Board Of Directors


APCS Board Member Bios


MarilynCharlesMarilyn Charles (Co-chair) is a staff psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center and a psychoanalyst in private practice in Stockbridge, MA.  A Training and Consulting Analyst at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council and  the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, she is a contributing editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, and a member of the editorial boards of numerous other psychoanalytic journals.  As the Co-Chair of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS) and also Co-Chair of the APA Division 39 Early Career Committee, she is actively engaged in mentoring, creating professional opportunities, creating opportunities for dialogue between diverse groups with common interests, and promoting community involvement for those in the helping professions.  Research interests include creativity, psychosis, and the intergenerational transmission of trauma.  Marilyn is also an artist and a poet, and serves on the APA Division 39 Task Force for Psychoanalysis and the Humanities.  She has presented her work nationally and internationally, publishing over 70 articles and book chapters and four books: Patterns: Building Blocks of Experience (Analytic Press, 2002), Constructing Realities: Transformations Through Myth and Metaphor (Rodopi, 2004), Learning from Experience: a Guidebook for Clinicians (Analytic Press, 2004), and Working with Trauma: Lessons from Bion and Lacan (Jason Aronson, 2012).


  • Charles, M (2002). Patterns: Building Blocks of Experience. The Analytic Press.
  • Charles, M. (2004). Learning From Experience: A Clinician’s Guide. The Analytic Press.
  • Charles, M. (2004). Constructing Realities: Transformations through Myth and Metaphor. Rodopi.
  • Charles, M (2012). Working with Trauma: Lessons from Bion and Lacan. New York: Jason Aronson.


  • Charles, M (2004). Women and psychotherapy on film. In J. R. Brandell (Ed.), Celluloid Couches, Cinematic Clients: Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in the Movies. SUNY Press.
  • Charles, M. (2006). Precious Illusions: Re-Constructing Realities. Chapter in J. Mills (Ed.), Other Banalities: Exploring the Legacy of Melanie Klein. Routledge.
  • Charles, M. (2011). System pressures, ethics, and autonomy. In: E. Plakun (Ed.), Treatment Resistance and Patient Authority: The Austen Riggs Reader,  pp. 174-197. New York: Norton.
  • Charles, M. (2011). Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through: Collage: Piecing Together the Fragments of Traumatic Memory. In: L. DellaPietra (ed.), Perspectives on Creativity, Volume II, pp. 145-175. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Charles, M., Clemence, J., & Biel, S. (2011). Psychosis and Creativity: Managing Cognitive Complexity on Unstructured Tasks. In: L. DellaPietra (ed.), Perspectives on Creativity, Volume II, pp. 107-122. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • O’Loughlin, M., & Charles, M. (2012). Psychiatric Survivors, Psychiatric Treatments, and Societal Prejudice: An Inquiry into the Experience of a Marginal Group. In: G. Cannella & S. Steinberg, (Eds.). Critical Qualitative Research Reader, pp. 500-511. New York: Peter Lang Publishing


  • Senior Staff Psychologist, The Austen Riggs Center
  • Training & Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Council (MPC)
  • Supervising Analyst, Chicago Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (CCP)
  • Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Smith College
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association Division 10 (Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts) Fellow, American Psychological Association Division 39 (Psychoanalysis)
  • Fellow, Section on Psychoanalysis of the Canadian Psychological Association
  • Scientific Affiliate, The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry
  • Co-Chair, Executive Board, The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society (APCS), 2005-present
  • Co-Chair, Division 39 Early Career Committee
  • Council Representative, American Psychological Association, 2013-2016
  • Head, Berkshire Branch of The International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and Other Psychoses (ISPS).
  • Co-Chair of Education and Training, Western Massachusetts and Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology Executive Committee (WMAAPP)
  • Consultant, Gunawirra (Prevention Through Early Education), Sydney, Australia.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (CCP)
  • Member, Education and Training Board, CCP
  • Member, APA, Divisions 10 (Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts), 29 (Psychotherapy), 39 (Psychoanalysis), and 56 (Trauma Psychology)
  • Member, Division 39 Sections I, II, III, V, VIII, & IX.
  • Member, ISPS
  • Fictions Editor, Division Review
  • Editorial Advisory Board:  The New Imago: Theoretical, Clinical, and Applied Psychoanalysis
  • Contributing Editor: Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society
  • Editorial Board:  he American Journal of Psychoanalysis
  • Editorial Board: Journal of The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry
  • Editorial Board: The Michigan Psychoanalytic Council Bulletin

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windlandLita Crociani-Windland (Co-chair) is a senior lecturer in Sociology and Psycho-Social Studies at the University of the West of England.  She has been a longstanding member of the Centre for Psycho-Social Studies and now belongs to an expanded research centre known as CUSP (Centre for Understanding Social Practices).  Her research and interests have ranged from an extended study of community and identity, using festivals as a window on these issues, to excursions into politics and affect as well as special educational needs provision and now life course.  The linking thread throughout is an abiding interest in affective dynamics, in relation to both Deleuzian and psychoanalytic understandings.

