Chad Allen Lazzari, Psy.D., is a 2020 graduate of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, New England

Dissertation Committee:

  • Theodore Ellenhorn, PhD, ABPP, Committee Chair
  • Barbara Belcher-Timme, PsyD, Committee Member
  • John Tyler Murray, PsyD, Committee Member


gay, gay men, self psychology, sexuality, sexual orientation, shame

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This theoretical dissertation uses self psychology, Lacanian theory, and neuropsychoanalysis to explore shame in gay men and formulate an integrative understanding for how this master affect effects self and psyche for same-sex attracted men. Brief introductions to the theories used are provided with links to existing scholarship that informs theoretical leanings. A scholarly case is made for the significance of understanding the origin and lifecycle of shame, as well the importance of differentiating between early relational trauma shame (understood as an “inside out” experience), and a later, socially informed “outside in” experience. An argument is made for how shame “attaches” to emerging sexuality, and a review of relevant literature is woven throughout the project. Conversations with two shame theorists and reflection on my subjective life experience support the thought process and formulation of the model that emerged.


Chad Lazzari

ORCID Scholar ID# 0000-0002-3473-709X