Steering Committee

Co-Chairs


Nancy Burke, PhD

Co-Chair

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst
708 Church St, Ste 223
Evanston IL  60611
Phone: 312-335-0311
Email: nbur@northwestern.edu

Nancy Burke, PhD is on the faculty of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, of which she is the immediate past president. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University, is Vice-President of ISPS-US, and is on the boards of CCP, EMHS-US, Show Up Stand Up and Rainforest Relief. Her essays have appeared in Psychoanalytic Psychology, the Psychoanalytic Review and Gender and Psychoanalysis, and she is the editor of Gender and Envy (Routledge). Her forthcoming work is Undergrowth (Gibson House Press).

 


Linda Michaels, PsyD, MBA

Co-Chair

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
645 N. Michigan Ave, Ste 803
Chicago IL  60611
Phone: 312-612-0444
Email: lindamichaels.psyd@gmail.com

Linda Michaels, PsyD, MBA is in private practice in Chicago. For the last 10 years, she has served as a Council member of the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology. She has a former career in marketing, innovation and management consulting, with over 15 years consulting to organizations. During this time, she also served as President of a not-for-profit arts organization. In addition to her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Linda has an MBA from Wharton, and a BA, Summa cum Laude, from Harvard.

 


Janice Muhr, PhD

Co-Chair

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
180 N. Michigan Ave, Ste 1915
Chicago IL  60601
Phone: 312-782-3338
Email: jrmuhr@gmail.com

Janice Muhr is a practicing psychologist with 40 years of experience in community mental health and private practice in Chicago and Evanston. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where she served as adjunct clinical faculty in the Counseling Psychology Program for 18 years.

 


Advisors

Enrico Gnaulati, PhD


Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Enrico Gnaulati, PhD is a clinical psychologist based in Pasadena, California. He has published numerous journal and magazine articles and his work has been featured on Al Jazeera America, China Global Television Network, KPCC Los Angeles, KPFK, Los Angeles, WBUR, Boston, KPFA Berkeley, and online at the Atlantic and Salon, as well as reviewed in Maclean’s, the Huffington Post, The Australian, and the New Yorker. He is a nationally recognized reformer of mental health practice and policy and the author of Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (Beacon Press, 2013), Saving Talk Therapy: How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science are Ruining Good Mental Health Care (Beacon Press, 2018), and Emotion-Regulating Play Therapy with ADHD Children: Staying with Playing. (Jason Aronson, 2008).

 

Jonathan Shedler, PhD

 

Todd Essig, PhD

 


Members


Margot Aronson, LICSW


Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Email: malevin@erols.com

Margot Aronson is a licensed independent clinical social worker in the District of Columbia. Margot represents the Clinical Social Work Association in the Mental Health Liaison Group and on the Hill, monitoring legislation and advocating for improved access to effective mental health and addiction care. Margot’s 30 years of clinical experience range from child protection and residential care for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents to private practice. She has been recognized as a Distinguished Practitioner by the National Academy of Practice in Social Work.

 


Barbara Berger, PhD


Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Email: b.bergerphd@me.com

Barbara Berger, Ph.D. has been in full time private practice in Chicago for almost 40 years. She is faculty emeritus and a member of the Board of Trustees at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. She is an editor for The Clinical Social Work Journal and The Psychoanalytic Social Work Journal. Dr. Berger has served as President of The American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work and a Chair of the Social Work Academy in the National Academies of Practice. She was elected as a Distinguished Practitioner in 2002, received the award for Distinguished Service from the Institute for Clinical Social Work in 2012, and The Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work in 2013.

 


Mac Brachman, PhD


Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Email: mbrachman@comcast.net

Mac Brachman is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Illinois. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is active in efforts to improve availability of mental health services to all persons, particularly persons from underserved populations, and particularly advocates broader education about and availability of quality psychotherapy and a healthy skepticism about, and greater efforts to regulate, the increasing medicalization and monopolization of mental health services by special pharmaceutical, medical, and business interests to the detriment of quality, non-medical/non-pharmaceutical mental health care.

 


Cheryl Irmiter, PhD, LCSW


Health Care Consultant, Professor
Email: cirmiter@sbcglobal.net

For nearly 15 years, I was a mental health clinician and educated physicians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers, as well as students at Northwestern University, University of Chicago and Loyola University. I am currently adjunct faculty at Loyola University’s School of Social Work. Since my post-doctorate as a Health Services and Translational Researcher at the University of Michigan, I advance research and policy to practice and advocate for individual mental and health care needs in various capacities at the American Medical Association, Easter Seals Inc., and Home Centered Care Institute. I am honored that my colleagues recognized my scholarly work by awarding me a Research, Policy, and Practice Fellow for the Gerontological Society of America and a Billings Fellow for the Institute of Medicine Chicago.

 


Patricia McMahon, PsyD
tisherself.pat@gmail.com

Patricia McMahon, PsyD received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her training and career have included work in a hospital, forensic agency, two university counseling centers and private practice, and she has taught undergraduate and graduate level psychology courses. Dr. McMahon currently has a private practice. Additionally, she is professionally active on a volunteer basis in the American Psychological Association-Division 39-Section IV Secretary; the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology as a former President and currently as a Councilor; and most recently as a member of the Illinois Psychological Association-Women’s Issues Section – Overcoming Gender Bias Subcommittee.

