Lisa BialkinLisa Bialkin, L.C.S.W., J.D., is Faculty and Co-Chair at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, and Faculty at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, formerly NYU Psychoanalytic Institute.  She is co-author of  “Shared Trauma:  Group Reflections on the September 11 Disaster” (2003); and co-author of “Mass Violence and Secondary Trauma:  Issues for the Clinician” in Understanding Mass Violence:  A social Work Perspective (2004).

Heather FergusonHeather Ferguson, LCSW, is a psychoanalyst and group therapist in private practice in NYC. She is faculty and supervisor at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity and the Institute for Expressive Analysis, in NYC.  With Sarah Mendelsohn, LCSW, she co-authored, “Full of Yourself:  How Eating Disorders Encode a Relational History,” in the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology in 2011.

Amy JoelsonAmy Joelson, LCSW, is Faculty, Coordinating Committee, and Director of Distance Learning at IPSS in NYC; Faculty at National Institute for the Psychotherapies, NYC; Associate Faculty at Japanese Forum of       Psychoanalytic Self Psychology in Hiroshima, Japan; Mentor to the Cape Town Self Psychology Group in South Africa; and Council member of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. Her most recent publication is, “A Forward Edge Ship in an Intersubjective Sea: Discussion of Kieffer’s “A Ship Made of Paper,” (IJPSP, 2012). Amy maintains a private practice in downtown New York City in adult, child and adolescent psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

D. Bradley JonesD. Bradley Jones, Psy.D, LCSW is a faculty and Coordinating Committee member at The Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS) in NYC, and has also taught and supervised at The National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP). His special interests include working with addictive disorders, chronic illness and HIV/AIDS, and those who are maneuvering the challenging world of the entertainment industry. Dr. Jones has twice been keynote speaker at The Dancer’s Resource Conference held by The Actor’s Fund in NYC, and his paper “Addiction and Pathological Accommodation: An Intersubjective Look at Impediments to the Utilization of Alcoholics Anonymous,” has been presented in Los Angles, CA., San Francisco, CA., San Antonio, TX, Baltimore, MD., and NYC. He maintains a private practice in Greenwhich Village, NYC.

Peter KaufmannPeter Kaufmann, PhD is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst and is faculty and supervisor at The Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS) and The National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP). He currently is co-chair of the overall IPSS program and co-coordinator of the IPSS four -year program. He graduated from psychoanalytic training at IPSS in 1993 and has been focusing on teaching, supervising and mentoring since. Teaching such courses as “Kohut and his Critics”, he has a particular interest in comparative psychoanalysis and in efforts to integrate the clinical approaches and sensibilities represented by different theoretical perspectives.  He also has published several papers including “The Guilt of Tragic Man”, “Working with Men Who Please Too Much”, and “On Transforming the Reparative Quest” that reflect his additional interest in the topics of mourning and pathological accommodation.

Frank LachmannFrank Lachmann, Ph.D.
is a Founding Faculty member of The Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. He has been a major contributor to Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Self Psychology. In their joint work, Frank Lachmann and Beatrice Beebe have enriched psychoanalysis by providing life-long principles of the organization of experience, derived from empirical infant studies, that offer new ways of understanding and potentially transforming the analyst-patient relationship. Dr. Lachmann has uniquely been able to draw on his love of music to inform the analytic process. Utilizing master classes taught by Isaac Stern, and the music of Richard Wagner and Igor Stravinsky, he discovered illustrations of cross-modal transfer and violations of expectations. As a writer, scholar, teacher, and supervisor, Frank Lachmann continues to surpass our expectations with humor, complexity, a depth of tradition, and breadth of innovation. Lachmann is the author of over 100 publications and books written individually and collaboratively with Beatrice Beebe, Jim Fosshage, Joe Lichtenberg, and Bob Stolorow. He is the author of Transforming Aggression: Psychotherapy with the Difficult-to-Treat Patient and Transforming Narcissism: Reflections on Empathy, Humor, and Expectations.

 Peter LessemPeter Lessem, PhD is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who has been treating individuals and couples for over thirty years. He has also been a clinical supervisor and faculty member at Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS) as well as other analytic institutes. Peter has taught courses on therapeutic action, self psychology, intersubjectivity and attachment. In addition to his textbook Self Psychology: An Introduction, he has also written and lectured on masochism, the repetition compulsion, and the relationship between attachment and self object experience.

Sarah MendelsohnSarah Mendelsohn, LCSW, is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in NYC. She is on the faculty and a member of the Coordinating Committee at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, and a faculty member and supervisor at The Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She is co-chair of the 4- year program at IPSS.

Deborah ShermanDeborah Sherman, BC-DMT, LMHC is a certified Psychoanalyst and Dance-Movement Therapist. She currently supervises at IPSS and ICP and is on faculty at IPSS, ICP and NIP. Deborah is the Director of IPSS’ 1 Year and Advanced 1 Year Intensive Psychotherapy Programs and maintains a private practice in Psychoanalysis and Dance/Movement Therapy in New York City.


Olga BidunOlga Bidun is IPSS’s Administrative Coordinator. Her responsibilities include maintaining the Institute’s schedules and communications. Prior to IPSS, Olga worked in the international travel and insurance industry. She graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Arts in French. A naturalized U.S. citizen from Belarus, Olga speaks Russian, English and French. She is happily married and lives with her husband and daughter in Manhattan. In her spare time, Olga is a successful real estate agent.