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April 2021


Encountering the (Im)Possible in Psychoanalysis: A Conference Honoring Richard Ruth

Friday, April 16 and Friday April 23, 2021 via Zoom (schedule below)




Dorothy E. Holmes, PhD, ABPP

Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP

Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD

Richard Ruth, PhD


April 16 (all times in EDT)

12-1:30 PM KEYNOTE: Dorothy E. Holmes: "I Do Not have a Racist Bone in my Body": Psychoanalytic Perspectives on What is Lost and Not Mourned in our Culture's Persistent Racism

1:45 - 2:45 What If?: Freud and the Jewish Unconscious, Rabbi Hyim Shafner, MA, MSW, LICSW

3:00 - 4:00 The Baltic Diaspora and its Relationship to Language, Ginta V. Remeikis, MD

4:30 - 6:00 KEYNOTE: NANCY MCWILLIAMS, PhD, ABPP: Loss, Grief, Compassion, and Activism: Some Thoughts in Honor of Richard Ruth


April 23 (all times in EDT)

11:30-12:30 Cultural Difference in the Comprehensive System for the Rorschach Inkblot Test: Lambda, M and X percentage in the Indian population, Rupa Kalahasthi, PsyD, Sarah Hedlund, PhD, Jim Sexton, PhD, PhD

12:45 - 2:15 KEYNOTE: USHA TUMMALA-NARRA, PhD: Dilemmas in Exploring Identity and Immigration in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

2:45 - 3:45 Don't Throw the Baby(Boomer) out with the Bathwater: Generational Transitional Spaces in Psychoanalytic Community, Liz Clark, PsyD, Ben Morsa, PsyD, Kori Bennett, PsyD

4:00 - 5:00 External Realities & Internal Objects: How the Sociopolitical Lives Inside Us, Jany Keat, DPhi, PsyD

5:30 - 7:00 KEYNOTE: RICHARD RUTH, PhD: Psychoanalysis Where Black Lives Matter


Marmarosh, C. L. (2021). Ruptures and repairs in group psychotherapy: Introduction to the special issue. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 25(1), 1-12.

March 2021


Emerging Scholars Symposium: Calling All Underrepresented Racial & Ethnic Minority Scholars Conducting Clinical Psychology Research

Sponsored by Boston University

Part 1: Friday 5/21/21 (virtual)

Part 2: Thursday 9/30/21 – Friday 10/1/21 (in Boston*)


The understanding of mental health and the application of interventions to a wide range of populations is essential to elucidate psychological mechanisms underlying physical and mental health, ensure the relevance of psychosocial interventions across diverse populations, and reduce health disparities. The Clinical Psychology Program in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Boston University is committed to addressing this crucial task. We are inviting junior scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to participate in an invited conference on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This two-part conference is designed to showcase the work of advanced doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, or very early career professors (those in the first 2 years of an appointment) from racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the Academy, which include people who identify as Black/African-American, Native American/Alaska Native, Latinx and/or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Applicants conducting clinical psychology research (e.g., development, evaluation, cultural adaptation, or dissemination of evidence-based interventions; culturally-grounded and sensitive assessment; evaluation of psychosocial risk processes; care delivery approaches; etc.) are invited to apply. Invited participants will receive an honorarium and will have all travel expenses paid by Boston University.

Part 1 of the conference (held remotely on 5/21/21) will involve participation in an interactive workshop entitled “Cross-Cultural Competency in the Context of Evidence-Based Treatment” led by Dr. Anu Asnaani, a nationally acclaimed trainer for culturally-competent clinical research and service provision. Part 2 of the conference (held in Boston*) will include a working dinner (9/30/21) and a research event (10/1/21) entitled “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Related to Clinical Science Research” in which invited scholars will present their own research and engage in discussion about incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into clinical psychological science research.

What to Submit:

·         A 300-word abstract describing your symposium presentation

·         A cover letter summarizing your professional interests and goals, indicating progress toward dissertation completion (for current graduate students), and specifying your professional contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion within your research, service, and/or clinical work

·         Current curriculum vitae

Where and When to Submit:

Please submit application materials to Ms. Nicole Clement ([email protected]) by March 25, 2021. Questions may be addressed to Kristin Long, PhD ([email protected]) or Martha C. Tompson, PhD ([email protected]).

*Although we are planning for Part 2 of the program to be in person, the format will depend on COVID-related gathering restrictions. If necessary, Part 2 may be converted to a remote format.

February 2021


Kevin B. Meehan, Caleb Siefert, James Sexton & Steven K. Huprich (2019) Expanding the Role of Levels of Personality Functioning in Personality Disorder Taxonomy: Commentary on “Criterion A of the AMPD in HiTOP”, Journal of Personality Assessment, 101:4, 367-373, DOI: 10.1080/00223891.2018.1551228/ (PDF)


Sharon M. Nelson, Steven K. Huprich, Kevin B. Meehan, Caleb Siefert, Gregory Haggerty, James Sexton, V. Barry Dauphin, Matthew Macaluso, Rosalee Zackula, Lyle Baade & Jennifer Jackson (2018) Convergent and Discriminant Validity and Utility of the DSM–5 Levels of Personality Functioning Questionnaire (DLOPFQ): Associations with Medical Health Care Provider Ratings and Measures of Physical Health, Journal of Personality Assessment, 100:6, 671-679, DOI: 10.1080/00223891.2018.1492415/ (PDF)

November 2020


Dr. Marshall Woods welcomes you to watch/listen Best Psychology in Film (BPF). BPF showcases award winning filmmakers and discusses the psychological dynamics found within their work and creative process. Episode clips can be found on or full interviews can be heard at or on Spotify, Amazon Music and where podcasts are hosted.   


