Virtual Bulletin

September 2023


First Ever Psy.D. Program Cabaret


For those who have a talent to share with the GWU community (present students and alum welcome) or for those would like to come cheer your colleagues on

Time/Date: October 8th from 4:30 to 7

Please contact Sarah Hedlund if you would like to participate


September 2023 Brown Bag with Drs. Natalia Báez-Powell, Celeste Kelly and helen DeVinney


Title: Difficult Conversations: Holding the Both/And of Oppression and Character Dynamics

Date: Friday, September 29th, 2023 2:00 PM — 3:50 PM

Location: Zoom

Natalia Báez-Powell, PsyD (she/ella) is a queer, Latinx, clinical psychologist working in private practice in occupied territory Virginia. Her work in decolonial, relational psychodynamic therapy with young adults focuses on relationships, identity development, racial and sexual trauma, and immigration. She provides forensic assessments for individuals seeking asylum in the United States and is passionate about social justice, seeking to make therapy and training more accessible across populations in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Celeste Kelly, PsyD (they/she), is a dynamic clinical psychologist living and working in occupied Powhatan territory now known as Richmond, Virginia. They completed both their doctorate and their postdoctoral fellowship at the Professional Psychology Program of George Washington University. They now work as a Staff Psychologist and Assistant Training Director with Dougan & Walden Wellness, PLLC, conducting individual and couple therapy and helping run the practice's new postdoctoral fellowship program. They are interested in working with and writing about gender and sexual identity development and trauma and the intersections of patient and therapist identities.

helen DeVinney, PsyD (she/her) is a member of the core faculty at George Washington University's PsyD program. She has written and presented on the intersections of psychoanalysis and issues of gender, sexuality, race, and ability. In private practice, helen works with folks to explore socio-political factors alongside individual psychology, so that suffering is understood in the context of the white cishet ableist imperialist patriarchy and not in the individual alone. helen is the recipient of the 2023 award for Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Early Career Clinicians, presented by the Society of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (APA Division 39).


  • Friday, October 20th Brown Bag on Group therapy with Dr. Michael Magenheimer
  • Friday, November 10th Brown Bag on Military Psychology with Dr. Aaron Banas


April 2023



Alexey Tolchinsky (2023) A case for chaos theory inclusion in neuropsychoanalytic modeling,Neuropsychoanalysis, DOI: 10.1080/15294145.2023.2191983



March 2023


March Brown Bag with Dr. Tasha Dorsey

Title: Psychodrama: Using Experiential Approaches to Deepen Psychodynamic Work
Date/Time: Friday, March 3rd, 2023 at 2:00pm 
Location: Zoom

Prior to becoming a licensed psychologist, Dr. Dorsey graduated with a B.S. in English from the U.S. Naval Academy. After completing her service commitment, she earned her master’s (MS) and doctoral degrees (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology at George Washington University. Dr. Dorsey's training is largely from a psychodynamic perspective which emphasizes how important past relationships and experiences shape our current emotional state and lifestyle patterns. She has specialized training in child and adolescent psychology and psycho-educational testing. Her work with adults includes community mental health and inpatient settings. She has completed two externships with children and teens at Mosaic Family Services and the Frost-Lodge School. She completed her post-doctoral internship at Connected Psychology, an organization that provides therapy to children in daycare, school, and community settings.


October 2022


Fall Colloquium with Dr. Hannah Zeavin

Date/Time: Friday, October 28th, 2022 at 12:00pm
Location: Zoom
*GW Students: Room 113 in the Elliott School building (1957 E Street) will also stream the presentation
Title: The Distance Cure: Absence, Presence, Teletherapy
Hannah Zeavin is a scholar, writer, and editor, and works as an Assistant Professor at Indiana University and a Visiting Fellow at the Columbia University Center for The Study of Social Difference. Zeavin is the author of The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy (MIT Press, 2021). Essays and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming from Dissent, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, n+1, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. In 2021, Zeavin co-founded The Psychosocial Foundation and is the Founding Editor of Parapraxis, a new popular magazine for psychoanalysis on the left, which will be releasing its first issue in Fall 2022, an editorial associate at The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and an associate editor at Psychoanalysis and History.

October Brown Bag with Dr. Richard Ruth 

Date/Time: Friday, October 14, 2022 at 2:00pm
Title: Language, Culture, Globalization, and Psychological Assessment
Location: Zoom and live streaming in Room 101

September 2022 

September Brown Bag with Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

Friday, September 30, 2022, at 2:00pm

In-person: 1957 E Street, NW, Room 113 and Virtual (Zoom):  

For more information, please see: September Brown Bag Flyer (PDF)


June 2022


Town hall to discuss in person, hybrid and virtual program activities

The Professional Psychology Program welcomes students and faculty to participate in a discussion of the benefits and challenges of in person, hybrid and remote program activities on Friday, June 17th in person in Room 101 and online. We will join together in this town hall to think together about the questions and complexities surrounding the best ways to provide graduate level instruction to you and the best treatment for our patients. We want to invite conversation and hear ideas from as many members of the community as are willing to share, about how it feels to participate in the varied modes we are currently using and to think about where we want to be in the months ahead. 


