Div. 39 Fund

The Div. 39 Fund has been established to recognize and promote the contributions of psychoanalysis to psychology as a science and profession. It will encourage and support programs in education, research, and service that will advance the profession and keep the psychological community and the public informed of developments in psychoanalytic scholarship, research, and practice.

Emphasis will be on increasing public awareness of the benefits of psychoanalytic principles and treatments, as well as on the applicability of psychoanalytic thought to clinical, organizational, and social problems. The fund will target populations that are in need of support, such as early career professionals, students from diverse backgrounds, and therapists working with underserved populations. Activities may include scholarships, research, educational projects, and nonprofit community programs consistent with psychoanalytic principles.

Div. 39 Fund Task Force

  • Marsha McCary, Chair

  • Steve Axelrod

  • Leilani Crane

  • Mary Beth Cresci

  • Dennis Debiak

  • Norka Malberg

  • Bill MacGillivray

  • Nancy McWilliams

  • Dolores Morris

2016 Update

The Div. 39 Fund Committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 grant, Felicitas Rost of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. The title of her research study is "Combining Formal Qualitative Methodology with Outcome Findings to Explore and Elucidate the Sleeper Effect Observed in a RCT on the Effectiveness of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Depression." It is anticipated that this project will contribute to a better understanding of the changes in personality function involved in depression post-termination of psychoanalytic treatment. The cohort is a group of patients with treatment resistant depression who have completed eighteen months of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The division fund was very pleased to receive 19 applications for this grant of $4000. The Div. 39 Research Committee headed by Woody Waldron, reviewed the applications and selected the top three that best fit our request for proposals criteria. The Division Fund Committee selected the final recipient.

This is our third year of making grants from the Div. 39 Fund. Due to donations and investments we are able to increase our grant to $6000. The 2016 grant takes a different direction and will support community direct service using psychoanalytic principles that target clinical, organizational or social problems, including problems related to social justice. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2016. Apply online.

As of Dec. 1, 2015, the Div. 39 Fund had $138,252.27 in cash and $157,552.27 in pledges and cash. We continue to seek your support of this fund with pledges and donations. The grants from this fund create a very important space for the support of the psychoanalytic perspective in its many forms. We need your help with a pledge so that we can have more than one grant recipient each year.