Philip S. Wong, Ph.D.



After receiving his Sc.B. (in Neural Science) from Brown University, his Ph.D. (in Clinical Psychology) from the University of Michigan, and his postdoctoral training from the Psychiatry Department at the University of Michigan, Dr. Wong taught for several years in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the Graduate Faculty of the New School. In 2003, he joined the faculty of Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) as Associate Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Wong's research interests are centered on psychodynamic psychology, exploring the emotional and motivational dimensions of implicit cognition in a variety of normal and pathological conditions. Often, people cannot report accurately on how or why they behave the way they do. One understanding of this phenomenon is that implicit mental processes shape behavior, but work “behind the scenes” in the sense that one does not have introspective access to them. Experimental techniques in psychology – some recently developed – can provide ways of assessing these implicit, “behind the scenes” processes. Dr. Wong uses a blend of cognitive, social-cognitive, and psychophysiological laboratory techniques in this research.

Dr. Wong has a variety of clinical interests, centered in anxiety and affective disorders. His clinical-theoretical orientation combines psychodynamic and cognitive approaches, with emphasis on contemporary ego, relational, and self psychologies. He also has longstanding interests in ethnic minority psychology, with a focus on East Asian American experiences.

The figure at top is from Freud, S. (1923) The ego and the id. In The Standard Edition of the Complete

Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Vol. 19, London: Hogarth Press, 1961