COWAP: “Women, The Longest Revolution” Presenter Biographies 

 September 14, 2024
Session 1: The Female Psychoanalyst’s Longest Revolution

Panel: Virginia Ungar in conversation with Margarita Cereijido, and Margarita Vallardes

Virginia Ungar, training analyst at the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association (APdeBA). She specializes in child and adolescent analysis, was the Chair of the IPA’s Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis Committee (COCAP) and of the IPA Committee for Integrated Training. She is the former President of the International Psychoanalytic Association (2017-2021). She was awarded a Konex of Platinum in 2016 and the Sigourney Award in 2023.

October  26, 2024 
Session 2: What Ever Happened to Romance on the Revolutionary Road?

Panel: Danielle Knafo, Arlene Heyman, and Isaac Tylim

Moderator: Janice Lieberman

Arlene Heyman, trained at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and is a faculty member there. She has written two books, Scary Old Sex, a collection of short stories, published by Bloomsbury in 2016, and Artifact, a novel published by Bloomsbury in 2020. She is currently at work on another novel. She is in private practice on the Upper West Side of New York City.

Isaac Tylim, is a Clinical Associate Professor NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. IPA Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on clinical issues, and the dialogue between Psychoanalysis and other disciplines. His most recently book is Reconsidering the Moveable Frame in Psychoanalysis (co-editor with Adrienne Harris). His most recent article is “The Comfort of Fake News”, “Technology and the Psychoanalytic Process”, “Psychoanalysis’ Fourth Wall.”

Danielle Knafo, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. Currently, she is faculty and supervisor at NYU and Adelphi Postdoctoral Programs. She has written ten books and dozens of articles and her areas of expertise are art and creativity, trauma and psychosis, sex and gender, and technology and A.I. Recent books include: The Age of Perversion: Desire and Technology in Art and Psychoanalysis; The New Sexual Landscape and Contemporary Psychoanalysis; and From Breakdown to Breakthrough: Psychoanalytic Treatment of Psychosis. She conducts writing groups for psychoanalysts and serves as an independent writing consultant. Danielle maintains a private practice in Manhattan and Great Neck, New York.

December 14, 2024
Session 3: In Her Own Voice: Challenging Theories of Women’s Development

Panel: Nancy Kulish in conversation with Catherine Mallouh

Nancy Kulish, is a Training and Supervising Analyst and Past President of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine at Wayne State University. She has published A Story of Her Own: The Female Oedipus Complex Reexamined and Renamed and The Clinical Problem with Masochism with Deanna Holtzman, and co-edited New Tools for Psychoanalysis: Clinical Investigation and Psychoanalytic Training in the Working Parties. She has authored numerous papers and most recently “What Do Sex and Gender Have to Do With It?: The Selected Papers of Nancy Kulish” was published by International Psychoanalytic Books.

Catherine Mallouh, is a faculty member and training analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. In addition to her analytic practice, she specializes in working with pregnant and postpartum women and has an interest in women’s development. She has lectured and taught in these areas and has published, Primary Maternal Preoccupation, Disturbance in Pregnancy and the Postpartum.

January 11, 2025
Session 4: Women’s Roles as Caregivers Through Their Lifespan

Panel: Jessica Benjamin in conversation with Erika Lepiavka and Tracy Sidesinger

Jessica Benjamin, is best known as the author of The Bonds of Love (1988), which brought a feminist intersubjective perspective into the psychoanalytic field, and of Beyond Doer and Done To: An Intersubjective View of Thirdness (2004), the basis for her recent book Beyond Doer and Done To: Recognition Theory, Intersubjectivity and the Third (2017). This book emphasizes the importance of acknowledgment in therapeutic interaction and in relation to trauma, including collective historical trauma. In addition, she is the author of Like Subjects, Love Objects (1995); and Shadow of the Other (1998). She has been one of the leaders in the relational movement in psychoanalysis since its inception. She teaches and supervises at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis as well as at the Stephen Mitchell Relational Studies Center of which she is a co-founder.

Erika Lepiavka, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who holds a Specialty Degree in Psychoanalysis as well as a master’s degree in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Erika is a Psychoanalyst-in-training at the Sociedad Psicoanalítica de México. Erika is dedicated to leading the universe of opportunities that the International Psychoanalytic Studies Organization (IPSO) encompasses, as the current President of IPSO. Erika is committed to the development of Psychoanalysis, its adaptation into hypermodern times, and its potent capability to transform human pain. She is in private practice in Mexico City.

Tracy Sidesinger, integrates Jungian and Relational approaches to address transgenerational aspects of the lost feminine with individuals and couples in private practice. Dr. Sidesinger has published articles and book chapters from a feminist psychoanalytic lens, expanding psychoanalysis through the maternal and social. She is a current member of the Committee for Public Information at the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsA).

