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Publications and Presentations

Work in Progess

Empathy Reconsidered: Psychoanalytic Investigations into Theoretical and Clinical Uses of Empathy. Book contract with Routledge. Anticipated publication in 2018.

In Two Minds About It: Psychoanalysing Ambivalence (on and off the couch). Co-authored book with Carol Owens. Book contract with Routledge. Anticipated publication in 2018.

I am a member of Community Assistance Research, and through my affiliation with them I am currently completing a qualitative research study of psychological and social barriers that food insecure individuals experience in getting charity food assistance from a food bank.

Publications

Book

Swales, S. (2012). Perversion: A Lacanian psychoanalytic approach to the subject. New York: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Perversion-A-Lacanian-Psychoanalytic-Approach-to-the-Subject/Swales/p/book/9780415501293

Reviews

"This is the most in-depth, clinically astute, and illuminating exploration of perversion that I know of! Swales convincingly guides us through the maze of sadism, masochism, voyeurism, exhibitionism, and fetishism, illustrating her discussions throughout with eye-opening case material. A must-read book for all clinicians wishing to work with patients many shy away from owing to myriad transferential difficulties and misconceptions." - Bruce Fink, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Duquesne University

"Whereas 'perversion' has been replaced with the allegedly less pejorative term 'paraphilia' in the psychiatric textbooks, most psychoanalysts continue to employ the term, and much in the same way as their fellow clinicians, notably as a synonym for transgressive and eccentric sexual behaviors. In this illuminating book, Stephanie Swales demonstrates how Lacan's conception of perversion opens up an entirely new perspective, which does not focus on particular, non-normative sexualities, but starts from the identification of a certain relationship between the subject and the symbolic structures of language and the law. The startling consequence of Swales' Lacanian approach, in which detailed textual analysis is balanced against the richness of clinical experience, is that perverts may not exist where they were always held to be, and may also linger where they were never held to operate. If you thought you knew what 'perversion' meant, this book will make you think again; if you thought you were a pervert, or you thought you knew how to make other people admit it, this book will challenge everything you thought." - Professor Dany Nobus, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Strategy and Development, Brunel University, London

"[A] remarkable book that introduces the reader to a domain that is often difficult to understand and frequently beset with an array of moral judgments. Swales […] accomplishes an astonishing task not only of providing a clear picture of Lacan's perverse structure but also of being able to differentiate clearly perverse, hysterical, obsessive, and psychotic structures. […] Perversion: A Lacanian Psychoanalytic Approach to the Subject is a remarkable book, one that does not only inform the reader of the complicated paradox of perversion, but also one that should be read and utilized as a text book on other Lacanian clinical structures, such as hysteria, obsession and psychosis." - Jeanne Wolff Bernstein, PhD, Vienna, Austria, in Psychoanalytic Psychology

Articles, Book Chapters, and Book Reviews

Swales, S. (2017). Lacanian psychoanalysis with children: framing challenges and inventions. In C. Owens and S. Farrelly (Eds.), Further Notes on the Child: Lacanian Psychoanalysis with Babies, Children and Teenagers (pp. 3-15). London: Karnac. http://us.karnacbooks.com/product/lacanian-psychoanalysis-with-babies-children-and-adolescents-further-notes-on-the-child/38610/

Swales, S. (2017). Neurotic treatment resistance in screen- or phone-based analysis. Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 14, 2, 175-192.

Swales, S. (in press) Review of Sergio Benvenuto’s What are Perversions? Sexuality, Ethics, Psychoanalysis. DIVISION/Review, 16.

Pruitt, S.L., Leonard, T., Xuan, L., Amory, R., Nguyen, O.K., Pezzia, C., Swales, S. (2016). Who Is Food Insecure? Implications for Targeted Recruitment and Outreach, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005–2010. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13.

Swales, S. (2014). Hysteria as a philosophical problem [Review of the book A non-Oedipal psychoanalysis? A clinical anthropology of hysteria in the works of Freud and Lacan, by P. Van Haute & T. Geyskens]. Philosophy in Review, 34, 3-4, 174-176.

