Early Career Committee

The Early Career Committee enthusiastically invites interested members to share your thoughts and to collaborate on projects and research.

The Early Career Committee seeks to enhance the experiences of division members who are within their first seven years after training. The committee works to identify and represent the interests of early career members, facilitate participation in specialized conference programming, and contribute to policy making and recruitment endeavors of the division. We aim to engage members in the early stages of their careers in a dialogue about their unique career pathways, identity development and professional needs. We actively seek collaboration among graduate students and institute candidates to increase visibility and to build relationships in the psychoanalytic community.


  • Co-chair: Marilyn Charles
  • Co-chair: Trish Ready
  • Daphny Ainslie
  • Ankhesenamun Ball 
  • Dana Charatan 
  • Tanya Cotler 
  • Kristen Davisson 
  • Karen Dias 
  • Jennifer Durham-Fowler 
  • Winnie Eng
  • Colin Ennis
  • Carrie Evenden
  • Cory Gerritsen
  • Ruchira Gulati
  • Tanya Hess
  • Shamaila Khan
  • Hee-Jin Kim 
  • Devon King
  • Dan Livney
  • Stephen Lugar
  • Paul Martin
  • Almas Merchant 
  • Laura Pierce
  • Trisha Ready 
  • Maria del Mar Rivera Castro
  • Marian Santandreu
  • Frank Summers
  • Kenneth Trevino

The Winner of the Early Career Paper Prize

Norka Malberg’s very fine proposal Exploring Relational Patterns and the Intersubjective Experiences of Chronic Illness from a Mentalization Perspective has been awarded the 2011 Early Career Paper Prize. The award is presented at the President’s Reception for Graduate Students, Early Career Professionals and Candidates at the Spring Meeting.

The Early Career Professional Paper Award is given to the best paper submission for the Div. 39 Spring Meeting by a participant who is within the first seven years after training.

Committee Communications

Div. 39 Email List

Stay current with the latest on psychoanalysis and issues particular to early career psychologists by joining the Div. 39 Early Career Email list.

Future Committee Goals

We will continue to discuss ways in which we can apply the findings of the Diversity Task Force, in addition to our ongoing efforts:

  1. To continue our efforts to help early career individuals find their way into Div. 39 in whatever roles suit their particular interests.

  2. To continue to offer programming that is mindful of the diverse needs and interests of early career division members.

  3. To continue our tradition of participating in the president’s reception and to find ways in which committee members can be more available and visible to ECs as potential resources.

  4. To continue to develop the Early Career List-Serve.

  5. To continue to work with the program committees to highlight and support EC submissions to the Spring Meeting and, in conjunction with the Editor of Psychoanalytic Psychology, to offer a prize for the best Early Career submission to the Spring Meeting, and collaborate with the author to bring the article to publication.

Previous Committee Events

  • Spring 2009 Meeting
    Theme: Exploring the Cultural Contexts of Early Career Issues

  • Spring 2008 Meeting
    Theme: The Path to Knowing More: Early Career Exchanges and Explorations

  • Spring 2007 Meeting
    Theme: Time, Process, and Complexity: Building a Psychoanalytic Community

  • Spring 2006 Meeting
    Theme: Disruptions, repair, and development: Being and becoming a psychodynamic psychotherapist