Jean Louise NylandJean Louise Nyland, Ph.D.

Director, Evening Psychology Program

Professor, Psychology

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY 10690)

Jean Nyland has been teaching since 1976. After receiving her Ph.D in 1981, she opened a private practice in Honolulu, and taught at Chaminade University of Honolulu, as well in the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Hawaii. Subsequently, she held the position of Chief Psychologist of The Queen’s MEdical Center, the major teaching hospital of the UH Medical School. In that position, she taught and supervised both graduate psychology interns and psychiatry residents, developed and co-driected a state-of-the-art Anxiety Disorders Program, developed and directed an interdisciplinary Assessment Center, as well as assessing and treating both outpatients and inpatients. After moving to the Bay Area in 1988, she decided she was meant to be an academic after all, and began teaching full-time at Notre Dame in 1990. She briefly served as a dramaturge at the California Shakespeare Festival (2001 and 2002 seasons), and particularly enjoyed working closely with the actors playing Macbeth and Lady M. She does research and publishes on psychological type, anxiety, and their interaction with, or effect upon, various other variables, e.g. academic achievement. She has maintained a small private practice since first being licensed in 1982, specializing in axiety, depression, and more recently, the tribulations and opportunities associated with the transition to middle age. She is married to Dr. Abbas Milani, the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Chair of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University. Dr. Milani was for many years the Chair of History and Political science in the days when NDNU was the College of Notre Dame. They enjoy co-leading Stanford Travel/Study programs, such as the “Red Sea College” in May 2009 and the upcoming Shakespeare in Ashland in September 2010.


  • Ph.D., Psychology. University of Hawaii, 1981.
  • MA, English. University of California, Berkeley, 1993.
  • MA, Psychology. University of Hawaii, 1976.
  • BA, Psychology and English. University of Oregon, 1974.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Women
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Sex Role Issues in Psychotherapy
  • Psychological Foundations of Education
  • Survey of Psychotherapy
  • Jungian Psychology
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Women, Shakespeare and Psychoanalysis
  • Political Psychology
  • Psychology of Adjustment
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Counseling Skills
  • Human Sexuality
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Personality Theory
  • Learning, Memory and Cognition
  • Women and Psychoanalysis
  • Comm. and Counseling Skills
  • Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Jung and Shakespeare
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy

Research and Interests

  • Psychological Type, Trait Anxiety, Sex Role Orientation and Political Perspective
  • Shakespeare and Psychoanalysis

Professional Affiliations

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • American Psychological Association
  • C.G. Jung Institute Library Circle
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival


  • A Touch More Rare: Individuation in Shakespeare’s Heroines. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Kameda, D. & Nyland, J. L. (2003). “Relationship between psychological type and anxiety sensitivity” Perceptual and Motor Skills, 97, 789-93.
  • Nyland, J.L. (2002)  Editor, Notes for an Audience:  The Seagull; Macbeth; MND.
  • Nyland, J.L. (2002)  “An interview with director Kate Whoriskey,”  Notes for an Audience:  Macbeth.
  • Nyland, J.L. (2001)  Editor, Notes for an Audience:  Twelfth Night.
  • Nyland, J.L. (2001)  “An interview with director Jonathan Moscone,” Notes for an
  • Audience:  Twelfth Night.
  • Nyland, J.L. (2001)  Editor, Notes for an Audience:  Romeo and Juliet.
  • Nyland, J.L. (2001)  Editor, Notes for an Audience:  Skin of Our Teeth.
  • Nyland, J.L. (2001)  Editor, Notes for an Audience:  Cymbeline.
  • Nyland, J.L. (2001)  “Imogen’s Romantic Quest,” Notes for an Audience:  Cymbeline. California Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley, CA.
  • Nyland, J.L., Ybarra, K.M., Sammut, K.L., Rienecker, E.M., & Kameda, D.M. (2001) “Interaction of psychological type and anxiety sensitivity on academic achievement,” Perceptual and Motor Skills, 90, 731-739.
  • Nyland, J.L. (1997-98)  “Review of Moral Imagination:  Implications of Cognitive Sciences for Ethics by Mark Johnson,” Imagination, Cognition & Perception,17(4), 370-372.
  • Nyland, J.L.  “Psychoanalytic approaches to The Tempest.” Seminar in the Humanities, College of Notre Dame, July 11, 1997.
  • Nyland, J.L.  The integration of a social psychoanalytic perspective into the cognitive-behavioral treatment of agoraphobia in women. Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration Conference, April 1997, Toronto.
  • Nyland, J.L.  Women and agoraphobia:  An integration of social psychological and psychoanalytic perspectives.  Invited Address, Psychology Department,University of Auckland, May 8, 1996, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Nyland, J.L. Women and agoraphobia:  An internalized veiling.  Invited Address,University of Virginia Medical School and Women’s Studies Program,April 10, 1996, Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Nyland, J.L  “Most Miserable is the Desire That’s Glorious :  Winnicott’s Use of the Object and Shakespeare’s Imogen,” American Psychological Association       Convention, August 12, 1994, Los Angeles.
  • Nyland, J.L.  An integrative approach to the treatment of panic disorder,The Queen’s Medical Center Symposium on Anxiety Disorders, Hawaii Psychological Association Convention, December 1987, Honolulu.
  • Nyland, J.L.  Sex role orientation, gender, and levels of anxiety, Anxiety Disorders Association National Conference, Oct 1987, SF.
  • Nyland, J.L. & Pontius, E.  Phasic effects of imipramine in panic disorder,
  • Anxiety Disorders Association of America National Conference, October 18, 1986, New York.
  • Nyland, J.L. A standardized assessment of panic disorder, Hawaii Psychological Association Convention, November 23, 1985, Honolulu.
  • Nyland, J.L.  Gender differences in interpersonal influence and self-perception:Clinical Implications, University Grand Rounds in Psychiatry,John A. Burns School of Medicine, October 1985, Honolulu.
  • Nyland, J.L.  Role models, career aspiration, and self-perception:  A cross-cultural perspective,  Hawaii Psychological Association Annual Convention, December 1984, Honolulu.
  • Nyland, J. L.  (1984).  “Psychometric theory and the mystery novel,” American Psychologist, 39,  567.
  •  Warmsun, C.H., Ullmann, L.P., & Nyland, J.L.  (1978).  “Client record-sharing:A solution to problems of confidentiality, protection of client rights and accountability.” In Hanks,J.E. (Ed),Toward human dignity. Wash, D.C, 146-54.
  • Lewinsohn, P.M., Glasgow, R.E., Barrera, M., Danaher, B.G., Alperson, J.L. McCarty, D.L., Sullivan, J.M., Zeiss, R.A., Nyland, J.L., & Rodrigues, M.R.P. (1977). “Assessment and treatment of patients with memory deficits:  Initial studies,” Catalog of selected documents in psychology, 7, 79.