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Philip S. Wong

Director, Ph.D. Program in Clinical PsychologyProfessor of Psychology

Ph.D. University of MichiganSc.B. Brown University


Dr Wong's research explores the implicit emotional and motivational dimensions of personality and psychopathology. He has a variety of clinical interests centered on anxiety and affective disorders. Dr. Wong’s clinical-theoretical orientation combines psychodynamic and cognitive psychology, with emphasis on contemporary ego- psychology, object relations, and self-psychology. He also has longstanding interests in ethnic minority and East Asian American experiences.


Selected Publications
Bermingham, L., Meehan, K.B., Wong, P.S. & Trub, L. (2021). Attachment anxiety and solitude in the age of smartphones. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 38(4), 311-318.

Nehrig, N. & Wong, P.S. (2020). Primary process. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T.K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: Springer.

Nehrig, N. & Wong, P.S. (2020). Secondary process. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T.K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: Springer.

Lewis, K.C., Meehan, K.B., Cain, N.M., Wong, P.S., Clemence, A.J., Stevens, J. & Tillman, J.G. (2019). Quality of internalized object representations and suicidality in individuals with anaclitic and introjective personality styles. Journal of Personality Disorders, 33, 435.

Nehrig, N., Ho, S.M., & Wong, P.S. (2019). Understanding the Selfobject Needs Inventory: Its relationship to narcissism, attachment, and childhood maltreatment. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 36(1), 53-63.

Wong, P.S. (2019). Varieties of subjectivity. A review of A Psychodynamic View of Action and Responsibility, by David Shapiro, 2017, New York: Routledge. Psychiatry, 82, 88-91.

Walsh-Messinger, J., Wong, P.S., Antonius, D., McMahon, K., Opler, L.A., Ramirez, P.M., & Malaspina, D. (2018). Sex differences in hedonic judgement of odors in schizophrenia cases and healthy controls. Psychiatry Research, 269, 345-353.

Saunders, B. & Wong, P.S. (2017). Implicit social cognition and intrapsychic conflict. In Christian, C., Eagle, M., & Wolitsky, D. Conflict and Psychoanalysis: A Critical Reassessment, New York: Routledge.

Suzuki, L.A., Wong, P.S., & Wong, G. (2017). Psychological testing and assessment in the Asian American community. The Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Issues, CNPAAEMI Monograph, F. Leong (Ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Wong, P.S. (2017). Book review of China on the Mind, by Christopher Bollas. New York: Routledge. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 34 (2), 260-263.

Professional Affiliations

Member: American Psychological Association; New York State Psychological Association; Asian American Psychological Association; Chinese American Psychoanalytic Association