Jodie Kliman, Ph.D.            


Jodie Kliman, Ph.D., is a social-clinical psychologist and retired Professor in William James College’s Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology. She has published and presented widely on social justice, multiculturalism, intersectionality, and trauma in psychology, family therapy and family life. Her clinical practice, supervision, and consultation focus on personal, family, and collective trauma, from multicultural, feminist, systemic, and postmodern perspectives. She developed the Social Matrix Diagram (, a visual tool for training, consultation, and research that helps clinicians and organizational consultants to better understand the impact of their intersectional areas of privilege and marginalization in their professional relationships. This tool, whose uses she is researching with a multiracial, multicultural team, has been used in colleges and mental health settings throughout the US and internationally. She is the editor of a monograph, Working in War Zones, Near and Far: Oscillations of Despair and Hope, coauthored several therapeutic workbooks for children who have survived collective traumas related to natural disasters and wars, and has published widely on intersectionality, family life cycle, social class, and trauma. She was also an independent researcher for the Artsbridge Institute, a transformative program for Palestinian, Israeli-Jewish, and US adolescents. She first taught family therapy at CMTP in the early 1980s and later team-taught the seminar in the 1990s and early 2000s. Starting in fall, 2022, will be team-teaching the family with Dr. Lisa Bibuld. She is a white, cis-gender, straight, married and class-privileged older Jewish woman with stepchildren of Color and a late, white-appearing, son.