Dr. Michael Holohan

Research associate

Dr. Michael Holohan has an interdisciplinary background in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, literary theory, and philosophy. He received his PhD in the history of consciousness from the University of California Santa Cruz and an MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the School of Psychotherapy at University College Dublin.

His dissertation examined the role of rhetoric in psychoanalytic thought, particularly how figurative language mediates between clinical practice and the construction of psychoanalytic theory. His current work explores the relationship between the different conceptions of the mind in psychoanalysis and biomedicine, and the relevance of psychoanalytic thought to contemporary biomedical practice, research, and ethics. In particular, he is exploring the novel use of AI-driven chatbots in the field of psychotherapy.

In addition to his work as a researcher, Michael is also a psychoanalyst in private practice in Munich. He is a member of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy and the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland.

  • Psychoanalysis
  • Science and technology studies (STS)
  • Interdisciplinary mental health research.
  • Epistemology of mental health research.
  • Ethical implications of modern biomedicine and health technology.
Holohan, Michael; Fiske, A; (2021) Like I'm Talking to a Real Person: Exploring the Meaning of Transference for the Use and Design of AI-Based Applications in Psychotherapy, Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 720476, 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.720476.
Holohan, Michael; (2019) Psychoanalysis, Biomedicine, and the Irreducible Singularity of the Subject: A Reflection on Psychoanalytic Epistemology and Teaching Psychoanalysis in the (Medical) UniversityFrick, Eckhard; Hamburger, Andreas; Maasen, Sabine; , Psychoanalysis in technical society:, Twelve contentious theses, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 165-176.
Holohan, Michael; (2017) A Life of Writing and Being Written: The Wolfman's Literary Sinthome and his Psychoanalytic Amanuensis, Lacunae - APPI International Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis, 15, 57-76.