May 2022


End of the Year Party

Friday, June 3, 2022


4:00PM-5:00PM - Meet and Greet/Refreshments Hour 
5:00PM-5:30PM - Official Agenda: 
Welcome and Brief Year in Review 
Honoring Postdocs 
Hansell Award Presentation 
Honoring Departing Interns 
Celebratory Toast and Concluding Remarks 
5:30PM-7:00PM - Social Soiree 

March 2022


March Brown Bag: Working with the LGBTQIA+ Community

The George Washington University Professional Psychology Program is pleased to announce our March 2022 Brown Bag presentation with W. Max Hurley-Dorof, Psy.D. presenting Working with the LGBTQIA+ Community: Clinical Context for Sexual Expansive Patients. Dr. Hurley-Dorof is a clinical psychologist and graduate of the GW Professional Psychology Program. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the Psy.D. Program at GWU and he also works as a therapist at The Capital Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness. He provides individual, couples, and group therapy to folks with a vast range of presentations, including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, trauma, gender/sexuality, identity development, relationship issues, social adversity, and grief & loss. He works with individuals across the lifespan, with a special interest in and experience working with the LGBTQIA+, college-aged, and Veteran populations.

Friday, March 4, 2022

2:00PM — 3:50PM

To be held virtually over Zoom.


November 2021



Bindeman, J. (2021). Sex, religion, and infertility: the complications of G-d in the bedroom. In K.Bergman & W. Petok (Eds.), Psychological and Medical Perspectives on Fertility Care and Sexual Health (pp. 237-261). Elsevier Inc.


October 2021


Fall 2021 Colloquium

The George Washington University Professional Psychology Program is pleased to announce our Fall 2021 Colloquium Speaker Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou presenting "From Affirmative Consent to Limit Consent; Infantile Sexuality, Risk, and States of Overwhelm"

Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou is a Greek and Greek-Cypriot psychoanalyst, who lives and works in NYC. She trained, and now teaches, at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is also on faculty at several other analytic institutes including the William Allanson White Institute and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute-and is scientific advisor for Orlando LGBT+, Greece. Avgi serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly and Studies in Gender and Sexuality and her written work has received several prizes including the Ruth Stein Prize, the Ralph Roughton Award, the annual JAPA essay prize, and the Symonds prize. She is the 2022 recipient of the Scholarship Award from the division of psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association (Div. 39). Her just-completed book project is provisionally titled Risking Sexuality Beyond Consent: Traumatophilia, Racialization, and the Draw to Overwhelm. When she is not working, she rides her motorcycle and hopes for good weather.

From Affirmative Consent to Limit Consent; Infantile Sexuality, Risk, and States of Overwhelm

As far as sexual rights are concerned, “no” means “no”, and “yes” has to be “ongoing and enthusiastic”. These are the stipulations of affirmative consent, which have so magnetized us-and which have commandeered how (we are told we) should be thinking about good sexual politics. Affirmative consent, the reasoning goes, can insulate us against trauma, and it stands to draft mutually satisfying sexual experiences. But from a psychoanalytic perspective, affirmative consent is conceptually problematic; not only does it assume that one can have full access to her desires, it also treats desire as if it were coherent and unconflicted. But neither sexuality nor the unconscious follow this kind of linear arc-and this is especially true in the aftermath of trauma.

In this presentation we will discuss limit consent as a different way of thinking about the ethics of consent negotiations-negotiations that pertain to sexual relations, and, also, to the undertaking of psychotherapeutic treatments. Limit consent involves a more nuanced negotiation of limits, introducing a different set of questions, questions that have to do with what permits one to surrender to an other, and what may proceed from such a surrender. In contrast to its affirmative counterpart, limit consent does not reproduce a known experience of satisfaction but aims, instead, towards a new experience. Limit consent, however, is intimately connected to the rousing of the sexual life and death drives, which also introduces risk-but also enables us to come into contact with the opacity in ourselves.

Friday, November 19, 2021, 12-2 PM EST


August 2021



We are pleased and excited to announce that Division 49 has awarded Ms. Pavani Khera for the Student Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy. This award seeks to recognize excellence in Group Psychology practice, research, service and/or advocacy with themes central to the promotion of cultural diversity, social justice and equity. Pavani has been training in analytic group work, is leading a diverse process group in the Center Clinic, and is bringing her training and knowledge to India. We look forward to honoring her work on Friday, the 13th at the Division 49 Award Ceremony, 6:00pm eastern time.

Congratulations Pavani!! 


July 2021



Our Alum Dr. Julie Binderman (2004) has been chosen to receive the Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for her advocacy work on behalf of the Maryland Psychological Association and psychologists. The selection committee for APA President Dr. Kelly has chosen her, along with seven other colleagues, to receive this award.

The award is normally presented personally by the President of APA at the Convention. However, this year they will be presenting these awards during the Division 31 meeting at the virtual convention. She will receive the certificate and pin by mail.

The Award was suggested by then APA President Jack Wiggins and designed by his late wife Alice and given at every convention since 1992. It honors those psychologists who have given voluntarily of their time to define the discipline of psychology statutorily by state and federal laws and regulations through advocacy. Julie’s contributions have set a new standard for advocacy to change the statutes and regulations in Maryland.

Congratulations Dr. Julie Binderman!!


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:

*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


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)

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 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
  • 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 
  • Gilligan, C. (2020). Disrupting the Story: Enter Eve. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 68(4) 675-693. Sage Publishing. DOI: 10.1177/0003065120950434
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


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