Mark L. Ruffalo, LCSW, is a psychoanalyst in Tampa and serves as an affiliate assistant professor of psychiatry and an adjunct instructor of social work at the University of South Florida. His main interests include psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, the conceptualization of mental illness, and the history of psychiatry. He completed his academic and clinical training at the University of Pittsburgh and its affiliated hospital system. An associate member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, he has served previously as membership chair of the Academy for the Psychoanalytic Arts and is a full member of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work. His practice website is tampapsychoanalyst.com.