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Women, Gender & Psychoanalysis

Section III has been a leading voice in women and gender in psychoanalysis for over 30 years


board of directors


Meredith Darcy, LCSW-R


Meredith Darcy 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, gender studies, and subjectivity. Her most current published work is in Joseph Newirth’s 2018 book, From Sign to Symbol: Transformational Process in Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, and Psychology and the 2017 Routledge book, A Womb of Her Own: A Women’s Struggle for Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy. She is 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.

Past President

Helena Vissing, Psy.D.
Email: helenavissing@gmail.com

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. 

Representative to the Division 39 Board

Marilyn Metzl, Ph.D.
Email: marilynmetzl@sbcglobal.net

Kansas City Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Kansas City, MO


Ellen Toronto, Ph.D.
Email: etoronto@umich.edu

Private Practice, Ann Arbor, MI


Margaret Carr, Ph.D.
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.


Diana Diamond , Ph.D.
Email: ddiamond@gmail.com

City University of New York, NY


Naomi Snider

Naomi Snider is co-author of "why does patriarchy persist?" a book exploring the psychological dimensions and impact of patriarchy written with world renowned feminist psychologist Carol Gilligan. With a commitment to advancing a social justice oriented approach to psychoanalysis, Naomi has published articles on gender and the intersection of politics and psychology for psychoanalytic audiences and in national media outlets. She is a research fellow at NYU Steinhardt school of culture, education and human development and co-founder of NYU's radical listening project. Naomi is a candidate in psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute.


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.

Section III

Women, Gender, and Psychoanalysis

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