Recent publications

  •  What Can’t Be Cured… May Be Enjoyed, in Organisational and Social Dynamics Vol. 3(1), 2003
  • Learning as a Lived and Living Process-Reflexivity in the Light of Bion and Bergson, in Journal for Psycho-Social Studies, Vol. 2(1), 2003
  • Humouring Aggression, in Journal for Psycho-Social Studies, Vol. 3 (2) No 5 2004
  • Trusting Aggression: the Siennese War Machine as Social Capital in Watson S. and Moran A (eds.) (2005) Trust, Risk and Uncertainty, London: Palgrave
  • From Farmyards to Town Square, Managing Continuity through Rupture: Montepulciano’s Bruscello theatre in Journal for Mediterranean Studies Vol.18 N 1 (2008)
  • Learning, Duration and the Virtual in Clarke S. and Hoggett P. in Researching Below the Surface, London: Karnac Books (2009)
  • Festivals, Affect and Identity London: Anthem Press (2011)
  • Politics and Affect (with Paul Hoggett) in Subjectivity (2012) 5, 161–179. doi:10.1057/sub.2012.1
  • Old age and Difficult Life Transitions-A Psycho-Social Understanding in Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society advance online publication 4 April 2013; doi: 10.1057/pcs.2013.4
  • Towards a Psycho-Social Pedagogy as a relational practice and perspective in Organisational and Social Dynamics Vol. 13.2 (2013)



RicardoAinslieRicardo Ainslie, Ph.D., Professor, University of Texas at Austin (Educational Psychology, American Studies, Mexican-American Studies, Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies) and Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology


  • Ainslie, R. C. The Psychology of Twinship. Lincoln:University of Nebraska Press, 1985.  (Second Edition: Northvale: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1997).
  • Ainslie, R. C. No Dancin’ In Anson: An American Story of Race and Social Change. New York: Jason Aronson, Inc. 1995.
  • Ainslie, Ricardo (2004): Long Dark Road: The story of Bill King and Jasper’s murder. University of Texas Press.
  • Ainslie, Ricardo with Sarah Wilson (photographer) (2004)* The Road To Redemption. Jasper, Texas: The Healing of a Community In Crisis. Austin: Pentagram. * Exhibit Book.
  • Ainslie, Ricardo (in press): The Fight to Save Juárez: Life in the Heart of Mexico’s Drug War. University of Texas Press.

Documentary FIlms:

  • Ainslie, R. C. (1999). Crossover: A story of desegregation. 55-minute documentary film on the desegregation of schools in a small East Texas community and a community’s reflections on the fate of the Civil Rights Era.  Funded by the Texas Council for the Humanities. “Crossover” has been screened in over 25 universities, conferences, and community events. It became the springboard for a collaborative project between the Texas Council for the Humanities (now known as Humanities Texas), The Texas Association of Developing Colleges, and the Texas African American Heritage Association to document personal narratives about the coming of school desegregation in Texas communities. Parallel and Crossover Lives: Texas Before and After Desegregation, became a pilot community oral history project at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins and Huston-Tillotson College in Austin. With funding through the “Extending the Reach” initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Ainslie, R. C. (2006). Looking North: Mexican Images of Immigration. 30-minute documentary film about how Mexicans who remain in Mexico view the phenomenon of immigration.
  • Ainslie, R. C. (2007).Ya Basta! 75-minute documentary film exploring the wave of kidnappings and crime that have swept over Mexico in the last decade through interviews with victims, Mexican law enforcement, and experts.
  • Ainslie, R.C. (2010). The Mystery of Consciousness. A 27-minute documentary film project in which I use interviews with some of the world’s leading neuroscientists to understand the ways the brain produces the experience of consciousness. Funded by the Mind Science Foundation.

Documentary Films In Progress:

  • Ainslie, R.C. (in progress). War Stories. A feature length documentary in which I interview veterans of war and mental health experts on the psychological impact of the experience of combat. Supported by a grant from Humanities Texas, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund.

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Marshall_AlcornMarshall Alcorn is Professor of English and Human Sciences at George Washington University. He is author of Narcissism and the Literary Libido: Rhetoric Text, and Subjectivity, and Changing the Subject in English Class: Discourse and the Constructions of Desire (which won the Ross Winterowd Award for the best book of the year in composition theory) and many articles on literature, writing, and literary theory.  The Desire Not to Know As a Challenge to Teaching is forthcoming from Palgrave in Sept 2013.  He is member of the board and treasurer of the Forum on Psychaitry and the Humanities. A research graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, he is currently on the faculty there. He was co-founder and Executive Director of Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society from 1995 to 2004.

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Nikol_Alexander_Floyd-Dr. Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd (J.D., University of Texas [1995]; Ph.D. in Political Science, Rutgers University [1999]), Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Associate Member of the Political Science Graduate Faculty, Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She is Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Associate Member of the Political Science Graduate Faculty at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.  A lawyer and political scientist, Dr. Alexander-Floyd has been actively engaged in a wide range of political and legal issues. Dr. Alexander-Floyd has been a featured speaker at fora and symposia at a number of colleges and universities, including Bryn Mawr College, Northwestern University, Prairieview A&M University, Princeton University, and Syracuse University, among others. An award-winning educator, she teaches a range of courses on Black feminist theory, Black women’s political activism, and race, gender, media, and the law.  Dr. Alexander-Floyd is the author of Gender, Race, and Nationalism in Contemporary Black Politics (Palgrave MacMillan 2007), and her articles have appeared in leading journals such as The International Journal of Africana Studies, Feminist Formations, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, The National Political Science Review, Politics & Gender, and PS: Political Science & Politics. Her current book project investigates the political implications of post-feminist, post-civil rights ideology in popular culture, formal politics, and contemporary political discourse.

Alexander-Floyd, Nikol G. Gender, Race, and Nationalism in Contemporary Black Politics. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007.

