PAC History and Members' Activities
The Psychoanalysis-Art-Creativity (PAC) interdisciplinary study group started out in September 2010, originally loosely affiliated with the Institute of the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society, of which Eva D. Papiasvili, Ph.D., ABPP was at the time the Executive Director and Dean. As the membership became increasingly trans-institutional (faculty of various psychoanalytic institutes in New York, as well as members from academia and arts), the group became autonomous.
At present time, the group meets every two weeks and each academic year the rigorous curriculum covering the connection of psychoanalysis with another subject, is followed and discussed. For instance, during 2010/11 the group studied Psychoanalysis and Visual Arts, during 2011/12 we studied Psychoanalysis and Literature, and during 2012/13 we study the connection between Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience/Neurology and the Arts.
Throughout, members of the group engage in collaborative studies, i.e. an ongoing psychoanalytic exploration of dream drawings and dream paintings throughout development, drawing on the material from psychoanalytic patients in New York but also from My Dream art competition in Pribor, Czech Republic, given to us for the purposes of the study by the Society of Sigmund Freud in Pribor (its president is also a corresponding member of PAC). The excerpts of the study were presented in Ocotber 5-6, 2012 Lucca conference "Age and Creativity," and will be published by NICOMP. The study is ongoing and it continues to focus on psycho-dynamic and developmental properties of the interplay between primary and secondary processes, in relation to ontogenetic development, the genesis of creativity, and trauma.
Linda A. Mayers, PhD
Dr. Mayers was Faculty, Senior Supervisor and Past President of the Professional Board of the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health and Training and Supervising Analyst and Past Director of Training, Institute of the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society. She is Adjunct Associate Professor at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York and was Past Director of Continuing Education at the Washington Square Institute. Dr. Mayers is a Founding Member and Vice-Chair of PAC working group of the International Association for Arts and Psychology. A member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, she has published papers on art and psychoanalysis and on adoption, and is co-author of three chapters in the recent book Abnormal Psychology across the Ages: History and Conceptualizations; Plante, T. (Ed.); 2013: Praeger/ABC-CLIO; Santa Barbara, Denver, Oxford. She lives and practices in New York City.
Eva D. Papiasvili, Ph.D., ABPP
is the Senior Clinical Faculty and a Supervisor in the Doctoral program of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University; the past Executive Director and Dean of the Institute of the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society where she has been a Training and Supervising Analyst since 1996; Teaching and Supervising Faculty, Object Relations Institute, www.orinyc.org, ; Founder and Chair of the Psychoanalysis, Art and Creativity, www.psychartcreativity.org, an Affiliate of the International Association for the Arts and Psychology; Editorial Board member of the International Journal for Group Psychotherapy. A Guest Editor and an Editorial Reader for the International Forum for Psychoanalysis and for the Psychoanalytic Inquiry, she also reviews articles for the Journal of Nervous Diseases. In 2014, she has been appointed a Co-Chair for North America of the IPA Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis Task Force.
Dr. Papiasvili originally received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Her landmark dissertation was the first major scale study of the effectiveness of the psychotherapeutic programs in Eastern Europe. Her international presentations and professional publications in the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, International Forum of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Inquiry and others, cover a wide range of issues, e.g. psychosomatic medicine, psychological issues in pediatrics; experiential process groups for physicians, psychologists, and other health professionals; sibling transference; trauma; language; conflict; unconscious dimensions of creativity; efficacy of psychotherapy, etc.
Her most recent publications include co-authoring chapters “Perceptions, Thoughts and Attitudes in the Middle Ages”, “The Ascend of Psychiatry and Psychology in 1800-1945: Multiple Dimensions of the Mental Conditions Emerge” and “Continuing Explorations of the Multiple Dimensions of the Human Mind: 1950-2000” in the Abnormal Psychology across the Ages: History and Conceptualizations; Plante, T. (Ed.); 2013: Oxford: Praeger; and “The Contemporary relevance of Sandor Ferenczi’s Concept of Identification with the Aggressor to the Diagnosis and Analytic Treatment of Chronic PTSD”, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 2014, 34, 122-134.
