Faculty Profile

Michael Gerson, PhD

Associate Professor

Email: mjgerson@callutheran.edu
Phone: (805) 493-3773
Office: Bell House MS #4250


Dr. Gerson has been working in the mental health field since 1974. He began working with juvenile gangs for the LA County Probation Dept. and then transitioned into working with domestic violence. In 1977 he entered into community mental health and specialized in family and child therapy. Dr. Gerson has served on the Los Angeles County Commission on Violence Against Women, was a consultant to the Los Angeles County Child Abuse Task Force, and served on the Preschool Age Molested Children's Professional Group for the L.A. County Department of Mental Health. He has also served as an evaluator for the California Department of Mental Health. In addition to his training in clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy, Dr. Gerson has trained in the psychoanalysis of both adults and children. He entered into private practice in 1981 and had maintained a full time practice until 2008, when he accepted a full time faculty position at CLU. Dr. Gerson still sees a limited number of private patients and regularly consults with the courts and State agencies. His teaching career began in 1982 where he has taught graduate psychology at various universities around Los Angeles, including Loyola Marymount, Alliant, UCLA-NPI and Phillips Graduate Institute. Dr. Gerson has been an invited presenter to many professional conferences where he has delivered papers on the psychological effects of child abuse,  adolescent development, neuro-psychoanalysis, systems/complexity theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis.


BA, CSU Northridge, Psychology 1973 MA, CSU Dominguez Hills, Applied Behavioral Science, 1976 PHD, California Graduate Institute, Psychology and Psychoanalysis, 1981 NAAP Certification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 1982, Psychoanalysis 1985 MFT License, mn14637 1980 Psychologist psy 8785, 1985


Child and Adolescent therapy. Psychological assessment. Family and Marital therapy. Psychoanalysis. Domestic violence. Forensic Psychology


2014. Reconsidering Self and Identity Thorugh a Dialogue Between Neuroscience and Psychoanalytic Theory. Psychoananytic Dialogues. 24(2), 210-226.

2014. A Meta-Commentary: Response to the Commentaries of Marks-Tarlow and Solow Glennon. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 24(2), 247-251.

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