Joseph Dodds, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Dr. Joseph Dodds is a psychoanalyst in a private clinical practice (Czech Psychoanalytical Society, International Psychoanalytical Association), a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the Science Council UK, and on the Management Committee of the Climate Psychology Alliance. He is also an active member of several other professional societies such as the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society, the International Society for Psychology and the Arts, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

After completing his BSc in Psychology and Neuroscience in 1999 from Manchester University, in 2002 he earned a distinction in his MA in Psychoanalytic Studies at Sheffield University's School of Health and Related Research, where he subsequently completed an MPhil in Psychoanalysis in 2010. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Bolton in 2013 and qualified as a psychoanalyst with the Czech Psychoanalytical Society (IPA) in 2016. He has also completed numerous postgraduate psychotherapy and counseling trainings and diplomas. Dr Dodds previously worked at the Ellern Mede Centre for Young People with Eating Disorders in North London, as a psychotherapist at Terapie. Info in Prague, and as a psychology lecturer at Charles University. As well as his position as a senior lecturer at AAU, he also teaches at the University of New York in Prague and the ARCHIP Architectural Institute.

Joseph Dodds is the author of the groundbreaking book Psychoanalysis and Ecology at the Edge of Chaos: Complexity theory, Deleuze|Guattari and psychoanalysis for a climate in crisis (Dodds 2011, Routledge), and several other articles and book chapters. His research interests include the dialogue between psychoanalysis and neuroscience, and the application of psychological and psychoanalytic insight into society, art, film, and ecology. Currently, the focus of his research is on the affective, unconscious, aesthetic, and psycho-social dynamics of climate change.


Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychotherapy, Film Studies, Aesthetics, Climate Change and Ecology, Neuropsychoanalysis, Cultural Theory and Philosophy, Psycho-social Studies

courses taught

Psychology of Art and Culture, Psychoanalysis and Art, Psychoanalysis and Society, Psychology of Environmental Crisis, Psychoanalysis of Film

publications & other activities

  • Dodds, J (2013b) Minding the Ecological Body: Ecopsychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysis. Frontiers in Psychology. 4:125. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00125
  • Dodds, J (2013a) Cloud Atlas: Clouds are Alive - New Scientific Research Shows. Ecopsychoanalysis. February 8, 2013
  • Dodds, J. (2012e) Hurricane Sandy, the psychology of environmental trauma, and the unpreparedness of our mental health care systems (Dodds 2012). Ecopsychoanalysis, November 2, 2012.
  • Dodds, J. (2012d) Animal Totem and Taboos: An Ecopsychoanalytic Perspective.Psyart Journal for the Psychological Study of the Arts. November 26, 2012
  • Dodds, J (2012c) Paint it Black: The Psychological Significance of the Art of Hard Rock. Art of Hard Rock Exhibition 2012.
  • Dodds, J (2012b) Farewell Lucian Freud (1922-2011): Master Painter of the Subjective Body. Psyart Journal for the Psychological Study of the Arts. January 17, 2012
  • Dodds, J (2012a) The Ecology of Phantasy: Ecopsychoanalysis and the three ecologies, in Rust, M-J. & Totton, N. (2012) Vital Signs: Psychological Responses to Ecological Crisis. Karnac
  • Dodds, J (2011d) Rozloučení s Lucianem Freudem (1922–2011), mistrem malby subjektivního těla. Revue Psychoanalytická Psychoterapie. 2011XIII/2 zima. Čas v psychoanalyze.
  • Dodds, J (2011c) Psychoanalýza a klimatická změna: nový pohled na tři ekologie (Psychoanalysis and Climate Change: Re-Thinking the Three Ecologies). Revue Psychoanalytická Psychoterapie. 2011XIII/2 zima. Čas v psychoanalyze.
  • Dodds, J (2011b) Psychoanalysis and Ecology at the Edge of Chaos: complexity theory, Deleuze|Guattari, and psychoanalysis for a climate in crisis. Routledge
  • Dodds, J (2011a) The Monstrous Brain: A Neuropsychoanalytic Aesthetics of Horror. Psyart Journal for the Psychological Study of the Arts
  • Dodds, J (2010) Affective Finance: Psychoanalysis and the Economic Crisis. The Living Document: Journal of the Institute of Counseling. Winter 201. Vol. 3 No. 3. pp14-17
  • Dodds, J (2009b) Prague Neuropsychoanalysis Group: From Moravian Screen Memories to Groups, Complexity, Psychosomatics and Bi-Logic. Neuropsychoanalysis Vol 11. Issue 1, 141
  • Dodds, J (2009a) Artificial Group Psychodynamics: Emergence of the Collective. Simulating the Mind: a technical neuropsychoanalytic approach. Springer: Wien, New York. pp.347-366 Dodds, J (2008b) Od psychosomatiky k neuropsychoanalýze: Přínos pařížské školy (From Psychosomatics to Neuropsychoanalysis: Contributions of the Paris School). Revue Psychoanalytická Psychoterapie. 2008 X/2 zima. Moderní psychoanalýza II (francouzská psychoanalýza). Teorie, klinika, umění a filozofie. pp76-91