PhD     Smith College, School for Social Work
MSW     University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare
BA/BS     The College of New Jersey

Clinical Experience

Psychotherapist, Private Psychotherapy Practice
Clinical Social Worker, Parole Outpatient Clinic, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
Psychotherapist, San Francisco Psychotherapy & Research Group
Psychiatric Social Worker, Vacaville Psychiatric Program, California Department of Mental Health, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Social Work Intern, Contra Costa County Partial Hospitalization Program
Case Manager, SCOH Services, Intercultural Family Services, Inc.
Behavior Therapist, Neuro-Behavioral Stabilization Program, Bancroft, Inc.

Teaching & Supervisory Experience

Clinical Supervisor, Access Institute
Clinical Supervisor, PhD Program, Smith College, School for Social Work
Faculty Field Advisor, MSW Program, Smith College, School for Social Work
Research Advisor, MSW Program, Smith College, School for Social Work
Lecturer and Adjunct Instructor, MSW Program, Smith College, School for Social Work
Lecturer, MSW Program, University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare        

Program Development Experience

Program Coordinator, “Lifer PRNN”: Lifer Peer Reentry Navigation Network Program, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Division of Adult Parole Operations  

Research Experience

Project Consultant, RTI
Doctoral Fellow, Smith College SSW
Research Intern, SFPRG
Graduate Student Researcher, Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center
Research Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania


Kita, E. (2019). “They hate me now but where was everyone when I needed them?”: Mass incarceration, projective identification, and social work praxis. Psychoanalytic Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/15228878.2019.1584118
Kita, E. (2015). Public safety, psychological security: A practice-informed research study exploring how California parole agents experience their work. Smith Studies in Social Work, 85 (1), 5-29.
Kita, E. (2011).  Making it thinkable:  A psychodynamic approach to the psychosocial problems of prisons and prisoners.  In:  Berzoff, J. (ed.) Falling through the cracks: Psychodynamic social work with vulnerable and oppressed populations, New York: Columbia University Press.
Kita, E.  (2011). Potential and possibility:  Psychodynamic psychotherapy and social change with incarcerated patients.  Clinical Social Work Journal, 39, 9-1.
Berzoff, J. and Kita, E. (2010).  Compassion fatigue and countertransference:  Two different concepts.  Clinical Social Work Journal, 3, 341-349.
Kita. E. (15 November 2009).  [Review of the book Aboriginal populations in the mind: Race and primitivity in psychoanalysis by Celia Brickman].  Clinical Social Work Journal, 37, 370-372.
Kita. E. (21 July 2009).  [Review of the book Healing trauma:  Attachment, mind, body and brain, by Solomon, M. and Siegal, D. (eds.)].  Clinical Social Work Journal, 37 (3), 257-259.

Select Presentations

American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work Annual Conference, Plenary Address: “They hate me now, but where was everyone when I needed them?” – Trauma, Incarceration, and Containers that (Don’t) Hold.
University of Austin, Texas, Steve Hicks School for Social Work Sue Fairbanks Lecture in Psychoanalytic Knowledge: “They hate me now, but where was everyone when I needed them?”: A psychoanalytic look at trauma, violence and mass incarceration.
Coalition for Clinical Social Work Clinical Evening Series: Poison into medicine – Trauma, transformation and activism
American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work Annual Conference: “If I cannot bend the higher powers, I must stir up the lower depths”: Mass incarceration and social work praxis
Coalition for Clinical Social Work Clinical Evening Series: Fear in the Workplace – Recognizing Danger and Working with Reality 
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology Scientific Meeting:  Breaking Point – A Psychoanalytic Response to the Effects of Forced Isolation in the Age of Mass Incarceration 
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Board of Parole Hearings Annual Training: Lifer Responsivity
American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting: Life on the Inside, Life on the Outside – The dynamics of long-term confinement, the politics of release, and the challenges of community reintegration.
American Psychoanalytic Association Annual Meeting: Reflective Spaces/Material Places  
American Psychological Association, Division 39 Annual Conference: Perpetrators and Perpetuators – Mr. Poorbear & Me
Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California & Reflective Spaces/Material Places Daylong: Murdering Minds – Violent Solutions to Inexorable Pressures
University of Michigan, Prison Creative Arts Program, Annual MLK Day Symposium: Mental Health and the Prison Industrial Complex
Council on Social Work Education, Annual Conference: Falling Through Cracks: Psychodynamically Oriented Social Care with Vulnerable, At-Risk Clients
Association for Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society, Annual Conference: Symbolic Power & Psychoanalytic Work with the Socially Disenfranchised
Qualitative Inquiry Congress, Annual Meeting:  Invited Panel: There’s No Such Thing as a Research Subject –  An Intersubjective Perspective on Researcher Reflexivity


American Psychoanalytic Association
Psychoanalytic Research Training Program, Yale University