Graduate Students

There are many benefits to being a student member of PSPP including discounted events, free brunches, and networking! If you have any questions pertaining to graduate students, please email Lara Gross, MS () and Sara Fried, MS (), the current PSPP Graduate Student Representatives.

Mentorship Program

Every year, students have the opportunity to be paired up with a psychodynamically trained clinician in the local area for mentoring. This could be a year long relationship, multiple years, or a lifelong one. Dr. Barbara Goldsmith and Dr. Elena Cucco go through a very careful process for matching students with mentors based on their application. For more details please see the PSPP Mentorship Program page. You do not have to be a PSPP student member to apply.


Division 39 Scholars Program
The program is divided into several components. Any one individual may fit into more than one category, but applications may be submitted to one committee only.

  • Candidate Outreach Committee
  • Early Career Committee
  • Graduate Student Committee
  • International Relations Committee
  • Multicultural Concerns Committee
  • Section II: Childhood & Adolescence
  • Section IV: Local Chapters
  • Section VIII: Couples and Family Therapy & Psychoanalysis
  • Sexualities and Gender Identities Committee

Division 39 Scholars Program: Graduate Students and Early Career Professionals
The Scholars Program has concluded for 2021. Please check back in September 2022 to apply for the 2022 cycle. Application deadlines are in January and require professional references. Plan accordingly! See their website for more details at

Applicants need not be members of Division 39 at the time of the application. All Division 39 Scholarship recipients will become members of the Division for the Scholarship year.

The Scholars will receive following benefits:

  • A travel award of $900 for expenses to the upcoming conference
  • Free registration to the upcoming conference
  • A mentor with whom the Scholar will meet at least once/month
  • Subscriptions to all Division 39 publications
  • Free access to Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (Pep-web)
  • Membership to the Division and to the section or committee they apply through the scholarship year

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled as a student as of September 2022
  • Be an early-career professional (up to 10 years post-terminal graduate degree) in clinical psychology or related disciplines, including humanities.

PSPP Endowment Application
Under this Scholarship, different topic/professional endowment areas are available for scholarship applications.

  • All that is asked is that the applicant demonstrate evidence of their interest in and commitment to studying and promoting psychodynamic/psychoanalytic ideas.
  • Contribution of service hours to PSPP, past, present, or pledge for future service, along with current membership status.
  • A brief statement of financial need and summary of Endowment resources is requested.
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Annual Graduate Student / Mentee Mentor Brunch

Every year this brunch is graciously hosted by Barbara L. Goldsmith, Psy.D. Date, time and location is e-mailed to registrants.

  • All graduate students interested in psychoanalysis & psychodynamic psychotherapy (No need to be committed, just curious!)
  • All PSPP Mentees & Mentors who are currently mentoring students

This is a time to eat, relax, and celebrate the end of the semester, meet other graduate students, and find out about PSPP’s mentoring program, as well as other programs and opportunities to get involved. You do not have to be a PSPP student member to attend.