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Professor Alessandra Lemma (UK)

Trans-gender identities and Psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the twenty first century: Brief and interpersonal?

Professor Alessandra Lemma is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Visiting Professor, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London where she is also the Clinical Director of the Psychological Interventions Research Centre. She is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Anna Freud National centre for Children and Families. She is Visiting Professor, Istituto Winnicott, Sapienza University of Rome and "Centro Winnicot", Rome.  She is the Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis book series (Routledge) and one of the regional Editors for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.  She has published extensively on psychoanalysis, the body and trauma.

Professor Vittorio Lingiardi (Italy)

Born this way: Notes on identity, desire and masculinity and Challenging Oedipus in changing families

Vittorio Lingiardi, M.D., born in Milan in 1960, is psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He is Full Professor of Dynamic Psychology and past Director of the Clinical Psychology Specialization Program in the Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology of the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome. His research interests include diagnostic assessment and treatment of personality disorders, process-outcome research in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and gender identity and sexual orientation. He has published widely on these topics, as the author of several books and of many international articles. He won the Ralph Roughton Paper Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Cesare Musatti Award from the Italian Psychoanalytic Society. He and Nancy McWilliams comprised the Steering Committee of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2, Guilford Press, 2017). 


Professor Louise Newman (Australia)

Gender in the contemporary world

Louise Newman is the Director of the Centre for Women’s Mental Health at the Royal Women’s Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne.
She was the founding Chair of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle and the previous Director of the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry. In January 2011 she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for work in child protection.
She is a practising infant psychiatrist with expertise in the area of disorders of early parenting and attachment difficulties in infants.  She has undertaken research into the issues confronting parents with histories of early trauma and neglect.  Her current research focusses on the evaluation of infant-parent interventions in high-risk populations, the concept of parental reflective functioning in mothers with borderline personality disorder and the neurobiology of parenting disturbance.
She was recently awarded grants for intervention studies in Domestic Violence, and she has published in the areas of infant mental health, attachment disorders trauma, and prevention of child abuse.
She is the Convenor of the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Group. She has been a Government advisor on asylum seeker and refugee mental health and contributed to the development of policy for mental health screening and response to torture survivors. She has been involved in research into the impact of immigration detention on child asylum seekers. 

Professor Louis Sass (USA)

Three dangers: The implications of phenomenology for the treatment of psychosis

Louis Sass, PhD is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University.  He is the author of Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature, and Thought and The Paradoxes of Delusion; also of articles on schizophrenia, phenomenology, and modernism/postmodernism. A member of the New York Institute for the Humanities, Sass was given the 2010 Joseph B. Gittler Award from the American Psychological Foundation (for transformative contributions to the philosophical foundations of psychology). A revised edition of Madness and Modernism, (Oxford University Press) received the BMA: British Medical Association award as best book in psychiatry for 2018.

Dr Shira Nayman (USA)

Shira Nayman, Psy.D. (Clinical Psychology), M.A. (English and Comparative Literature), is a psychologist and fiction writer. She is the author of three books, with a fourth due out in 2020, and has also published short stories and essays. She has received grants from The Australia Council for the Arts and elsewhere and has taught at Columbia University and Barnard College in the US. Shira has also worked for 30 years as a brand marketing consultant, moderating focus groups for Fortune 100 companies and political campaigns. Shira uses this qualitative research to develop strategic direction for her clients.