Dr Lesley Caldwell

Lesley Caldwell is Visiting Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London (UCL), a psychoanalyst, now retired, of the British Psychoanalytic Association and a Clinical Associate of the British Society of Psychoanalysis. She is a European member of the IPA Board ( 2021-2023) and a member of the editorial group of the IPA/ COWAP( women and psychoanalysis) book series, and a member of the BCP Scholars’ committee.

She was an Editor and Trustee for the Winnicott Trust (2002 to 2016) and its Chair of Trustees (2008 to 2012). With Helen Taylor Robinson she is Joint General Editor of the Collected Works of Donald Winnicott (OUP, 2016) which won The American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis book prize (History section) in 2017. As Director of the Squiggle Foundation (2000 – 2003) and Editor of its Winnicott Studies monograph series (Karnac & Squiggle Foundation, 2000-2008) Dr. Caldwell published Art, Creativity, Living (2000), The Elusive Child (2003), Sex and Sexuality: Winnicottian Perspectives (2005) and Winnicott and the Psychoanalytic Tradition (2007). With Angela Joyce she published Reading Winnicott for the New Library Teaching Series (2011). Her current publications include articles on the body( 2021), Winnicott’s Fear of Breakdown ( 2021), Marion Milner ( 2022), Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena ( 2022) Aloneness (2022) and, with Dieter Burgin, ‘From Squiggles to Art’( 2022).

Professor Caldwell is also Honorary Senior Research Associate in the Italian department at UCL and has written on the Italian family, the topic of her book, Italian Family Matters (Macmillan,1991), Italian mothers, on representations of the mother in Italian cinema, and has co edited two books on the city of Rome.


Talks On Demand

Past and Current Confer Events

The Mother’s Body
Saturday 20 November 2021


The Art of the Psychotherapeutic Intervention
9 seminars from Monday April 16 2012