In August 2013, together with Harold Blum, she co-chaired the historic Post-IPA International Symposium “Psychological Birth and Infant Development” in Sigmund Freud’s Birthplace town of Pribor, Czech Republic, attended by psychoanalysts from 22 countries, proceeds of which are published in the monograph volume “Freud in Pribor” in the International Forum for Psychoanalysis, 2015, 24, I.
Dr. Papiasvili is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and its Committee for Arts and Psychoanalysis; member of the American Psychological Association and its Divisions for Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology; member of the International Psychoanalytical Association and of the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies; honorary member of the Czech Psychoanalytic Society; member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Originally from the Czech Republic, she lives and works in New York.
Her full time New York City and Westchester, NY private practice is in clinical psychology, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and supervision.
Harold P. Blum, M.D.
Dr. Blum is Executive Director of the Sigmund Freud Archives in the United States Library of Congress; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Training Analyst, Institute for Psychoanalytic Education of the New York University School of Medicine; Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Past Editor-in-Chief, JAPA; Past Vice-President, IPA. Dr. Blum has authored more than 150 papers and several books, and is the recipient of numerous awards and lectureships, including the inaugural Sigourney Award, the Mahler, Hartmann and Lorand Prizes, the Sigmund Freud Lectures in New York, London, Vienna and Frankfurt, and the Anna Freud, Hartmann, Brill, Freud and Sperling lectures. He chaired the first five Triennial International Symposia on Psychoanalysis and Art in Florence, Italy. Dr. Blum serves as a consultant to PAC, and he was the Chair and one of the presenters at the “Psychological Birth and Infant Development” symposium in Pribor. He maintains his practice in New York.
Vaclav Burianek, Ph.D.
Dr. Burianek is a Member of the Czech Psychoanalytic Society and the IPA. He is author and editor of the 2006 monograph, Fakta a Dojmy: Psychoanalytikuv maly pruvodce rodnym krajem Sigmunda Freuda (Facts and Impressions: A Psychoanalyst’s Guide to the Birthplace of Sigmund Freud), published by Triton and currently available only in Czech. He lives and works as a psychoanalyst in Prague.
Mgr. Marie Supová
Mgr. Supová is President of the Sigmund Freud Society in Příbor, whose objectives are to make better known the scientific and artistic legacy of Příbor native Sigmund Freud, and to direct research on the life and work of Sigmund Freud. She is Founder and Chair of many international projects, including “My Dream,” an annual dream art competition; the Freud Folklore Festival; and the photography competition “Sigmund Freud — yesterday, today and tomorrow.” Mgr. Supová is a corresponding member of Psychoanalysis, Art and Creativity (PAC) working group, and she participates in its collaborative research projects. A former special educator, she has developed diagnostic programs involving art and games for children with physical and mental disabilities. She lives and works in Pribor.
Inna Rozetsvit, M.D., Ph.D, MBA, MSciEd
Dr. Rozentsvit is a psychoanalytically trained neurologist and an administrator and scientific faculty member of the Object Relations Institute (ORI) for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in NYC. She has founded the non-profit organization, the Neurorecovery Solutions, Inc., which provides neuro-psycho-educational support to neurologically impaired individuals and their families. There she is implementing an interdisciplinary approach, including various involvements with the arts and creative activities. Dr. Rozentsvit also teaches the introductory courses in neurobiology for psychotherapists/psychoanalysts/other mental health practitioners, as well as neurobiology of parent-child bonds and development, and the basics of neuropsychoanalytic thinking — at the ORI. Popularizing Neuropsychoanalytic thinking and neuropsychoeducation are Dr. Rozentsvit’s passions. Visit her NeuroPsychoEducation Blog) to read more on these topics.
Dr. Rozentsvit has given many interdisciplinary presentations, e.g.
