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Janet Etzi, Psy.D.

Janet Etzi, Psy.D.

Title: Professor of Psychology

Department: Psychology and Counseling

Office: NAZ 30

Phone: (610) 647-4400 Ext: 3205

Education:Psy.D., Widener (Hahnemann) University
B.A., M.A., Duquesne University
Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Dr. Janet Etzi earned her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Widener University and joined Immaculata University in 1993. Dr. Etzi is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Etzi is a coordinator of the mentoring program and Psy.D. program liaison for the Graduate Student Advisory Committee. Her areas of interest are theoretical and philosophical psychology (Division 24, APA), psychoanalytic psychology and psychotherapy (Division 39, APA), clinical child and adolescent psychology (Division 53, APA), mindfulness in psychotherapy, affect regulation theory, the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, and phenomenological psychology. She has written and presented on topics such as gender psychology, adolescent psychotherapy, play, the PDM, clinical reasoning and critical thinking in psychotherapy practice.

Dr. Etzi is a contributing writer and editor for Academic’s Corner, a column of The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly.

Courses Taught: 

  • Treatment of Children and Adolescents
  • General Psychopathology
  • Advanced Psychopathology
  • Gender Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Psychotherapy Practicum and Seminar

Research Interests: 

  • Attachment theory and the developing mind
  • Affect regulation
  • The psychodynamic diagnostic manual
  • Interpersonal neurobiology
  • Play: Its function in development and in psychotherapy
  • The psychology of dying and hospice care
  • Racial awareness, white privilege and white guilt


Gordon, R.M., Gazzillo, F., Blake, A., Bornstein, R.F., Etzi, J.L., Lingiardi, V., McWilliams, N., Rothery, C., & Tasso, A.F. (2015). The relationship between theoretical orientation and countertransference expectations: Implications for ethical dilemmas and risk management. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, DOI: 10.1002/ cpp. 1951

Sept. 2014. Academic’s Corner: Introducing a new column. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, 74(8), p. 4.

Jan. 2014. The Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual M Axis: Toward an articulation of what it can assess. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 31(1), pp. 119-133.

Dec. 2013. Clinical wisdom and brain science: Implications for practicing psychotherapy. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, pp 8-10.

Sept. 2012. Can the PDM bring thinking back to diagnosis? The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, pp 10-11.

Sept. 2012. Review of Integrating Existential and Narrative Therapy: A Theoretical Base for Eclectic Practice. Richert, A.J. Duquesne Univ Press, 2010. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 43(2012).

Nov. 2009. Middle career psychologists: Woes and rewards. Co-authored with Jed Yalof, Psy.D. Pennsylvania Psychologist Update, 69, 3, 6.

Jan. 2008. Psychotherapy clients as human phenomena: Re-establishing the true subject matter of psychotherapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 62:1.

Summer 2007. Review of Reconceiving Schizophrenia (Eds.) Man Cheung Chung, K.W.M. (Bill) Fulford & George Graham. Oxford University Press, 2007. Selected for 2008 edition of the IUPsyS CD-ROM titled Psychology: Global Resource.

Fall 2007. Review of True to our feelings: What our emotions are really telling us by Robert C. Solomon. Oxford Univ Press, 2007. Journal Of Phenomenological Psychology.

Fall 2006. Review of Personality and psychopathology, by Krueger & Tackett (Eds.). Guilford, 2006. PsycCritiques, APA Review Of Books, Vol. 51:44.

July 2006. Review of Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals. By Sears, Rudisill & Sears-Mason. Wiley & Sons, 2006. PsycCritiques, APA Review of Books, Vol. 51: 26.

2006. Integrating theory and research: Reaping benefits for clinical psychology [Review of the book Personality and Psychopathology, by R.F. Krueger, & J.L. Tackett. PsycCRITIQUES, 51(44).

January 2005. Review of Winnicott: Life and Work. By Rodman, F.R., Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2004. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Vol. 36, No. 2.

November 2005. Co-authored Using the Doctoral Comprehensive Examination To Enhance Clinical Decision Making and Professional Identity. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly.

Fall 2004. An Existential Phenomenological Analysis of Play, The Humanistic Psychologist, Journal of Div. 32 of the American Psychological Association.

February 2003. Bridging The Gap Between Science and Clinical Practice, The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly.

