attempts. Paper presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, November 15-18, Long Beach, CA.
2006 Steinfeld M, Frenda S, Cohen LJ, Prosser J, Galynker I. Warmth detection: An alternative sensory assessment in opiate abuse. Poster presented at the 159th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, May 20-25, Toronto, Canada. 
2006 Cohen, LJ, Frenda S, Steinfeld M, Grebchenko Y, Cullen K, Galynker I. Neuropsychological impairment in pedophiles, opiate addicted subjects and healthy controls. Poster presented at the 159th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, May 20-25, Toronto, Canada.
2005 Prosser J, Cohen LJ, Steinfeld M, Eisenberg D, London ED, Galynker I. Neuropsychological correlates of protracted abstinence in opiate addiction. Paper presented at the International Narcotics Research Conference, July 10–15, Annapolis, Maryland.
2005 Steinfeld M, Kunik L, Galynker I, Cohen LJ. Gender differences in pain processing during protracted opiate abstinence. Poster presented at the International Narcotics Research Conference, July 10–15, Annapolis, Maryland.
2005 Grebchenko Y, Cohen LJ, Steinfeld M, Cullen K, Semenov V, Kaleem M, Galynker I. Paraphilias: evaluation and future treatment. Paper presented at the Congress for Bridging Eastern and Western Psychiatry, June 10 - 12, Moscow, Russia.
2005 Steinfeld M, Kunik L, Galynker I, Cohen LJ. Gender differences in pain processing during protracted opiate abstinence. Poster presented at the 158th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, May 21-26, Atlanta, GA.