Celia Brickman is an expert on the intersection of psychoanalysis, religion, and race. A longtime member of the faculty and clinical staff at The Center for Religion & Psychotherapy of Chicago, Celia Brickman currently functions as Director of Education, a role she took in 2010, after five years as Co-Director of Education. In her position at The Center for Religion & Psychotherapy of Chicago, Celia Brickman oversees educational programming for psychotherapists with advanced degrees who are seeking to expand their insight into contemporary psychoanalysis and religion in a clinical environment.
Having earned her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2000, Celia Brickman has written and lectured widely on a variety of topics in the fields of psychoanalysis, race, and religion. Her 1991 book, Aboriginal Populations in the Mind: Race and Primitivity in Psychoanalysis, is widely acclaimed within the fields of psychology and religious studies. Celia Brickman has written numerous reviews for a variety of publications, including The Journal of Religion, Religious Studies Review, History of Religions, and the Chicago Tribune. Her articles have included, “Psychoanalysis and Race Redux,” “Primitivity, Race, and Religion in Psychoanalysis,” and “The Persistence of the Past: Framing Symbolic Loss and Religious Studies in the Context of Race.” She has also served on numerous dissertation panels throughout the country and the world.
Celia Brickman was nominated in 2004 for the Gradiva Award for Historical, Cultural and Literary Analysis by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. In 2003, Celia Brickman won the Mason Research Award from The Center for Religion & Psychotherapy of Chicago.
In addition to her work in psychoanalysis, Celia Brickman is Director of the Hyde Park Language Program. Material from her forthcoming book, A Short Course in Reading French, to be published by Columbia University Press, serves as the basis for the program’s French course for graduate students.