I received a doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University of New Hampshire. I did postdoctoral work in depth psychology, literature, and phenomenology. I have written books and articles on the interface of these areas. My teaching experience includes the University of Dallas which was formative in my interdisciplinary and great books approach to education. I also had a depth psychology practice for 25+ years. I am Professor of Humanities at Holy Apostles College and Seminary where I have been since 2006. I teach courses in literature and psychology to undergraduates and Human Formation to seminarians. I participated in the Fides et Ratio seminars for 4 years and I have lead these seminars at Holy Apostles since 2007. Oil painting provides imagistic ground and resource for my work.
- Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (1977)
- BA Psychology, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA (1972)
Representative Publications and Workshops
- Random as Lace (2015) – a book of poems
- Unfolding (2015) – a Psychological-Theological Drama on the consequences of the lessening of the father’s authority in the 20th c. and the necessity of interfaith dialogue.
- “The Train” and “Jude’s Wife” (2015) – a long poem “The Train” on choosing how to navigate the narrow way; and a short story “Jude’s Wife” on the negotiation of Christian marriage.
- Purcell Wrengt (2015) – a poetic-psychological novel where depth psychology meets Christianity resulting in a lyrical language exploring a healing of the soul.
- Orbits of Symphony (2015) – this is the theory that emerged from Dr. Arden’s previous eight books. She uses the Bible and writings of St. Augustine, Pope Emeritus Benedict, Georges Bernanos, Charlotte Bronte, Dante, Emily Dickinson, St. Faustina, Sigmund Freud, St. John Paul II, C.G. Jung, Michael Kenny, C.S. Lewis, Alessandro Manzoni, Blessed Cardinal Newman, Friedrich Nietzsche, Rudolf Otto, Walker Percy, Josef Pieper, St. Padre Pio, Plato, Morton Prince, James Schall, William Shakespeare, and Heinrich Zimmer to support and illustrate this theory in her work.
- Catholic Depth Psychology. Mater Ecclesiae College. March 8, 2012
- Group Facilitator of Seminarian Theological Reflection. Holy Apostles College and Seminary, 2011- present
- Seminarian Human Formation and Social Justice. Social Justice Review, Vol. 101, No. 9-10, 2010
- The Fides et Ratio Seminars. The Bulletin of Catholic Higher Education. Vol. 1, Number 1, October 2008
- Clara and Marcus; The Articulate Silence of God – both Xlibris, 2002
- Lyrical-Analysis: The Unconscious Through Jane Eyre. Chiron, 1990
- Starving Women: A Psychology of Anorexia Nervosa. Spring, 1983
- American Psychological Association (since 1980); Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), Division 24 (Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
- Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
- Catholic Psychotherapy Association
- Society for Exploration of Psychoanalytic Therapies and Theology