Thank you for your interest in Div. 39 (Psychoanalysis). With membership, you will be part of a contemporary psychoanalytic and psychodynamic community that supports pluralism and diversity in practice, theory and scholarship. This page highlights important aspects of the division and benefits of membership; for full information, please look over the rest of this website.

Activities of the Division

Our twice-yearly meetings sponsor symposia and workshops, as well as offering continuing education and highlighting the cutting edge of current psychoanalytic thinking. This includes the summer meeting as part of the larger APA national convention and the division's annual spring meeting. These meetings are also valuable opportunities to network with colleagues.

The division has stimulated the development of interdisciplinary local chapters and training institutes. Interested psychologists are encouraged to participate in both local and national levels of the division's activities.

A further benefit of joining the division is the opportunity to participate on a variety of email discussion groups, including list groups for early career and graduate student members.
Members are eligible for a variety of awards, as well as stipends to assist participation at our spring meeting. Awards are available for every level of professional development including students and early career members.

Division Sections

Div. 39 thrives on the active participation of its members. One additional way to further partake in all the division has to offer is via participation in one of the eight different sections (see below). Section membership allows a more informal and personal entrée into division activities, including writing and conference opportunities. The sections also contribute to the psychoanalytic field through graduate student/early career awards and stipends. The sections include:

Division Membership Categories and Fees

There are two categories of membership, member and affiliate, with differing eligibility criteria within these two broad categories.


You may join the division as a member if you are (1) a fellow, member or associate of APA, (2) a psychologist ineligible to join APA (due to APA restrictions on program accreditation), or (3) a licensed mental health professional. Member Fee: $95 Early Career Professional Discount: $50 (if you are within seven years of graduating with your terminal degree, you may join at this reduced fee, or receive a refund if you paid the $95 fee through APA's renewal service).


You may join the division as an affiliate if you have an interest in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychology. There are different fees depending upon the following eligibility criteria, that is you must qualify for one of the lower fees, otherwise the fee is $95. Affiliate Fee: $95

International Affiliate Fee: $65 (must reside outside the United States)  
Graduate Student Affiliate Fee: $25 (must be currently enrolled in graduate school)

Address any questions to:

Ruth Helein, administrator 
2615 Amesbury Rd 
Winston Salem, NC 27103 
Telephone: (336) 448-4198 
Fax: (336) 464-2974

Interested in Becoming a Fellow?

Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. 

For more information, please contact Div. 39 Fellows Chair, David Ramirez.