Intimacy and Trauma
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Intimacy and Trauma: Marriages of survivors were often based on things other than romantic love, and modeling of the expression of sexuality and intimacy in couples was not often part of family life. However, these are important factors that support our sense of vitality and more positive subjective perceptions of aging. It is important to identify factors that might help improve such perceptions, as they in turn are related to the quality of one’s adaptation to various stressors as we age.
BIO: Irit Felsen, PhD
Dr. Irit Felsen is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in trauma and intergenerational transmission of trauma. Dr. Felsen was born and raised in Israel. She is the daughter of two Holocaust survivor parents.
Dr. Felsen studied in Israel and Germany and did her post-doctoral training at the Yale Psychiatric Institute at Yale University. She is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, Department of Psychology, and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. Felsen is the co-chair of the Trauma Working Group NGO on Mental Health in Consultative Relationship to the United Nations, and the co-chair of the recently established American Psychological Association Covid-19 Task Force, subgroup on “Older Adults, Seniors and Caretakers.” She is a member of the Yale Trauma Study Group, Genocide Studies Program. Dr. Felsen’s clinical work and research have been focused on the long-term effects of trauma in the life of Holocaust survivors, on the relationships between PTSD and psychosis in survivors of the Holocaust, and on the effects of parental trauma in the family and on intergenerational transmission of effects related to the trauma of the Holocaust. Dr. Felsen’s work has been published in book chapters and papers in professional journals, including the American Journal of Psychiatry; Psychoanalytic Psychology; American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Journal of Psychoanalysis, Self and Context, and others.