Riggs Clinicians Presenting at Division 39 Meeting in San Francisco



by Aaron Beatty

One of the largest associations of psychoanalytic professionals and scholars in the world, Division 39 of the American Psychological Association (APA) has more than 3,000 doctoral level psychologists, graduate students and allied mental health professional members. 

Each year, Division 39 holds its Spring Meeting, with the mission of “providing scientific and clinical presentation, musing, artistic creation and conversation to enliven our minds, our relationships and our work as we strive to use psychoanalysis to make changes in the world around us” as stated by the Spring Meeting co-chairs Diane Ehrensaft, PhD and Toni Heineman, DMH. The theme for this year’s meeting, being held April 22-26 in San Francisco, “Life in Psychoanalysis in Life,” was designed to answer the question “How, when, where and why do we live in psychoanalysis?” 

This is Division 39’s 35th annual Spring Meeting and the first since Riggs clinician, Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP, has assumed her elected role as President of Division 39. Last year, Dr. Charles spoke about her new leadership role in this blog post

Dr. Charles is among the Riggs clinicians attending and presenting at this year’s Spring Meeting: 

Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP, president of Division 39Marilyn Charles, PhD, ABPP

  • Thursday, April 23, 5:30-6:30pm / President’s Address: The Future of Psychoanalysis 
  • Friday, April 24, 12:00-12:50pm / Twin Peaks South / Meet the Author: The Stories We Live: Life, Literature, and Psychoanalysis (Sandra Ullman, PhD, moderator) Literature explores the deeper questions that face us all. This volume uses material from literature alongside clinical work as a way of highlighting salient issues and developmental passages that can be understood, explored and worked through from a psychoanalytic perspective.
  • Sunday, April 26, 8:00-9:50am / Pacific Heights / Caring for the Caregivers: A Model for Supporting Therapeutic Interventions in Other Countries (as part of Committee on International Relations in Psychoanalytic Psychology Invited Panel SU-6 International Psychoanalytic Outreach: A Model of Training and Intervention for the 21st Century)

Megan Kolano, PsyD


Megan Kolano, PsyD

  • Saturday, April 25, 8:00-9:50am / Twin Peaks North / Fantasy and Desire in the Simulacrum (as part of the panel SA-5 The Psychoanalysis of Everyday Life—Groceries, Parenting, Virtuality, and Reverie; Dr. Kolano will also be moderating this panel) 



Amy Taylor, PsyDAmy Taylor, PsyD

  • Friday, April 24, 12:00pm / Division Scholars Reception*
  • Saturday, April 25, 6:00-8:00pm / Section VIII Conversation & Social Hour*

   *Dr. Taylor is a 2015 recipient of the Division 39 Scholars Program Award and will be in attendance at these two events.


For more information about Division 39, visit: www.apadivisions.org/division-39.