 


Holly Passi, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Passi is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Transition Care Management Clinic at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, which serves post-9/11 veterans. She is also the program coordinator for the Student Veteran Outreach Program, which aims to provide mental health services and community outreach to veterans transitioning from the military to college campuses. Dr. Passi’s interests include returning veterans, student veterans, and integrative approaches to treating posttraumatic stress disorder and moral injury. She is also interested in community-based approaches to foster veteran re-integration to civilian life, as well as cultural and institutional barriers to re-integration.

 


Ricardo Rieppi, PhD


Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Email: ricardo.rieppi@mindnyc.com

Ricardo Rieppi, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist practicing in New York City and an advanced candidate in psychoanalysis at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Rieppi is currently Co-Chair of the APA Division 39 Candidate Outreach Committee, and an Advisory Board Member for the Candidate Journal. He specializes in providing contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy to adults and adolescents, but also integrates complementary interventions, such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). Dr. Rieppi is a native Spanish-speaker and provides all clinical services in both English and Spanish. Dr. Rieppi is a long-term member the American Psychological Association, APA Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), New York State Psychological Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy (IARPP).

 


Erika Schmidt, LCSW


Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Email: eschmidt49@gmail.com

Erika Schmidt is the President of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, a Child Analyst and Adult Training and Supervising Analyst on its faculty, and a faculty member at the Institute for Clinical Social Work. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and was the founder of the Chicago chapter of A Home Within. She has worked in child welfare, schools and a university counseling service and has published on topics including child therapy and analysis, psychoanalytic education and the history of psychoanalysis. She has a private practice of child and adult psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

 


Allan Scholom, PhD


Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst
Email: ascholom@ccpsa.org

Allan Scholom, PhD is President of the Section of Psychoanalysts of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the APA, on the Core Faculty and Board of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, and on the Faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work. He has served as President of the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, First Vice Chairperson of the Chicago Community Mental Health Board, Founder and Chairperson of the Illinois Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, and Mental Health Policy Advisor to Illinois US Senator Adlai Stevenson, Jr. Dr. Scholom has published and presented widely on the interface between psychoanalysis and politics, primarily regarding mental/health care issues. He has taught classes and led workshops on Psychoanalysis and Politics. Dr. Scholom is in the private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

 


Nancie Senet, PhD


Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst
Email: nsenet@earthlink.net

Nancie Senet, PhD is located on the central New Jersey coast where she has a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy working with children, adolescents, and adults, and also providing supervision to candidates and other clinicians. She completed her training in adult psychoanalysis at the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in New Jersey and is a member of the faculty and editor of their newsletter. She completed her training in child psychoanalysis at the Institute of the New York Freudian Society, now the Contemporary Freudian Society, where she has taught classes in child development. She is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) and the Association for Child Psychoanalysis. Her article, “A study of preschool children’s linking of genitals and gender” was published in the Psychoanalytic Quarterly.

 


Wylie Tene


Director of Public Affairs, APsaA
Email: wtene@apsa.org

Wylie Tene joined the American Psychoanalytic Association in January 2015 bringing with him more than 15 years of diverse communications, public relations and social media experience, including both in-house and at public relations agencies. Over the years, Mr. Tene has developed hundreds of effective PR campaigns that have garnered top-tier media coverage in outlets such as USA Today, New York Times, CNN, People Magazine, Newsweek, Huffington Post and the Associated Press. His prior experience was as the public relations manager for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) where for eight years he was responsible not only for the organization’s traditional media, but also creating and growing their entire social media community. Additionally, he worked with journalists from across the U.S. on the creation of the “Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide,” and was a consultant on several projects focused on improving how the media addresses suicide and mental health. Mr. Tene graduated from California State University, Northridge with a BA in Communication Studies. In his free time, he volunteers on the communications committee for Congregation Beit Simchat Torah helping with their social media, public relations, crisis communications, website and develop printed materials.

 


Bryant Welch, JD, PhD


Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Attorney
Email: welchfirm@aol.com

Bryant Welch, JD, PhD, author of State of Confusion: Political Manipulation and the Assault on the American Mind, has been a nationally prominent clinical psychologist and attorney for almost four decades. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Bryant received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and later was a research associate graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute in Washington DC. In addition to his clinical work and teaching, Bryant served as an executive director for the American Psychological Association and led national psychology through its most successful era of advocacy expanding access to psychological services. He has championed numerous social justice issues and was one of the very first and most outspoken advocates for non-discriminatory treatment of gay men and lesbians in the mental health community. Most recently he was a visible critic of the American Psychological Association’s involvement in America’s enhanced interrogation torture program.

 


Oksana Yakushko, PhD


Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Email: oyakushko@gmail.com

Oksana Yakushko, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and psychoanalytic trainee with a focus on integration of feminist and critical perspectives in psychoanalytic within relational forms of clinical care. She is also a faculty member and Chair of Clinical Psychology Department at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her published work focuses primarily on social issues including immigration, xenophobia, gendered, and the impact of historical forms of oppression.