Dr. CONNOLLY, J. Patrick
Assistant Professor

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


Office: LG 228, Main Building
Hong Kong Shue Yan University
10 Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemer Hill, North Point, Hong Kong

Phone: (852) 2570-7110 ext. 294
Fax: (852) 2806-8044
Consultation Hours: by appointment

Psychotherapy and Counselling
Systems Theory
Psychosis and Schizophrenia


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.


(2012) International Academic Conference on Innovation & Development of the Application-oriented Undergraduate Education – ZhiXing College of Hubei University,
November 2012. Paper: The Effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders on Child

(2016) 17TH Annual Neuropsychoanalysis Congress, 9 July 2016, Chicago. Paper: The Ego as a self-organizing system: A systems theory perspective on Freud's energic metapsychology.

Current Academic Year

COUN440 Family Therapy
PSY371-2 Research Project
PSY373-4 Capstone Project
PSY401-3 Research Thesis
PSY411-2 Honours Research Project
CP502 Clinical Practicum: Client-Centred Therapy
CP511 Clinical Seminar: Couple and Family Counselling
CP514P Psychotherapy I
CP515 Psychotherapy II
CP524 Internship
CP525-7 Externship
CP530-1 Dissertation


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