Barnaby Barratt

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Barnaby has been a Research Associate with WISER since 2014. He is a practicing psychoanalyst, specialist in human sexuality, somatic psychologist, and human rights activist. His undergraduate studies were in the School of African and Asian Studies at the University of Sussex; he was then awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University where he earned his MA and his first PhD in Psychology and Social Relations; he was elected to the University of Michigan’s Society of Fellows and later earned a second PhD in Clinical and Educational Sexology from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. He has held professorial appointments in psychology and cultural studies at institutions such as the University of Michigan, the University of Detroit, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and Sofia University. For a major portion of his career, he was Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University Medical School, and before he moved to South Africa he served as Provost (Vice President for Academic Affairs) at Northcentral University. As an activist, Barnaby has been very involved in human rights and civil liberties for sexual minorities; he was previously appointed Chair of the international ‘Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance’ and is currently on the Board of Trustees of ‘Positive Vibes’ which serves community organizations throughout southern Africa.

His main books include:

Psychic Reality and Psychoanalytic Knowing (1984, Analytic Press).

Psychoanalysis and the Postmodern Impulse (1993, Johns Hopkins University Press).

Sexual Health and Erotic Freedom (2005, Xlibris/Random House).

The Emergence of Somatic Psychology and Bodymind Therapy (2010, Palgrave Macmillan).

What is Psychoanalysis? 100 Years after Freud’s ‘Secret Committee’ (2013, Routledge).

Radical Psychoanalysis: An Essay on Free‑associative Praxis (2016, Routledge).

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