• What are the experiences of psychoanalysts of color?
  • What is the relevance of psychoanalysis to communities of color? 
  • How can psychoanalytic training better meet the needs of black psychotherapists and black patients? 
  • How can psychoanalysis be made more accessible and relevant to a more diverse population?

Please join the conversation with our six distinguished panelists discussing their thoughts about the field of psychoanalysis and their roles in the psychoanalytic community. Let's continue the discussion and build the momentum in this, the second meeting of Black Psychoanalysts Speak. With more space, more time, and more support, this conference promises to be even more informative and inspiring than the last. All of last year's panelists will be returning as discussants and facilitators.


Janice O. Bennett, Ph.D. is a graduate of New York University's Postdoctoral Program in Psychology and Psychoanalysis, where she is a Co-Chair of The Diversity Fellowship Committee.   Dr. Bennett is a supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP). She was formerly the director of the Postdoctoral Program in College Mental Health at Columbia University's Health Services Counseling and Psychological Services. She has a private practice in New York City, and has presented and written about race and cultural issues in psychology and psychoanalysis, including her seminal 2006 paper, "The Analyst at the Intersection of Multiple Cultures," Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 3:2, 55-63.

Anton H. Hart, Ph.D. is a Fellow, Training and Supervising Analyst and on the faculty of the William Alanson White Institute, teaching and supervising in the (Division I) psychoanalytic training program as well as supervising in the Program in Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IPPP) and teaching White's postdoctoral fellows and in the Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Service (EDCAS). He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He teaches Relational Psychoanalysis in the Department of Psychology at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital (for which he was awarded Teacher of The Year in 2012). He has papers on issues of mutuality, disruption and safety. His areas of clinical interest include detailed psychoanalytic listening, supervision-consultation, ethics, psychoanalytic work with minorities and both individual and group consultation with college and university students and faculty. He is in full-time private practice in New York City and Poughkeepsie, NY.  

Dorothy Evans Holmes, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University where she directed the Professional Psychology Program and Clinic (2005-2011). She is a Teaching, Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus at the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis.  Her publications address the influences of race, gender and class on the psychoanalytic treatment process and ego functioning.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association, and the Program Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  Dr. Holmes is the 2012 recipient of a Career Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of women's and racial issues in psychoanalysis by Section III, Division 39, of the American Psychological Association.   She is in private practice of clinical psychology and psychoanalysis in Bluffton, South Carolina.

DOLORES O. MORRIS, Ph.D., ABPP is a psychologist psychoanalyst with special interest in the interface of culture, ethnicity and class in clinical and institutional settings and how these experiences shape identity.  Dr. Morris is a graduate of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and supervisor in the Interpersonal Orientation. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) representing the specialization of psychoanalysis. Her writings focus on race and psychotherapy, and she is co-author of Specialty Competencies in Psychoanalysis in Psychology one of the volumes of Specialty Competencies in Professional Psychology Series to be published by Oxford University Press.

Craig K. Polite, Ph.D. is a Psychologist and Psychoanalyst in full-time private practice in Manhattan. He was trained at the New York University Post Doctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where he is currently a Clinical Consultant. With a background in industrial psychology, he integrates management consulting and organizational development into his practice.  Dr. Polite hosted a radio talk show, The Mind's Eye, and has made numerous television talk show appearances. He was Departmental Surgeon with the NYC Housing Authority Police Department and co-authored Children of the Dream: The Psychology of Black Success.  Dr. Polite was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at SUNY Stony Brook, and has held numerous clinical professorships.

Cleonie White, Ph.D. is faculty and supervisor of psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology, and at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies.  She sits on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and is an Associate Board member at Psychoanalytic Dialogues.  Her interests and writings are in the areas of trauma and dissociation, race, class, the immigrant/foreigner Other, and creativity.  Dr. White is a founding member of the not-for-profit organization, Mental Health Activists in Partnership (MAP), which explores conflict, negotiation, and resolution across racial, social, and political differences.  Dr. White maintains a private practice in New York City.


