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Linda S. Penn

Professor of PsychologyFormer Director, LIU Psychological Services Center

B.A., University of MichiganM.A., Ph.D. Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi UniversityPostdoctoral Certificate, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis


Dr. Penn founded the Psychological Services Center of the Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, which provides clinical training for PhD students in clinical psychology and offers free personal counseling to LIU students, in 1978 and she directed it until August, 2012. In addition to Dr. Penn teaching PhD level courses in the psychology department, from 1978-2012 she set and directed all administrative and clinical policies for the Center. Since September 2012, Dr. Penn has continued to teach full time in the clinical psychology doctoral program, supervise PhD students on their clinical work, be a member of dissertation committees, and has been an active member of the department on numerous committees including the personnel committee, admissions committee, student evaluation committee, and many additional ad hoc committees.


Psychodynamic/Relational Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Process, the Impact of Cultural Issues and External Variables on the Psychotherapy Process, Clinical Supervision and Clinical Training Issues


Electris, A., Samstag, L. W., Meehan, K. B., & Penn, L. S. (2013). Vicarious trauma: Emotional empathy and emotional overidentification in mid-career trauma clinicians. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Matteo, A., Mcguire, H., Papouchis, N., Penn, L.& Samstag, L. (2004). Supervisory  criteria for evaluating psychotherapy trainees:  the impact of the supervisor’s theoretical orientation and the severity of the patient’s diagnosis.  Poster presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Rome, Italy.


Penn, L. (1990).  When the therapist must leave:  Forced termination of psychodynamic therapy.  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 21, 379-384.

Penn, L. (1986).  The pregnant therapist:  Transference and countertransference issues. In J. Alpert (Ed.) Psychoanalysis and Women: Contemporary Reappraisals.  Analytic Press: NJ. 

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association:

            Division of Psychoanalysis
            Division of Psychotherapy

New York State Psychological Association
Association for the Advancement of Psychology
Psychoanalytic Society of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis