Section VIII: Couple and Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis

A Section of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology: Division 39 of the American Psychological Association

About Us

About Us

We are a lively group of psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists. We communicate with one another via email through our listserv, where we discuss clinical and theoretical issues and seek referrals. We welcome all licensed mental health clinicians as full members.

Mission Statement

The members of Section VIII seek to apply the theories and treatments of psychoanalysis to the many and varied problems encountered by couples and families. We also want to enlarge the scope of psychoanalytic understanding by incorporating multiple perspectives to fit the added complexity found when people are seen together. As part of the community of Division 39, we seek active dialogue with our colleagues to promote the broadest possible understanding of the special ways for psycho-analytic practitioners to engage with couples and families.  Along with other members of Division 39, we work to promote outreach activities that address psychological and other needs in the society at large. Finally, we speak for the interests of all families. Because each family exists in the context of their culture, ethnic background, and sexual orientation, it is our responsibility to grasp their diverse subjective experiences in all aspects of their lives.

Officers and Board of Directors



Sarah Blair-Jenkins (2022-2023)


Position to be filled (2022-2023)

Past President: 

Francine Godet, PsyD. (2022-2023)

Founding President: 

Mary-Joan Gerson, Ph.D.


Roberta Caplan, Ph.D. (2021-2023)


Sarah Taylor, PsyD. (2022-2024)

Representative to Division 39 Board: 

Phyllis Cohen, Ph.D (2021-2023)


Cara Chill (2022-2024)

Lisa Davis (2020-2022)

Karla Gomez (2022-2024)

Luis Nobrega, PsyD. (2021-2023)

Committee Chairs



Sarah White, Psy.D., as Treasurer

Nominations and Elections: 

Phyllis Cohen, Psy.D., as Past-President


Francine Godet, Psy.D., as President


Education and Training: 

Roberta Caplan, Ph.D.

Gerald Stechler Award:

Francine Godet, Psy.D

International Affiliations:

Mary-Joan Gerson, Ph.D.

Technology (Listserv and Website): 

Sonia Kahn, Psy.D.

Mentor Matching:

Ortal Kirson-Trilling, Psy.D.

Newsletter Committee:


Phyllis Cohen, Psy.D.

Public Policy

Cindy Baum-Baicker, Ph.D.


Francine Godet, Ph.D.


Monique Bowen, Ph.D. & Luis Eduardo Carneiro Nobrega, LLM, Psy.D.

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