Faculty: Tom Wooldridge

Tom Wooldridge, PsyD
Tom Wooldridge, PsyD
Title(s):
Department Chair and Assistant Professor
School(s):
Business
Campus(es):
San Francisco
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Tom Wooldridge, PsyD. is Chair in the Department of Psychology at Golden Gate University, where he teaches courses in counseling skills, family therapy and psychodynamic therapy. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on topics such as eating disorders, masculinity, technology and psychoanalytic treatment. His book, Understanding Anorexia Nervosa in Males, was published by Routledge in 2016. In addition, Dr. Wooldridge is an Executive Director at the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders and has a private practice in Berkeley, CA, where he provides psychoanalytic psychotherapy and family therapy. He is a candidate at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California.

RESEARCH INTERESTS & AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Eating disorders, with a particular interest in male populations
  • Philosophical problems in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy
  • The intersection of technology and psychoanalysis

EDUCATION

  • PsyD (Psychology), Argosy University, 2011
  • MA (Psychology), Argosy University, 2009
  • AB (Philosophy), Brown University, 2006

PROFESSIONAL & TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2012 - Present: Department Chair and Assistant Professor, Golden Gate University
  • 2013 - Present: Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice, Berkeley, CA
  • 2015 - Present: Editorial Board, Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention
  • 2013 - Present: National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, Executive Co-director
  • 2012: Adjunct Faculty, Argosy University / San Francisco Bay Area
  • 2011: Postdoctoral Fellow, Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland: Early Childhood Mental Health Department
  • 2010: Predoctoral Intern, National Asian-American Psychology Training Center at RAMS, Inc.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

  • Wooldridge, T. (2016). Understanding anorexia nervosa in males: An integrative approach. New York: Routledge.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • Wooldridge, T. (in press). Now you see me, now you don't: Computer-based screen services and narcissistic psychopathology. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

  • Wooldridge, T. & Lemberg, R. (2016). Macho, Bravado, and Eating Disorders: Special Issues in Diagnosis and Treatment. Psychiatric Times.

  • Cohn, L., Murray, S., Wooldridge, T. & Walen, A. (2016). Including the excluded: Males and gender minorities in eating disorder prevention. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 24(1).

  • Murray, S. B., Griffiths, S., Hazery, L., Shen, T., Wooldridge, T. & Mond, J. M. (2016). Go big or go home: A thematic content analysis of pro-muscularity websites. Body Image, 16, 17 - 20.

  • Wooldridge, T. (2015). Primitive anxieties and secondary skin formation in anorexia nervosa. Fort Da, 21(1), 74-84.

  • Wooldridge, T. & Lytle, P. (2015). Web-based intervention for adolescent males with anorexia nervosa. In R. Valle & J. Klimo (Eds.), The changing faces of therapy: Innovative perspectives on current issues, disorders, and assessment. San Francisco: Argosy University Press.

  • Wooldridge, T. (2014). The enigma of ana: A psychoanalytic exploration of pro-ana forums. The Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 13(3).

  • Wooldridge, T. (2014). It's hard to hold an enigma: Response to discussants. The Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 13(3).

  • Wooldridge, T., Mok, C., & Chiu, S. (2014). A qualitative content analysis of male participation in pro-ana forums. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 22(2).

  • Wooldridge, T., Dwiwardani, C., & Prasad, S. (2014). Cultural training in internship: A relational model founded on cultural humility. Psychotherapy Bulletin, 49(3), 19 - 26.​

  • Wooldridge, T. & Lytle, P. (2013). An overview of anorexia nervosa in males. In L. Cohn & R. Lemberg (Eds.), Current findings on males with eating disorders (pp. 23 -- 33). New York: Routledge.

  • Wooldridge, T. & Lytle, P. (2012). An overview of anorexia nervosa in adolescent males. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 20(5), 368-378.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • Wooldridge, T. (2016). The entropic body: The (mis)use of the body in patients with eating disorders. Presentation at Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc.

  • Wooldridge, T. (2016). When words fail: The role of the body in managing primitive anxieties in patients with eating disorders. Symposium at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California with discussant Peter Goldberg, PhD.

  • Wooldridge, T. (2014). The enigma of ana: A psychoanalytic exploration of pro-ana forums. Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

  • Wooldridge, T. (2014). Catastrophe and faith in anorexia nervosa. 8th International Bion Conference. Los Angeles, CA.

  • Wooldridge, T. & Chiu, S. (2013). A qualitative content analysis of male participation in pro-ana forums. Poster presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

  • Mok, C., Wooldridge, T., Christopher, S., Trafton, J., Kimerling, R., & Weaver, C. (2013). Complex trauma and criminality in veterans in recovery from substance abuse. Poster presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Philadelphia, PA.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC)
  • International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP)
  • Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP)
  • Division 39, American Psychological Association
  • American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA)
  • Association of Family Therapists of Northern California (AFTNC)
  • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
  • Alameda County Psychological Association (ACPA)
  • California Psychological Association (CPA)

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 2013 - 2014: Nagel T. Miner Research Professor, Golden Gate University
  • 2003: Royce Fellow, Brown University

MEDIA & INTERVIEWS

  • Newsweek. "Where's Ken? The abandonment of men in body positivity"
  • WebMD. "Binge eating disorder in men"
  • Slate.com. "Let them blog: The panic over pro-anorexia websites and social media isn't healthy"
  • Yahoo Health. "For young men, eating disorders aren't always so obvious"
  • Glammonitor. "Male eating disorders on the rise"
  • Philadelphia Inquirer. "Missing the signs in a boy's eating disorder"
  • Student Health 101. "What's Batman got to do with body image and eating disorders?"
  • Canadian Medical Association Journal. "Treatment challenges for men with eating disorders"
  • National Post. "Anorexia hitting men increasingly hard: One in three cases in new study is male"
  • Montreal Gazette and Vancouver Sun. "The new face of eating disorders: Men starving themselves to look like pictures in magazines"
  • CBS San Francisco: About the Bay with Mike Sugerman.