Hilary J Beattie, PHD

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In her first career Dr Beattie taught Chinese history at Cambridge and at Yale Universities. In her second career, as a psychologist and psychoanalyst, she has specialized in the treatment of eating and related disorders, and has a particular interest in working with adults from diverse cultural backgrounds and creative individuals or students with work inhibitions.

She teaches both in the Columbia Department of Psychiatry and at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center. Her current research is mainly in literature (particularly the work of Robert Louis Stevenson) and in psychoanalytic life-writing; also the Scottish contribution to psychoanalysis, notably that of W. R. D. Fairbairn. She received the Beller Award (for contributions to psychoanalytic theory) from the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center in 2001.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Eating Disorders
  • Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • Parent-Child Relationship Problem
  • Research Studies

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Female

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • PhD, 1985 NYU Graduate School
  • Internship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center


Current projects include: a chapter on "Fairbairn and homosexuality," to appear in FAIRBAIRN AND THE OBJECT RELATIONS TRADITION, Karnac Press, 2013; a paper on the famous "plagiarism" quarrel between R. L. Stevenson and W. E. Henley, to be given in 2013 at the RLS conference in Sydney, Australia; also a study of memoirs by prominent psychoanalysts, to assess the influence of their professional calling on the autobiographical form.

Selected Publications

  • Beattie Hilary J: Stormy nights and headless women: heterosexual conflict and desire in the work of Robert Louis Stevenson. Journal of Stevenson Studies 2009;6: 63-80
  • Beattie Hilary J: 'The repression and the return of bad objects': W. R. D. Fairbairn and the historical roots of theory. International Journal of Psychoanalysis 2003;84: 1171-1187
  • Beattie Hilary J: Father and son: the origins of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child 2001;56: 317-360
  • Beattie Hilary J: A Fairbairnian analysis of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (in FAIRBAIRN, THEN AND NOW, eds. N. J. Skolnick & D. E. Scharff), The Analytic Press, Hillsdale, NJ, USA, 1998
  • Beattie Hilary J: Land and Lineage in China: A Study of T'ung-ch'eng County, Anhwei, in the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, , England, 1979