Elizabeth Pienkos, PsyD
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Elizabeth Pienkos, PsyD

Assistant Professor


Psychology Department

East Hall 117B

860.768.5543

pienkos@hartford.edu


PsyD   Rutgers University     |   BA   Rice University


Elizabeth Pienkos joined the faculty in 2016. Her scholarly interests include the phenomenology of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, qualitative methods, and psychological assessment.

Selected peer-reviewed publications:

Pienkos, E. & Sass, L. (2016). Expressions of alienation: Language and interpersonal experience in schizophrenia. Journal of Psychopathology, 22, 62-71.

Stanghellini, G., Pienkos, E., Castellini, G., & Sass, L. (2016). Doing things with words: Uses and misuses of language in psychopathology. Journal of Psychopathology, 22(1), 1-3.

Sass, L. & Pienkos, E. (2015). Beyond words: Linguistic experience in melancholia, mania, and schizophrenia. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 14, 475-495.

Sass, L. & Pienkos, E. (2015). Faces of intersubjectivity: Interpersonal experience in melancholia, mania, and schizophrenia. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 46(1), 1-32.

Pienkos, E. (2015). Intersubjectivity and its role in schizophrenic experience. Humanistic Psychologist, 43(2), 194-209.

Pienkos, E.  (2014). Using phenomenology to understand hallucinatory experiences (commentary on Shapiro, Bussing & Nguyen, Pseudohallucinations in an adolescent: Considerations for diagnosis and treatment in the case of ‘Kate’”). Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 10(4), 260-270.

Sass, L. & Pienkos, E. (2013). Madness and melancholia (commentary on Varga, “From melancholia to depression: Ideas on a possible continuity”). Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, 20(2), 161-164.

Sass, L. & Pienkos, E. (2013). Varieties of self-experience: A comparative phenomenology of melancholia, mania, and schizophrenia, Part I. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 20(7-8), 103-130.

Sass, L. & Pienkos, E. (2013). Space, time, and atmosphere: A comparative phenomenology of melancholia, mania, and schizophrenia, Part II. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 20(7-8), 131-152.

Sass, L. & Pienkos, E. (2013). Delusions: The phenomenological approach. In W. Fulford, M. Davies, G. Graham, J. Sadler & G. Stanghellini (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Psychiatry, pp. 632-657. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 

Sass, L., Pienkos, E., & Nelson, B. (2013). Introspection and schizophrenia: A comparative investigation of anomalous self experiences. Consciousness and Cognition, 22, 430-441.

Sass, L., Pienkos, E., Nelson, B., & Medford, N. (2013). Anomalous self-experiences in depersonalization and schizophrenia. Consciousness and Cognition, 22, 430-441.

Pienkos, E. & Sass, L. (2012). Empathy and otherness: Humanistic and phenomenological approaches to psychotherapy of severe mental illness (commentary on George Atwood, "Psychotherapy is a human science"). Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 8(2), 25-35.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS:

Pienkos, E. (2015, March). All eyes on me: Subjective experiences of paranoia. Paper presented at ISPS International Conference, New York, NY.

Pienkos, E. (2014, August). The role of intersubjectivity in schizophrenic experience. Paper presented at International Human Sciences Research Conference, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Pienkos, E. & Town, J. (2014, April). Post-session change in Intensive Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Contribution of patient in-session motivation, insight, and affective arousal. Paper presented at Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec.

Banks, B. & Pienkos, E. (2013, November). A journey into the unconscious of a lonely man. Case presented at Interprofessional Education Session, Capital District Health Authority, Halifax, NS.

Pienkos, E. (2012, October). Schizophrenia, the uncanny, and the illusion of the everyday. Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, New Brunswick, NJ.

Sass, L. & Pienkos, E. (2012, September). Faces of intersubjectivity: Interpersonal experience in melancholia, mania and schizophrenia. Paper presented at The Phenomenology of Depression Workshop, Durham, England.

Pienkos, E. & Sass, L. (2012, June). On the phenomenology of the uncanny: Reflections on intersubjectivity in schizophrenia, melancholia, and mania. Paper presented at the International Human Sciences Research Conference, Montreal, Quebec.

Pienkos, E. & Sass, L. (2012, March). Alienation and engulfment: Interpersonal experience in schizophrenia, melancholia, and mania. Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the Division of Humanistic Psychology, Pittsburgh, PA.

Sass, L. & Pienkos, E. (2012, February).  The uncanny valley: Language and mood in schizophrenia, melancholia, and mania. Lecture given as part of the Psyences Project lecture series, New York, NY.

Sass, L. & Pienkos, E. (2011, October). The uncanny valley: Language and mood in schizophrenia, melancholia, and mania. Lecture at Free University of Berlin, Cluster of Excellence “Languages of Emotion” conference on “Speaking Feeling: Emotions at the Edge of Language.” (delivered by L. Sass).

Pienkos, E. & Sass, L. (2011, August). Schizophrenia and depersonalization: A comparison of anomalous self-experiences. Paper presented at the APA Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

Sass, L. & Pienkos, E. (2011, March). Feeling and Being: A Comparative Phenomenology of Melancholia, Mania, and Schizophrenia. Paper presented at The Phenomenology of Depression Workshop, Durham, England.