Janet Etzi, Psy.D.

Janet Etzi, Psy.D.
Professor of Psychology
Nazareth Hall 30
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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. She earned her M.A. degree from Duquesne University. Dr. Etzi is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Etzi is coordinator of the mentoring program, coordinator of the APA-sponsored continuing education programs, and co-chair of 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), and phenomenological psychology. She has written and presented on topics such as gender psychology, adolescent psychotherapy, play, clinical reasoning and critical thinking in psychotherapy practice.

Courses Taught: 
  • Treatment of Children and Adolescents
  • General Psychopathology
  • Gender Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Psychotherapy Practicum and Seminar
Research Interests: 

Human Development Lifespan approach; Attachment theory and the developing mind; Affect regulation;


The Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual


The Change Process; Critical thinking in psychotherapy;

Interpersonal Neurobiology

Play Its function in development and in psychotherapy


“Middle Career Psychologists: Woes and Rewards”, co-authored with Jed Yalof, PsyD, in the Pennsylvania Psychologist Update, 69, 3, 6.

Jan 2008 “Psychotherapy Clients as Human Phenomena: Re-establishing The True Subject Matter of Psychotherapy” in the 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.

Fall 2006 Review of “Personality and Psychopathology”, by Krueger & Tackett (Eds.). Guilford, 2006. In 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.


Presentation and Award, Widener University Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. “Current Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Contacting Freud’s Ghost Through the Medium of Science.” November 26, 2002

Presentation given to psychologists and mental health professionals, titled “Applying Existentialism to Play and Its Therapeutic Value.” Sponsored by Graduate Psychology at Immaculata College. December 2000

Presentation given to the new freshmen class at Immaculata College, titled “What’s In A Name? Learning To Respect Our Differences.” October 2000

Presentation at The Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology’s Sunday Brunch Series,  “Adolescent Girls’ Struggle for Recognition.” January 1998

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. April 1995


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”.


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