Pauline Bernard M.S.W. ’21 Awarded NYPSI Fellowship

Smith College School for Social Work (SSW) is pleased to announce that Pauline Bernard, M.S.W. ’21, has been awarded the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute Fellowship for the 2020-21 year.

The Psychoanalytic Fellowship is a one-year program designed to deepen participants’ understanding of modern psychoanalytic theory and practice. As Bernard considers whether to pursue formal psychoanalytic training, she hopes this fellowship will help inform her decision and help her integrate psychoanalysis into her research.

Bernard credits SSW with giving her experiences that helped her be considered for the fellowship. Said Bernard, “My education at Smith has given me the tools to make strides both in my practice and in my research in the past two years and I have notably benefited from wonderful professors and brilliant peers that have helped me grow along the way.”

Bernard’s professional interests include the epistemology and history of psychiatry and their relation to practice; peer work and the value of lived experience; marginality and oppression; criminal justice system; mobility; relational approach; group work; group process; diagnosis and the definition of mental illness; narratives and the role of case studies in psychiatry; addiction; stigma; intersectionality; psychoanalysis of oppression; social determinants of health; identity; client empowerment; and political participation.

In addition to a studying for her M.S.W., Bernard works as a lecturer in psychiatry at the Program for Recovery and Community Health at Yale University.