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The Society

Students in psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and the humanities, as well as academics and those interested in learning about psychoanalysis on a deeper level attend the monthly meetings of the Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Society. Intellectual leaders in the field present their ideas at a Saturday morning meeting. 

Society Officers

President:     Cynthia Carlson, LCSW
Program Chair:     Elizabeth Lennihan, LCSW
Secretary/Treasurer:      Valerie Laabs-Siemon, MS
Councilor:     Valerie Laabs-Siemon, MS
Councilor-alternate:     Virginia Linabury, M.D.

Executive Director:     Dionne Smith, MS


WPS Regular and Charter Members

Denise Ambré, LCSW
Susan Barbour, EdD
Cynthia Carlson, LCSW
Nancy Debbink, MD
Hope Erwin, EdD
Richard Frank, MD
Linda Garrity, MD
Jon Gudeman, MD
Kenneth Johnson, MD
Valerie Laabs-Siemon, MS
Lisa Lennihan, LCSW
Virginia Linabury, MD
Jon Meyer, MD
Adam Moriwaki, PsyD
Enis Novalija, MD, PhD
Jan Van Schaik, MD
Robert Welker, PhD




SOCIETY EVENTS 2017– 2018 


Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Society
2323 N. Lake Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Society Meeting Schedule 2017 – 2018
Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital (main hospital)
2301 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Conference Room - G126A
(Garden Level, down the hall from Garden Cafe)
Park in Parking Structure A
*** 11:00am – 1:00pm ***


  • September 16, 2017                  R. Dennis Shelby, MSW, Ph.D – Chicago, IL

                                    “War-Related Trauma and Distress: The hidden contributions of psychoanalysis

                                                 with initial thoughts on psychological consequences of killing”


  • October 14, 2017                       Robert Galatzer-Levy, MD – Chicago, IL

                                                                        “Title TBA”


  • November 11, 2017                   Lance Dodes, M.D. – Beverly Hills, CA

                                                           “The Psychology of Addiction”


  • December 2017                         ***No meeting***                       


  • January 20, 2018                       Donnel Stern, Ph.D. – New York, New York

                                                 “Emergent Properties of the Interpersonal Field


  • February 2018                                       ***No meeting***    


  • March 17, 2018                          Brenda Solomon, M.D.  – Chicago, IL

                                                   “Ethics and Psychoanalysis”


  • April 14, 2018                           Marie Rudden, M.D.  – West Stockbridge, MA

                                           "Repression and Dissociation: Clarifying Clinical Concepts"

                                                         **(Dr. Black Memorial Lecture)**


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Note: CMEs are $35 per meeting for non-members.





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