Dr Julie Walsh

Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Dr Julie Walsh



I am a writer-researcher and practising psychoanalyst. My work is informed by psychoanalytic, literary, feminist, and queer perspectives. I studied social and political theory at the University of Warwick before turning my attention to psychoanalysis and the emerging field of psychosocial studies. I gained my PhD from the University of Cambridge’s History and Philosophy of Science Department -- this project informed my first academic monograph, Narcissism and Its Discontents (Palgrave, 2014). I have since co-edited two volumes entitled, Narcissism, Melancholia and the Subject of Community (Palgrave, 2017), and Shame and Modern Writing (Routledge, 2018), as well as published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles (details of which can be found below). In parallel with my PhD, I completed a clinical training with the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (UKCP accredited 2015), and I now maintain a private practice in London. Prior to my appointment at Essex, I held a five-year Global Research Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Warwick, where I was pursuing a project entitled ‘Test Cases in Shameful Sociability’. I am the co-convener of the British Sociological Association's study group for ‘Sociology, Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial’; I co-edit the field notes section of Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society (Palgrave Macmillan), and I’m a co-editor of the journal Sitegeist: A Journal of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy. I am currently working on two projects: 1, Face-Work: Investigating the changing role of the face in the therapeutic encounter, 1900 to the present day. 2, Not Mother (a creative-critical writing project that explores what the figure of the ‘not-mother’ may have to offer a world that seems in such dire need of mothering). I joined the Department of Psychoanalytic and Psychosocial Studies as a Lecturer in 2017. I currently hold the positions of Programme Director for the BA in Psychoanalytic Studies, and project lead on the department’s Athena Swan application. I would be interested in hearing from prospective PhD students who feel that their research interests connect well with mine.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Personality Development (PA218)

  • Psychoanalysis and the Child (PA403)

  • Lacanian psychoanalysis (PA405)

  • Current Debates in Depth Psychology (PA407)

  • Reflective Practice (PA409)

  • Placement Year (PA500)

  • Psycho Analytic Theory (PA901)

  • Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial (PA942)


Journal articles (6)

Walsh, J., (2017). On the seductions of psychoanalytic story-telling: Narcissism and the problems of narrative. Frontiers of Narrative Studies. 3 (1), 71-88

Walsh, J., (2014). Interrupting the frame: reflective practice in the classroom and the consulting room. Pedagogy, Culture & Society. 22 (1), 9-19

Sheils, B. and Walsh, J., (2013). Tragedy and Transference in D.M. Thomas's The White Hotel. Psychoanalysis and History. 15 (1), 69-89

Walsh, J., (2013). A Clash of Tongues: Notes on an Observation Placement. Free Associations. 64, 8-13

Walsh, J., (2011). Unconscious Dissemblance: The Place of Irony in Psychoanalytic Thought. PIVOT: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought. 1 (1), 142-159

Walsh, J., (2010). Freud’s Wissbegierde and the Research Projects of Childhood: Revisiting Little Hans. Sitegeist: A Journal of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy. 5, 55-74

Books (1)

Walsh, J., (2014). Narcissism and Its Discontents. Palgrave Macmillan. 1137333448. 978-1-137-33343-8

Book chapters (3)

Walsh, J., 1914: Psychoanalysis and the Narcissistic Wound’, War-time Attachments: Essays on Pain, Care, Retreat and Treatment in the First World War. In: War-time Attachments: Essays on Pain, Care, Retreat and Treatment in the First World War

Walsh, J. and Sheils, B., (2018). Introduction: Shame and Modern Writing. In: Shame and Modern Writing. Routledge. 1- 32. 1351657518. 9781351657518

Walsh, J. and Sheils, B., (2017). Introduction: Narcissism, Melancholia and the Subject of Community. In: Narcissism, Melancholia and the Subject of Community. Palgrave Macmillan. 1- 40

Scholarly Editions (2)

Sheils, B. and Walsh, J., (2018). Shame and modern writing

Sheils, B. and Walsh, J., (2017). Narcissism, Melancholia and the Subject of Community

Other (5)

Walsh, J., A Conversation with Oliver Sacks

Walsh, J., (2017).becoming a mother: a response. Feminist Review. 117(1),SAGE Publications

Walsh, J., (2015).Dog Fights. London Review of Books: Blog

Walsh, J., Hollway, W. and Mitchell, J., (2015).Psychoanalysis and Feminism: Then and Now (an interview with Juliet Mitchell). Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. 1(2),Palgrave Macmillan

Walsh, J., (2015).Letting Go and Holding Tight: A Review. QMUL: The Hisotry of Emotions Blog

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