2020 Fall Colloquium

Title: Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, Character, and Normative Unconscious Processes

Speakers: Lynne Layton, Ph.D. and Marianna Leavy-Sperounis, Psy.D.

Moderator: Lara Sheehi, Psy.D 

Date/Time: Friday, November 20, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Zoom (a link will follow)

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Lynne Layton and Marianna Leavy-Sperounis will talk about their new book, drawing out implications for psychoanalytic theory, practice, training, and institutional life. Lara Sheehi will facilitate, join the conversation, and moderate the question and answer segment.

Lynne Layton is a graduate and supervising psychoanalyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and part-time faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She teaches Social Psychoanalysis in the Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-psychologies program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is the author of Who's That Girl? Who's That Boy? Clinical Practice Meets Postmodern Gender Theory, and co-editor of Bringing the Plague: Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting. From 2004-2018, she was co-editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. She is a past-President of Section IX (Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility) of Division 39, APA, and founder of Reflective Spaces/Material Places-Boston, a group of psychodynamic therapists committed to community mental health and social justice. She is on the steering committee of the Grassroots Reparations campaign, and she is the author of the recently published book, Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, Character, and Normative Unconscious Processes.

Marianna Leavy-Sperounis, PsyD, MCP (she/her) completed her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University and Master of City Planning at MIT.  Prior to clinical training, she worked as a community organizer and served as an Obama Administration appointee in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  She currently specializes in child/adolescent/family mental health within a social psychoanalytic framework that centers racial and economic justice.  She is a member of the teaching faculty in the Division of Psychology at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, a former fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and has served on the Board of Section IX (Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility) of Division 39 of the APA since 2017. 

Podcast link to episode of Rendering Unconscious:




November Brown Bag

Title: Career Paths: A Panel of Faculty and Graduates Will Discuss Their Career Trajectories

Panelists: Dr. Sheehi, Dr. Marshall Woods, Dr. Chaudry, Dr. Ingraham, Dr. Gedo, Dr. Crystal Taylor-Dietz

Date/Time: Friday, November 13, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. 

Location: Zoom (a link will follow)



Marmarosh, C. L., Forsyth, D. R., Strauss, B., & Burlingame, G. M. (2020). The psychology of the COVID-19 pandemic: A group-level perspective. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 24(3), 122-138. (PDF)



October 2020


  • Borelli, J., Ensink, K., Gillespie, M., Falasiri, E., Bernazzani, O., Fonagy, P., Berthelot, N. (2020). Mothers’ Self-focused Reflective Functioning Interacts with Childhood Experiences of Rejection to Predict Current Romantic Relationship Quality and Parenting Behavior. Family Process. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12603 /(PDF)
  • Churchill, H., Ridenour, J. (2019). Coming Together Through Falling Apart: Using Psychological Assessment Within a Developmental Framework to Assess Change. Rorschachiana, 40(2) 151–168. Hogrefe Publishing. DOI: 10.1027/1192-5604/a000115 /(PDF)
  • Gilligan, C. (2020). Disrupting the Story: Enter Eve. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 68(4) 675-693. Sage Publishing. DOI: 10.1177/0003065120950434 /(PDF)
  • Lewis, K., Ridenour, J., Pitman, S., Roche, M. (2020). Evaluating Stable and Situational Expressions of Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder: A Multimethod Experience Sampling Case Study. Journal of Personality Assessment. DOI: 10.1080/00223891.2020.1818572 /(PDF)
  • Lewis, K., Ridenour, J. (2019). The Integration of EMA and Single-Occasion Multimethod Assessment Data for a Complex Psychiatric Patient. Assessment, 27(7) 1532-1546. Sage Publishing. DOI: 10.1177/1073191118825313 /(PDF)
  • Ridenour, J., Lewis, K., Poston, J., Ciecalone, D. (2019). Performance-Based Assessment of Social Cognition in Borderline Versus Psychotic Psychopathology. Rorschachiana, 40(2) 95-111 Hogrefe Publishing. DOI: 10.1027/1192-5604/a000114 /(PDF)


September 2020


  • Marmarosh, C., Matsen, J., Perrone-McGovern, K. (2020). Using Event-Related Potentials to Explore Processes of Change in Counseling Psychology. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 67 (4) 500-508. DOI: 10.1037/cou0000410 /(PDF)
  • Marmarosh, C., Salamon, S. (2020). Repeated Terminations: Transferring Therapists in Psychotherapy. Journal of Psychotherapy. American Psychological Association. DOI: 10.1037/pst0000340 /(PDF)
  • Marmarosh, C., Sproul, A. (2020). Empirical Evidence From Group Psychotherapy for Those Studying Other Areas of Group Work. In C. D. Parks and G. A. Tasca (Eds.), The Psychology of Groups: The Intersection of Social Psychology and Psychotherapy Research (pp. 169-189). American Psychological Association. (PDF)
  • Melmed, M. (2020). Bound by Infinities: Technology, Immediacy and Our Environmental Crisis. The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 80, 342-353. DOI: 10.1057/s11231-020-09258-8 /(PDF)