Elsa Ronningstam, PhD
- Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Part-Time
Elsa Ronningstam, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in the Gunderson Outpatient Program and the Adult Outpatient Services at McLean Hospital, and an associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. She is also a psychoanalyst, a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and a faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. As a longstanding member of the Boston Suicide Study Group, Dr. Ronningstam is also actively working on identifying, understanding, and treating suicide.
Dr. Ronningstam’s prime specialty is diagnosis and treatment of narcissistic personality. Over the past 30 years, she has authored over 100 publications and given over 150 presentations, lectures, and courses, both nationally and internationally. She was the recipient of a 2014 prize for outstanding service in McLean’s borderline personality disorder programs.
Education & Training
- 1971 BA in Psychology, Sociology, Theory of Science, University of Umeå, Sweden
- 1976 MSc in Clinical Psychology, University of Stockholm, Sweden
- 1988 PhD in Clinical Psychology, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, University of Stockholm, Sweden
- 1985-1990 Research Fellow in Clinical Psychology, McLean Hospital
- 1985-1988 Research Fellow in Clinical Psychology, Harvard Medical School
- 1989-1990 Clinical and Research Fellow in Clinical Psychology, McLean Hospital
- 1990 Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (#4955)
- 2005 Psychoanalyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute/American Psychoanalytic Association