Dr. CONNOLLY, J. Patrick

Assistant Professor
Practicum Coordinator, MSS in Play Therapy Programme

Member, Play Therapy Research and Practice Laboratory



- Psychoanalysis
- Neuropsychoanalysis
- Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Systems Theory and Cybernetics
- Psychosis and Schizophrenia
Ph.D. in Psychology, University of South Africa
M.A. Counselling Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
B.A. Psychology and English, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Connolly, P. (2022). Instability and Uncertainty Are Critical for Psychotherapy: How the Therapeutic Alliance Opens Us Up. Frontiers in Psychology, 12:6171. DOI=10.3389/fpsyg.2021.784295

Connolly, P. (2019). The Gravity of Objects: How Affectively Organized Generative Models Influence Perception and Social Behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, 10:2599. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02599
Connolly, P. (2019). Reality is Hierarchically Organized: The Recursive Foundations of Living Systems and Beyond. In M. F. Casanova & I. Opris (eds.). Focus on Systems Theory Research. New York: Nova Science Publishers
Connolly, P. (2018). Expected free energy formalizes conflict underlying defense in Freudian psychoanalysis. Frontiers in Psychology, 9:1624, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01264
Connolly, P. & van Deventer, V. (2017). Hierarchical Recursive Organization and the Free Energy Principle: From Biological Self-Organization to the Psychoanalytic Mind. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1695, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01695
Zobi, Y. & Connolly, P. (2013). Recollected experiences of first hospitalisation for acute psychosis among persons diagnosed with schizophrenia in South Africa. South African Journal of Psychiatry 19(3) pp. 81-85
Connolly, P. & Cain, W. (2010). Exploring positive countertransference in psychotherapy with psychotic patients. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in South Africa 18(2) pp. 1-39
Connolly, P. & Eagle, G. (2009). The effects of trauma on child development: Children in South Africa. In J. Watts, K. Cockcroft & N. Duncan (Eds.),Developmental psychology 2nd ed. (pp. 539-562). Cape Town: Juta/UCT Press.
Connolly, P. (July, 2016) The Ego as a self-organizing system: A systems theory perspective on Freud's energic metapsychology. Paper presented at 17TH Annual Neuropsychoanalysis Congress, Chicago.
Connolly, P. (November, 2012) The Effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders on Child Development. Paper presented at the International Academic Conference on Innovation & Development of the Application-oriented Undergraduate Education – ZhiXing College of Hubei University, Wuhan. 
MPT507 Child Psychopathology
CP504 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
CP511 Clinical Seminar: Couple and Family Counselling
CP515 Psychotherapy II
CP524 Internship
CP525-7 Externship
COUN560 Counselling and Psychotherapy
PSY371-2 Research Project
PSY373-4 Capstone Project
MPhil/PhD Supervisor
Office: LC806 Library Complex,
            Hong Kong Shue Yan University,
            12 Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemer Hill,
            North Point, Hong Kong
Phone: 2570-7110 ext. 294
Fax: 2806-8044
Email: jconnolly@hksyu.edu

Tuesday 10am-12pm or by appointment