B.A. Psychology & Criminology, Bar Ilan University, 1994 M.A. Clinical Psychology, Bar Ilan University, 1997 Ph.D. History & Philosophy of Science, Tel Aviv University, 2009
Orna Ophir is the author of Psychosis, Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry in Postwar America: On the Borderland of Madness (Resling, 2013; Routledge, 2015). She was a guest editor of a special edition of the journal Psychosis (2014) and contributed a chapter to Love and Forgiveness for a More Just World (Columbia UP, 2015). She was a freelance journalist for Yedioth Achronot (1997-2007) and for TimeOut Tel-Aviv and contributed weekly columns to Yediot Achronot America (2010-2012).
Ophir holds a PhD from the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University. In 2010, her dissertation was awarded the Mara Beller Annual Distinction by the Israeli Society for the History and Philosophy of Science. In 2011, she was selected to give the Frieda Fromm-Reichmann Memorial Lecture at The Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Tyson Award at the International Psychoanalytic Association Congress in Prague.
Ophir studied art at Bezalel Academy and taught psychology and psychoanalysis at the Midrasha Academy of Art. As a clinician, she worked at Shalvata Mental Health Center affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. Before joining NYU, she was an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University and at the Doctoral Studies Program in Clinical Psychology at Long Island University. She is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College, where she directs the Richardson Seminar of the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry.
Ophir is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association and a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. Her new book project, Klein in America, explores the marginalization of Melanie Klein’s thought in America and the migration of ideas between continents, academic and clinical cultures.
Teaching and Research Interests
madness; history and theory of psychoanalysis, psychology, and psychiatry; medical humanities and psychoanalytic aesthetic