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Ann Belford Ulanov '62, '67

Ann Ulanov

Christiane Brooks Johnson Memorial Professor of Psychiatry and Religion


3041 Broadway, AD 403
New York, NY 10027



B.A., Cum Laude, Radcliffe College, 1959.

Private study with Dr. Paul Tillich, 1957-1959.

M.Div., Magna Cum Laude, Union Theological Seminary, 1962.

Ph.D. with Distinction in Psychiatry and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, 1967.


Ann Belford Ulanov, graduated with a B.A. from Radcliffe College in 1959 and received the M.Div. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary, in 1962 and 1967, respectively. She has received an honorary doctorate degree (L.H.D.) from Virginia Theological Seminary and an honorary doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. She will also receive an honorary degree from Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, in May 2007. Professor Ulanov is an Episcopalian, and her teaching and research are in psychiatry and religion, with a special interest in issues of prayer and the spiritual life, aggression, anxiety, fantasy and dream, identity, and the feminine.

In addition to her academic work at Union Theological Seminary, for the past four years, Prof. Ulanov has organized and managed the Annual Barry Ulanov Memorial Lectures in honor of the memory of her late husband. This provocative series of lectures, held in Union’s James Chapel, has featured such prominent speakers as African American scholar and public intellectual, Cornel West, and “freelance monotheist” and ex-nun, Karen Armstrong. With her late husband, Barry Ulanov, she is the author of Religion and the Unconscious; Primary Speech: A Psychology of Prayer; Cinderella and Her Sisters: The Envied and the Envying; The Witch and The Clown: Two Archetypes of Human Sexuality; The Healing Imagination; Transforming Sexuality: The Archetypal World of Anima and Animus.

Prof. Ulanov is the author of The Feminine in Christian Theology and in Jungian Psychology; Receiving Woman: Studies in the Psychology and Theology of the Feminine; Picturing God; The Wisdom of the Psyche; The Female Ancestors of Christ; The Wizards’ Gate; The Functioning Transcendent; Korean edition of Religion and the Unconscious, Fall 1996; Korean edition of Primary Speech, 2000-2001; Korean edition of Cinderella and Her Sisters, 2002; Spirit in Jung; Finding Space: Winnicott, God, and Psychic Reality; Attacked by Poison Ivy, A Psychological Study, 2002; Italian edition of Cinderella and Her Sisters, 2003; Spiritual Aspects of Clinical Work, 2004; Czech edition of The Female Ancestors of Christ; The Unshuttered Heart: Opening to Aliveness and Deadness in the Self, 2007; The Living God and Our Living Psyche: What Christians Can Learn from Carl Jung, 2008; Madness and Creativity, 2013; forthcoming: Knots and Their Untying, Evanston, IL: Drummond Books, scheduled spring 2014.

Professor Ulanov is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Blanton/Peale Institute; the Vision Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis; the Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association for Distinguished Work in Depth Psychology and Religion; the Gradiva Award in Psychiatry and Religion 2002 from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, for Finding Space: Winnicott, God, and Psychic Reality.

Prof. Ulanov is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She is also an active member of the International Association of Analytical Psychiatry, the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Pastoral Care and the Journal of Religion and Health, where she also served as Editor-in-Chief, and on the Advisory Boards of both the Journal of Analytical Psychology and the Center for Spirituality and Psychotherapy of the National Institute for Psychotherapies. Her numerous lectures and speaking engagements have taken her to professional gatherings throughout the United States and abroad. She was recently interviewed for a documentary film by Christopher Cooper, directed by Meryl Cooper, on the power of myths and archetypes and their impact on culture and society. Constantly sought after as a speaker, she was particularly in demand in the aftermath of the World Trade Center Disaster for her message about the relationship between religion and aggression, understanding unconscious processes, and the need for healing the psyche, which she sees as the most crucial deterrent to violence in the world.

The Ulanov Lectures

Dr. Ann Ulanov was also a sponsor of the acclaimed Ulanov Lectures, which have come to their end of a full decade of excellent speakers and good dinners. Many different donors have given generously over the years, and reached a conclusion of donating. Much gratitude for and to these donors. Below is a listing of all of the speakers, including the year they gave their lectures.  

2003 - Wendy Doniger                    

2004 - Karen Armstrong               

2005 - Teo Macero                      

2006 - Cornel West                     

2007 - Jonathan Lear                    

2008 - Anthony Grafton                

2009 - Robert G. O’Meally           

2010 - Phyllis Trible                      

2011 - Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg     

2012 - Sue Grand                          


Aggression (Fall 2013)

Seminar: Madness and Creativity: Winnicott and Klein (Fall 2013)

Clinical Pastoral Education (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014)

Depth Psychology and Theology (Spring 2014)

Splitting and Healing (Spring 2014)

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