Clinical social worker, psychoanalyst, teacher and writer, Jean Sanville is a graduate of CU-Boulder. Her career has been in family service agencies, psychiatric clinics and in mental hospitals. She has taught on the faculties of the School of Social Welfare at UCLA, Smith College School for Social Work and at Harvard. She served as the first dean of the California Institute for Clinical Social Work.
Sanville conducted one of the first "talk shows" on television. CBS sponsored Know Your Child, a twice a week program aimed at promoting constructive parenthood. She has innumerable articles in journals that deal with mental health, and she was the editor of the Clinical Social Work Journal for 15 years. Her books include Illusion in Loving, The Playground of Psychoanalytic Therapy, Fostering Healing and Growth and Women at the Threshold of the New Millennium (to be published this year by Analytic Press.) She also has contributed chapters to edited books, one of the most recent being on humor and play, in Humor and Psyche.
Sanville has always had a profound interest in the socio-cultural surround as profoundly influencing psyche. She has traveled extensively, often as a mental health consultant, to the Caribbean, the Orient, Latin America, Japan, China and New Zealand. She has attended and presented papers at international conferences. She also has studied at Cambridge and Oxford. On the home front she has conducted workshops and seminars on culture and psychoanalysis. Currently she co-leads a study group on contemporary African American literature.