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Chicago | Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Christina Biedermann, Psy.D., ABAP



My interest in teaching comes from my desire to prepare students to do meaningful work in social, educational, and mental health climates that more often opt for superficial engagement. Rather than reflect these climates, I hope to prepare students to question and creatively address them. I hope to convey this is in both the content I teach as well as in my approach to the material and in what I embody as a clinician and teacher.

I believe this kind of teaching and learning happens in relationship. I enjoy and actively foster my relationships with students. I am available to mentor, support, and challenge students as they undergo the educational and developmental processes required to become effective and ethical clinicians.

I teach at Adler because its mission supports critical and creative thinking about the climates we live, learn, and practice in, as well as a relationship-based approach to education. I appreciate the opportunity to work and teach in a thoughtful climate focused on excellence and integrity.



  • Board Certification in Assessment Psychology, American Board of Assessment Psychology, June 2018.
  • Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychology, Austen Riggs Center (Stockbridge, MA), May 2010.
  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (Boston, MA), June 2006.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA), Concentration in Gender Studies, Davidson College (Davidson, NC), May 1999.
Areas of Expertise and Academic Research Interests

Areas of Expertise and Academic Research Interests

  • Severe Psychopathology including Personality Disorders
  • Personality Assessment
  • Clinical Impact of Trauma
  • Military Trauma including Military Sexual Trauma
  • Women’s Issues
  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
    •  Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women)
    • Division 39 (Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology)
    • Division 56 (Division of Trauma Psychology)
  • Illinois Psychological Association, Co-Chair Women’s Issues Section
  • American Psychoanalytic Association, Active Member
  • Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, Clinical Associate Faculty
  • Chicago Psychoanalytic Society
  • Society for Personality Assessment, Co-Chair Psychoanalytic Assessment Interest Group
  • International Society for Rorschach and Projective Methods
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Biedermann, C. (2021). Teaching Psychoanalytic Report Writing, In Yalof, J. & Bram, A. (Eds.) Psychoanalytic Assessment Applications for Different Settings. Routledge.
  • Biedermann, C., Ridenour, J. & Biel, S. (2020). Psychodynamic psychological testing in the mental health inpatient setting: A way of listening, learning, and holding patients and psychotherapists. In Turel, M., Siglag, M., & Grinshpoon, A. (Eds.) Clinical Psychology in the Mental Health Inpatient Setting: International Perspectives. New York: Routledge.
  • Biedermann, C. Review of The Neuropsychology of the Unconscious: Integrating Brain and Mind in Psychotherapy, by Efrat Ginot, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, (53)3, 2017.
  • Biedermann, C. (2014). Return: A conversation with Liza Johnson, filmmaker. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 31(2), 245-254.
  • Biedermann, C. (2014). Untold Stories, Hidden Wounds: War Trauma and Its Treatment, A Conference at the Austen Riggs Center, October 12-13, 2012. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 31(2), 179-181.
  • Fowler, J.C., Hilsenroth, M.J., Groat, M., Biel, S., Biedermann, C. & Ackerman, S. (2012). Risk factors for medically serious suicide attempts: Evidence for a psychodynamic formulation of suicidal crisis. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 60(3), 555-576.
  • Biedermann, C. (2011). Establishing a transference. DIVISION/Review,1(3), 34-35.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • In Transition: Change in a Transgender Patient (March 2021). Paper presented virtually at the annual Society for Personality Assessment Conference.
  • Psychoanalytic Integration: Reflections and Possibilities (March 2018). Chair, Presenter, and Discussant on an integrated panel entitled Neurocognitive Testing, Personality Assessment, and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: An Integrative Clinical Illustration at the Annual Society for Personality Assessment Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • The Personality Assessment (March 2017). Paper presented as part of an integrated panel entitled Neurocognitive Testing, Personality Assessment, and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: An Integrative Clinical Illustration at the Annual Society for Personality Assessment Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Change: A Review of Major Efforts to Assess Therapeutic Change Using Projective Measures. (March 2016). Paper presented at the Annual Society for Personality Assessment Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Locating Ourselves in the Legacy: Where Are We in the Practice and Teaching of Psychoanalytic Approaches to Assessment? (March 2015). Moderator and participant in a roundtable discussion at the Annual Society for Personality Assessment Conference, New York, NY.
  • Cognitive and Emotional Vulnerabilities Contributing to Treatment Resistance. (April 2013). Paper presented at the Annual Society for Personality Assessment Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Traumas of Impingement and Traumas of Absence: An Exploratory Rorschach Study. (November 2009). Eric J. Peters & Christina Biedermann. Paper presented at the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, Washington, D.C.


  • Henry A. Murray Dissertation Award, Murray Research Center, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, June 2004-August 2005

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