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Meet the Author Events

ASPP encourages its members to keep up with and be aware of current trends and topics in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. In this spirit, we offer Meet the Author events. At these events, an author (often from our own faculty) presents his or her recently published book to our members in a casual format. The author may, for example, speak about his or her inspiration for the book or read an excerpt. A lively discussion then commences as we open up the floor to questions.

Joel Weinberger, PhD and Valentina Stoycheva, PhD

The Unconscious: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications

Moderated by Elliot Jurist, PhD

On October 23, 2022, we hosted a lively discussion with Dr. Weinberger, Dr. Stoycheva, and Dr. Jurist. 120 attendees participated in this Zoom seminar which explored the many facets of the unconscious. 

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To meet our presenters and learn more about the book,

please click here.

A video of this presentation

is posted on our

YouTube Channel


Richard M. Billow, PhD, ABPP and Tzachi Slonim, PhD, ABPP

Richard M. Billow's Selected Papers On Psychoanalysis and Group Process: Changing Our Minds

Moderated by Dustin Kahoud, PsyD

On April 24th, ASPP hosted the second Meet the Author Event of 2022. Approximately 80 participants joined us on Zoom as Dr. Dustin Kahoud, our Meet the Author chairperson facilitated a conversation with Dr. Billow and Dr. Slonim.


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The presentation, in its entirety, is posted on our You Tube channel


To learn more about this work and our presenters,

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Danielle Knafo, PhD

The New Sexual Landscape and Contemporary Psychoanalysis

In Conversation with Dr. Spyros Orfanos, PhD

At one of our most lively and well-attended Meet the Author events on January 30, 2022, Dr. Danielle Knafo and Dr. Spyros Orfanos discussed sex! Many from the audience of close to 200 participants had questions and comments to share. Kudos to our new Meet the Author chairperson, Dr. Dustin Kahoud, for creating this event.

This seminar was recorded and is posted on our You Tube channel in two parts here.

To read more about Dr. Knafo's book, Dr. Knafo and Dr. Orfanos, please click here.

Dr. Jon Mills, PhD, PsyD, ABPP

Debating Relational Psychoanalysis: Jon Mills and his Critics

A Conversation with Dr. Joseph Newirth, PhD

On September 26, 2021, Dr. Mills discussed his stimulating book to our Zoom audience of over 125. Dr. Joe Newirth engaged with Dr. Mills' ideas before inviting the audience to join the conversation.

To learn more about

Debating Relational Psychoanalysis,

Dr. Mills, and Dr. Newirth,

please click here.

A video of this presentation

is posted on our

YouTube Channel



Dr. Richard Sternberg, PsyD, ABPP

By Reason Of Insanity: A Glimpse into the Lives and Minds of the Criminally Insane

Moderated by Dr. Bob Raymond, PhD

On April 18, 2021, Dr. Sternberg presented his fascinating book, including case presentations, to our Zoom audience. Dr. Bob Raymond adeptly navigated the many questions that came from our numerous attendees.


To learn more about this book, Dr. Sternberg, and Dr. Raymond, please click here.

A video of this presentation is posted on our YouTube Channel here.

Engaging the Self: A Panel of Faculty Authors

On January 10, 2021, a panel of 6 Postgraduate faculty authors presented their collaborative work: Engaging the Self: Theory and its Applications in Psychoanalysis. The event was well attended with approximately 100 participants. 

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We were thrilled to have many attendees from outside our community. We hope that both this seminar and future events will invigorate the idea of using a psychoanalytic lens, both professionally and personally, for all.

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To learn more about this book and the authors, please click here.

To see video of our authors' presentations, please go to our YouTube Channel.

Dr. Joseph Newirth, PhD

From Sign to Symbol: Transformational Processes in Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychology 

On March 26, 2020, we held the first Meet the Author event of 2020. Our own Derner School of Psychology faculty member, Dr. Joseph Newirth, presented his book, From Sign to Symbol: Transformation in Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychology.


Due to the pandemic, we had to quickly change our format from in person to video via Zoom. Our new ASPP president, Megan Nolan, began the evening with wishes for the health of our community as well as hopes for a lively discussion and a feeling of community, connectedness and normality in these unusual times.

Dr. Ionas Sapountzis introduced his colleague, Dr. Newirth, and then we all enjoyed a wonderful presentation and question and answer session.


While we missed the nuanced moments of connection that come with being in the same room physically, we were thrilled that the Zoom format allowed both far flung and homebound members of community to join us.

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To read more about Dr. Joseph Newirth's book, click here.

Dr. Lawrence Josephs, PhD

The Dynamics of Infidelity: Applying Relationship Science to Psychotherapy Practice.

On February 10, 2019, Dr. Lawrence Josephs presented his book,

The Dynamics of Infidelity: Applying Relationship Science to Psychotherapy Practice, to the Derner community and guests. Dr. Michael Zentman, the director of the Postgraduate Couple Therapy Program moderated the engaging presentation.


To read more about Dr. Josephs and his work, click here.

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Dr. Dustin Kahoud, PsyD and Dr. Danielle Knafo, PhD

Sex, Drugs, and Creativity:

Searching for Magic in a Disenchanted World

On December 2, 2018, Dr. Danielle  Knafo and Dr. Dustin Kahoud presented their book, Sex, Drugs, and Creativity: Searching for Magic in a Disenchanted World, at our Meet the Author event. Megan Nolan moderated their presentation before taking questions from the audience. Our colleagues enjoyed the presentation of this unique work!

To read more about Dr. Kahoud and Dr. Knafo, click here.

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