Jill Gentile, Ph.D.


I am a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist. After completing my PhD at the University of Rochester, I sought psychoanalytic training at the scholarly but also whimsical Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity in NYC. Since then, I’ve taught at several psychoanalytic institutes including the National Institutes for Psychotherapy, the Manhattan Institute of Psychoanalysis, the Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey; and currently, at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. I have taught classes on personal agency and developmental semiotics, gender and sexuality, comparative intersubjectivity, and on the contributions of theorist Tom Ogden. I have a passionate interest in psychoanalytic theory and writing, and have published (or have forthcoming) articles in Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Division/Review, and The International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.

Prior to my training as a psychoanalyst, I held a wide variety of clinical positions, including as a psychologist for preschool, latency aged children, and adolescents in day and residential treatment settings; and later, for inpatient adolescent and adult treatment programs. I have also worked in college mental health and served as a consultant to the Tufts University Counseling Center and its training

FLcover_300x452 My specific interest lies in the art of clinical listening to conscious and unconscious communications; and in how we use ourselves as subjects in an ongoing process of meaning-creation. I see therapy as dedicated to creating and sustaining an experience of aliveness, and I pay close attention to the ways in which patients use language. I have found that understanding the “talking cure” in part as a process of semiotic empowerment has been a very useful and results-oriented way of working. My goal is to help our patients gain increased fulfillment in their intimate lives and free themselves from their presenting symptoms, but also to emerge with increased curiosity about themselves and others and with an enhanced capacity to communicate and to engage in creative, impactful ways with and in the world beyond themselves.

Through my clinical experience, I have become fascinated by the ways in which we can understand psychoanalysis as a democratic practice —as a process of democratic transition. Exploring how patients claim their agency and capacity to contribute their distinct singular creativity and destiny in both private and public life is a question that sustains my ongoing clinical and theoretical exploration. At the same time, I listen for, and seek to describe, the paradoxical interplay between the personal and the universal or transcendent dimensions of subjective and symbolic life.

Some of what I’ve discovered and am thinking about is articulated in my book (written with contributions by Michael Macrone), Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire (Karnac Books, 2016).


University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
• Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, February 1989.
• M.A. in Clinical Psychology, February 1986.
Recipient of 1988 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award.

Brown University, Providence, RI.
• A.B., Honors in Psychology, June 1982.
Magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa.

Professional Licenses

New Jersey and New York

Post-Doctoral Training

Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, NYC.
Certificate in psychoanalysis, May 2000.

Recent Professional Experience

2000–present Independent Clinical Practice, Highland Park, NJ & New York, NY
2009–present Faculty and Co-Chair, Independent Track, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, New York, NY
2012–present Corresponding Editor, Contemporary Psychoanalysis
2010–present Editorial board, International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology
2006–2008 Faculty, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, San Francisco, CA
2005–present Faculty & supervisor, Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York, NY
2003–present Teaching faculty: Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey; Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis; National Institutes for the Psychotherapies
1991–2006 Consulting Psychologist, Tufts University Counseling Center, Medford, MA


  • 2017 Gradiva Award for the essay “What Is Special about Speech?” (Psychoanalytic Psychology, 33:1)
  • APA Dissertation Research Award, 1989
  • Scholar’s Grant from the Psychoanalytic Society of the NYU Postdoctoral Program, 2014 for book project on Freud and Free Speech.

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • NJ Psychological Association
  • American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA)
  • International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA)
  • APA Division of Psychoanalysis (39)
  • Section IX
  • International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP)
  • International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (IAPSP)
  • Middlesex County Association of Psychologists (MCAP)
  • Association for Psychoanalysis, Society, and Culture (APSC)
  • Das Unbehagen
  • Institute for Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS)
  • NYU PostDoctoral Psychoanalytic Society
  • National Institute for the Psychotherapies Professional Association (NIPPA)