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Division of Psychoanalysis

PsyDivThe NYSPA Division of Psychoanalysis was formed in 2004 and was in full swing by 2005.  Originally called the NYSPA Division of Psychologists-Psychoanalysis, the Division of Psychoanalysis was formed to develop a supportive, collegial statewide community within NYSPA for the understanding and advancement of psychoanalytic theories, treatment approaches, research, legislative issues, and political and other professional concerns. The Division fosters inter-institute collaboration and educational programs that explore therapeutic, scholarly, educational, research, public service and diversity issues from psychoanalytic perspectives.

Our Division provides a dynamic and supportive context for psychologists and doctoral students who have an interest in psychoanalysis.  It has a growing  membership of 400+, with members from diverse analytic training programs in New York State - making us one of the largest Divisions of NYSPA.  This entitles us to have two voting seats on NYSPA's Council of Representatives, which enables us to advocate for positions that are strongly supportive of psychoanalysis.

We encourage professionals and students to become an active part of our professional organization through participation within our Division.  Please do not hesitate to contact any member of our Executive Board if you wish to discuss ways in which you may participate in support of our mission.  For more information on the activities of the Division, or to get involved, please contact President Herb Gingold.

President   Susan Warshaw, PhD  
President-Elect   Evelyn Rappoport, PsyD
Past-President   Sharon Brennan, PhD
Representatives to Council   Julie Lehane, PhD
Herb Gingold, PhD
Secretary   Helen Silverman, PhD  
Treasurer   Sharla Khargi, PhD  
Members at Large  

Rafael Javier, PhD

Helen Silverman, PhD

Joyce Bloom, PhD

Robert Gangi, PhD

Lawrence Josephs, PhD



Recent Accomplishments:

  • We held our annual highly successful Fall Conference at NYU's Kimmel Center entitled Prisms of the Mind: Psychoanalytic Exploration of Attachment and Dissociation.
  • The Division publishes PsychMatters.com, our electronic newsletter.
  • We have completed our Division's By-laws and they were approved by Council.
  • We have continued to be involved in response to the ongoing ethical and professional issues within APA having to do with psychologist involvements with the interrogations of so-called enemy combatants.
  • We brought the "Anti-torture" Bill of Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (which would ban health care professionals from participating in torture or inhumane treatment of prisoners) to NYSPA Council for discussion.
  • We brought the issue of a NY State proposal for psychologists having to wear identifying badges in private practice to Council and initiated a letter-writing campaign to Commissioner Munoz to raise concerns and objections to it.
  • We co-sponsored a conference with the Division of Adult Development entitled Becoming Really Old: The Indignities.

Division of Psychoanalysis Bylaws