Candidate Statements for
Division 39. Psychoanalysis
Please note that the submission of a candidate statement was voluntary, so not all candidates listed on the ballot will have a statement.
Candidate: Francine Conway, PhD
My interest in the Member-at-Large position in Division 39 stems largely from my commitment to advancing the field of psychoanalysis practice and scholarship. My training at the Derner Institute has served me well professionally and the psychoanalytic lens offered me a unique perspective that extends beyond the individual and provides an alternative view of our society. However, given the current climate, there is a need bridge the divide between practice and research to bolster the scientific support of psychoanalytic approaches. Therefore, it is with this imperative to support and advance psychoanalysis, I seek the opportunity as Member-at-Large to contribute to the professional education and development of graduate and early career professionals, support and advance research and advocacy and provide a vehicle for the diversity of voices represented in our membership.
Francine Conway, Ph.D., an accomplished scholar and clinical psychologist recognized for her work in child psychopathology, is dean of The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. She has treated children with a range of behavioral problems in hospital settings and private practice for more than 20 years and is nationally and internationally recognized for her work on the treatment of children with ADHD. Her editorships include the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Journal of Women & Aging. She has gained prominence through presentations such as her recent TEDx Talk, "Cultivating Compassion for ADHD" and her recent book, Cultivating Compassion: A Psychodynamic Understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Roman & Littlefield, 2017).
Candidate: David L. Downing, PsyD, ABPP
David L Downing, PsyD, ABPP
Candidate for Division 39 APA Member-at-Large
I ask for your vote in electing me as a Member-at-Large to the Board of Division 39. Recent developments with the APA’s Governance structure pose considerable challenges for Division 39 and the voice of psychoanalysis within APA, along with professional practice as a whole. The recent PTSD guidelines are but one example. I am also concerned with addressing the continuing loss of psychoanalytical internships, policies regarding interrogations, growing corporatist trends within APA’s structure, and the marginalization of psychoanalytic theory and practice in a number of spheres with respect to the growing ‘mono-culture’ of cognitive-behaviourism. My work with ABPP, as an APA Site-visitor, two terms as an APA Council Representative, President of a number of psychoanalytical organisations, and twenty-eight years as an Academic-Administrator within APA-accredited programs; and twenty-four years as a psychoanalyst afford me perspectives for governance forged from multiple vectors of experience. Education and clinical training within the transmission of psychoanalytical praxis is the passion of my professional career. Working with Division 39 to further the profile of psychoanalysis within APA and the culture-at-large, as well as supporting more collaboration between researchers and practitioners is therefor of great concern to me.
I hope you will support my serving Division 39 as Member-at-Large. Thank-you.
Candidate: Colin Ennis, PsyD
I am committed to strengthening Division 39 by ensuring the Division’s long-term vitality by meaningfully engaging Early Career Professionals and diverse populations. I've also made it a priority to have more research represented at the Spring Meeting. I have presented at the Spring Meeting 3 times in the past 7 years on issues of sexuality, race, and early career concerns. I've served on many committees and task forces as well as a section (See qualifications below).
I also have the honor of being Division 39’s Program Chair, overseeing the Spring Meeting and our contributions at APA each year. My presence on the Board of Directors (BoD) these past 3 years has been fruitful as I sustain the best of the Spring Meeting while also doing what I can do enhance diversity & inclusion, quality of scholarship presented, and an overall engaging experience to our diverse and pluralistic membership.
Program Chair, Division 39
Member-at-Large, Board of Directors
Member, Division 39 Awards Committee
Past-President, Division 39, Section IV
Past-Chair, Division 39 Continuing Education Committee
Past-Chair, Division 39 ECP Scholars Subcommittee
Past-Member, Division 39 Early Career Professional Committee
Past-Member, Division 39 Sexualities & Gender Identities Committee
Past-Chair, Illinois Psychological Association, ECP Section
Past-Chair, Illinois Psychological Association, Graduate Student Section
Candidate: Theresa Clement Tisdale, PhD, PsyD
I would be honored to serve as a member-at-large for Division 39. Currently, I serve on the Education and Training Committee because I have a passion for psychoanalytic education, particularly at the doctoral psychology program level. I am a Professor of Clinical Psychology at APU where I have been able to grow the curriculum to include history of psychoanalytic thought (a requested course), as well as an elective year-long sequence in psychodynamic psychotherapy that also includes a lab. I also teach short-term dynamic therapy, which is one of 4 intervention courses from which students much choose two. My passion for serving the division relates to taking on the project of updating the data base of doctoral psychology programs, internships, and postdoctoral fellowships that are psychoanalytically friendly. I also have a passion for social justice and was awarded a research grant from my university to investigate where in the United States there are institutes, clinics, associations, societies, and individual analysts who are making analytically oriented serviced available to the public for low or no cost. I hope to help shift the perception with APA that psychoanalysis is no longer relevant and to shift public perception that only those of certain social classes may have access to psychoanalytic service.
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