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Matthew Steinfeld, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Director of Clinical Training, Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of the Connecticut Mental Health Center



Dr. Matthew Steinfeld received his doctorate in clinical psychology from The New School for Social Research, and completed pre and postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. He has been a Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association and a Psychoanalytic Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Dr. Steinfeld’s scholarly, clinical, and research interests center on: clinical theory and technique in psychodynamic psychotherapy, the psychological and sociological correlates of substance use disorders, and the acoustic dimensions of psychotherapy. A classically trained musician, he has also conducted research on the psychodynamics of music making. He serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Associate Director of Clinical Training at the Connecticut Mental Health Center’s Substance Abuse Treatment Unit.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Associate
    Yale School of Medicine (2012)
  • PhD
    New School for Social Research (2011)
  • Predoctoral Fellow
    Yale School of Medicine (2011)
  • MA
    New School for Social Research (2007)
  • BA
    Eugene Lang College, New School University (2003)
  • Psychoanalytic Candidate
    New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Medical Education Fellowship Yale University School of Medicine2017
Benjamin Wolstein Fellowship New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis2016
Distinguished Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions as a TeacherYale University School of Medicine, Division of Psychology in Psychiatry2014
Early Career Professional ScholarAmerican Psychological Association Division (39) of Psychoanalysis2014
Teaching ScholarPsychoanalytic & Psychodynamic Teachers’ Academy, American Psychoanalytic Association2013
APsaA FellowAmerican Psychoanalytic Association2012
Psychoanalytic FellowColumbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research2011

Departments & Organizations