Peter Buirski, PhD is a Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology.
I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University and immediately joined the faculty of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Concurrently, I undertook psychoanalytic training and graduated from the Psychoanalytic Institute of Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. I have earned the Diplomate recognition in both Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Throughout my career, I have been an academic, an administrator and a clinical practitioner. I came to DU in 1991 as Director of the School of Professional Psychology and became the first Dean of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 1993 when we were made a separate graduate school of the University of Denver.
My early research interests focused on primate behavior and personality which I pursued through field work on baboons in Kenya and chimpanzees at the Gombe Stream Research Centre in Tanzania. As a clinician, my scholarly work has focused on the exploration and elaboration of Intersubjective Systems Theory, a rich clinical perspective that informs my clinical teaching and supervision. At GSPP, I bring this perspective to my yearlong beginning psychotherapy seminar for first year students. For select advanced students, I teach a yearlong practicum in supervision where I oversee advanced students supervising the work of beginning students. I also teach a required first year course in Psychoanalytic Models of the Mind..
I am the co-author of Making Sense Together: the intersubjective approach to psychotherapy and the author of Practicing Intersubjectively. I have edited three books including co-editing the recently published book New Developments in Self Psychology Practice.