Helena Vissing, Psy.D.

Helena Vissing, Psy.D., psychologist based in Los Angeles, specializing in motherhood studies, Maternal Mental Health, and psychoanalytic and somatic psychotherapy. Adjunct at Antioch University and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. 


Past President

Kristin Davisson, Psy.D.

Kristin Davisson, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Chicago, IL and is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is the former recipient of Division 39, Section III’s Dissertation Award and Division 39, Early Career Committee’s Scholar Award and is a former fellow at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. She is currently the President of Section III and is a member of the Early Career Committee of Division 39. Her areas of specialty include gendered experiences of trauma, childhood abuse, identity conflicts, multicultural issues and self-image concerns among women.





Representative to the Division 39 Board

Marilyn Metzl, Ph.D.


Kansas City Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Kansas City, MO



Ellen Toronto, Ph.D.

Private Practice, Ann Arbor, MI


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Margaret Carr, Ph.D.

Margaret Carr, Ph, D., is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Princeton, NJ. She completed her psychoanalytic training at New York University’s Postdoctoral program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has particular interests in gender and sexuality, the use of mindfulness practices in treatment and the continuation of meaningful living in the later stages of life.



JoAnn Ponder, Ph.D.

JoAnn is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Austin. She completed her training in adult psychoanalysis and child psychotherapy at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston and Austin, where she currently serves on the faculty. She’s certified as a sandplay practitioner (Jungian-oriented) by Sandplay Therapists of America. She also completed the family/couples therapy program at the International Institute of Object Relations Therapy in Bethesda, and the New Directions writing program at the Washington Psychoanalytic Foundation. Currently, she’s a fellow in the Infant-Parent Mental Health Intervention Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. JoAnn held a number of offices in the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychoanalysis (Division 39). She was president of Section III (Women and Gender), representative for Section II (Childhood and Adolescence) to the Division 39 Board of Directors, and conference co-chair for the Division 39 Spring Meeting held in 2009. She’s also a member of the Austin-San Antonio Psychoanalytic Society, and will serve as its representative on the Council at the American Psychoanalytic Association. She has presented papers at national and international psychoanalytic conferences. In 2004, she was awarded the David A. Freedman Candidate Paper’s Prize by the Houston Psychoanalytic Society. Her publications include a journal article about narcissism in the psychoanalytic profession and a book chapter about treating children who lost a parent. Currently, JoAnn is writing a book chapter about adoptive motherhood and co-editing a book on women’s issues from a psychoanalytic viewpoint.



Diana Diamond , Ph.D.

City University of New York, NY



Olivia Chavez, Psy.D.

Olivia Chavez, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Chicago working in private practice. She works with adults and is interested in eating disorder concerns, personality disorders and the impact of trauma. Her therapeutic approach integrates psychodynamic, feminist and multicultural theory.


Meredith Darcy, LCSW-R


Meredith Darcy, LCSW-R is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice
in New York City. Early in her practice, she worked exclusively with children,
adolescents, and families, and later began working extensively with patients with
eating disorders. Currently her practice focuses on women’s experience and
identity. She writes and presents papers nationally at psychoanalytic conferences;
her writing explores the therapist’s affect, the body, idealization of motherhood, and
subjectivity. Her most current published work is in the 2017 Routledge book, A
Womb of Her Own: A Women’s Struggle for Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy. She is
a board Member-at-Large of Division 39, Section III, Women, Gender and
Psychoanalysis, an Associate Editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and faculty
and supervisor at The Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at The
William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology.




Ruth Helein

Ruth Helein has 38 years of experience in Association Management, Meeting Planning, and Volunteer Engagement. She is the current Executive Administrator for Section III, Division 39– as well as the Executive Administrator for the Division of Psychoanalysis. She has been working with the Division and Sections for over 23 years.