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Danielle Knafo

Danielle Knafo

Professor of Psychology

B.A., Tel Aviv University (Israel)Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY


Dr. Danielle Knafo is a professor in the clinical psychology doctoral program at LIU Post; she is also a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. She took her BA in Literature and Psychology and her MA in Clinical Psychology at Tel-Aviv University in Israel. She received her Ph.D. from CUNY and her Psychoanalytic Training from NYU. She has taught at a variety of academic institutions (New School for Social Research, Tel-Aviv and Bar-Ilan Universities) as well as psychoanalytic institutes (Israel Psychoanalytic, Derner, NYU Postdoc). Dr. Knafo has extensive experience treating diverse patient populations. She has worked in several psychiatric institutions, clinics, and the court system, as well as in private practice. Due to her multicultural background, she has also worked in several different cultural settings emphasizing ethnic and language diversity. Dr. Knafo has an expertise in the psychology of art and has lectured and published extensively in that area. She is also interested in issues related to terrorism and the treatment of trauma. In addition to her considerable clinical experience, Dr. Knafo directs a lens on cultural and gender issues to everything she teaches. At LIU Post, Dr. Knafo is coordinator of the SMI concentration, co-chair of the gender study group and chair of the psychology of creativity study group. In 2001-2003, she coordinated a lecture series on psychoanalysis sponsored by the doctoral program. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Psychoanalytic Association, the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and NYU’s and Adelphi's Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. 


Gender Issues and Psychoanalysis, Immigration, Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Psychology of Art, Sexual Perversion, Terror-Related Trauma. Psychoanalytic theory and practice; psychology of art, creativity, and the aesthetic response; clinical aspects of life under terrorism and psychotherapeutic work with trauma; gender issues.


Author, “Dancing with the Unconscious: The Art of Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalysis of Art,” (2012).
Author, “In Her Own Image: Women’s Self-Representation in Twentieth-Century Art,” (2009). Download a sample chapter
Co-author, “Unconscious Fantasies and the Relational World,” (2005). (Goethe Prize honoree)
Author, “Living with Terror, Working with Trauma: A Clinician’s Handbook,” (2004). Download a sample chapter
Author, “Egon Schiele/A Self in Creation: A Psychoanalytic Study of the Artist's Self-Portraits,” (1993).
Author, “Dancing with the Unconscious: The Art of Psychoanalysis,” Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 32(3): 275-291 (2012).
Author, “The O.R.T. (Object Relations Technique): A Reintroduction,” Psychoanalytic Psychology, 27(2): 182-189 (2010).
Author, “Castration and Medusa: Orlan’s Art on the Cutting Edge,” Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 10(3): 1-17 (2009).
Author, “The Senses Grow Skilled in their Craving: Thoughts on Creativity and Addiction,” Psychoanalytic Review, 95(4): 571-596 (2008).
Author, “The Glory and Shadow of Fame,” Clio’s Psyche, 12(3):1 & 149-152 (2005).
Author, “Egon Schiele: Art and Psyche,” Psychoanalytic Association of NY Bulletin, 43(3): 14-18 (2005).
Author, “Creative Transformation of Trauma,” Israel Psychoanalytic Journal, 1(4): 537-564 (2003).
Author, “What Does a Man Want? Reflections on Surrealism Unbound, an Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 4(3): 287-307 (2003).
Co-author, “Blue Velvet: David Lynch’s Primal Scene,” International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 83(6): 1445-1451 (2002).
Author, “Revisiting Ernst Kris’ Concept ‘Regression in the Service of the Ego’,” Psychoanalytic Psychology, 19(1): 24-49 (2002).
Author, “Hannah Wilke: The Naked Truth,” Gender and Psychoanalysis, 5(1): 3-35 (2001).
Author, “Claude Cahun: The Third Sex,” Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 2 (1): 29-61 (2001).
Author, “Revelations and Rage: Violence against Women in the Art of Women Artists,” Violence Against Women, 6(6): 661-681 (2000).
Author, “ Anti-Semitism in the Clinical Setting: Transference and Countertransference Dimensions,” Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 47 (1): 35-63 (1999).