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C_Fred_AlfordC. Fred Alford is Professor of Government and Politics and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park.  He is author of over fifteen books on moral psychology, including “After the Holocaust: The Book of Job, Primo Levi and the Journey to Affliction” (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and  “Psychology and the Natural Law of Reparation” (Cambridge University Press, 2006). One of his earlier books, “Melanie Klein and Critical Social Theory: An Account of Politics, Art, and Reason Based on Her Psychoanalytic Theory” (Yale University Press, 1989) [reissued in paperback by Yale, 2005], is still in print.

Professor Alford is co-editor of the Psychoanalysis and Society book series with Cornell University Press, and Executive Director of the Association for Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society.  He has served as President of the Psychology and Politics section of the American Political Science Association, and sits on the editorial boards of half a dozen journals.  He has published many dozens of journal articles, book chapters, and Encyclopedia articles.  He has received three Fulbright research fellowships.

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Jennifer I. Durham Psy.D began her work in school and community psychology as an intern at The Consultation Center of Yale University Medical School. She left Yale in 1992 to do direct service work as a school psychologist for the Teaneck Board of Education. In 1999 Dr. Durham was hired as the Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Newark, Inc. Her work in the areas social justice, culturally competent services, and racial disparities within health and educational settings has resulted in numerous awards such as the Donald Peterson Prize and the Baldwin Fellowship. She has presented at the Roundtable for Social Change at the Aspen Institute and developed a staff development program to train school based clinicians to address the achievement gap for the nation’s largest dropout prevention network. Currently Dr. Durham is an Assistant Professor at The Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University in Garden City New York.


Karl_FiglioKarl Figlio, BSc, PhD Chicago, Advanced Lincoln Psychotherapist, Lincoln Clinic and Centre for Psychotherapy, London. Senior Member, London Centre for Psychotherapy Professor, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK I am an academic and a practising psychoanalytic psychotherapist. My aim is to bring these two ways of thinking into a fruitful conversation. I am currently working on a book, with the working title, virulent prejudice, which deals with memory and memorialisation in post-war Germany and which tries to bring together the thinking and approaches of psychoanalysis and history.

Research interests: psychoanalysis and masculinity; prejudice; psychoanalysis and scientific inquiry.

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Jennifer_FriedlanderJennifer Friedlander is the Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey Professor of Media Studies/Associate Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College. She is the author of Moving Pictures: Where the Police, the Press, and the Art Image Meet (Sheffield Hallam University Press, 1998), in which she explores a set of contemporary British art controversies.  Her recent book, Feminine Look: Sexuation, Spectatorship, and Subversion (State University of New York Press, 2008), develops a psychoanalytically-based feminist theory of the visual. Her publications include articles in (Re)-turn: A Journal of Lacanian Studies, Journal for Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, and International Journal of Žižek Studies. Her current book project, tentatively titled, The Aesthetic Destruction of Reality, aims to develop an account of the critical roles that realism and deception can play in the formation of contemporary aesthetic politics.

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Janice_HaakenJan Haaken is professor emeritus of psychology at Portland State University, a clinical psychologist, and documentary filmmaker. Haaken has published extensively in the areas of psychoanalysis and feminism, the history of psychiatric diagnosis, the psychology of storytelling, group responses to violence, and the dynamics of social change. From refugee camps, war zones, domestic violence shelters and asylums to drag bars and hip-hop clubs, Haaken’s projects focus on people who inhabit the border zones of society and their insights on the broader social order.

Haaken is author of Pillar of Salt: Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back (1998) and Hard Knocks: Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Storytelling (2010), co-author of Speaking Out: Women, War and the Global Economy (2005) and co-editor of Memory Matters: Understanding Recollections of Sexual Abuse (2010). Her films include “Diamonds, Guns, and Rice “ (Co-director), “Queens of Heart: Community Therapists in Drag” (Director), “Moving to the Beat” (Producer), “Guilty Except for Insanity” (Director), and “MIND ZONE: Therapists Behind the Front Lines” (Director), currently in post-production. Haaken also co-produces the Old Mole Variety Hour, an activist public affairs program on KBOO Community Radio, and serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society.

Documentary Films:

