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Carter J. Carter, LICSW

Carter is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist based in Western Massachusetts.  His full-time private practice in Amherst is geared towards serving people of color.  He is on the faculty of the Smith College School for Social Work and the Lesley University Division of Expressive Therapies, and serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society.  Carter joined Division 39 as a Multicultural Concerns Committee Scholar and is also co-chair of MCC.  He lives with his vegetables, livestock, and wife on a farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts, on Mohican land.

Jane Hassinger, LCSW, DCSW
Immediate Past President

Jane Hassinger, LCSW DCSW,  is a Psychotherapist/Psychoanalyst in Ann Arbor where she has a clinical practice and teaches on issues related to gender inequality, white racism, trauma, and reproductive justice. Formerly on the faculty of Women’s Studies, she is currently a Research Investigator at University of Michigan’s Medical School, Department of Obstretics and Gynecology.  Jane completed psychoanalytic training in New York City at the National Training Program in Contemporary Psychoanalysis.  

Jane’s practice as a psychotherapist, teacher, and researcher is multi-focal and interdisciplinary—emphasizing and engaging intersectional links among identity and personal and cultural histories.  She is co-founder, with Billie Pivnick, of the Collaboratory, a web-based seminar that explores approaches to community-based collaborations on significant social/political problems. Jane’s scholarly work has examined gender and race as critical factors in identity, wellbeing and the psychoanalytic situation.  Community-based research projects have included: “Community-based Responses to the Mental Health Needs of Survivors of Gender-based Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo;” “Providers Share:  Global Narratives from Abortion Providers;” and “The Women’s Prison Project: A Group Therapy Project for Incarcerated Victims of Sexual Assault, and “Women on Purpose: Working to End the Silence around HIV/AIDS and Lift Up Lives.”  Her book, Women On Purpose: Resilience and Creativity of the Founding Women of Phumani Paper (with Kim Berman) was published in 2012.

Jessica Chavez
Education & Training Committee

Sarah Scheckter, PhD
Membership Committee

Sarah Scheckter, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is a psychologist in private practice outside of Philadelphia. She joined the Board of Section IX in 2019 and serves as membership committee co-chair. She is active with her local Philadelphia chapter of Division 39, and she is passionate about including and amplifying diverse voices in mental health care. Please contact her if you have membership questions, or ideas for Section IX initiatives! (email:

Marianna Leavy-Sperounis, PsyD, MCP
Membership Committee

Marianna Leavy-Sperounis, PsyD, MCP (she/her/hers) is a clinical psychologist based in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a background in community organizing and city planning.  She focuses on work with children, families, and young adults, with attention to the impacts of trauma, power and oppression, and movements for racial, economic, and social justice. She is the recent editor of a volume of Lynne Layton's work, "Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, Character, and Normative Unconscious Processes".  She is also co-chair of the Section IX Membership Committee and welcomes outreach from anyone interested in joining! (email:

Carnella Gordon-Brown
Section Representative, Society for Psychoanalysis & Psychoanalytic Psychology (Division 39) Board of Directors

Carnella Gordon-Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an Independent Practice in San Francisco, where she is also Adjunct Faculty in the School of Community Mental Health, California Institute of Integral Studies; as well as, an Adjunct Faculty in the School of Social Work, Smith College.  She had the privilege of gaining professional experience within the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s, Community Behavioral Health Service, for almost a decade prior to her Independent Practice. Serving consumers, both as a Social Work psychotherapist, and as a Clinical Program Manager at a richly diverse Behavioral Health Non-Profit in contract with the CCSF.  Ms. Gordon-Brown gravitated to membership in Division 39, and Section 9 because of her curiosity and interest in developing a deeper understanding of the analytic relationships within her therapeutic practice; as well as, in exploring and developing social justice collaborations within psychoanalytic communities. Ms. Gordon-Brown just completed serving her 2nd year as Secretary of Div39S9.  She is currently the Section 9 Representative on the Division 39 Board of Directors.

