Research & Biography

William Borden is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Service Administration and Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. His fields of special interest include contemporary psychodynamic theory and practice, comparative psychotherapy, neuroscience and integrative approaches to psychosocial intervention, developmental psychology, stress and coping, the psychology of religion, and the role of the humanities in social work education.

At SSA, Mr. Borden teaches courses in contemporary psychodynamic theory and practice, comparative psychotherapy, human development, personality theory, and social work practice. He is the 2000 recipient of the SSA Excellence in Teaching Award. He teaches courses in advanced clinical practice through the Professional Development Program at SSA.

Mr. Borden has published articles, essays, and books on relational perspectives in contemporary psychoanalysis, comparative psychotherapy, integrative perspectives in psychosocial intervention, narrative psychology, and empirical research on stress, coping, and development across the life course. He is author of Contemporary Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2009) and editor of Reshaping Theory in Contemporary Social Work:  Toward a Critical Pluralism in Clinical Practice (Columbia University Press, 2009). He is editor of Comparative Perspectives in Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy (Haworth Press, 1999), and is consulting editor for Psychoanalytic Social Work and Clinical Social Work. His current work focuses on recent developments in neuroscience and the ways in which evolving conceptions of brain and mind inform development of integrative approaches in psychosocial intervention.

Mr. Borden is a graduate of Indiana University and received his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago, where he served as a Fellow in the Harris Center for Developmental Studies. He has worked as clinician, supervisor, and consultant in mental health clinics and community agencies since 1983. Prior to his current position, he was psychotherapist and supervisor in the University of Chicago student counseling service, where he provided advanced clinical training. He has served on the faculties of the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, the Michael Reese Medical Center, the Institute for Clinical Social Work, and Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Divisions of Psychoanalysis and Adult Development and Aging, and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.