Dr. Andrew Harlem received his doctoral degree from The University of Chicago's Committee on Human Development (2002) and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1990, summa cum laude). His educational background is interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of clinical psychology, cultural psychology, psychological anthropology, and life course development studies. Dr. Harlem completed his pre-doctoral clinical training at Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School, followed by a two-year postdoctoral training program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Dr. Harlem joined the CIIS faculty in 2006, and was Director of Clinical Training from 2006 to 2010. He typically teaches courses in clinical theory and practice, adult development, contemporary psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy, supervision and consultation, and culture and ethnicity. In addition to these standard curricular offerings, he teaches a unique elective course entitled, Journey to Sri Lanka: An Exploration of Buddhism, Culture & Self.This travel course involves two intensive weeks of experiential learning and cultural immersion in the Sri Lankan countryside.
Dr. Harlem is a member of the California Board of Psychology (appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2012). He is a Past President of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP), and has served on the Section IV Senate, the Task Force on Immigration, and the Multicultural Concerns Committee of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Harlem is also an active member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Harlem’s writing and scholarship focuses on the topics of contemporary psychoanalysis, dissociation and enactment, the clinical relationship, culture, immigration, clinical pedagogy and supervision, and the cultural psychology of Sri Lanka, where he served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer. Dr. Harlem has been awarded the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in Psychology; the National Institutes of Health Culture, Health & Human Development Fellowship; and the National Institute of Mental Health National Research Service Award. He is on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and is an ad hoc reviewer for Psychoanalytic Psychology.
Dr. Harlem is a licensed psychologist in the State of California. He maintains an active psychotherapy, assessment and consultation practice in San Francisco and Oakland. His clinical specialties include intimacy and relationship issues, creativity, loss and mourning, parenting, gender and sexuality, life transitions, work satisfaction, and executive leadership.