John Suler

Faculty / John Suler
Office Location 
Science Hall 320D
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Road , Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
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Dr. Suler is the department specialist in psychotherapy and psychopathology. He has published widely on topics related to eastern philosophy, psychotherapy, and cyberspace, including the book “Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Eastern Thought” and his groundbreaking work “The Psychology of Cyberspace”, one of the first and most widely cited online hypertext books. His lifelong passion for photography and the role of images in identity expression has led him to develop “Photographic Psychology” as a way to study how people create, share, and react to images. He is author of the novel Madman: Strange Adventures of a Psychology Intern, which he uses in his classes, and has created several popular websites, including “Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors” and “Teaching Clinical Psychology.”

State University of New York at Buffalo; Clinical Psychology

Dr. Suler is the department specialist in psychotherapy and psychopathology. His teaching and research interests include psychoanalytic and humanistic theory, eastern philosophy, and the psychology of cyberspace.

I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and came to Rider in 1982. Here at Rider I teach Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Psychotherapy, Group Dynamics, Psychological Tests, and States of Consciousness. Here is a link to my vita.

My research and journal publications have focused on a variety of topics related to psychoanalytic theory and psychotherapy, including mental imagery, creativity, and the relationship of Eastern philosophy (Zen Buddhism and Taoism) to western psychology. My book Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Eastern Thought was published with the State University of New York Press. I have become very active on the Internet, with a special interest in online publishing and the application of psychological principles to understanding behavior in cyberspace. I created and continue to develop four online books:

I'm married to Debra Finnegan-Suler, who is also a clinical psychologist, and father to two daughters, Asia and Kira. My interests include writing, martial arts, and piano. If you'd like to know more about me, I have a longer bio page located here.