Judith Edwards PhD, is a retired consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist, who taught and supervised at the Tavistock Clinic, where she was also course tutor for the MA in Psychoanalytic Studies (M16) for non-clinical students until July 2011. Apart from her clinical experience over the years, one of her principal interests is in the links between psychoanalysis, culture and the arts, and making psychoanalytic ideas accessible to a wider audience. She is a senior teaching fellow of the UK Higher Academy of Education.
As well as publishing papers in academic journals internationally, she has contributed to many books including most recently The Emotional Experience of Adoption (Hindle and Shulman, Routledge, 2008) and Acquainted with the Night: Psychoanalysis and the Poetic Imagination (Canham and Satyamurti, Karnac, 2003). She also conceived and edited Being Alive (Routledge, 2001) on the work of Anne Alvarez.
She was joint editor of the Journal of Child Psychotherapy from 1996 to 2000, and has edited numerous books on psychoanalytic subjects, including Anne Alvarez’ latest book The Thinking Heart (2012). In 2010 she was awarded the Jan Lee memorial prize for the best paper linking psychoanalysis and the arts during that year: ‘Teaching & Learning about Psychoanalysis: Film as a teaching tool with reference to a particular film, Morvern Callar’-British Journal of Psychotherapy, 26.1:pp. 80-99.
In 2012 she published a memoir: Pieces of Molly-An ordinary life, (Troubador and then Karnac), under her family name of Gurney then Edwards with Karnac. ‘Love the Wild Swan’, her selected papers, was published by Routledge in their World Mental Health series (2017). In 2020 she published also with Routledge ‘Psychoanalysis and Other Matters’ with a Foreword by Margot Waddell.
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