#473 – Assessing Psychosis with James Kleiger PsyD

James Kleiger

Dr. Jim Kleiger has been a clinical psychologist since 1980. A native of Denver, CO, Jim received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and obtained his doctorate from the University of Denver. Dr. Kleiger served as a Naval Psychologist on the USNS Comfort during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. While in the Navy, he did an outservice postdoctoral fellowship at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka Kansas, specializing in psychodynamic psychology and psychological assessment. After his naval career, he returned to the Menninger Clinic as a staff psychologist, eventually becoming the Director of the Postdoctoral Psychology Training and serving as a member of the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for the state of Kansas. At Menninger, he completed his psychoanalytic training and graduated from the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis in 1999.

Since 2000, Dr. James Kleiger has been in private practice in Clinical Psychology in Bethesda, MD. He specializes in offering psychotherapy for adolescents and adults, psychoanalysis, and providing a broad range of psychological assessment services for children, adolescents and adults.

A Fellow in the Society for Personality Assessment, Dr. Kleiger is Board Certified in both Clinical Psychology, by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and Personality Assessment Psychology, by the American Board of Assessment Psychology. He was previously a Faculty member at George Washington University School for Professional Psychology and the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis, and he was Past President of the Baltimore Washington Society for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Kleiger is currently a Member of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in Washington, D.C.

Jim has taught and supervised extensively, provided workshops, and written numerous articles and book chapters on psychological testing and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He was the Key Note Speaker at the 2014 International Rorschach Congress in Istanbul. He is author of Disordered Thinking and the Rorschach published by The Analytic Press in 1999. His recent book, with Dr. Ali Khadivi, Assessing Psychosis: A Clinician’s Guide, was published by Routledge Press in 2015. Dr. Kleiger has an ongoing interest in removing the mystery, fear, and stigma of psychosis by helping clinician’s understand not only the symptoms but, more importantly, the struggles of the individual and his or her family members who are trying to cope with their psychotic experiences.

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