  • Queens of Heart: Community Therapists in Drag. Queens of Heart brings to the screen the first psychological study of drag performance, set in the oldest surviving female impersonation club in the United States. Portland’s Darcelle XV Showplace has become a rite of passage for young women throughout the Pacific Northwest celebrating their “last night out” before getting married. Seventy-five year old Darcelle XV, co-proprietor, performer, and activist, comforts and confronts her audiences, from the brides gone wild and their nervous male companions, to gays and lesbians celebrating a step in coming out, to older women recovering from an illness or divorce.
  • Guilty Except for Insanity. Guilty Except for Insanity follows patients who enter the Oregon State Hospital through the insanity plea and paints a portrait of a maddening world. Site of the filming of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the Oregon State Hospital has been the center of public controversy, including charges of civil rights abuses of patients. This documentary tells a different side of the story. It offers a unique glimpse into the lives of patients and staff caught in an insane system—one that reflects larger national trends toward incarceration of individuals suffering mental health crises.
  • MIND ZONE: Therapists Behind the Front Lines. Mind Zone follows therapists in a Combat Stress Control unit as they carry out two conflicting missions: protecting soldiers from battle fatigue and keeping these same soldiers in the fight.  With psychiatric casualties mounting, the Army ups the deployment of mental health detachments to war zones—an undertaking on a scale previously unimaginable. As the 113th is deployed to replace the 883rd in Afghanistan, Colonel David Rabb and his team of young therapists prepare for their dual missions, and their dual roles as soldiers and healers. In telling their story, Mind Zone takes a deeper look at the use and abuse of psychology in war. For more information, go to
  • Moving to the Beat. In this unique documentary, an African American hip-hop group journeys to Freetown, Sierra Leone to discover a spiritual homeland and resurrect Chuck D’s notion of hip hop as the “black CNN.”  The language of hip-hop allows for a dialogue between Black Americans and Africans to explore issues of race, gender, war, conflict and more, and to confront each side’s stereotype of the other.  The result is a deeply forged connection that transcends centuries of misunderstanding and separation. To see the trailer and order film, go to
  • Speaking Out: Women, War and the Global Economy. Accompanied by the documentary DVD, Diamonds, Guns, and Rice. Speaking Out addresses the effects of war on gender and reparation in a five-part, interactive curriculum that is adaptable for differing educational levels, from secondary schooling to college. Based on the documentary Diamonds, Guns, and Rice, this curriculum bridges the local and the global, placing gripping personal stories in an international landscape and highlighting the creative capacities that survive war. Speaking Out grew from an international peace project addressing issues of war from the personal effects of combat to institutional factors shaping armed conflicts. Stories, games, and role-playing are interwoven with lessons on colonialism, West African agricultural economy, international banking, diamond and arms trades, and peace-building projects. A copy of Diamonds, Guns, and Rice accompanies this book, providing the reader with a visual and deeply moving journey into the lives of women in a war zone.


  • Hard Knocks:  Domestic Violence and the Psychology of Storytelling. The book draws on interviews carried out over a period of eight years, as well as novels, films, and domestic violence literature, to explain the role of storytelling in the history of the battered women’s movement. The book shows how cultural contexts shape how stories about domestic abuse get told, and offers critical tools for bringing psychology into discussions of group dynamics in the domestic violence field. In attending to narrative dynamics in the history of domestic violence work, Hard Knocks presents a radical re-reading of the contribution of psychology to feminist interventions and activism.
  • Pillar of Salt: Gender, Memory, and the Perils of Looking Back. Pillar of Salt introduces the controversy over recollections of childhood sexual abuse as the window onto a much broader field of ideas concerning memory, storytelling, and the psychology of women. The book moves beyond the poles of “true” and “false” memories to show how women’s stories reveal layers of gendered and ambiguous meanings, spanning a wide historical, cultural, literary, and clinical landscape.
  • Memory Matters: Contexts for Understanding Sexual Abuse Recollections. This book is grounded in the debates of the 1980s and 90s that surrounded recollections of childhood sexual abuse, particularly those that emerged in the context of psychotherapy. In looking back on the volatile and heated recovered memory debate, “Memory Matters” takes up a set of questions about memory, sexuality, and childhood that still linger. In this volume, the editors make use of current memory scholarship to explore the set of ethical, moral and cultural issues that continue to shape the ways in which memory is conceived in a range of scientific, therapeutic and legal settings.

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Jan_jagodzinski-jan jagodzinski is a Professor Visual Art and Media Education in the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he teaches visual art and media education and curricular issues as they relate to postmodern concerns of gender politics, cultural studies, and media (film and television). He is a founding member of the Caucus on Social Theory in Art Education (National Art Education Association), past editor of The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education (JSTE), past president of SIG Media, Culture and Curriculum, Editorial Board Member for Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society (PCS) Advisory Board for Journal of Lacanian Studies (JLS), Review Board for Studies in Art Education (SAE), Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (JCT), Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education (JCRAE), Visual Culture & Gender…. ; He is a co-series editor with Mark Bracher, book series Pedagogy, Psychoanalysis, Transformation(Palgrave Press).


jan jagodzinski is the author of The Anamorphic I/i  (Duval House Publishing Inc, 1996);  Postmodern Dilemmas: Outrageous Essays in Art&Art Education (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1997); Pun(k) Deconstruction: Experifigural Writings in Art&Art Education (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1997); Editor of Pedagogical Desire: Transference, Seduction and the Question of Ethics (Bergin & Garvey, 2002); Youth Fantasies: The Perverse Landscape of the Media (Palgrave, 2004); Musical Fantasies: A Lacanian Approach, (Palgrave, 2005); Television and Youth: Televised Paranoia, (Palgrave, 2008); The Deconstruction of the Oral Eye: Art and Its Education in an Era of Designer Capitalism (Palgrave, 2010); Arts Based Research: A Critique and Proposal, with Jason Wallin (Sense Publishers, in progress), Misreading Postmodern Antigone: Marco Bellocchio’s Devil in the Flesh (Diavolo in Corpo) (Intellect Books, 2011), and Psychoanalyzing Cinema: A Productive Encounter of Lacan, Deleuze, and Zizek (Palgrave, 2012).

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Henry Krips, Ph.D., is Professor of Cultural Studies and Andrew W. Mellon all Claremont Chair of Humanities at Claremont Graduate University. He specializes in Contemporary European Cultural Theory, Psychoanalysis, and Science Studies – especially the work of Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan and Slavoj Žižek. Currently he is working on a book that explores theoretical possibilities for a cultural politics. His publications include Fetish: An Erotics of Culture (Cornell University Press, 1999), Der Andere Schauplatz:  Psychoanalyse, Kultur, Medien  (Turia Kant, Vienna, 2001), Science, Reason and Rhetoric (Pittsburgh University Press, 1995), and The Metaphysics of Quantum Theory (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1987). He has held the Silverman visiting chair for History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at the University of Tel Aviv, and been a Senior Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin, the Hungarian Institute for Advanced Studies in Budapest, and the IFK (Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften) in Vienna.  He is on the board of the Association for Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, and chairs the division for Theories of Culture in the American Cultural Studies Association.

