Mardy S. Ireland

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Mardy S. Ireland
Born Merle Sanders Ireland
Died tbd (future)
Academic background
Alma mater DUKE University, Durham, NC, University of Hawaiʻi, Honolulu
Thesis A training paradigm for imagery awareness and the investigation of concomitant personality integration (1976)
Academic work
Institutions Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California
Main interests Writer and psychoanalyst
Notable works Reconceiving Women: Separating Motherhood From Female Identity
Mardy S. Ireland
Born (1960-01-31) January 31, 1960 (age 58)
North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Psychologist, PhD.
Years active 1977–present

Mardy S. Ireland is an author, and psychoanalyst, who practices in Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously she practiced and taught in Berkeley, California.


Ireland is a founding member of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, and was a member of the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California.

In 1993, Ireland wrote "Reconceiving Women: Separating Motherhood From Female Identity", which focuses on three types of women: mothers, child-less, and child-free.[1] Acknowledging the distinction child-free became critical as a legitimate choice for women. The work was the subsequent subject of a doctoral thesis.[2] The New York Times reviewed this book. The "academic book" had struck a chord and found broad appeal.

In North Carolina she became involved with and was interviewed about the Peaceful Schools Project regarding school bullying.[permanent dead link]



  1. ^ Ireland, Mardy S. (1993). Reconceiving women: separating motherhood from female identity. New York: Guilford Press. ISBN 9780898620160. 
  2. ^ Monschau, Laura Lynn (2000). Women without children: the effects of childlessness on sex-role identity, psychological well-being, and life course schemas (Ph.D. thesis). Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. OCLC 190788142.