Harriet Meek, PhD


Precursors to Reciprocity: The Formation of a New Object Relationship During Pregnancy (1986)

Dr. Meek’s theoretical orientation combines American ego psychology and British object relations.  She listens carefully for material that stems from unconscious sources and also attends to psychological developmental issues.  She has especially enjoyed her work with people called “borderline” and those whose cultural background is different from her own, including quite a lot of work with Native Americans.  Recently she has been especially interested in the difficulties of people who feel unable to accomplish what they think they “ought” to be able to do.  She often tries to help people doing clinical work in situations where little support is provided by the organizations.

Areas of Interest & Approaches to Practice

Psychodynamic work with people who have personality disorders; Adults and Couples; Children and Adolescence; Insight-oriented


  • B.S. (Education), North Texas State University, Denton, TX

  • MSW, Smith College, Northhampton, MA

  • PhD, Smith College, Northhampton, MA

  • Postdoctoral work at Tavistock Clinic, London, UK

  • Postdoctoral work, Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis


  • L.C.S.W., New Mexico

Additional Faculty Roles

  • Consulting

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • NASW

  • New Mexico Psychoanalytic Association (Division 39 affiliate)

  • Local Psychoanalytic Study Group

Significant Publications

  • Meek, H.W. (2005).  Observational Training as a Model in the Promotion of Self-Awareness. Smith College Studies in Social Work.  Volume: 75, Issue: 3, September, Pp. 33 – 58.

  • Meek, H.W.  (2003). The Place of the Unconscious in Qualitative Research.  Forum Qualitative Social Research.  Vol. 4, No. 2.

  • Horowitz, M; P. Fuqua, F. Summers & H. Meek. (1998). Contemporary ways of hearing:  Multiple models in psychoanalytic treatmentBritish Journal of Psychotherapy. Vol. 14, No 3, pp. 363 – 377.

  • Meek, H.W.  and Pietroni, M. (1996).  Chapter. Communication in Cancer Care, In Pietroni, P. & Pietroni, C., Innovation in Community Care and Primary Health: The Marylebone Experiment. London: Churchill-Livingstone pp. 247-254.     Also published in (1993)  Chapter. Communication in Cancer Care.  In West, K.L.; Hayden & R. M. Sharrin, Community/Chaos: Proceedings of the Eleventh Scientific Meeting of the A.K. Rice Institute, Marina del Rey, CA, May 6-9, 1993. Jupiter, FL: A.K Rice Institute, pp. 129-43.   AND Meek, H.W. and M. Pietroni. (1994). Communication in Cancer Care: A reflective learning model using group relations methods.  Journal of Interprofessional Care. Vol. 7, No. 3, Pp. 229-238.

  • Meek, H.W. and L. Berki, (1989).  A Commentary on Ian Johnson’s Paper.  pp 23-30. (re:  I. Johnson, Hellish Difficult to Live in this World: The Unexpected Emergence of Written Communication in a Group of Severely Mentally Handicapped Individuals).  Journal of Social Work Practice. Vol. 4, No.  1, Pp. 23-30.

  • Meek, H.W.  (1989) (Executive Editor).  Mental Handicap or Learning Difficulty?  Social Work with Mentally Handicapped People.   Journal of Social Work Practice Vol. 4, No. 1.

  • Meek, H.W.  (1988) Work with a ‘Neglectful’ Mother.  Journal of Social Work Practice.  Vol. 3, No. 2 (May). Pp.10-29.


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