Perversion of Power: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church.  Vanderbilt University Press, 2007.

Predatory Priests, Silenced Victims: The Sexual Abuse Crisis and the Catholic Church.  The Analytic Press, 2007.

The Supervisory Relationship: A Contemporary Psychodynamic Approach.  Guilford Press, 2000. 

Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Psychoanalytic Perspective.  Basic Books, 1994.


God Images in Clinical Work with Sexual Abuse Survivors.  In Walker, D.F., Courtois, C.A., and Alten, J.  Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma. American Psychological Association, 2014.

Society, Politics, Psychotherapy, and the Search for “Truth” in the Memory Debate.  In Rivera, M., Ed.  Fragment by Fragment: Feminist Perspectives on Memory and Child Abuse.  Gynergy Press, 1999.

P3: Patients, Politics and Psychotherapy.”  In Gartner, R.B., Ed.   Memories of Sexual Betrayal. Jason Aronson, 1997.

Supervision Amidst Abuse: The Supervisee’s Perspective.  In Rock, M. Psychodynamic Supervision.  Jason Aronson, 1996.

From Secrecy to Self-Disclosure: Healing the Scars of Incest.  In Stricker, G. and Fisher, M., Eds. Self-Disclosure in the Therapeutic Relationship.  Plenum Press, 1989.


Dancing with the devil, debating with the Divine: a personal essay on the impact of thirty years of clinical work with trauma survivors. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 2017.

Everything old is new again: reflections on panel discussion of supervision.  Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 2015.

When mourning never comes: what happens when individuals, institutions, or nations fail to mourn.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 50 (4), 2014.

9/11: what do we call it? How do we work with it?: response to Elizabeth Goren and Michael Clifford.  Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 2, 2005.

Psychosocial anatomy of the Catholic sexual abuse scandal.  Studies in Gender & Sexuality, 5, 2004.

The history and consequences of the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.  Studies in Gender & Sexuality, 5, 2004.

When the trauma is terrorism and the therapist is traumatized too: working as an analyst since 9/11.  Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 1, 2003.

Supervision is a relationship too: a contemporary model of psychoanalytic supervision.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 13, 2003.

Revisiting the “teach/treat” boundary in psychoanalytic supervision: when the supervisee is or is not in concurrent treatment.  The Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 26, 1999.

What’s an analyst to DO?: shibboleths and “actual acts” in the treatment setting.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 34, 1998.

Free to fantasize: the liberation of fantasy in adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 6, 1997.

Transference paradigms at play in psychoanalytically oriented group therapy with female adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  International Journal of Group Therapy, 47, 1997.

Who’s doing what to whom?: supervision and sexual abuse.  Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 33, 1997.

Dissociative processes and transference-countertransference paradigms in the psychoanalytically oriented treatment of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 2, 1992.


The experience of sexual abuse.  Trefoil: The South African Catholic Quarterly, 268, 2005.

The impact of sexual abuse on the survivor.  Touchstone: Newsletter of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils, 18, 2003.

Through the mind of abuse victims.  CMSM Forum: Newsletter of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, 86, 2003.

Puer aeternus: adolescent psychosexual development and ephebophilia in some Catholic priests.  Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, 23, 2002.

Psychoanalysis informs Catholic bishops on long-term effects of sexual abuse.  Psychologist-Psychoanalyst, 22, 2002.

Book review: from the trenches of trauma: trauma and the therapist.  Psychologist-Psychoanalyst16, 1996.

Father-daughter incest: the secret is out.  High School Psychology Teacher, 17, 1988.


Series on child abuse and healing. National Catholic Reporter. First place for best investigative/analysis news writing award, The Gerard E. Sherry award for national newspaper of wire services, catholic media awards. 2017.

Pope sends painfully mixed messages to abuse victims. National catholic reporter. 2016.

SNAP is wrong to discourage victims from meeting the pope. National Catholic Reporter, May 2014.

Will Francis tend to those most impoverished by the church? National Catholic Reporter, April 2014.

Hard work awaits pope and abuse survivors. National Catholic Reporter, April 2013.

Hierarchy’s inability to mourn thwarts healing in the Church. National Catholic Reporter.  May 2012.

The John Jay Study: what it is and what it isn’t. National Catholic Reporter, July 2011.

Where is Tahrir Square for Catholics? National Catholic Reporter, April 2011.

A proposal for dealing with priest perpetrators. National Catholic Reporter, July 2010.

The gift of shame. National Catholic Reporter, May 2010.

Papal visit a “both/and” moment in sexual abuse crisis. National Catholic Reporter, May 2008.  

What’s needed now to heal the Church? National Catholic Reporter, May 2008.

Dangerous closets. Boston Globe Magazine, March 11, 2007.

A diocese in bankruptcy. San Diego Union Tribune, March 2007.

Now it’s the attorneys...bishops play the blame game. National Catholic Reporter. January 2007.

News for Vatican on homosexuality and sexual abuse. National Catholic Reporter.  December 2005.

Dr. Frawley-O’Dea is frequently quoted by reporters writing about sexual abuse and institutional sexual abuse.  She has been referenced in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Detroit Free Press, Journal-News, Juneau Empire, Chicago Tribune, Albany Times-Union, National Catholic Reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Daily News, New York Review of Books, Orange County Press, and by the Associated Press and in other newspapers. 


Mental Health In Student Athletes. Morning Break, wbtv, Charlotte, NC. March 15, 2019.

9 Investigates: The New Push to Help Sexual Assault Victims in NC Seek Justice. Alison Latos, 9 Investigates, WSOCTV, Charlotte, NC. March 4, 2019.


Church Sex Abuse Survivor Speaks Out as Pastor Acknowledges Church’s Past Mistakes. Nick Ochsner, On Your Side, WBTV, Charlotte, NC. March 1, 2019.

The Sexual Abuse Crisis In the Catholic Church. Rev. Samuel Cruz, Crossroads: Where Spirit and Activism Meet, WBAI Radio, NYC,NY. September 7, 2018.

Sexual Abuse and Abuse of Power. Good Day, Charlotte, Fox 46, August 28, 2018.

Appropriate Reporting procedures for Families In Which A Child Is Molested By A Family Member. The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC, June 4, 2015.

Response to Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar’s Interview on Fox News. The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC, June 3, 2015.

Expert: Not Unusual for Assault Victims to Stay Silent. Time Warner Cable News Interview and Article. November 2014.

Air Talk, KPCC Radio, February 2013

Patti Morrisson Show, KPCC Radio, 2007.

Deliver Us From Evil. Oscar nominated documentary film on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Disarming Films, 2006. Distributed by Lionsgate. Available on DVD.

Charlotte Talks, WFAE Radio, May 2006.

C-SPAN televised address to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Dallas, June 2002. Long-Term Impact of Sexual Abuse by Priests.