Robert B. Shilkret

Norma Cutts DaFoe Professor of Psychology

Specialization
Personality development; Abnormal psychology

Robert Shilkret's research deals with college students' development, including how they accomplish goals and overcome unconscious obstructions, and the relations between earlier parenting experiences and college adjustment.

Shilkret has taught Introduction to Developmental Psychology; Concepts of Abnormality; Psychoanalytic Psychology (seminar); Laboratory in Personality Research: Quantitative Methods; Laboratory in Psychological Assessment; and First Love: Attachment Theory and Research (seminar).

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Weiss, Y.; & Shilkret, R. (2004). The importance of the peer group in the Israeli kibbutz for adult attachment style. Smith College Studies in Social Work. A version presented at the 2005 biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Atlanta, GA.
  • Shilkret, R. (2010). Moral treatment. In I. Weiner & E. Craighead (Eds.) The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Markova, G., Shilkret, R., & Djalev, L. (2008). Parents’ attachment styles, mental representations, and institutionalization of children in Bulgaria. Infant Mental Health Journal, 29, 555-569. A version presented at the 2005 biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Atlanta, GA.
  • Shilkret, R., & Shilkret, C. J. (2008). Attachment theory. In J. Berzoff, L. M. Flanagan, & P. Hertz. Inside out and outside in: Psychodynamic clinical theory and practice in contemporary multicultural contexts, 2nd edition (pp. 189-203). Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.
  • Schamess, G., & Shilkret, R. (2008). Ego psychology. In J. Berzoff, L. M. Flanagan, & P. Hertz. Inside out and outside in: Psychodynamic clinical theory and practice in contemporary multicultural contexts, 2nd edition (pp. 63-89). Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.
  • Nol, J.; Shilkret, C., & Shilkret, R. (2008). Control-mastery theory and contemporary social work practice. Smith College Studies in Social Work, Special Issue: Relational Paradigms for Contemporary Practice, 78, 263-273.
  • Shilkret, R. (2008, April 16). Can architecture cure? [Review of the book The architecture of madness: Insane asylums in the United States]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 53 (No. 16), Article 2. Retrieved April 16, 2008, from the PsycCRITIQUES database.
  • Shilkret, R. (2008). [Review of the book Freud’s wizard: Ernest Jones and the transformation of psychoanalysis]. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 44, 366-367.
    Shilkret, R. (2005). Review of S. Noll and J. W. Trent, Jr. (eds.) "Mental retardation in America: A historical reader." Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 79, 354-355.
  • Shilkret, R., & Silberschatz, S. (2005). The developmental basis of control-mastery theory. In George Silberschatz (Ed.) Transformative relationships: The control-mastery theory of psychotherapy. New York: Routledge, pp. 171-187.
  • Anderson, E., & Shilkret, R. (2004, March). "A new measure and conception of resilience for college students." Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.
  • Shilkret, R. "The developmental basis of control-mastery theory." Lecture at conference on control-mastery theory, Women's Center for Psychotherapy, Hartford, CT, January 17, 2004. (And with C. Shilkret): Full day conference entitled "How psychotherapy works: A study of the process." Women's Center for Psychotherapy, Hartford, CT, January 17, 2004.
  • Shilkret, R. (2003, March). "Psychodynamic studies of college adjustment." Distinguished Lecture Series, Clinical Psychology Graduate Program, Widener University, Chester, PA.
  • Morray, M. G., & Shilkret, R. (2002, April). "'Mother, please! I'd rather do it myself!' Maternal intrusiveness, daughters' guilt and separation as related to college adjustment." Poster presented at Biennial Meeting of Society for Research on Adolescence, New Orleans, LA.
  • Shilkret, R. (2001). "Freud’s trip to Clark University, 1909." In A. de Mijolla (Ed.) Dictionnaire de la psychanalyse. Paris: Calmann-Levy.
  • Simone, R., & Shilkret, R. (2001, April). "Attachment, guilt, and symptomatology among incarcerated women." Poster presented at Biennial Meeting of Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Minneapolis, MN.
  • Haydon, K. C., & Shilkret, R. (2001, April). "Attachment style, emotional expressiveness, and guilt among college women." Poster presented at Biennial Meeting of Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Minneapolis, MN.
  • Sutin, A., & Shilkret, R. (2000, March). "Academic self-concept and self-handicapping among learning disabled college students." Paper presented at annual meeting of Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD).
  • Bailey, J., & Shilkret, R. (2000, March). "Effects of divorce, custody arrangements, and guilt on college adjustment." Paper presented at annual meeting of Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD).
  • Shilkret, R. (1998). "Body without mind: Review of Joel Braslow’s Mental ills and bodily cures: Psychiatric treatment in the first half of the twentieth century." Contemporary Psychology, 43, 505-506.
  • Shilkret, R.; & Nigrosh, E. (1997). "Assessing students’ plans for college." Journal of Counseling Psychology, 44, 222-231.
  • Shilkret, R. (1997). "Review of Paul Roazen’s How Freud worked: First-hand accounts of patients. Psychoanalytic Books, 8, 163-167.
  • Shilkret, R., & Vecchiotti, S. (1997, April). "Parenting styles, college adjustment, and guilt." Poster presented at biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Washington, DC.
  • Shilkret, R. (1995) "Review of Spence’s The rhetorical voice of psychoanalysis: Displacement of evidence by theory." Psychoanalytic Books, 6, 39-45.
  • Shilkret, R. (1994). "Review of Rosenzweig’s Freud, Jung, and Hall the King-Maker." Psychoanalytic Books, 5, 1-7. Reply to Rosenzweig, Psychoanalytic Books, 5, 644-654.

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