Steering group

Dr. Adrienne Harris

New York, USA

Founding member.

Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology, Supervisor at NY University Postdoc. Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis. Co-founder of the Sandor Ferenczi Center. Research topics: gender, analytic subjectivity, analysts of the period of WW I.  Co-editor of Ghosts in the Consulting Room: Echoes of Trauma in Psychoanalysis (2016). 

Dr. John Launer

London, UK


Founding member.

M.D., Family Psychotherapist, Educator and Writer. Honorary Life Time Consultant at the Tavistock Clinic, London. Author of the first full length biography of Sabina Spielrein in English: Sex versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein (2014),  launched with presentations at the Anna Freud Clinic in London and the New York Psychoanalytic Society.


Dr. Klara Naszkowska

Warsaw, Poland / New York, USA

Founding director.

Ph.D., Cultural Historian, Slavist, 2019/2020 Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Union Theological Seminary. Author of The Living Mirror: The Representation of Doubling Identities in the British and Polish Women’s Literature (1846-1938) (2014), "Passions, Politics, and Drives: Sabina Spielrein in Soviet Russia" (2019), "Sabina Spielrein (1885–1942). W poszukiwaniu własnego głosu" (2020), and of many articles on Spielrein in Polish and English.

Dr. Pamela Cooper-White

New York, USA

Ph.D., LCPC, Professor of Psychology and Religion. Author of Old and Dirty Gods: Religion, Antisemitism, and the Origins of Psychoanalysis (2015) & co-editor of Sabina Spielrein and the Beginnings of Psychoanalysis 

(2019, nominated for the 2020 Gradiva Award for Best Edited Book).

Dr. Henry Zvi Lothane

New York, USA

M.D., Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Author and Educator. Clinical Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNY; Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Honorary Member of Polish Psychiatric Association,

Member of the International Psychoanalytical Association and of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Author of many articles on Spielrein published in English, Italian, German, Polish, and Russian.

Prof. Vladimir Shpilrain

New York, USA

Professor of Mathematics. Research interests: Information Security, Data Science, Complexity of Algorithms.

Great-nephew of Sabina Spielrein.

Together with Dr. Lothane, Vladimir is currently involved in a project of translating Spielrein's diaries and letters from Russian into English. 

Current supporters

Prof. Magnus Ljunggren

Stockholm, Sweden

Professor Emeritus of Russian literature at the University of Gothenburg, Journalist. Author of many articles on Spielrein and Russian psychoanalysis. Responsible for tracing Spielrein’s niece Menikha and other family members.

Dr. Sabine Richebächer

Zürich, Switzerland

Dr. Phil., psychoanalyst and author. Research topics: History of psychoanalysis; Russian psychoanalysis. Her biography on Sabina Spielrein was published in several languages.


Dr. Coline Covington

London, UK

Ph.D., training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and the British Psychotherapy Foundation, former Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council. Co-editor of Sabina Spielrein: Forgotten Pioneer of Psychoanalysis, 1st ed. (2003) & 2nd ed. (2015) 


Dr. Alexander Etkind

Florence, Italy

Ph.D., Professor of History of Russia-Europe Relations. Author of Eros of the Impossible: The History of Psychoanalysis in Russia (1997) which includes a chapter about Spielrein, and of many articles on Russian psychoanalysis.

Dr. Felicity Kelcourse

Indianapolis, USA

Ph.D., LMHC, Assoc. Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN. Co-editor of Sabina Spielrein and the Beginnings of Psychoanalysis (2019, nominated for the 2020 Gradiva Award for Best Edited Book).

Dr. Michael Gerard Plastow

Melbourne, Australia


Psychoanalyst and a child psychiatrist. Michael convenes a seminar on The Child, the Adult, and the Subject of Psychoanalysis. Author of Sabina Spielrein and the Poetry of Psychoanalysis and "The Watershed of the Symptom: from Rhine to Rhône with Piaget and Spielrein." 

Dr. Bernard Minder

Lenzburg, Switzerland

Dr. Med., psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice. Research interests: history of medicine, esp. the beginnings of clinical psychoanalysis. Author of the papers on Spielrein's Burghölzli documents. 

Dr. Frank Marchese

Toronto, Canada

Ph.D., Course Director, Faculty of Health, Dept. of Psychology. Teaches in the areas of motivation, personality, developmental psychology, learning, abnormal psychology. Author of Coming into Being: Sabina Spielrein, Jung, Freud, and Psychoanalysis (2015).

Ms. Lisa Appignanesi

London, UK

Professor of English, writer and novelist. Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, a former President of English PEN and former Chair of the Trustees of the Freud Museum in London. Co-author of Freud’s Women (with John Forrester) (1992).

Prof. Mireille Cifali

Geneva, Switzerland

Hon. Professor, historian and psychoanalyst. Mireille works to define a clinical approach in the sciences of education. Author of a number of papers on Spielrein.


Dr. Ruth L. Cape

Sherman, USA

Ph.D., Assoc. Professor of German at Austin College. Publishes bilingual and annotated editions of historical documents.

Co-editor of The Essential Writings of Sabina Spielrein. Pioneer of Psychoanalysis (2018). 


Dr. Raymond Burt

Wilmington, USA

Ph.D., Professor of German. Research interests: Friedrich S. Krauss, Austrian literature. Co-editor of The Essential Writings of Sabina Spielrein. Pioneer of Psychoanalysis (2018). 

Dr. Ronald Britton

London, UK


M.D., Distinguished Fellow, Training and Supervising Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society, child psychiatrist. Former Chair of the Child and Parents Department, Tavistock Clinic. Author of Sex, Death, and the Superego (2003). 

