2012 Spring Meeting highlights

Join us for our 2012 Annual Spring Meeting in Santa Fe, NM, April 22 - 28

Dear Colleagues,

The Division 39 Spring Conference, April 18-22, 2012, will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is definitely underway.

We have defined this conference as a celebration of food for the mind, the body, and the soul. The thoughtfulness and dedication that accompanied the preparation of each of the 214 submissions was impressive, and we only wish that we could have accepted all of them. Unfortunately, even though we would have liked to keep our participants attending from six o'clock in the morning until midnight, to give each excellent presentation a chance to be heard, we had to acquiesce to the necessities of reality and endurance, and chose only the ones rated highly by blind review that will appear in the final program.

In addition to our excellent presentations, we have engaged mariachis, native singers, native dancers, and art exhibits and a silent auction for your enjoyment. We look forward to seeing you in Santa Fe. Directions for getting there as economically and speedily as possible will appear in our next email. In planning your attendance at this conference, we encourage you to spend some time before, during, and after the meeting exploring the wonders of Santa Fe and its environs. We look forward to seeing you there.


Marilyn Metzl, PhD, ABPP and Sandra Kiersky, PhD

The Leading Edge of Creativity

Since Freud set out to understand the unconscious in mental life, psychoanalysis has been part of the leading edge of creativity in human experience. It has been used to explore the depths of the mind; create theories that link the past to the present and elaborate a range of possibilities for the future. We have seen it alleviate the suffering of the individual in modern times and offer us the hope of helping communities and nations in a troubled world. Psychoanalysis touches our notions of art, medicine, science, business and politics. It is our wish that this conference will reflect and reconceptualize all of these areas and open the doors to creative exploration of life itself.

Keynote Speakers

  • Kenneth S. Kosik, MD, Co-director of the Neuroscience Research Institute in Santa Barbara.
    "How the brain tells our story: How we developed from molecules to mind."

  • Carlo Strenger, PhD, Existential psychoanalyst, chair of the clinical graduate program in the Department of Psychology at Tel Aviv University. 
    "The Global Creative Class: Excitement and Discontent."


  • Marilyn Metzl, PhD, ABPP

  • Sandra Kiersky, PhD

Steering Committee

Russell Adams, LISW
Ruth Burtman, PhD
Hilary Hale, LPCC
Len Horwitz, PhD
Janis Huntoon, PhD
Christine Kieffer, PhD
Dolores McCarthy, PhD

  • Pre-conference Continuing Education Master Classes on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

  • Invited panels and Graduate Student Programs, live supervision and seminar with keynotes.

  • Nourish your mind and nourish your body as you take time to explore the city of Santa Fe and its environs. Come early and stay late.

  • Visit the Division 39 website for additional details and to register.

Focus on the Arts of Santa Fe

  •  Culture and Creativity

  • Creativity and Academia

  • A Day with Georgia O'Keeffe

  • Native American Arts

  • Music and Dance

  • Sculpture Gardens

  • Cowboy Culture

Call For Participation

Poster Session to be held at the 32nd Annual Spring Meeting of the APA Division of Psychoanalysis (39) on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM.

The Research Committee invites submissions with empirical relevance to all areas of psychoanalytic theory and practice. Research can be qualitative or quantitative. Empirical studies from applied (clinical psychology, psychiatry, social work, etc.) and basic disciplines (developmental, social, or personality psychology, history of science, neuroscience, etc.) are encouraged. Submissions will be evaluated by an appropriate review panel without knowledge of submitters' identities.

Abstracts of selected posters will be published in a pamphlet distributed at the conference.

Posters will be judged at the conference and an award will be given to a selected graduate student and post-graduate poster. This award will be announced at the meeting.

Submission of Abstracts

A cover page should include the title of your poster, author(s) names and affiliation(s), and corresponding author's contact information (phone, email, and fax). Also indicate if you are a graduate student. Please indicate if you would like your abstract published with name, affiliation, and email in conference pamphlet. A second page should contain only the title and a 250 word (maximum) abstract.

Submit all abstracts via email. Make sure that the subject line reads "2012 Division 39 Meeting-Poster Session Abstract"

Submit abstracts and questions via email to: Natalie Shear Associates, Inc.

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2012. For further information, please contact Jennifer Durham-Fowler or Johanna Malone.