We are pleased to share this review by Dr. Lora Tessman of Grete Bibring: A Culinary Biography by Daniel Jacobs with Olga Umansky. Please click here to read the article!


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BPSI would like to congratulate the following Members:

Kim Foehl, MD, has published a new interactive developmental app book, An Adventure of Our Own, for parents and preschool/early grade school children, in which partners create their own unique story as they read & play together.  The book is created to engage kids and parents (or other partners) in interactive play with one another, based on the idea that back-and-forth play is important for robust child development.  A brief video about the app book can be seen on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/0Kz_WggzDOo. The app book is in the AppStore for iPad at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/an-adventure-of-our-own/id1183087354. An informative website for the project can be found at Two Way Play: twowayplay.com.

Paul E. Lynch, MD, recently published Sexualities: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspectives, co-edited with Alessandra Lemma. This book presents a broad selection of contemporary psychoanalytic thinking on sexuality from a wide range of psychoanalytic traditions. Sexuality remains at the heart of much psychoanalytic theory and practice but it is a complex and controversial subject. This volume includes a range of international contributions that examine contemporary issues and trace common themes needed to understand any sexuality, including the basics of sexuality, and the myriad ways in which sexuality is lived. For more info, please click here (20% Discount Code: IRK71).

Allen Palmer, MD, recently published of “Making it Home”, a photographic chronicle of 141 Herrick Road. This collection of images is a visual story of the building of a home. It documents the construction of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s new home at 141 Herrick Road in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. In 2012, Allen Palmer published “15,” which commemorated the Institute’s sixty years at 15 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts.  For more information or to buy the book, please click here.  Author website: http://www.allenpalmerphotography.com

Mary Anderson, PhD, BPSI Affiliate Scholar, recently published “The Conscious Heart:  On the Act of Creation and the Compassionate Teachings of Art,” in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin.  It is an adaptation from a lecture given in the Fall 2013, at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard, on the dialogical and phenomenological nature of art and prayer. Although in print form, the online essay better represents the works of art and includes two additional images. To access the article, please click here.

Alistair McKnight, LMHC, was a co-recipient of the 2014 William Alanson White Institute Case Presentation Award in the category of Intensive Outpatient Therapy. The award was established to recognize the clinical work of graduate students, interns, residents, and early-career clinicians. His paper was titled “Can I Email You If Something Comes Up? Negotiating Needs and Demands in a Two-Person Frame.”


BPSI’s Division of Academic Affiliation and Research is proud to announce the creation of COMPASS, The Center for Multidisciplinary Psycho Analytic Studies.

Our Affiliate and Silberger Scholars, working with other BPSI members, have created COMPASS to promote collaboration across disciplines and the application of psychoanalytic ideas and concepts in the Arts and Humanities. The Center is a meeting place for our former and current scholars, interested BPSI members and other colleagues and students interested in the world of psychoanalytic thinking.

Murray Schwartz has generously agreed to serve as coordinator of COMPASS.
Dr. Schwartz is Professor of Literature in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College, with long and distinguished experience at the interface of the humanities and psychoanalysis.

Lawrence Hartmann, MD, has been made an Honorary Member in recognition of his distinguished service to psychoanalysis and to BPSI. Dr. Hartmann is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a past president of the American Psychiatric Association. Through his work in the APA, he played a central role in the 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. As cofounder, with Dr. Gerald Adler, of the BPSI Committee on Gender and Sexualities in 1996, he then brought his vast array of clinical and administrative skills to our organization, and he has been an essential contributor ever since. Through his ongoing work as Co-Chair since the committee’s inception, he has helped to remove homophobia from our institutional culture by organizing conferences, leading evening programs, serving as a discussant during clinical presentations, and providing mentorship for gay analytic Candidates when none existed. We are delighted to officially welcome Dr. Hartmann into our professional community and to honor his outstanding and much appreciated contributions to our organization, profession, and broader community.