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Lynne_LaytonLynne Layton, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Part-time, Harvard Medical School.  Holding a Ph.D. in psychology as well as comparative literature, she has taught courses on gender, popular culture and on culture and psychoanalysis for Harvard’s Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies and Committee on Degrees in Social Studies. Currently, she supervises at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and is adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute.  She is the author of Who’s That Girl? Who’s That Boy? Clinical Practice Meets Postmodern Gender Theory (Routledge, 2004), co-editor, with Barbara Schapiro, of Narcissism and the Text: Studies in Literature and the Psychology of Self (NYU Press, 1986); co-editor, with Susan Fairfield and Carolyn Stack, of Bringing the Plague. Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis (Other Press, 2002), and co-editor, with Nancy Caro Hollander and Susan Gutwill of Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting (Routledge, 2006). She is co-editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, associate editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and co-founder of the Boston Psychosocial Work Group. She is President of Section IX, Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility, of Division 39, and recently co-founded a Boston chapter of Reflective Spaces/Material Places.

  • 2016, Layton, L. Commentary on Kernberg and Michels. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 64/3:501-510
  • 2016, Layton, L. On moralism and ethics: Associations to Henry Abelove’s “Freud, Male Homosexuality, and the Americans.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality 2016;17/2:95-101.
  • 2014, Grandiosity, Neoliberalism, and Neoconservatism, Psych. Inquiry 34/5.
  • 2014, Some Psychic Effects of Neoliberalism: Narcissism, Disavowal, Perversion, Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 19/2.
  • 2013, Dialectical Constructivism in Historical Context, Psych. Dialogues 23.
  • 2013, Psychoanalysis and Politics: Historicizing Subjectivity. Mens Sana 11.
  • 2011, Something about a Girl Named Marla Singer, Free Associations 62.
  • 2010, Irrational Exuberance: Neoliberal Subjectivity and the Perversion of Truth, Subjectivity 3/3.
  • 2010, Maternal Resistance, in Salberg, J. (ed). Good-Enough Endings. Routledge.
  • 2009, Who’s Responsible? Our Mutual Implication in Each Other’s Suffering. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 19/2.
  • 2006, Racial Identities, Racial Enactments, and Normative Unconscious Processes. Psychoanalytic Quarterly 75.
  • 2006, Retaliatory Discourse: The Politics of Attack and Withdrawal. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies 3/2.
  • 2004, A Fork in the Royal Road.  Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 9/1.
  • 2004, The New Women of Prime Time.  Studies in Gender & Sexuality, 5/3
  • 2004, Relational No More.  Defensive Autonomy in Middle-Class Women. Annual of Psychoanalysis, Volume XXXII
  • 2004, Dreams of America/American Dreams. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 14/2.

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Dan_LivneyDan Livney, Psy.D., I am an ECP psychologist growing a private practice in the Philadelphia area. I started coming to APCS conferences in 2005, and was invited to join the board in the role of Treasurer in 2010, taking from the longtime tenure of Marshall Alcorn. I also serve in that role on the board of the Philadelphia Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology (PSPP), our local chapter of Division 39.

I took a circuitous route to this point in my career. I started out as an undergraduate in a dual-degree program of engineering and economics; and ended it as a perhaps less marketable, but more satisfied major in English literature. I then proceeded to work for many years in Information Technology as a database administrator, while much of that time also attending graduate school, completing practicum placements, internship, and writing a dissertation. I completed my postdoc in 2012 at an HIV clinic in Center City Philadelphia.

My private practice will focus on the integrative care model, providing psychodynamic psychotherapy and working in collaboration with physicians, psychiatrists, nutritionists, and practitioners of research-based complementary and alternative medicines (CAM). I am also a student in the Adult psychotherapy program at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP).

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michelle-mMichelle Massé is a professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies and Dean of the Graduate School at Louisiana State University. She is interested in the many intersections among psychoanalysis, narrative, gender, pedagogy, higher education administration, labor issues, and Age Studies.

Michelle is the author of In the Name of Love: Women, Masochism, and the Gothic (Cornell) and co-editor of Over Ten Million Served: Gendered Service in Language and Literature Workplaces and Staging a Woman’s Life in Academia: Performing Life Stages in Language and Literature Workplaces (SUNY). The founding Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at LSU, she is also the series editor of SUNY Press’s Feminist Theory and Criticism series, President of the Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages, the higher education representative for the Governor’s Women’s Policy and Research Commission in Louisiana, and has also served as Chair of the Modern Language Association’s Psychological and Psychoanalytic Approaches to Literature division.

The recipient of several fellowships to explore psychoanalytic/narrative/feminist projects, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Center for the Humanities, and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Michelle explores her interests through traditional scholarship, such as psychoanalytic analyses of literary texts as well as presentations on topics such as narcissism in the classroom, social justice and higher education policy, and narratives of denial and displacement in the academic workplace.