C. JAMA ADAMS, Ph.D. is Chairperson of Africana Studies at John Jay College as well as an organizational consultant and psychotherapist in NYC.   He is on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), although he decided not to pursue full psychoanalytic training.   He recently (2009) published a book chapter in Heterosexual Masculinities, edited by Reis & Grossmark, entitled "Psychotherapy with Poor African American Men: Challenges Around Construction of Masculinities." Dr. Adams Is currently doing research on identity issues in peoples of Africana heritage residing in China.

ANNIE LEE JONES, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist/psychoanalyst and a short story writer and poet, who often explores in vivid ways her experiences growing up in the South.  Her poetry and prose appear in Psychoanalytic Perspectives ("Jelly Jar" and "Playhouse Under the Porch", 2009, 6:83 -85). Dr. Jones is a graduate of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is the military sexual trauma coordinator at the NYHDVA-CLC in Queens and has a private practice nearby.  She is also on the Board of PsyCritiques, where she is a book and film reviewer.  She has a chapter in Dr. Vaughan's forthcoming book on the psychology of black boys and adolescents, drawn from her interest in masculinity as performance art and poverty/violence as a unifying force in black America.

CHERYL THOMPSON, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy at Seton Hall University.  She is training and supervising analyst at the Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey (CPPNJ), and a supervisor in the Relational Track in the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  She has presented and written about diversity including her 1995 article in Psychoanalytic Psychology "Self Definition by Opposition: A Consequence of Minority Status" 12:533 -545; and has a long standing interest in the effects of disorders of attachment and anti-social behavior.

KIRKLAND VAUGHANS, Ph.D., is a graduate of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where he is also a Co-Chair of The Diversity Fellowship Committee.  Dr. Vaughan is on the faculty of Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies.  He was the founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (JICAP) where he served as its editor for 10 years.   He made JICAP a special venue for the publication of papers on the treatment of children of diverse ethnic groups and economic backgrounds.  He has a private practice in NYC and is a school psychologist at Hempstead high school.  He is co-editor of a forthcoming book on the psychology of black boys and adolescents.


KATHLEEN POGUE WHITE, Ph.D. was trained at the William Alanson White Institute, where she is a founding member and past director of their Organization Program.  A member of the Tavistock Institute, she uses the combined theories of Group Relations and Psychoanalysis as a consultant to groups and organizations.   She has published many journal articles including "Surviving Hating and Being Hated: Some Personal Thoughts about Racism from a Psychoanalytic Perspective", 2002, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 38: 401-422.    


MICHAEL MOSKOWITZ, Ph.D. is on the faculty of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and the New York University School of Social Work.  He was the founding chair of the IPTAR Diversity Committee. Dr. Moskowitz is the author of articles on psychoanalytic theory, organizational dynamics, morality, culture, race and ethnicity, and is also a co-editor of three books including Reaching Across Boundaries of Culture and Class: Widening the Scope of Psychotherapy. He is the author of Reading Minds: A Guide to the Cognitive Neuroscience Revolution (2010).


RICHARD REICHBART, Ph.D. is President-Elect and Fellow of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), and Chair of the IPTAR Diversity Committee. He is training and supervising analyst at the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey (CPPNJ), a Board member of the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA), and a past president of the New Jersey Psychoanalytic Society.  Dr. Reichbart is the author of numerous papers including, "On Men Crying: Lear's Agony" in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2006, 54/4, 1067-1098.  He maintains a private practice in Ridgewood, New Jersey.



William ALanson White Insitute

 The New School for Social Research



The New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis


Tishman Auditorium at The New School
66 W. 12th St, New York, NY 10011


Suggested admission fee: $50
Candidate/student suggested fee: $25


Register Online or mail a check (please note the conference name in the memo field and make the check payable to the William Alanson White Institute) to:

William Alanson White Institute
c/o Marisol Pitre
20 W. 74th Street
New York, NY 10023

Registration and light breakfast 9:00-9:45 AM
Panel discussion 9:45 -1:00 PM
Lunch on your own 1:00-2:00 PM
Small group discussions 2:00-3:00 PM
Panel and community discussion 3:00-5:00 PM
Adjourn 5:00 PM



Please Contact: Richard Reichbart, Ph.D.:  reichbart@earthlink.net


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