Fall 2002. Review of The Existential Phenomenology of Simone de Beauvoir, Edited by Wendy O’Brien and Lester Embree. Journal Of Phenomenological Psychology, Vol. 33, No.1.

Summer 2000. Carol Gilligan: The Parallel Process of Being Misunderstood. Essay published in the Newsletter of The Philadelphia Society for Psycho-Analytic Psychology.

Fall 1999. Review of New and Improved: The Transformation of American Women’s Emotional Culture, by John C. Spurlock & Cynthia A. Magistro, 1998 NY University Press. Published in the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Vol. 30, No. 2.

Fall 1998. Review of Pillar of Salt, by Janice Haaken, 1993 Rutgers University Press. Published in the Newsletter for the Philadelphia Society for Psycho-Analytic Psychology.

Fall 1997. Review of Phenomenological Psychology: A Text for Beginners, by Eugene Mario DeRobertis. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Volume 28, No. 2.

1997. Review of the book Phenomenological psychology: A text for beginners, by E. M. DeRobertis. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 28, 2, 283-288.

Winter 1996. The Changing Health Care Atmosphere: Implications for Practicing Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Newsletter for the Philadelphia Society For Psychoanalytic Psychology.

Fall 1995 Review of “Feminist Perspectives on Eating Disorders”, Edited by Patricia Fallon, Melanie Katzman, Susan Wooley. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology. Volume 26.

Fall 1995. Co-authored with Berger, H. The Problematic Physician-Patient Relationship. Pediatric Primary Care: A Problem-Oriented Approach, edited by Drs. Schwartz, Curry, Sargent, Blum and Fein.

Winter 1995. Is Psychotherapy Disappearing from the Profession? Article in the Newsletter of the Philadelphia Society for Psycho-Analytic Psychology.

Winter 1993. Effects of Trauma on the Self. Article in the Newsletter of the Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.


Aug 2015. Presentation at Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Toronto, Canada, Titled “How to Use the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual-2 for Better Diagnostic and Case Formulation.” In a Skill Building Session for Div. 39, with Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D. and Robert Gordon, Ph.D.
June 2014. Helping Those in Hospice And Their Loved Ones With the Dying Process. Presentation for the Annual Convention of the PA Psychological Association.
June 2013. Way Beyond Symptom Reduction: Accessing Personality Functioning. Presentation for the Annual Convention of the PA Psychological Association. Co-presenter: Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D., ABPP. Harrisburg, PA.
Apr.  2013. The DSM-V, ICD10 & PDM: Concepts of Personality, Ethics & Validity. Presentation for the Spring 2013 Continuing Education & Ethics Conference hosted by the PA Psychological Association. Co-presenter: Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D., ABPP. Pgh, PA.
Nov. 2012. The DSM-V, ICD10 & PDM: Concepts of Personality, Ethics & Validity. Presentation for the Fall 2012 Continuing Education and Ethics Conference hosted by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. Co-presenter: Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D., ABPP. Malvern, PA.
November 26, 2002. Current Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Contacting Freud’s Ghost Through the Medium of Science. Presentation and Award, Widener University Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology.

Dec. 2000. Applying Existentialism to Play and Its Therapeutic Value. Presentation given to psychologists and mental health professionals. Sponsored by Graduate Psychology at Immaculata College.

Oct. 2000. What’s In A Name? Learning To Respect Our Differences. Presentation given to the new freshman class at Immaculata College.

Jan. 1998. Adolescent Girls’ Struggle for Recognition. Presentation at The Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology’s Sunday Brunch Series.

Apr. 1995. Etzi, J., Yalof, J. & Taras, D. The Psychoanalytically Informed Teacher: Psychoanalytic Psychology and Education. Continuing Education program as part of the Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology Brunch Series.

Professional Memberships: 

Penn Mid-Atlantic Society for the Study of Women

American Psychological Association

  • Division 39, Psychoanalytic Psychology
  • Division 24, Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
  • Division 53, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

Pennsylvania Psychological Association

Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Association for the Science of Psychology


Awarded the Widener Class of ’90 Distinction in Clinical Psychology for Academic and Clinical Excellence

Awarded the Widener University Distinguished Lecturer, Academic and Clinical Contribution, November 2002

2009 Community Service Project Award, given by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. Supervised project “Stress Awareness: Helping Teachers Help Their Students and Themselves”


“The Psychoanalytic Theory of Feminine Gender Identity Development.”

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