Swales, S. (2011). S/he stole my jouissance! A Lacanian approach to gender in the group. GROUP, 35, 3, 221-234.

Swales, S. (2010). Psychosis or neurosis? Lacanian diagnosis and group therapists. GROUP, 34, 2, 129-144.

Fowler, C., Brunnschweiler, B., Swales, S., & Brock, J. (2005). Assessment of Rorschach dependency measures in female inpatients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Assessment, 85, 146-153.

Paper Presentations

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Swales, S. (2017, March). The Spectacle of the Hysteric. Paper presented at the 2017 10th Clinical Study Days of the World Association of Psychoanalysis, Miami, FL.

Swales, S. (2016, October). Transgender Identity: Posing Questions of Difference and Jouissance. Paper presented at the 2016 conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Swales, S. (2016, October). I love you to death. Part 2: Truly, Madly, Deeply (and with ambivalence…). Paper presented at the 2016 conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Owens, C. & Swales, S. (2016, July). I Love You To Death – Putting Together the Pieces of Ambivalence. Paper presented at the 2016 Fourteenth Annual Conference of the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Swales, S. (2016, March). The Father’s Demand. Paper presented at the 2016 9th Clinical Study Days of the World Association of Psychoanalysis, NY, NY.

Swales, S. (2016, March). The Demand for Treatment in a Case of Hysteria. Paper presented at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland for the university and the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland.

Swales, S. (2016, March). Variations on the Standard Treatment: The Possibilities of Conducting Analytic Work By Phone or Video-Chat. Paper presented at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland for the university and the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland.

Swales, S. (2015, September). Lacanian psychoanalysis: A selection of introductory concepts by way of perversion. Paper presented at the monthly meeting of the Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Dallas, TX.

Swales, S. (2015, August). The Voodoo Priestess, the Magician, and the Master Debater: Conjured Transference In a Case of Obsessional Neurosis. Paper presented at the 2015 Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, Ghent, Belgium.

Swales, S. (2015, May). Lacanian psychoanalysis as anti-psychologizing and its benefits for teaching qualitative research. Paper presented at the 2015 Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology Annual Conference, New York, NY.

Swales, S. (2015, January). Lend me your eyes and restore my breath: The real in anxiety, repetition compulsion, and objects a. Paper presented at the 2015 8th Clinical Study Days of the World Association of Psychoanalysis, Miami, FL.

Swales, S. (2014, October). Che vuoi? ‘Males added for warmth’ or a rooster's desire. Paper presented at the 2014 Twelfth Annual Conference of the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, Toronto, Canada.

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Swales, S. (2014, February). Acting out and the space to desire. Paper presented at the 2014 7th Clinical Study Days of the World Association of Psychoanalysis, New York, NY.

Swales, S. (Speaker). (2013, April 6). Lacan, eros, and authenticity [Audio podcast]. Radio interview conducted for EPIS radio. Retrieved from http://www.blogtalkradio.com/epis-radio

Swales, S. (Speaker). (2013, March 30). Lacan, eros, and authenticity [Audio podcast]. Radio interview conducted for EPIS radio. Retrieved from http://www.blogtalkradio.com/epis-radio

Swales, S. (2013, February). Later Lacan: The psychoanalytic subject and traversing the fundamental fantasy. Paper presented at the 2013 Midwinter Meeting of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Austin, TX.

Swales, S. (2009, April). Filling the lack: A case study of perversion. Paper presented at the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups (APW) Study Days, Pittsburgh, PA.

Swales, S. (2009, January). A case study of exhibitionism in a forensic setting. Paper presented at Duquesne University’s Gala Psychology Colloquium, Pittsburgh, PA.

Swales, S. (2008, July). Substance abuse: Medical disease or psychological problem? Paper presented at the Scaife Assistantship in Alcohol and Other Drug Dependency Paper Presentations, Pittsburgh, PA.

Swales, S. (2008, March). The divergence of love and desire in a case of socially inappropriate object choice. Paper presented at the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups (APW) Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Swales, S. (2007, June). Lacanian psychoanalysis, truth-saying, and the cultural unconscious. Paper presented at the International Society for Theoretical Psychology Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

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