February 22, 2025
Session 5: The Female Body: Passion and Peril

Panel: Rosemary H. Balsam, Rachel Boué-Widawsky

Chair and Moderator: Jeri Isaacson

Rosemary H. Balsam, F.R.C. (Lond), M.R.C.P. (Edin), (originally from Belfast, N. Ireland), is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Yale Medical School, staff psychiatrist in the Yale Department of Student Mental Health and Counseling, and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis, New Haven, Conn. Her special interests are female and gender developments; feminist psychoanalytic theory: young adulthoods, the body in psychic life; the work of Hans Loewald. She has written award winning papers and books, lectured here and abroad, written many chapters for edited books. Her latest book is Women’s’ Bodies in Psychoanalysis, Routledge; and she has recently co-edited The Legacy and Promise of Hans Loewald, Routledge – both due out July 2024.

Rachel Boué-Widawsky, is a certified psychoanalyst in private practice in New York. She is on the faculty and Chair of admissions at IPTAR (Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research). She is the Editor of the Foreign Books Reviews of JAPA (Journal of American Psychoanalytic Association). Author of The “Here and Now” of French Psychoanalysis: Conversations with Contemporary Psychoanalysts, Routledge (2024), she also has published numerous articles on French psychoanalysis.

Her most recent contributions are Perversion, Sublimation and Ethic” The American Imago (2024), “Maternal Eroticism or the Necessary Risk of Madness”, in Eroticism, (2020) and “Maternal Eroticism and the Journey of a Concept in Julia Kristeva’s work”, The Philosophy of Julia Kristeva, (2020). She is also the author of several books in French on literary criticism.

Jeri Isaacson, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), Faculty at IPTAR, and a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association.  She is on the Board of Directors at IPTAR, where she Chairs the Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis.  Previously, she sat on the Institute Board of IPTAR where she was Chair of the Admissions Committee.   Dr. Isaacson has published articles on the intersection of feminism, politics and psychoanalysis, as well as reviews in the Book Review section of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, where her most recent publication is titled “Barbenheimer Goes to the Gynecologist.”  She presented on the subject of psychoanalysis and public policy at the International Psychoanalytic Association in London, 2018, and has also been a presenter at IPTAR’s Salons and to Faculty at the Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of  New Jersey.  Dr. Isaacson is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and consultation in Montclair, New Jersey.

March 8, 2025
Session 6: Women and Literature. “Women’s Lives in Transition” 

Panel: Novelists Amy Bloom and Lisa Gornick in Conversation with Anne Adelman.

Amy Bloom, is the author of the international best-selling memoir In Love, the story of her husband Brian’s early-onset Alzheimer’s and his and their decisions about his life and death. She’s written three novels: White Houses, Lucky Us, Away, –all NY Times best-sellers– and three collections of short stories: “Where the God Of Love Hangs Out, Come to Me” (finalist, National Book Award), and “A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You” (finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award). Her first book of nonfiction, Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops and Hermaphrodites with Attitudes, is a staple of university sociology and biology courses. She has written for magazines such as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Elle and The Atlantic Monthly and her work has been translated into seventeen languages.

Lisa Gornick, is a clinical psychologist and graduate of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Treatment and Research, where she is on the voluntary faculty. No longer in practice, she is the author of five works of fiction: Ana Turns (Keylight Books); The Peacock Feast, Tinderbox, and Louisa Meets Bear (all jointly published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Picador); and A Private Sorcery, (Algonquin). Her stories and essays have appeared widely, including in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Salon, Slate, Real Simple, and The Wall Street Journal. More information can be found at

April 12, 2025
Session 7: Conversation with Juliet Mitchell

Participants: Juliet Mitchell, Margarita Cereijido, and Jill Gentile

Juliet Mitchell, is a psychoanalyst, literary critic, socialist feminist and Emeritus Professor at the Universities of Cambridge and London. Her many books, from Psychoanalysis & Feminism to, Women: The Longest Revolution, and most recently, Fratriarchy, have changed the landscape of feminist thought and psychoanalytic theory. She is the Founder Director of the Centre for Gender Studies in the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of both the British Academy and the International Psychoanalytical Association, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Metz-Lorraine in France.

Margarita Cereijido, is a Training Analyst at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis. She has written and taught on the areas of gender, culture, and prejudice. Recent publications include: What Do Women Want Today? (with Ellman and Goodman) forthcoming Routledge May 2022, and Changing Notions of the Feminine; Challenging the Psychoanalyst’s Prejudices, Karnac 2018. She is the North America Co-Chair of the Committee of Women and Psychoanalysis (COWAP) at the International Psychoanalytic Association. She is in private practice in Washington, D.C.

Jill Gentile, is clinical adjunct associate professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and an associate editor for Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Her essays were awarded the 2017 Gradiva Award and the 2020 Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA) prize. She is the author of Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire, with Michael Macrone (Karnac, 2016) and of numerous scholarly papers on personal agency, desire, freedom of speech, democracy, and the feminine. Her private practice is in New York City where she sees individuals and couples and also hosts online clinical study groups.

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