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Stephen Ruffins
Stephen Ruffins, PhD

Doctoral Faculty - School of Psychology

New York, NY

PhD, Clinical Psychology
University of Michigan (APA Approved), 1988
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology
Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA, 1988-1992

Areas of Instruction:

  • Psychopathology
  • Serious Mental Illness and Psychosis
  • Object Relations
  • Parent-Infant Mental Health
  • Infant Observation
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Group Process and Organizational Development
  • Thematic Apperception Test
  • The Psychological Assessment of Object Relations and Social Cognition
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

Research Interests:
  • Pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Birth Outcome
  • Mother-Infant Behavioral Interaction and Attachment
  • Object Relations: Development and Psychopathology
Practice Interests:
  • Psychological Assessment (Serious Mental Illness, Child and Family Assessment in Families Under Stress)
  • Group Process and Organizational Development in Non-Profit Organizations
  • The Management of Similarity, Difference, and Diversity in Organizational Life
  • Psychotherapy Supervision and Case Consultation

Professional Memberships:

  • American Psychological Association (39)
  • Lacanian Clinical Forum
  • Rapaport-Klein Study Group
  • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

Honors and Awards:

  • 1987-1988: University of Michigan Research Fellowship Award
  • 1983-1987: University of Michigan Merit Fellowship
  • 1981-1982: Fellow, Columbia University, The Charles E. Revson Fellows Program on the Future of the City of New York


  • Hager-Budney, M., Beebe, B., Jaffe, J., & Ruffins, S. (in press). Maternal choice to breast-feed, object relations, and postpartum depression. Infant Behavior and Development.


  • Ruffins, S. (2005, April). Fight club: Group identity and journeys to the self. Paper presented at the Lesley University/Boston Institute of Psychotherapy Film Series.
  • Ruffins, S. (2004, April). The unspoken: The issues of race, gender, class, culture and organizational role in the trauma of survivors of September 11. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Philadelphia Group Psychotherapy Association.
  • Ruffins, S. (2001). Mother-infant attachment: Ethological mechanism, psychological disposition or cultural artifact. Invited paper presented at the first meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in China, Beijing, China.

Professional Experience:

  • Doctoral Faculty, School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University.

Other Professional Activities:

  • 2002-present: Co-Principal Investigator, Parenting in Times of Stress, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA.
  • 2001-2002: Consulting Psychologist, Housingworks, New York, NY.
  • 1999-2002: Consulting Psychologist, Inwood House, New York, NY.
  • 2001: Consulting Psychologist, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York, NY.
  • 1984-1988: University of Michigan Psychological Clinic and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital (APA Approved).
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