Changing The Conversation - Bios

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KIM ARRINGTON, PH.D., is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, and for the past 10 years has been the Clinical and Training Director for the Harlem Family Institute, a psychoanalytic psychotherapy program.  Dr. Arrington is also a lecturer and supervisor at Orange Regional Medical Center in the Medical Training Department, and has consulted on film and television programs regarding mental health issues among African American populations.


BRYAN BATISTA-THOMAS, LMSW, graduated from New York University and has studied, worked and lived in Brazil, Israel and Argentina. He has completed programs at both the William Alanson White Institute and at Fundación Aiglé.  Mr. Batista-Thomas works in two private practices, seeing adults and couples, based in Brooklyn and in New York City.


LORI BOHM, PH.D., is a Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute, and Former Director of the Institute’s Center for Applied Psychoanalysis and Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program. Dr. Bohm also served as Chair of the Institute’s Council of Fellows, and is the current President of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society. She was Chair of the Institute’s recent 75th Anniversary Conference Committee and is an Associate Editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Dr. Bohm is co-editor, with Brent Willock, Ph.D. and Rebecca Curtis, Ph.D., of several books including Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Identity and Difference: Navigating the Divide (Routledge, 2016), and Taboo or Not Taboo? Forbidden Thoughts, Forbidden Acts in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (Karnac, 2009), winner of the Gradiva Award.


MARK BLECHNER, PH.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute, and Assistant Professor and Supervisor at New York University.  He has published four books: The Mindbrain and Dreams: An Exploration of Dreaming, Thinking and Artistic Creation (2018), Sex Changes: Transformations in Society and Psychoanalysis (2009), The Dream Frontier (2001), and Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV (1997).  He is former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis.  He practices psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in New York City, where he also leads private dream groups.


JOANNE CLARK, LCSW, did her postgraduate training in feminist relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy at The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute where she also pursued a specialty in Eating and Body Image Issues. She has been on the diversity committee there for 15 years and was on the WTCI Board for 6 years.  Ms. Clark is affiliated with The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s Psychotherapy for Gender and Sexuality. She taught Intersectionality and the Culture of Difference  at that institute’s 4 year analytic  training program.  She is a clinical supervisor and maintains a private practice in NYC.





CHARLES FINLON, LCSW, is a supervisor, faculty member and is Board President at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) in New York, where he also co-chairs the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.  He serves on the International Council for the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and is on the faculties of NYU’s Silver School of Social Work and the Minnesota Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  He is in private practice in New York City and in Saugerties, NY.


ANTON HART, PH.D.,FABP, is a Training and Supervising Analyst and on the Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute. He supervises at Teachers College, Columbia University and at the Derner Institute of Adelphi University. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals  Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He teaches at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, at Mt. Sinai Hospital, at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, and at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies 4-year and National Programs, and at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia. A Co-Founder of the White Institute’s Study Group on Race and Psychoanalysis, Dr. Hart serves as Chair of the Diversities Section of the Department of Education of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is in full-time private practice in Manhattan.


TONI HELLMANN, LCSW, is a psychoanalyst and social worker practicing in New York City. She is a graduate of the William Alanson White Institute, where she is a co-founder and facilitator of the Study Group on Race and Psychoanalysis (SGORAP).


GURMEET S. KANWAL, M.D., is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is Supervising Analyst and teaching faculty at the William Alanson White Institute. He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Discourse. Recent publications have appeared in Neuropsychoanalysis, The Psychoanalytic Review and Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. He also co-edited two books with Salman Akhtar: Bereavement: Personal Experiences and Clinical Reflections and  Intimacy: Clinical, Cultural, Digital and Developmental Perspectives. Dr. Kanwal is in full time private practice in New York City.


MARIA NARDONE, PH.D., Faculty and Supervisor of Psychotherapy; Director of Technology and Global Learning; Director of the Online Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program for Russian Speakers; former Chair, Council of Fellows, William Alanson White Institute; Adjunct Faculty, Fordham University. Dr. Nardone serves as a psychological expert in immigration matters and she is also an organizational consultant.  Her approach on executive coaching was published in Mind-ful Consulting (Karnac, London, 2009). Dr. Nardone is on the Board of Give Something Back International, a non-profit that provides education for children in Southeast Asia and Haiti.





NADINE OBEID, PH.D., is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC. A graduate of William Alanson White Institute, she supervises at their Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program, and is supervising faculty at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Obeid is an active member of Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility (Section IX, of Division 39 at APA) and is an editor for their newsletter, The Psychoanalytic Activist.


MICHAEL O'LOUGHLIN, PH.D., is on the faculty in Psychology and Education at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies, as well as in the Postgraduate programs at Adelphi University. He is co-editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society and he writes about politics, severe psychic distress, intergenerational trauma, racial and ethnic difference, family and child refugee issues, childhood subjectivity, and child therapy. Dr. O’Loughlin edits the book series Psychoanalytic Studies: Clinical, Social and Cultural Contexts. His most recent book, co-edited with S. Arac-Orhun & M. Queler, is Lives Interrupted: An Analysis of Life Narratives of Persons with Chronic Psychiatric Struggles, to be published this year.


