Professor of Psychology at Rider University Internationally recognised as a founder of the field of CyberPsychology

John Suler is a writer, scholar, clinical psychologist, and Professor of Psychology at Rider University. Dr. Suler is internationally recognised as an expert in emerging fields of psychology, as well as a founder of the field of CyberPsychology. He has published on topics related to eastern philosophy, psychotherapy, and cyberspace, including the books Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Eastern Thought and his groundbreaking work The Psychology of Cyberspace, one of the first and most widely cited online books.

Dr. Suler is the department specialist in psychotherapy and psychopathology at Rider University, NJ, USA. His teaching and research interests include psychoanalytic and humanistic theory, eastern philosophy, and the psychology of cyberspace. His current work focuses on photographic psychology, which is the study of how people create, share, and react to images in the age of cyberspace.

Dr. Suler received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and started at Rider in 1982. His research and journal publications have focused on a variety of topics related to psychoanalytic theory and psychotherapy, including mental imagery, creativity, and the relationship of Eastern philosophy (Zen Buddhism and Taoism) to western psychology. His book Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Eastern Thought was published with the State University of New York Press, and his novel Madman: Strange Adventures of a Psychology Intern with True Center Publishing.

He is very active on the Internet, with a special interest in online publishing and the application of psychological principles to understanding behavior in cyberspace, as documented in his online book The Psychology of Cyberspace. He created, and continues to develop a number of online books: Teaching Clinical Psychology, Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors, and Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche.

Dr. Suler has also served as consulting editor for Behavior Online and as a member of the editorial board for CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. He is one of the founders of the International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO) and editor of The Contemporary Media Forum for The Internatinal Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies.

He created and served as moderator for a variety of online professional and public discussion groups – including, with the collaboration of his colleague Michael Fenichel, what was the first peer clinical supervision and brainstorming research group: the ISMHO Clinical Case Study Group.

As the internet becomes a very hot topic in the media, his work has been reported by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, the Chicago Sun Times, CNN, MSNBC, US News and World Report, NBC Nightly News, NPR, the APA Monitor, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. His bio page is located here.