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Thank you for your interest in Div. 39 (Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology). With membership, you will be part of a contemporary psychoanalytic and psychodynamic community that supports pluralism and diversity in practice, theory and scholarship. This page highlights important aspects of the division and benefits of membership; for full information, please look over the rest of this website.

Activities of the Division

Our twice-yearly meetings sponsor symposia and workshops, as well as offering continuing education and highlighting the cutting edge of current psychoanalytic thinking. This includes the summer meeting as part of the larger APA national convention and the division's annual spring meeting. These meetings are also valuable opportunities to network with colleagues.

The division has stimulated the development of interdisciplinary local chapters and training institutes. Interested psychologists are encouraged to participate in both local and national levels of the division's activities.

A further benefit of joining the division is the opportunity to participate on a variety of email discussion groups, including list groups for early career and graduate student members.
Members are eligible for a variety of awards, as well as stipends to assist participation at our spring meeting. Awards are available for every level of professional development including students and early career members.

Division Sections

Div. 39 thrives on the active participation of its members. One additional way to further partake in all the division has to offer is via participation in one of the eight different sections (see below). Section membership allows a more informal and personal entrée into division activities, including writing and conference opportunities. The sections also contribute to the psychoanalytic field through graduate student/early career awards and stipends. The sections include:

Division Member Categories & Fees

There are two categories of membership—member and affiliate—with differing eligibility criteria within these two broad categories. 

Members are:

  • fellows or members of APA or;
  • associates of APA or;
  • psychologists who are not APA members or;
  • non-psychologist holders of graduate degrees who are certified or licensed in a mental health field.

Affiliates are those ineligible as members who are: 

  • affiliates of APA and/or graduate students in a mental health discipline or;
  • individuals who have an interest in psychoanalysis or;
  • international affiliates who are not APA members and reside outside the United States.

Learn more about Div. 39 membership, membership categories and office holding, nominating, and voting rights.


Please email any questions to Ruth Helein, administrator, or contact us at:

Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Div. 39)
P.O. Box 41668
Phoenix, AZ 85080

Interested in Becoming a Fellow?

Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. 

For more information, please contact Div. 39 Fellows Chair, David Ramirez.

Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Div. 39)
P.O. Box 41668
Phoenix, AZ 85080

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