Leilani Salvo Crane
Liaison to Multicultural Concerns Committee

Matt LeRoy
Editor, The Psychoanalytic Activist

Nadine Obeid

Sara Blair Jenkins, MSW, LCSW, LCASA

Sarah Blair Jenkins, MSW, LCSW, LCASA: I am a North Carolina-based social worker living and practicing in Asheville. As a queer, Appalachian woman, I am dedicated to serving this complicated region and providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy to clients with a myriad of presenting issues. I am currently serving as Secretary of Section IX. Contact email:

Andrea Recarte

Andrea Recarte is a US-born Uruguayan Doctor in Clinical Psychology based in Santiago, Chile. Prior to graduating from The City College of NY, CUNY, I studied Art Therapy at NYU, and Fine Arts and Psychology at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). I currently work in Private Practice and teach at the Escuela de Psicología, PUC. My work has centered on trauma, especially war trauma, and the interdependence between the individual and sociopolitical spheres of experience.

I am a Member at Large of Section V: Applied Clinical Psychoanalysis, and a former Div39 scholar. In 2019, I joined Section IX’s board as a liaison to Section V.

Katie Gentile, PhD

Katie Gentile, Ph.D. is Professor of Gender Studies and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York). She is the author of Creating bodies: Eating disorders as self-destructive survival and the 2017 Gradiva Award winning The Business of being made: The temporalities of reproductive technologies, in psychoanalysis and cultures, both from Routledge. She is the editor of the Routledge book series Genders & Sexualities in Minds & Culture and a co-editor of the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on eating disorders, sexual and racial/cultural violence, restorative and community-based justice and sexual misconduct in colleges and institutes, intimate partner violence, participatory action research, and the cultural and psychic production of temporalities around reproduction and fetal personhood, and the human and more-than-human. She is on the faculty of New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Critical Social Psychology program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is in private practice in New York City

Lara Sheehi, PsyD

Lara Sheehi, PsyD, is a faculty member at the GWU Professional Psychology Program. Her work is on decolonial struggles as well as power, race, class and gender constructs and dynamics within Psychoanalysis. She has an upcoming co-authored book with Stephen Sheehi, Psychoanalysis Under Occupation: Theory and Practice in Palestine (Routledge), and her most recent chapter, "The Islamophobic Normative Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Considerations" can be found in Islamophobia and Psychiatry: Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment. Lara is the Secretary of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Div. 39 of the APA) and Chair of the Teachers’ Academy for the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA), Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society (PCS), and Institutionalized Children: Explorations and Beyond, and is on the advisory board to the USA-Palestine Mental Health Network and Psychoanalysis for Pride. Email:

Matthew Steinfeld, PhD

Dr. Matthew Steinfeld received his doctorate in clinical psychology from The New School for Social Research, and completed pre and postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. He has been a Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association and a Psychoanalytic Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Dr. Steinfeld’s scholarly, clinical, and research interests center on: clinical theory and technique in psychodynamic psychotherapy, the psychological and sociological correlates of substance use disorders, and the acoustic dimensions of psychotherapy. A classically trained musician, he has also conducted research on the psychodynamics of music making. He serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Associate Director of Clinical Training at the Connecticut Mental Health Center’s Substance Abuse Treatment Unit

Molly Merson, LMFT

Molly Merson, LMFT practices psychotherapy in Berkeley, CA where Molly works primarily with adults and adolescents. A third-year candidate at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, Molly is active in the psychoanalytic community, including participation over the years on several committees aimed at incorporating diverse approaches to healing and thinking into our clinical conversations. Molly is actively engaged in interrogating whiteness and other systems of power in personal, professional, and clinical life, and has spoken on several panels and written a paper on interrogating whiteness in psychoanalysis. Molly also writes articles and blog posts about the social and the psychoanalytic, and appears on podcasts discussing psychoanalysis in everyday life.

Rossanna Echegoyen, LCSW

Rossanna Echegoyén LCSW is Founder and Co-Chair of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity at Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chair of the Inter-Institute Task Force for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in psychoanalytic training, Organizing Committee Member of Reflective Spaces/Material Places in San Francisco and Consultant with Racial Literacy Groups ( She co-leads a supervision group for analytic candidates of color and is on faculty at psychoanalytic institutes and associations in San Francisco and New York, where she maintains a private practice.


Section IX - Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility

Society of Psychoanalysis & Psychoanalytic Psychology (39) of the American Psychological Association

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