William H. Gottdiener

William H. Gottdiener

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2000 PhD,  The New School for Social Research, New York

1994 MA,    The New School for Social Research, New York

1990 BA,     Psychology, Hunter College of the City University of New York



WilliamH. Gottdiener, Ph.D., is a tenured full professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York (CUNY) and director of training of the college’s clinical psychology doctoral program and the addiction studies program. Dr. Gottdiener received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2000 from The New School for Social Research in New York and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in substance abuse research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He has published over 35 articles and book chapters and is the recipient of research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, CUNY, and the Far Fund. He is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and Addiction Research and Theory. Dr. Gottdiener has been a visiting scholar at The Austen Riggs Center and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Medical Center in New York City. He is also the recipient of awards for teaching excellence and student mentoring. He is an APA Fellow in the divisions of psychoanalysis, addictions, and general psychology; a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association and an active member of the American Psychoanalytic Association.Dr. Gottdiener is also the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Scholarship and Research Award from the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association. His research interests focus on personality and psychodynamic factors that contribute to the development, maintenance, and treatment of substance use disorders. Last, he is an active clinician providing individual psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychological assessment, and clinical supervision. 


Representative Publications

Uy, P. J., Massoth, N. A., Tiersky, L. A., Armeli, S. A., & Gottdiener, W. H. (2014). Rethinking male drinking: Traditional masculine ideologies, gender-role conflict and drinking motives. Journal of Men and Masculinity, 12(2), 121-128.

Corbin, J., Gottdiener, W. H., Sirikantraporn, S., *Armstrong, J. L., & *Probber, S.(2013). Prevalence of substance abuse treatment education in American Psychological Association accredited clinical and counseling psychology doctoral programs. Addiction Research and Theory, 21(4), 269-272.

Gottdiener, W. H. (2013). Understanding, treating, and preventing substance usedisorders: A psychodynamic perspective. In N. E. Suchman, M. Pajulo, &, L. C. Mayes (Eds.). Parenting and Substance Abuse: Developmental Approaches to Intervention (pp.87-99). Oxford, UK: Oxford.

Gottdiener, W. H. (2013). Assimilative Dynamic Addiction PsychoTherapy.Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 23(1). 39-48

Bornstein, R. F., Gottdiener, W. H., & Winarick, D. (2010). Construct validity of the Relationship Profile Test: Links with defense style in substance abuse patients. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 32 (3), 293-300.

Gottdiener, W. H., & Suh, J. (2012). Expanding the single-case study: A proposed psychoanalytic research program. The Psychoanalytic Review, 99(1), 81-102.

Gottdiener, W. H., Murawski, P., & Kucharski, L. T. (2008). Using the delay discounting task to test for failures in ego-control in substance abusers: A meta-analysis. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 25(3), 533-549.  

Gottdiener, W. H., & Haslam, N. (2002). The benefits of individual psychotherapy for people diagnosed with schizophrenia: A meta-analytic review. Ethical Human Sciences and Services, 4(3), 1-25.

Gottdiener, W. H. (2001). The utility of individual supportive psychodynamic psychotherapy for substance abusers in a therapeutic community. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 29(3), 469-481.



Representative Grants and Research Support  

2011-2014       Personality and Alcohol Abuse in College Students. FAR FUND: $150,000.00

2005-2007      Therapy of comorbid substance use disorders and PTSD


Research interest

Current Research Projects

1. Psychodynamics of Addictive Disorders

2. Treatment Efficacy and Effectiveness of Substance Use Disorder Treatment

3. Meta-analysis Methods


Addictive disorders, psychoanalysis, and meta-analysis