- "Back to the Future of Psychoanalysis" — at the 2012 Annual Conference of International Forum of Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE) in Portland, OR
- "Analytic Hour and Its Neurobiological Vicissitudes" — at the 2013 Annual IFPE Conference in Philadelphia, PA
- "Post-traumatic Growth: The Wisdom of the Mind and Its Neuropsychoanalytic Vicissitudes" – at the 2014 Annual Congress of International Forum of Psychoanalytic Societies (IFPS) in Kaunas, Lithuania
- "Dreaming the Dreams of Our Parents: Transgenerational Trauma through Neurobiological Lens" – at the 2014 Annual Congress of International Psychohistorical Association (IPA) in New York, NY
- "Back to the Future of Psychoanalysis: From Neurology and Neuropathology to Psychoanalysis and Back to Neuroscience" – at the International Congress Psychoanalysis and Science, in March 2015 in Tallinn, Estonia.
Dr. Rozentsvit is a founder and editor of the ORI Academic Press and its on-line transdisciplinary publication, the MindConsiliums. She is also the editor-in-chief of the MindMend Media, Inc., a small company which assists all mind-mending professionals with their practice promotion and publication needs.
Marilyn Lamonica, MPS
Marilyn LaMonica, MPS, NYS Licensed Psychoanalyst and Art Therapist is a co-founder of Art
Therapy Italiana, Bologna, Italy where she also serves on the Board of Directors, and is a
supervisor and a faculty member. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Center in NYC where she is a supervisor and on faculty, teaching
courses on Clinical Assessment and Unconscious Fantasy. In addition she is a supervisor in the
China American Psychoanalytic Alliance. She is co-author with Arthur Robbins of "Creative
Explorations of Countertransference" in the book Expressive Therapy. Recently she presented a
paper on "Psychic Balance and Aesthetic Balance" in Art Therapy Italiana's 30th Anniversary
Conference "Bellezza and Bruttezza" in Bologna, Italy which used Freud's concept of ars poetica
to explore psychic and aesthetic experience of classic and contemporary paintings as well as
Catherine Lindenman, Ph.D
Dr. Lindenman is a psychoanalyst and a French literature scholar. She continues to develop her first book on Gustav Flaubert into another publication.
She presented at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center
(PPSC) on 3/28/14 and at the National Psychological Association
for Psychoanalysis NPAP on 9/28/14. The talk is entitled "Gustave
Flaubert and Induced Feeling States."
Gustave Flaubert is recognized as the father of the modern novel,
and deservedly so. One remarkable feature of his writing is the
revolutionary use he made of the narrator. The Flaubertian
narrator would slip in and out of the consciousness of the
characters and thus could no longer be relied upon for a
trustworthy account of events. Perhaps most insidious was the
narrator’s ability to induce a variety of feeling states in the
reader. The presentation will include some necessary background
material on Flaubert's early life and psychic organization; this
will be followed by readings where we will evaluate the effect
that the text has had upon us.
Dr. Jurate Jones
Dr. Jurate Jones came to New York to study psychoanalysis after working in Lithuania as a
psychiatrist for 15 years. Currently, she is working in NYC as director of the dynamically
oriented Community Mental Health Rehabilitation Program and as psychoanalytic
psychotherapist. Dr. Jones is using the drawings of her clients, children, adolescents and adults -
as a valuable part of assessment of their progress in recovery.
Jenny Lotterman, M.S.
Jenny Lotterman, M.S. is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers
College, Columbia University, where she is a member of the Loss, Trauma, and Emotion lab. Her
article Erotic feelings toward the therapist: A relational perspective was recently published in
The Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session (Lotterman, 2013). She has also composed an
article investigating the comparison of self-states over time, memory bias, and depression,
published in Memory (Lotterman & Bonanno, 2013). Regarding her interdisciplinary
interests, Jenny is exploring how visual art and music, as forms of expression and
communication, serve to enhance introspection and function as therapeutic activities. She lives in
Harlem, New York City.