Susan Goldberg

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

240 Rockwell Hall
Phone: 412.396.6512


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Fielding Graduate University, 2007
J.D., Law, Georgetown University, 1985
A.B., Anthropology, Bryn Mawr College, 1977
African Studies, Universite de Dakar, Senegal, 1976

The focus of Dr. Goldberg's research is the experiences of the marginalized "other." She has investigated the life worlds of people with psychiatric disabilities, people who have been incarcerated, and residents of Pittsburgh's Hill District. Her work has addressed the social construction of psychiatric labels, the interaction of disability with law, conceptualizations of forensic psychology as a human science, and ethics in psychology.

Her background is in anthropology (Bryn Mawr College), African Studies (L'université de Dakar, Senegal), law (Georgetown University Law Center) and clinical psychology (Fielding Graduate University). As a clinician, her main theoretical influences are psychodynamic and Gestalt theories and practices. In her research, writing, and clinical work, Dr. Goldberg seeks to integrate various intellectual approaches and bridge competing epistemologies. Her theoretical interests include the exploration of psychodynamic, social constructionist, and existential questions.

Recent Publications

Goldberg, S. (2015). A question of justice: Excersions into the interactions of the social sciences and law, Review of [Justice, Conflict and Wellbeing: Multidisciplinary perspectives, Bornstein, B. & Wiener, W. (Eds)]. PsycCritiques, suppl.6(60.6). 

Goldberg, S. (2014). Getting away with murder: Acquittals in high-profile cases, A review of [Acquittal: An insider reveals the stories and strategies behind today's most infamous verdicts by Richard Gabriel]. PsycCritiques, 59(49), Article 8. 

Goldberg, S. (2012). Unjustly locked up: A critique of the societal and moral aspects of confinement [review of the book The ethics of total confinement: A critique of madness, citizenship, and social justice, by Bruce A. Arrigo, Heather Y. Bersot, and Brian G. Sellers]. PsycCRITIQUES, 57(1).

Goldberg, S. (2012). Becoming the denigrated other: Group relations perspectives on initial reactions to a bipolar disorder diagnosis. Frontiers in Psychology/Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysas, 3(Article 347), 1-14.

Goldberg, S. (2012). Locked up without recourse. [Review of the book The ethics of total confinement: A critique of madness, citizenship, and social justice] by. Bruce A. Arrigo, Heather Y. Bersot, and Brian G. Sellers. PsyCRITIQUES, 57(1).

Fischer, C.T., and Goldberg, S. (2011) Moral philosophy as a guide to social issues [Review of the book Free Will and Responsibility: A guide for practitioners, by John S. Callender]. PsycCRITIQUES, 56 (4)

Hansen, N. D., & Goldberg, S.G. (2008). Navigating the nuances: A matrix of considerations for ethical-legal dilemmas. In D. N. Bersoff (Ed.), Ethical Conflicts in Psychology (Fourth ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Goldberg, S.G., Killeen, M.B., & O'Day, B. (2005). The disclosure conundrum: How people with psychiatric disabilities navigate employment. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 11(3), 463-500.

Other Scholarly Work
The new coming out: Disclosing a mental disorder at work

Work is where many of us spend a third of our lives doing-and for some, a bit more.
Hear the interview:

Dr. Goldberg was quoted in the New York Times article:

Deciding whether to disclose mental disorders at work

link to article:

Undergraduate Courses

Forensic Psychology, PSYC 445

Psychology and Social Engagement, PSYC 480

Graduate Courses

Advanced Psychological Assessment, PSYC 671