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Psychoanalysis Division

2020 Executive Board

President (2020) Sharla Khargi, PhD
 NYSPA Member Since 2013
President-Elect (2020) Roy Aranda, PsyD
 NYSPA Member Since 2008
Past President (2020) Susan Warshaw, EdD, ABPP NYSPA Member Since 2012
Secretary (2019-21) Connie Peretz, PhD NYSPA Member Since 2004
Interim Treasurer (2019-21) Julie Lehane, PhD NYSPA Member Since 2006
Member at Large (2019-21) Roy Aranda, PsyD NYSPA Member Since 2008
Member at Large (2018-20) Daniel Kaplin, PhD
 NYSPA Member Since 2011
Member at Large (2018-20) Evelyn Rappoport, PsyD
 NYSPA Member Since 1992
Member at Large (2018-20) Warren Spielberg, PhD
 NYSPA Member Since 2015
Member at Large (2018-20) Helen Stein, PhD
 NYSPA Member Since 2004
Representative to Council (2018-20) Susan Warshaw, EdD, ABPP NYSPA Member Since 2012
Representative to Council (2019-21) Evelyn Rappoport, PsyD NYSPA Member Since 1992
Alt Rep to Council (2019-21) Evelyn Rappoport, PsyD NYSPA Member Since 1992
Alt Rep to Council (2019-21) Dinelia Rosa, PhD NYSPA Member Since 1999


About the Division

The 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 Susan Warshaw.


Recent Accomplishments:

  • Prisms of the Mind: Psychoanalytic Exploration of Attachment and Dissociation.
  • The Division publishes, 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.


Mission Statement of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the New York State Psychological Association. Approved by the Division Board, May 2016.

The Division of Psychoanalysis of the New York State Psychological Association was founded in 2004 as the first such division within a state psychological association.  We have grown in size to become one of the largest divisions within the New York State Association.

The Psychoanalytic Division was established in order  to enhance the understanding and advancement of psychoanalytic theories, treatment approaches, research, legislative, political, and other professional concerns of psychologists.

The division provides a supportive, collegial, statewide community, and is a strong voice for psychoanalysis within the New York State Psychology community.  

The Division fosters  inter institute collaboration,  educational programs that explore therapeutic, scholarly,  research, public service, social justice, and diversity issues from varying psychoanalytic traditions, and is welcoming of those seeking to work towards integrative approaches with other clinical traditions.

We endeavor to educate the psychological community about the depth and breadth of contemporary psychoanalysis, contemporary research and clinical practice and its evidence base, as well as our rich history which has provided the foundation for much of contemporary clinical work.

The Division provides a dynamic, supportive home for psychologist/psychoanalysts, institute or non institute trained,  as well as all psychologist members and associate members of NYSPA with an interest in psychoanalytic perspectives. We welcome those with training from diverse  theoretical orientations who are engaged in psychoanalytic practice or interested in learning more about contemporary psychoanalytic thinking and clinical work.   Doctoral, masters and  undergraduate students are invited to participate as members of various committees and have had an important role as members of the division's executive board,  helping to  shape our policies, goals, and agenda.  Student members will have an opportunity to get to know and receive mentoring from psychologists specializing in this kind of therapy.  

The Division of Psychoanalysis seeks common cause with all practitioners hoping to provide quality care in the contemporary practice environment and believes that psychoanalytic insights and research can significantly contribute to that care along with other approaches. Recent research suggests that all therapeutic approaches appear to possess certain common therapeutic factors such as the quality of the therapeutic alliance so it is as important to appreciate the commonalities among different approaches as well as the real differences. The Division of Psychoanalysis welcomes all members interested in exploring in depth the similarities as well as differences among clinical approaches as contemporary psychoanalytic thought continues to evolve in ever new and exciting directions.

Division of Psychoanalysis Bylaws


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