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Almas MerchantAlmas (Ally) Merchant, Ph.D. Field Coordinator at SUNY College at Old Westbury, Psychologist at SCO Family of Services. Ally is a graduate of Adelphi University’s Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. She is currently a Field Coordinator at State University of New York’s College at Old Westbury. Here, she manages and coordinates the field program for the undergraduate Psychology Department as well as supervises students taking the the Field and Research Experience course. Additionally, Ally is the psychologist on staff at SCO Family of Services’  program: Close to Home. Here she works with a treatment team dedicated to helping adolescents who have been incarcerated by the criminal justice system successfully complete their high school education and reconnect with their families while carrying out their sentence in community residences. Ally was recently elected to be the secretary for APCS.

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Michael O’LoughlinMichael_OLoughlin (Executive Director), Professor at Adelphi University, New York, is on the faculty of Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies and in the School of Education. He is a clinical and research supervisor in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology and on the faculty of the Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at Adelphi. He published The Subject of Childhood in 2009 and edited Imagining Children Otherwise: Theoretical and Critical Perspectives on Childhood Subjectivity with Richard Johnson in 2010. He is co-editor with Glenys Lobban and Cora Smith of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in South Africa: Contexts, theories and applications, published by Wits University Press in Johannesburg in 2013, He is editor of two volumes, Psychodynamic Perspectives on Working with Children, Families and Schools, and The Uses of Psychoanalysis in Working with Children’s Emotional Lives, both of which were published in 2013 by Jason Aronson. His interests include the working through of intergenerational and collective trauma, the social origins of psychosis and schizophrenia, and childhood subjectivity and the emotional lives of children. Michael currently has two books in preparation. Both will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2014. The first book is titled The Ethics of Remembering and the Consequences of Forgetting: Essays on Trauma, History and Memory. The second book, with Marilyn Charles as co-editor, is titled Fragments of trauma and the social production of suffering. He is currently Co-Chair of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society and he is treasurer of the Joint Psychoanalytic Conference. He is a research affiliate at Austen Riggs Center where he conducts research on psychosis in collaboration with Marilyn Charles. He is in private practice on Long Island as a psychologist and psychoanalyst.

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  • O’Loughlin, M. & Johnson, R. (Eds.). (2010). Imagining children otherwise: Theoretical and critical perspectives on childhood subjectivity. New York: Peter Lang Publishing
  • O’Loughlin, M. (2009). The subject of childhood. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • O’Loughlin, M. (Ed.). (2013). Psychodynamic Perspectives on Working with Children, Families and Schools. Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson.
  • O’Loughlin, M. (Ed.). (2013). The Uses of Psychoanalysis in Working with Children’s Emotional Lives. Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson.
  • Smith, C. , Lobban, G., &  O’Loughlin, M. (Eds.). (2013). Psychodynamic psychotherapy in contemporary South Africa: Theory, practice, and policy perspectives. Johannesburg, SA: Wits University Press.
  • O’Loughlin, M. (Ed.). (2015). The Ethics of Remembering and the Consequences of Forgetting: Essays on Trauma, History and Memory. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • O’Loughlin, M. & Charles, M. (Ed.). (2015). Fragments of trauma and the social production of suffering. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.1.



Billie_PivnickBillie A. Pivnick, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist-Psychoanalyst in private practice in Greenwich Village, New York City, specializing in treating patients confronting difficulties with loss and trauma, including those related to mass catastrophe and adoption.  On the faculties of the William Alanson White Institute Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program, the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, The New Directions Program in Psychoanalytic Writing, and Columbia University Teachers College, she also writes and consults on projects related to the intersection of psychoanalysis and the arts.  She has served as Consulting Psychologist to Thinc Design partnered with the National September 11 Memorial and Museum as well as on Thinc Design’s exhibitions at the Hartford Science Center and at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.  Formerly, she was co-founder of the Denver Learning Community, Head of the Dance Movement Therapy Department at New England Rehabilitation Hospital, and Coordinator of the Dance Therapy Training Program in the Pratt Institute Graduate Creative Arts Therapy Program.  Her 1990 study, Symbolization and its Discontents: The Impact of Threatened Object Loss on the Discourse and Symptomatology of Hospitalized Psychotic Patients, won IPTAR’s Stanley Berger Award for its contribution to the field of psychoanalysis.  On the Board of Directors of the Association for Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society (APCS), and the Editorial Review Boards of J of Religion and Health, she has also published numerous articles in such publications as Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, J of Religion and Health, Curator: The Museum Journal, as well as authoring chapters in numerous academic texts – most recently, “What the Living Did: September 11th and its Aftermath”, Adelman & Malawista (Eds.) (2013), The Therapist in Mourning: From the Faraway Nearby, NY: Columbia University Press; and “Death, Mourning, and a Daughter’s Diary: A Psychoanalytic Perspective”, in Cohen, Sossin & Ruth (Eds.) (in press), Healing in the Wake of Parental Loss, Lanham MD: Jason Aronson; and together with Gail Boldt, “Moments of Meeting: Learning to Play with Reading Resistance”, in M. O’Loughlin, (Ed.) (2013), The Uses of Psychoanalysis in Working with Children’s Emotional Lives, Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson.  She has also presented her work at the American Psychoanalytic Association, American Psychological Association, NY State Psychological Association, Association for Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, National Institute for the Psychotherapies, and Society for Psychotherapy Research.

