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The Emotional-Intimacy & Spirituality Project: A Counter-Narrative Perspective (EISP-CNP)

The research project explores the impact of internal, sociocultural and developmental variables/processes (e.g. depression, masculinity ideology, attachment styles, relational trauma) on the emotional capacity and emotional intimacy levels of African-American adult males in romantic non-marital bonds. Additionally the research project explores the clinical utility of non-traditional spiritual frameworks (specifically; New Thought/Metaphysics) in assisting said population develop and increase emotional capacity and emotional intimacy levels in romantic non-marital bonds.

Book Chapters

Gadsden, O. & Howard, L. (2016).  Beyond Trayvon Martin: A clinical deconstruction of the

     negative internalized archetype of African-American masculinity. In Ross, W.  (Ed.)

     Counseling African American males: effective therapeutic interventions and approaches

     NC: Information Age Publishing.


Kuriansky, J.,  Gadsden, O., Nenova, M., Sottile, G.  Telger, K.J., Tettey, N-S. & Portis, C. 

     (2009).   The REASSURE model: A new approach for responding to sexuality-related

     questions.  In E. Schroder & J. Kuriansky (Eds.) Sexuality Education: past, present and

     future.  Westport: Praeger.


Publications in progress/preparation

(* denotes students)


Gadsden, O. Deconstructing mediation as a masturbatory form of psychological resistance:

     Moving toward an integrated method of psychological-spiritual praxis.


Gadsden, O. & *Gayle, K.   A psycho-spiritual conceptualization of masculinity:

     A new model of identity & relational functioning.


Gadsden, O.  The subtly of gender role conflict and hypermasculinity in the lives

     of African-American adult males: Clinical and policy implications.


Books in preparation

Gadsden, O.  (in preparation).  Going further than our fathers:  And other essays on loving and l

     living--- in consciousness for men of color.


Public/Media Scholarship


Gadsden, O.  (2014). Beyond Trayvon Martin: A sociocultural relevant psychoanalytic

     perspective.  Section IX, Psychoanalysts for Social Responsibility, Division of

     Psychoanalysis, APA.  Retrieved from 



Gadsden, O.  (2013, October).  Brothers, shake it off! The Good Men Project. Retrieved from


Gadsden, O. (2013, October).  I am not my shadow beliefs: A new narrative of being.  The

     Good Men Project.   Retrieved from


Gadsden, O.  (2013, October). How growing up fatherless can impact current relationships.  The 

     Good Men Project.  Retrieved from


Gadsden, O.  (2013, September).  Fulfilled from within: A psychospiritual reflection on

     Cheating pt.2.  [web entry].  Retrieved from


Gadsden, O.  (2013, August).  Fulfilled from within: A psycho-spiritual reflection on cheating 

     pt.1. [web entry].  Retrieved from

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