Dr. Catherine Baker-Pitts is a passionate advocate for understanding psychological expression and embodiment as shaped by gender, race, class, sexuality, and social location. By invitation, she has spoken widely in the United States and internationally with her agenda to promote gender equality and to protest bodily violations. Her work is regularly quoted in mass publications.
Catherine has been featured as a mental health professional on PBS programs called Savvy Moms (“The Mommy Makeover”) and the Gary Null Show, and she has offered commentary to US Weekly, Glamour Magazine, Bust Magazine (http://www.bust.com/junejuly-2009/the-vagina-dialogues.html), The London Times (http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/beauty/article7089073.ece), the New York Press magazine (http://www.nypress.com/article-21727-not-always-so-healthy.html) and the London Big Issue (“Boobs, Botox, and a Booming Business”). Her expertise is share on online news:http://www.360-5.com/MIND/HAPPINESS/Pages/introduction.aspx.
She is represented by The Speaker’s Network (http://www.speakersonhealthcare.com).In addition to teaching at The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, Catherine is an Adjunct Lecturer at New York University in the graduate School of Social Work and has been a guest lecturer in the Department of Philosophy.
Catherine has spoken to thousands of students and provided training to counseling staff at more than 50 colleges and universities across the United States, including the following: University of Pennsylvania, Bowdoin College, University of Maine, Vassar College, Fordham University, Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, Bates College, Clark University, University of Texas at Austin, Pace University, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York University.
An Abbreviated LIst of Speaking Engagements
- The William Alanson White Institute, Split Into Parts, December 4, 2012, New York City
- Berkeley College and Paradigm Shift, Is Love Blind?: Seeing and Being Seen in Relationships, January 26, 2012
- CUNY conference, Introducing a Clinical tool: The Bodiography, The BODI Group April 8, 2011
- William Alanson White Institute, States of Embodiment, The BODI Group, April 8, 2011
- New York Presbyterian Hospital, Fixed?: Ruptures and Deflated Dreams of Cosmetic Surgery, December 21, 2010
- National Association of Social Workers, Body-to-Body: A Relational View of Eating Disorders, Self-Harm, and Cosmetic Surgery, NYC, November 8, 2010
- Hahnemann University Hospital, Grand Rounds, A Life Expanded or Constrained: Considerations for Bariatric Patients, Philadelphia, PA, April 6, 2010
- Kwantien Polytechnic University, Paper Presentation, The Relational Body: Cosmetic Surgery, Attachment, and Psychotherapy, The Age of the Plastic Body Conference, Surrey, British Columbia, March 12, 2010
- International Association of Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Paper presentation on a panel, Can a Body Age?, Cut and Paste Culture, San Francisco, CA (February 25, 2010)
- Attachment Society, Cosmetic Surgery: An Attachment Perspective, Philadelphia, PA (November 13, 2009)
- Laurie Phillips Memorial Lecture, Malleable Minds, Plastic Bodies: Women and Cosmetic Surgery, Mt. Sinai, hosted by The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, NYC, April 24, 2009
- The Freud Museum, Psychoanalysis and Cosmetic Surgery, June 27, 2009, London, England
- The University of Leeds, More than ‘Face Value’: Probing the Psychological Depths of Cosmetic Surgery, Cosmetic Cultures Conference, June 24, 2009, Leeds, England
- The William Alanson White Institute, Panel Presentation, Seeing You, Seeing Me, Attachment Body Group, May 5, 2009, New York City
- The Renfrew Foundation Conference, Workshop Presentation, In Relationship: A contemporary psychoanalytic approach along the continuum of care, November 14, 2008
- American Association for Psychoanalysis in Social Work, Workshop Presentation, Under the Knife: Women and Cosmetic Surgery, Spring 2009
- American Psychological Association, Division 39 Conference, Panel Presentation, Seeing You, Seeing Me, Attachment Body Group, April 9, 2008, New York City
- International Association of Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Paper Presentation,Two Bodies in Mind: An Intersubjective View of Embodiment, May 29, 2009, Baltimore, MD
- The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, Hope for Hard Times: Anxiety, Alienation, & Activism Conference. Presentation, Fixed: Women and Cosmetic Surgery, November 2, 2007, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
- The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, Workshop for Clinicians, Conspicuous Consumption: Women and Cosmetic Surgery, February 22, 2008, New York City
- The William Alanson White Institute, The Therapist’s Body, Seminar for training analysts and candidates, 2007, New York City