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Esther_RashkinEsther Rashkin is Professor of French & Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Utah. She also maintains a private clinical practice in Salt Lake City. She is the author of Family Secrets and the Psychoanalysis of Narrative (Princeton, 1992) and Unspeakable Secrets and the Psychoanalysis of Culture (SUNY Press, 2008), which won the Gradiva Award for best book of the year in psychoanalytic theory from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Unspeakable Secrets shows how psychoanalysis galvanizes, as no other discipline can, an understanding of texts in their social, historical, and political contexts, and it makes the case for a new psychoanalytic cultural studies that exposes politicized discourses – anti-Semitism, racism, colonialism, censorship – that mark a text’s location in history. Her published work also includes numerous articles on psychoanalytic theory and practice, the transgenerational transmission of trauma, and the intersections between psychoanalysis and film, literature, popular culture, and dance. She is co-editor of the book series Psychoanalytic Interventions (Fordham), associate editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, a former Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and a member of its Fellowship Committee and its Liaison to Academia.

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Trisha_ReadyTrisha Ready is a recently licensed Psychologist, working at an acute psychiatric hospital near Seattle where she directs the hospital’s partial hospitalization program after serving as Program Therapist on the adult units. She earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.  Trisha has conducted psychoanalytic based research in using music as an adjunct to therapy with hard-to-reach patients. Her particular focus has been on the use of self-selected music as a means of emotional containment and expression for people experiencing early stages of psychosis. She has articles published in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Music and Medicine, and Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, as well as a chapter in the forthcoming book: Music and Medicine: Integrative Models in Pain Medicine. Outside of academic venues Trisha has published numerous social justice and arts based articles, and essays in various magazines and newspapers. She also managed a literary arts center, and a writing based employment program for street youth.

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Peter_RedmanPeter Redman BA (Hons), MA, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Faculty of Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK.

After taking a history degree, Peter Redman did his postgraduate studies at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS), Birmingham University. He now teaches in the Sociology Department at the Open University in the UK. He has broad interests in psychoanalytic sociology, psychoanalytic theory and psychosocial studies.  As well as co-editing the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, he sits on the steering group of Psychosocial Studies Network and co-convenes the BSA’s, ‘Sociology, Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial’ study group.  He also co-edits the Palgrave book series, ‘Studies in the Psychosocial’.


  • Redman, P. (ed.) (2008) Attachment: Sociology and Social Worlds, Manchester, Manchester UniversityPress. ISBN-10: 0719078121, ISBN-13: 978-0719078125
  • Bereswill, M., Morgenroth, C. and Redman, P. (eds) (2010) ‘Alfred Lorenzer and the Depth Hermeneutic Method’, Special Issue of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 15, 10.

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Mari Ruti is Professor of Critical Theory and of Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, where she teaches contemporary theory, psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, and feminist and queer theory. She is the author of Reinventing the Soul: Posthumanist Theory and Psychic Life (Other Press, 2006); A World of Fragile Things: Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living (SUNY Press, 2009); The Summons of Love (Columbia UP, 2011); The Singularity of Being: Lacan and the Immortal Within (Fordham UP, 2012); The Call of Character: Living a Life Worth Living (Columbia UP, 2013).



TodSloanTod Sloan, Ph.D., has been professor of Counseling Psychology in the Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in Portland, Oregon since 2004.  He earned his doctorate in personality psychology, with training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, at the University of Michigan in 1982.  He then taught psychology at the University of Tulsa for twenty years.  Sloan is fluent in Spanish and has taught at universities in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.  From 2001 to 2005, he served as national co-coordinator of Psychologists for Social Responsibility.  As a critical community psychologist, he has been a strong advocate for deep dialogue as a key to democratic process.  He currently focuses his scholarship and consulting efforts ( in support of progressive activists and their groups through the Cascadia Center for Social Ecology (

Sloan is founder and co-editor of the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology.  He also edits the Palgrave book series Critical Theory and Practice in Psychology and the Human Sciences.

Sloan plays guitar and piano and enjoys live music (jazz and alt rock), film, camping, and serious conversation over red wine.


  • Sloan, T. S.  (1996).  Damaged life: The crisis of the modern psyche.  New York: Routledge.
  • Sloan, T. S.  (1996).  Life choices: Understanding dilemmas and decisions.  Boulder: Westview.  (Revised edition of Deciding: Self-deception in Life Choices)
  • Sloan, T. S. (Ed.)  (2000).  Critical psychology: Voices for change.  London: Macmillan.
  • Carr, S. & Sloan, T. (Eds). (2003).  Poverty and Psychology: From Global Perspective to Local Practice.  Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Articles and Chapters:

