PPRS is a realization of the vision of the late Stuart Hauser, M.D., who, with Linda Mayes, M.D., chaired the Task Force on Research and Science created by Lynn Moritz during her presidency of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA). Members of the Task Force included Stuart Hauser, Linda Mayes, John Clarkin, Glen Gabbard, Eric Nuetzel, Stuart Ablon, Colleen Carney, Andrew Gerber, Steve Roose, and Beth Seelig. The board’s charge to the Task Force was to strengthen the components related to science within the APsaA. The Task Force immediately identified attracting researchers at various levels of expertise and experience doing psychoanalytically and psychodynamically relevant research as the best way to strengthen research within the organization. In order to accomplish this aim, the Task Force proposed to the APsaA that a separate society be formed with close connection to the APsaA. The proposal for the PPRS was accepted by the APsaA Council during the presidency of Prudence Gourguechon (2009).


  1. The mission of PPRS is to provide a community for all those interested in empirical psychodynamic/psychoanalytic research, in scholarship related to psychoanalytic theory and practice, as well as relevant scholarship from ‘neighboring fields’ to gather, share, and discuss their work. Membership is open to all.
  2. PPRS is an independent organization, associated with APsaA but not under its direct control, and will maintain an open policy of collaborating with all organizations that support its mission.
  3. PPRS is committed to a membership that is professionally and geographically diverse. That is, the goal is to have active members from all professional groups (PhD, MD, social work degrees, etc.) and from all countries.
  4. PPRS is especially committed to supporting the training and development of young researchers as they will form the future of our field.
  5. PPRS will maintain a transparent and democratic process for making organizational decisions, and choosing papers and presentations for meetings.

PPRS Advisory Board

  • Linda Mayes, M.D., Yale Medical School
  • John F. Clarkin, Ph.D., Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Andrew Gerber, M.D., Austin Riggs Center and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Steven Roose, M.D., Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Linda Goodman, Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles
  • Robert Waldinger, M.D., Harvard Medical School
  • Steven Huprich, Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University

Program Committee

  • Ayelet Barkai, M.D., Chair
  • Robert Waldinger, M.D.
  • Andrew J. Gerber, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Linda Goodman, Ph.D.
  • Patrick Luyten, Ph.D.
  • John Porcerelli, Ph.D.
  • Steven Roose, M.D.
  • Lewis Kirshner, M.D.

The Principal Office

The principal office of the Society will be located at the Yale Child Studies Center in New Haven, Connecticut.