Publications and Presentations

Select Academic Writing

Rodríguez, Adam J. (2023). Brown, queer, and striving: On the intersection of race, sexual orientation, and class. Manuscript in review.

In this paper, I examine the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status and their particular manifestation in internalized racism, homophobia, and classism. I examine differences and similarities between internalized homophobia, racism, and classism and how the internalization of hatred and discrimination is informed by power hierarchies created through binary categories of identity, one set of which is idealized and the other devalued. I also discuss the role and importance of explicit curiosity in the consulting room regarding these dynamics and how cultural identities manifest in the therapeutic relationship.

Impressions: Improvisation, Jazz, Memory and Desire

Rodríguez, Adam J. (2020). Impressions: Improvisation, Jazz, Memory and Desire. Free Associations, 77.

In this creative paper, written in jazz structure, I reflect on how improvisation in jazz music has similarities to technique in psychotherapy. Focused study in the profession of psychotherapy is acknowledged as essential; however, what is learned must be learned so that it can be forgotten, at least consciously. What emerges is an intuitive interaction that is more free and more connected to truth, whatever that means.

The Handbook of Private Practice

Rodríguez, Adam J. (2016). Assessment of egg and sperm donors. In Walfish, S., Zimmerman, J., & Barnett, J. (Eds.), The Handbook of Private Practice. London, U.K.: Oxford University.

The assessment of egg and sperm donors is an important area of niche practice for mental health professionals. With the appropriate training, mental health practitioners can offer these much-needed services to prospective parents who are using assisted reproductive technologies (ART) to deal with infertility. Due to the invasiveness of these procedures, as well as their physical and emotional ramifications, many clinics and hospitals require a psychological evaluation of any individual who provides egg donation or becomes a gestational carrier or surrogate. This chapter describes the details of this niche area of practice and how the author developed an interest in it. The author covers its joys and challenges, the business aspects of this area of practice, guidance on developing this niche area of practice, and resources to assist in this process.

Select Public Writing


Rodríguez, Adam J. (2016). “Rupture and repair in the therapeutic relationship.” PSYCHED in San Francisco Magazine, May 20, 2016.

A brief reflection on thoughts and considerations when a difficult experience happens between therapist and patient. How can it be repaired? Thoughts for clinician and patient alike.


Rodríguez, Adam J. (2016). “On rupture and repair.” PSYCHED in San Francisco Magazine, March 28, 2016.

Some thoughts on the importance of repairing ruptures in relationships. People often focus on trying to prevent ruptures, yet they will inevitably occur. The repair is deeply important to growth and development of the relationship.


Rodríguez, Adam J. (2016). “Do opposites attract? Projection in couples.” PSYCHED in San Francisco Magazine, February 29, 2016.

A discussion of the dynamics in couples and relationships. I explore how we find in our partners elements of our own selves which are disavowed and identified in our partner. This dynamic can be comforting in that we remain connected to some part of our self which otherwise feels unallowable, but can also lead to frustrations and discomfort.


Rodríguez, Adam J. (2015). “White fragility: The damaging effects of power and privilege, Part III.PSYCHED in San Francisco Magazine, December 28, 2015.

A reflection on how virtuous striving and white fragility may intersect, foreclosing fruitful conversations and mis-prioritizing needs.


Rodríguez, Adam J. (2015). “Internalized discrimination: The damaging effects of power and privilege, Part II.PSYCHED in San Francisco Magazine, November 11, 2015.

Some thoughts on the internalization of racism, homophobia, and classism. Individuals from marginalized communities are vulnerable to internalizing external messages of discrimination and hatred.


Rodríguez, Adam J. (2015). “How can you not like the Beatles?: The Damaging Effects of Power and Privilege, Part I”. Huffington Post, December 10, 2015.

A discussion on the challenges of viewing the experiences of someone culturally-different as valid and understandable. The ability to “mentalize” is to consider another person’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences. We often have a difficult time mentalizing the experience of others from different cultures, and when their behaviors, values, and preferences do not match our own, we may pathologize them.


Rodríguez, Adam J. (2015). “Eliminating “Negative Emotions.PSYCHED Magazine, August 31, 2015.

Some thoughts on toxic positivity and exploration of the importance of the ability to experience and tolerate one’s full range of emotional experiences. The concept of some emotions being negative, suggesting others are positive, is explored to better understand its faults and how they can be destructive.

Select Invited Talks

2023. Know That You Are Worthy: Understanding Inhospitable Aspects of the College Environment for First-Generation Students Through First-Person Narratives. 2023 NASPA Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

2020. Clinical Encounters with Internalized Hierarchies in Mixed Race and Class Experiences – Panel: Multiple Identities, Hidden Subjectivities, and the Biracial Upwardly Mobile Psychoanalyst. International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Los Angeles, CA.

2020. Desire, Conflict, and Recognition: An Exploration of Unconscious Sexism in Early Training. Panel: Destroying Beauty: Envy and Aggression in Supervision. Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology. New York City, New York.

2020. Disallowing Multiplicity: Internalized Hierarchies and Unformulated Bits of Self in a Poor Mixed-Race Kid – Panel: Multiple Identities, Hidden Subjectivities, and the Biracial Upwardly Mobile Psychoanalyst. Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology. New York City, New York.

2018. Psychoanalysis in el barrio – Film. Panel Participant. Oregon Psychoanalytic Center, Portland, OR.

2017. Black Psychoanalysts Speak  – Film. Panel Participant. Oregon Psychoanalytic Center, Portland, OR.

2016. Violence, Aggression, and Psychopathy: Understanding and Treating Evil. Taube Center, Belmont, CA.

2015. Gay Identity Development in Adolescence: Sociocultural Domains of Power and Privilege. Queer LifeSpace, San Francisco, CA.

2015. Culture & Art: Is Art Immune to Gentrification. Panel discussant, Notre Dame de Namur University Art Therapy Department, Belmont, CA.

2015. Dreams, Consciousness, and Restorative Social Justice – Two Lectures with Dr. Mark Solms – Co-moderator and panel discussant, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, Berkeley, CA.

2015. Panel – “Between the I and We: Becoming an American Student” – Richard Rodríguez. Panel Discussant with Richard Rodríguez, Dorothy Stang Center, Belmont, CA.

2014. Treating LGBTQ People of Color: Internalized Racism and Internalized Homophobia. California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA.

2014. Addressing Isolation, Social Support, and Life Satisfaction in First Generation College Students: The Role of Peer Mentoring. Notre Dame de Namur University.

2014. Pursuing post-doctoral fellowship options. California Pacific Medical Center, Professional Development Seminar, San Francisco, CA.

2014. What’s Next? Life After Internship and Professional Development. California Pacific Medical Center, Professional Development Seminar, Belmont, CA.

2012. Forensic Outpatient Psychotherapy: Working with Psychopathy. California Pacific Medical Center.

2012. Psychic Retreats: Working with Resistance in High Risk Sex Offenders. Pacific Forensic Psychology Associates, Inc., Post-Doctoral Fellow Training, Oakland, CA.

2011. Listening to the Patient: A Workshop for Medical Students. Pop Wuj Medical Clinic, Quatzaltenango, Guatemala.

2010. Bion and Psychotherapeutic Technique. California Pacific Medical Center, Psychiatry Residency Core Curriculum, San Francisco, CA.

2009. Careers in Mental Health: An Informational Seminar for 1st Generation College Students of Color. San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.

2008. The Mistranslation of Freud: Strachey and the Medicalization of Psychoanalysis. The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA.