Galit Atlas

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Galit Atlas
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Born (1971-09-12) September 12, 1971 (age 46)
Tel Aviv
Organization New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
Known for Relational psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic practice, Gender studies and psychoanalytic theory

Galit Atlas (born September 12, 1971) is an Israeli-American psychoanalyst known for her rethinking of the place of sexuality and desire in contemporary theory and practice.


Dr. Atlas practices psychoanalysis and is a clinical supervisor in private practice in Manhattan. As an essayist and author, Atlas has published numerous articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality. She is a clinical assistant professor on the faculty of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis,[1] faculty member of the Institute for Expressive Analysis and faculty of the National Training Programs (NTP)[2] and the Four Year Adult training program[3][4]

In 2009, she became a recipient of the NADT Research award, in the category 'Theoretical Research Award for Thesis/Dissertation'.[5] From 2011-2013, she co-chaired and moderated the on-line Colloquium Series for the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP).[6] She is on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Perspectives[7] and served on the board of directors of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association.[8]. Atlas lectures throughout the United States and internationally[9].

Atlas is a contributor to the New York Times[10]. In 2016, her New York Times publication "A Tale of Two Twins"[11] was the winner of the Gradiva Award, New Media[12].

Atlas is the author of The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing and Belonging in Psychoanalysis (Routledge, October 2015). The leading psychoanalyst and feminist Jessica Benjamin declared that the book is "clinically astute and theoretically provocative", and that Atlas "recaptures the realm of sexuality for relational psychoanalysis".[13]. Her book has been translated into three languages. Her second book Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice, is co-authored with Lewis Aron.

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