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Dreams: Consciousness and the Unconscious
Panel Discussion with Mark Blechner, Steven Ellman, Richard Kessler, Ellen Rees
Is Psychoanalytic Dream Theory Neuroscientifically Tenable?
Panel Discussion with Alan Eiser, Andrew Gerber, Paul Rosenbaum
Q & A
Mark Blechner is Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute; Clinical Professor, New York University; and Editor Emeritus of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He is the author of The Dream Frontier (Analytic Press, 2001) and leads private dream groups in New York City.
Alan Eiser is a clinical psychologist on the faculty of the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center, Department of Neurology. Recent publications and presentations in the field of sleep have focused on the topics of dreaming and varieties of complex behavior arising during sleep.
Steven J. Ellman is training and supervising analyst at IPTAR, where he has twice been past President, and Clinical Professor at New York University Post-Doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He was the first President of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS), the national professional organization of the independent International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) societies of the USA.
Andrew Gerber is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University Medical Center, and a faculty member at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He has published and received grants in the areas of attachment, developmental psychopathology, and functional neuroimaging and psychophysiology of dynamic processes, including social cognition and transference.
Allan Hobson is Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, where in 2004 he received the Peter Farrell Prize from the Division of Sleep Medicine for his lifetime dedication to sleep research. Dr. Hobson’s most recent work focuses on the cognitive features and benefits of sleep. Of particular relevance is his role as creator, director, and producer of Dreamstage: An Experimental Portrait of the Dreaming Brain, which toured nationally from 1980–1982 and in Bordeaux in 1984.
Richard J. Kessler is the Chief Medical Officer of Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities (ACLD) in Bethpage, New York. He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and serves on the faculty of The Institute for Psychoanalytic Education (IPE), which is affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine where he teaches a course, Psychoanalysis & Neuroscience.
Lois Oppenheim is Distinguished Scholar, Professor of French, and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montclair State University where she teaches courses both in literature and psychoanalysis. She is a Scholar Associate Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (NYPSI) and an Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society.
Ellen Rees is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell College of Medicine, a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and at the Berkshire Psychoanalytic New Training Facility where she is President of the Board, Chair of the Training and Supervising Analysts’ Committee, and a founding member. She is Associate Editor for Theoretical and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Paul Rosenbaum is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. For many years he taught Freudian theory and co-taught a course on Technique in Child Analysis at NYPSI in addition to conducting private seminars on analytic theory and therapeutic practice.
Mark Solms is Chair of Neuropsychology, University of Cape Town, and President of the South African Psychoanalytical Association. He is best known for his elucidation of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming and his attempts to introduce psychoanalytic methods and theories into contemporary neuroscience.