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Early Career Committee

The Early Career Committee enthusiastically invites interested members to share your thoughts and to collaborate on projects and research.

The Early Career Committee seeks to enhance the experiences of division members who are within their first ten years after training. The committee works to identify and represent the interests of early career members, facilitate participation in specialized conference programming, and contribute to policy making and recruitment endeavors of the division. We aim to engage members in the early stages of their careers in a dialogue about their unique career pathways, identity development and professional needs. We actively seek collaboration among graduate students and institute candidates to increase visibility and to build relationships in the psychoanalytic community.


Early Career Paper Prize Winner

"Racially Queer: The Search for the Mixed-Race Experience in Psychoanalytic Literature" by Alexandra P. Jamai has been awarded the 2017 Early Career Paper Prize. The award is presented at the President’s Reception for Graduate Students, Early Career Professionals and Candidates at the Spring Meeting.

The Early Career Professional Paper Award is given to the best paper submission for the Div. 39 Spring Meeting by a participant who is within the first ten years after training.

Committee Communications

Future Committee Goals

We will continue to discuss ways in which we can apply the findings of the Diversity Task Force, in addition to our ongoing efforts:

  1. To continue our efforts to help early career individuals find their way into Div. 39 in whatever roles suit their particular interests.

  2. To continue to offer programming that is mindful of the diverse needs and interests of early career division members.

  3. To continue our tradition of participating in the president’s reception and to find ways in which committee members can be more available and visible to ECs as potential resources.

  4. To continue to develop the Early Career List-Serve.

  5. To continue to work with the program committees to highlight and support EC submissions to the Spring Meeting and, in conjunction with the Editor of Psychoanalytic Psychology, to offer a prize for the best Early Career submission to the Spring Meeting, and collaborate with the author to bring the article to publication.

Previous Committee Events


Panel: When is graduate school really over? Unpacking, redressing, reframing and reworking what we learned


Panel: Are we being framed by technology? Intrusions, the unconscious, and the challenges of working in the digital age


Master Class: Striking When the Iron's Cold? Exploring the How, When, If and Why of Pursuing Psychoanalytic Training


Master Class on Starting a Practice: Let's Talk About Money (Practical Tips and Theoretical Considerations)

Panel: Fear and Loathing (and Reconciliation): Early Career Experiences of Disillusionment.


Master Class on the Nuances of New Beginnings: Starting Our Private Practice

Panel: Developing an Analytic Identity — Does Psychoanalysis Need to Become One's Life?


Master Class on Starting a Practice: The How-tos of Setting Up a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Practice (or Things They Never Taught You in Graduate School)

Panel: Engendering Our Voices: How Sexual and Gender Identity Shape the Early Career Experience


Master Class on the Business of Being a Psychodynamic Psychologist in the 21st Century: Building and Marketing Your Practice

Panel: Protecting the Psychoanalytic Future — Extending Borders & Moving Into the 21st Century; Co-ponsored with the Committee on Multicultural Concerns

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