  • Sloan, T. S. (1992).  Career decisions: A critical psychology.  In R. Young & A. Collin (Eds.), Interpreting career: hermeneutical studies of lives in context (pp. 236-247).  London: Routledge.
  • Sloan, T. S. (1992).  Understanding major life decisions: A life history approach.  New Ideas in Psychology, 10, 63-77.
  • Sloan, T. S. (1994).  La personalidad como construcción ideológica.  In M. Montero (Ed.), Construcción y crítica de la psicología social (pp. 177-188).  Barcelona: Anthropos.
  • Sloan, T. S. (1994).  Beyond the postmodern self.  Studies in Psychoanalytic Theory, 3(2), 4-10.
  • Sloan, T. S. (2001).  Ideology criticism in theory and practice.  International Journal of Critical Psychology, 1(2), 163-168.
  • Sloan, T. S. (2004).  Globalization, poverty, and social justice.  In G. Nelson and I. Prilleltensky, Community Psychology: In Pursuit of Well-Being and Liberation ( pp. 309-328). London: Palgrave.
  • Sloan, T. S.  (2005).  Life reflections of a nomadic subject.  In G. Yancy & S. Hadley, Narrative identities: Psychologists engaged in self-construction (pp. 228-244).  London: Jessica Kingsley.
  • Sloan, T. S. (2009).  Doing theory.  In D. Fox, I. Prilleltensky, S. Austin (eds), Critical Psychology: An Introduction. 2nd edition, pp. 319-334.  London: Sage.
  • Sloan, T. S. (2009).  Theories of personality.  In D. Fox, I. Prilleltensky, S. Austin (eds), Critical Psychology: An Introduction. 2nd edition, pp. 57-74.  London: Sage.  (revised version of previously published chapter)
  • Earnest, W.R. and Sloan, T. S. (2013).  Ideology and the role of dialogue in political mobilization.  Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology.  Vol. 1.
  • Sloan, T. (2013).  OccuPsy: Critical psychology for decolonization.  Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society.Annual Review of Critical Psychology,10
  • Sloan, T. S. (2013).  Activist support as a form of critical psychology praxis. Annual Review of Critical Psychology, 10, 952-963.



Angie Voela is a Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies, University of East London. Her research interests include gender in film and literature, psychoanalytic and philosophical approaches to identity and ethics, psychoanalysis and space, and myth in contemporary contexts. Her recently publications appear in the European Journal of Women’s Studies, Subjectivity, Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, and Journal for Cultural Research.

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  • Voela, A. (2013) From Oedipus to Ahab (and back): Myth, Psyhcoanalysis and Science Fiction, in Burnett, L, Bahun, S and R
  • Main (eds), Myth, Literature and the Unconscious, London: Karnac Books.
  • Voela, A. (2013) In Search of Higg’s Boson, in Bennett, P and J McDougal (eds), Barthes’ Mythologies Today, Readings in Contemporary Culture, London: Routledge, pp. 57-61.
  • Voela, A. (2013), Catastrophe Survived? The Failure of the Tragic in Moira Buffini’s ‘Welcome to Thebes’, in Somatechnics, vol 3(1), pp. 133-148.
  • Voela, A. (2012) Antigone and her Double: Lacan and Baudrillard, Journal for Cultural Research,
  • Voela, A. (2012), In the Name of the Father – or Not: Individual and Society in Popular Culture, Deleuzian Theory and Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, vol 17(3), pp. 262-277.
  • Voela, A. (2011), Heterotopia Revisited: Foucault and Lacan on Feminine Subjectivity, Subjectivity, vol 4(2), pp.168-182.
  • Voela, A. (2010), Patterns and Scripts: The Revision of Feminine Heterosexuality in Feminist Theory and Literature. European Journal of Women’s Studies, vol 18(1), pp.1-12.
  • Voela, A. (2010), Locating the Mother, Studies in the Maternal, vol 2(1).
  • Voela, A. (2008), Experimental Cinema: The Case of Prometheus Retrogressing, in Meurer U, M Mitsou, M Oikonomou (eds.), Perseus Schield, Griechische Frauenbilder im Film, Ars Una Verlag, Neuried.
  • Voela, A. & Stathi, I. (2008), Images of Femininity in Greek Cinema (1970-1990), in Meurer U, M Mitsou, M Oikonomou (eds.): Perseus Schield, Griechische Frauenbilder im Film, Ars Una Verlag, Neuried.
  • Voela, A. (2006), Masculinity as Moments of Becoming, Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume I, no 2.
  • Voela, A. (2005), The Construction of the Woman in Karkavitsas’ I Ligeri’, Modern Greek Studies Australia and New Zealand, vol 13(1).



Jean Wyatt is a Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Occidental College, where she was the recipient of the Sterling Award for outstanding teaching and scholarship in 2003. She is the author of Risking Difference: Identification, Race and Community in Contemporary Fiction and Feminism (2004). She has recently written several articles on Toni Morrison, using psychoanalysis to analyze narrative form. An article on Morrison’s A Mercy came out in Modern Fiction Studies (58.1) in 2012, an essay on Morrison’s Love was published in Narrative (16.2) in 2008, and an essay on Morrison’s critique of capitalism in Tar Baby is forthcoming in MELUS in 2014.



candida-yatesCandida Yates, BA (Hons), MA, PhD,  Professor of Culture and Communication in the Faculty of Media and Communication at BU. Her research background is in Psychosocial Studies and its application to media and popular culture. She is Director (with Caroline Bainbridge, University of Roehampton) of the AHRC Media and Inner World research network (MiW), which brings together media creatives, psychoanalysts psychotherapists and academics to explore the role of emotion and unconscious processes in popular culture, media practice, theatre and politics.

Candida has published widely on the psycho-cultural dynamics of politics, emotion, gender, cinema and popular culture and is Joint-Editor of the Karnac Books Series: Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture; Co-editor of the journal, Free Associations: Psychoanalysis and Culture, Media, Groups, Politics, and is Contributing Editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. Her publications include: The Play of Political Culture, Emotion and Identity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); Television and Psychoanalysis (co-ed, Karnac Books, 2014) Media and the Inner World: Psycho-Cultural Approaches to Emotion, Media and Popular Culture (co-ed, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); Emotion: New Psychosocial Perspectives (co-ed, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009); Culture and The Unconscious (co-ed, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); Masculine Jealousy and Contemporary Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).