President

Kristin Davisson, Psy.D.
Term Ending: 12/31/17
Email: kdavisson.psyd@gmail.com

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.

Past President

Ellen Toronto, Ph.D.
Term Ending: 12/31/17
Email: etoronto@umich.edu

Private Practice, Ann Arbor, MI

President Elect

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Helena Vissing, Psy.D.
Term Ending: 12/31/17
Email: helenavissing@gmail.com

Helena Vissing, Psy.D., is a Danish psychologist and doctoral student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, specializing in motherhood studies and maternal mental health from psychoanalytic and somatic perspectives. Currently conducting a phenomenological study of the transition to motherhood with special focus on maternal subjectivity and the mother-daughter relationship.

Treasurer

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Matt LeRoy, Psy.D.
Term Ending: 12/31/17
Email: matt.leroy@gmail.com

Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

 

Membership Secretary

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Margaret Carr, Ph.D.
Term Ending: 12/31/17
Email: marcarr00@yahoo.com

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.


Representative to the Division 39 Board

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Marilyn Metzl, Ph.D.

Term Ending: 12/31/17
Email: marilynmetzl@sbcglobal.net

Kansas City Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Kansas City, MO


Members-At-Large

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JoAnn Ponder, Ph.D.
Term Ending: 12/31/18
Email: joannponder@aim.com

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.

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Diana Diamond , Ph.D.
Term Ending: 12/31/17
Email: ddiamond@gmail.com

City University of New York, NY

 

Vara Saripalli, Psy.D.

Term Ending: 12/31/19
Email: vara.saripalli@gmail.com

Vara Saripalli, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice. She is a recipient of Division 39, Section III’s Dissertation Award. Vara has lived in both the USA and India, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering. She worked as an engineer and actuary for several years before switching careers and completing her Psy.D. at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago. Her areas of interest include life transitions, multicultural issues, and working with older adults.

 

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Olivia Chavez, Psy.D.
 Term Ending: 12/31/18
Email: olivia.d.chavez25@gmail.com

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.

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Meredith Darcy, LCSW-R. T

Term Ending: 12/31/19
Email: meredith.darcy@gmail.com

Meredith Darcy, LCSW-R, is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. She received a Master of Social Work from Columbia University and will be completing psychoanalytic training at The William Alanson White Institute in May 2017. Darcy has specialized in working with patients with eating disorders, and with children and adolescents. Her practice currently focuses on women’s issues, motherhood, somatic responses, and attachment. She has written and presented papers nationally at psychoanalytic conferences focusing on the therapist’s affect, experience, and the body.

 

Administrator

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Ruth Helein
Email: sectioniiidiv39@gmail.com

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.

 

Web Master

Ellen Zion

Ellen Zion
Email: ellenzion@gmail.com