Dr. Barbara Wharton

Harpenden, UK

 M.A., training analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology, Training Therapist and Supervisor for the British Association of Psychotherapy. Former editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology , co-editor of Sabina Spielrein: Forgotten Pioneer of Psychoanalysis, 1st ed. (2003) & 2nd ed. (2015).

Prof. Fátima Siqueira Caropreso

 Juiz de Fora, Brazil


Ph.D. in philosophy, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and in the Graduate Program in Psychology at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora. Fátima's research interests focus on epistemology and history of psychology and psychoanalysis. Author of many articles and book chapters on Spielrein.

Dr. Fernando Vidal

Barcelona, Spain

Ph.D., Habil., Research professor at ICREA (Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies), historian of the human sciences. Author of "Sabina Spielrein, Jean Piaget - going their own ways" (2001).


Mr. Peter Mayer

New York, USA

Proprietor of Duckworth/Overlook Press, former CEO of Viking Penguin, publisher of biography of Spielrein. Peter sadly passed away in May 2018.

Dr. Eva Hoffman

London, UK

Ph.D., Professor of literature, writer and novelist. She has written and lectured on exile, historical memory, human rights and cross-cultural relations. Her books have been widely translated. 

Dr. Neil Vickers

London, UK

Ph.D., Professor of English Literature and the Health Humanities, co-director of the Centre for the Humanities and Health. Research interests: psychoanalysis and the subjective experience of physical illness.

Dr. James S. Chisholm

Crawley, Australia

Ph.D., evolutionary anthropologist with an interest in Spielrein's evolutionary ideas.

Dr. Henry Jablonski

Stockholm, Sweden


M.D., Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice. President of The International Balint Federation (2007-2013), President of the Swedish Balint Society, President of the Swedish Association of Medical Psychology. Author of a review of Sex versus Survival (2015).

Dr. Ekaterina Golynkina

London, UK

Dr. Ekaterina Golynkina, London, UK. 

Ph.D., Clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, British Psychoanalytical Society.

Prof. Katy Zaidman

Oshawa, Canada

Professor of mechanical engineering and professional engineer, Standards Council of Canada, The Canadian General Standards Board, former chair of Ontario Chapter of Canadian Institute for Non-destructive Evaluation. A great-grandniece of Sabina Spielrein. 

Mr. Alexander Zhuryavlov

London, UK 

 Journalist and translator, BBC world service. Distant relative of Spielrein’s step-daughter Nina Snetkova (Nina's mother, Olga Vassilievna was a cousin of Alexander's grandfather Valery Druzin).

Dr. Lance Owens

Salt Lake City, US

M.D., Historian and physician in clinical practice. Author of Jung in Love: The 'Mysterium' in 'Liber Novus' (2015).

Dr. Stephani Stephens

Canberra, Australia

Ph.D., Researcher in Jungian Psychology. Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Jungian Studies (2004-2013). Author of Ways of being: C.G. Jung and the Dead (forthcoming 2019). 

Prof. Paweł Dybel

Warsaw, Poland

Professor of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Pedagogical University of Krakow. Author of many books and articles on psychoanalysis in Polish, English and German.

Dr. Esther Rapoport

Tel Aviv, Israel

PsyD, clinical psychologist in private practice. Esther is on the Board of the Relational Forum (Israeli branch of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy). Co-author of "Learning from Sabina Spielrein: charting a path for a relational drive theory".

Dr. Valentin Balanovskiy

Kaliningrad, Russia

Ph.D., research fellow at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, chairman of the Kaliningrad Division of Russian Philosophical Society. Valentin is currently preparing an article on Spielrein's role in Jung's idea formation.

Dr. Ilona Melker

New York, USA

LCSW, Jungian analyst and Certified Sandplay Therapist and Instructor in private practice. Supervisory analyst at the CG Jung Institute of New York and the Jung Foundation. Author of "Sabina Spielrein and Frau M

Two cases of women’s psychosis through the lens of Jungian complex theory."

Dr. Lena Magnone

Warsaw, Poland

Ph.D., Habil., Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw. Research focus: late 19th and early 20th-century literature, with a particular focus on Central-European modernisms. 

Mr. Marcus Vinicius Neto Silva

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

M.A., Psychologist, psychoanalyst, researcher focused on history of the early psychoanalytic thought and movement. Author of A construção da pulsão de morte freudiana (with chapter 4 devoted to Spielrein) and "Destruição e devir de Sabina Spielrein." 

Dr. Trinidad Simón Macías

Madrid, Spain


PsyD, psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist in private practice. Author of Juego Limpio. Sabina Spielrein entre Jung y Freud y los tiempos actuales (2014), "Sabina Spielrein (1885-1942): Un alma infantil" (2013) and "Pasiones de una madre"(2017). 

Dr. Renata Udler Cromberg

Brasil, São Paulo

Ph.D., psychoanalyst, author of Sabina Spielrein. Una pioneira da psicanálise. Obras completas, vol. 1 (2014), "O amor que ousa dizer seu nome: Sabina Spielrein - pioneira da psicanálise" and many other articles and presentations on Spielrein. Vol. 2 of the Spielrein's complete works is scheduled for publication in 2019.  

Dr. Marie Brown

New York, USA

PhD, clinical psychologist, clinician and researcher focused on the intersection of “madness” and women with an emphasis on the reproductive body. Co-editor of Women & Psychosis Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Women and the Psychosocial Construction of Madness  (both with M. Charles) and Emancipatory Perspectives on Madness (with R. Brown). 

Dr. Peter Rudnytsky

Gainesville, USA

Ph.D., Professor of English at the University of Florida and Head of the Department of Academic and Professional Affairs of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Dr. Vanessa Sinclair
Stockholm, Sweden


PsyD, clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. Author of Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: the Cut in Creation (2020), Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics and Poetry (2019), On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives (2018).

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