Psychoanalytic Society Activities

The Society provides various services, benefits, activities and benefits to our postdoctoral community, the professional community at large and the public.

Membership Benefits

Online Referral Service
All graduate members of the Society are included in the online referral service.

You may learn more about the Referral Service at its official website: Application for treatment can be made by calling 1-800-POSTDOC or through a secure form on the Referral Service website.

Moderate-Fee Candidate Psychoanalytic Service
As a benefit of membership in the Psychoanalytic Society, members are eligible to provide moderate-fee psychoanalysis to candidates in the NYU Postdoctoral Program. You may to enroll in this program if you are a Society member and your postdoctoral graduation was 5 years ago, or more (i.e., to participate in the 2022 service, you must have graduated in 2017 or prior).

For further information please contact  [email protected]

Annual Spring Gala
The Society’s Annual Spring Party, usually held in March, has become a tradition and much-anticipated occasion. This annual event provides an opportunity to see old friends and colleagues, enjoy the food, drinks, live music, dancing, and the elegant atmosphere of the venue. Please contact [email protected]

See a photo gallery of the 2018 Gala.

Educational Activities

Colloquium/Workshop Committee
This committee organizes a series of workshops and colloquia on topical subjects of interest to the postdoctoral community, and admission is free for Postdoc topical candidates and Society members.

Our past workshops included, “New Horizons: Working Psychoanalytically With Older Adults,” “The Psychoanalytic Taboo: Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques into Psychoanalysis” presented by Drs. Paul Wachtel, Lisa Lyon and Lisa Cross.

We anticipate being able to offer CE credits to eligible participants in the future.

Joint International Conference
The Joint International Conference, held biennially in conjunction with other metropolitan area psychoanalytic institutes, provides an opportunity for professional and social exchanges with analysts from other countries. Attendees present and discuss scientific papers before professional audiences. Past conferences have been held in Buenos Aries, Cape Town, Dublin, Paris, Tel Aviv, Toronto, New Zealand, Scotland, and most recently Florence Italy.

The conferences are co-sponsored by the graduate societies of local institutes; The William Alanson White Institute, Adelphi University, and other psychoanalytic organizations.

Please contact Rhonda Sternberg, Committee Chair, at [email protected] for event information.

Memorial Lecture
For more than 30 years, the Society has sponsored the Memorial Lecture which honors the NYU Postdoctoral Program faculty members who have passed away. Distinguished analysts and authors from the U.S. and abroad deliver the lecture to the psychoanalytic community. It is now co-sponsored with the NYU Postdoctoral Program.

We look forward to offering interesting lectures in the future. Please contact Dr. Maureen O’Reilly-Landry, Committee Chair, at [email protected] for information or program suggestions.

The Scholars’ Grants

The Scholars’ Grants Committee awards annual grants to Society members with demonstrated commitment to psychoanalytic research, scholarship, and/or community education. These annual endowments have been awarded since 2005.

Scholar’s Grant for Candidates
The Candidate Scholar’s Grant Committee awards one grant to a matriculating candidate in the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. This grant is dedicated to Dr. Patrick Lane, a former Society president and Scholars’ Grants Committee member, who was highly instrumental in originating this grant.

For full details, visit the Scholars Grant page, where you may download an application.

NYU Postdoctoral Program Directory
The Psychoanalytic Society underwrites the publication of the NYU Postdoctoral Program’s Directory. A list of Postdoctoral Program graduates of five years standing or more is noted in the publication, along with vital contact information for all Postdoctoral Program staff, faculty, supervisors, alumni and candidates. Should you need to update your information, please contact:  [email protected].

Outreach to Students and Membership
The Psychoanalytic Society’s Outreach Committee establishes links with students who are still in training, informs current candidates about Society events, and provides new graduates the opportunities to network with alumni who share similar professional interests. Recent graduates receive complimentary membership in the Society for the year in which they graduate until the end of the following calendar year. We strive to include candidates in as many of our activities as possible to help bridge the gap between the Postdoctoral Program and life after graduation.


Mini-Courses are taught by Society members and presented free to members. It gives an opportunity for members to share their specialties with their colleagues.

Past mini-course offerings have included topics such as Retirement, Gender, Creativity, and Somatic Resonance, and The Development of Analytic Identity.

Open Forums

The pandemic has created many issues that affect us emotionally.  We have created three forums for members, graduates, and candidates.  These small ongoing forums offer group members an opportunity to talk freely and confidentially among peers.  Topics include Re-Opening, Contractual Issues, and Social/Racial Justice. For more information, please contact:  [email protected]