JEAN PETRUCELLI, PH.D., is a Supervising Analyst, Faculty, Chair & Founder of the Conference Advisory Board (CAB), Director & Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Service (EDCAS),  and Founding Director of the EDCAS one year educational certificate program at the William Alanson White Institute. She is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Co-Chair of the IH Faculty Selection and Curriculum Committee; Adjunct Faculty for the Institute for Contemporary Psychology (ICP). She is an Associate Editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis; editor of five books: including winner of the American Board & Academy of Psychoanalysis (ABAPsa) 2016 Edited Book, Body-States: Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives on the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Routledge,2015); co-editor with S. Schoen of Unknowable, Unspeakable and Unsprung: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Truth, Scandal, Secrets & Lies (Routledge,2016). Dr. Petrucelli is in private practice in New York City.


DIONNE POWELL, M.D., is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Assistant Attending Psychiatrist, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, and is Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, affiliated with NYU School of Medicine. She has contributed to numerous works and spoken extensively on the topic of psychoanalysis and race.







SARAH SCHOEN, PH.D., is Faculty and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute, Faculty and Supervisor in its Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Program; she is Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Schoen speaks at the Columbia Psychoanalytic University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and teaches and writes about contemporary perspectives on gender, narcissism and the clinical implications of the relational turn. She is in private practice in Manhattan’s Flatiron District.


HOPETON SHAW, MA, is a candidate in psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute, where he is also President of the Sullivan Society. Before immigrating to the US, he worked as a senior health adviser in sexual health and HIV medicine in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. He has extensive experience providing psychotherapy and counseling support to individuals and couples on issues relating to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, compulsive sexual behavior, sexual assault, gender and sexual identity, relationships, and psychosexual difficulties.


NAOMI SNIDER, LLB, is a research fellow at NYU, co-founder of NYU’s Radical Listening Project  and a candidate in psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute. Her published work includes the 2018 book Why Does Patriarchy Persist? Prior to embarking on psychoanalytic training she worked as a lawyer in both the corporate and public interest sectors. Ms. Snider holds law degrees from the London School of Economics, the University of Toronto and NYU.


MICHELLE STEPHENS, PH.D., LP, is a psychoanalyst, professor of English and Latino and Caribbean Studies, and Dean of the Humanities at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is the author of Black Empire: The Masculine Global Imaginary of Caribbean Intellectuals in the United States, 1914 to 1962 (Duke University Press, 2005) and Skin Acts: Race, Psychoanalysis and the Black Male Performer.


BEVERLY J. STOUTE, MD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute, a Child and Adolescent Supervising Analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute where she trained. She is a faculty member of the Emory University School of Medicine, the Southeast Child Analytic Consortium, and Morehouse School of Medicine, and co-edited the 2016-2017 series in The American Psychoanalyst entitled Conversations on Psychoanalysis and Race, featuring her ground-breaking paper “Race and Racism in Psychoanalytic Thought: The Ghosts in our Nursery”, required reading in courses on race at psychoanalytic Institutes across the country.  Her two co-edited books are due out this year, The Trauma of Racism: Lessons from the Therapeutic Encounter, and Psychoanalysis on Racism Beyond the Consultation Room.







MELANIE SUCHET, PH.D., is an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and a contributing editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality. She is Clinical Associate Professor at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and faculty member at the Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Studies.  Dr. Suchet is the recipient of APA’s  2014 SGI award and of their 2016 scholarship award.  She is co-editor of the Routledge book series, Psyche and Soul.


RON TAFFEL, PH.D.,  is the Chair of the Board of Directors at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. He is the author of eight books and over 100 professional and popular articles translated into numerous languages. Dr. Taffel’s training in psychoanalysis, family and child therapy led to his focus on the intersectionality of treatment, the socio-political context, human development and the creation of community.


TUBA TOKGOZ, PH.D., FIPA, a native of Istanbul, was a therapist in Turkey. She has completed adult psychoanalytic training at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) and clinical psychology doctoral training at The New School for Social Research. Dr. Tokgoz received post-doctoral training in parent-infant psychotherapy from The Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Program (ABPIP). She is a faculty member at IPTAR, is Chair of its Diversity Committee, and is in private practice in New York City.


KIRKLAND VAUGHANS, PH.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, and a senior adjunct professor of psychology in the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University.  He is the founding editor of The Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (JICAP) and the coauthor with Warren Spielberg of The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents (Praeger, 2014). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Harlem Family Psychoanalytic Institute.


CLEONIE WHITE, PH.D., is Fellow, faculty, and supervisor of psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute,  Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University's Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and faculty and supervisor at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies.   She sits on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and is an Associate Board member of Psychoanalytic Dialogues.  A Co-Founder of the Study Group on Race and Psychoanalysis at the White Institute, Dr. White also participated in the film, “Black Psychoanalysts Speak”.  She thinks and writes in the areas of race, class, immigration, trauma, and dissociation.  She maintains a private practice in NYC.


ALEXANDRA WOODS, PH.D., is a graduate of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where she has been co-Chair of its Committee on Ethnicity, Race, Class Culture and Language (CERCCL) since 2007. She has taught doctoral courses in Diversity and Mental Health at the Doctoral Sub Program in Clinical Psychology, CUNY, where she has been supervisor since 2001.





From 1991-2001 she was Assistant Chief Psychologist, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, NYC, as director of a program for dually diagnosed adolescents. She has a certificate in the treatment of couples and families at the Family Institute of Westchester and has been in full time private practice since 2001 in New York City, working with individual adults and couples.