American Psychoanalytic Association Members Select Mark Smaller as President-Elect

 New York, NY – Mark D. Smaller, Ph. D. was elected by the American Psychoanalytic Association membership to serve as president-elect from June 2012 until June 2014, at which time he will assume his role as the 66th president of APsaA; his presidency will last until June 2016.  Dr. Smaller received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his master’s and doctorate degrees in social work from the University of Chicago. He trained in child, adolescent and adult psychoanalysis at the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis, from which he graduated. He is on the faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Dr. Smaller is the first social worker to be elected president in APsaA’s 100-year history.In addition to his private practice in Chicago and Saugatuck, MI, Dr. Smaller is the founding director of the Analytic Service to Adolescents Program, an in-school treatment and research project at Morton Alternative High School located in Berwyn, IL; he has also founded a similar program called Great Expectations at Saugatuck High School.

Dr. Smaller has served APsaA in a number of leading roles: as chairman of the Committee on Public Information, the Committee on Social Issues and the Committee on Foundations. In 2008 he received the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Smaller is a former director and current trustee of the Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation, located in New York.

As he looks forward to his term in office, Dr. Smaller describes his commitment to moving psychoanalysis beyond the office setting, “We need to raise public awareness of the value of psychoanalysis as an effective treatment method and introduce the application of psychoanalytic ideas and practices into our communities where people can benefit from them directly.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association is a professional organization of psychoanalysts with approximately 3,300 members. The Association is comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, educators, researchers and students who have an interest in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy.  Visit for more information.

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