June 14, 2010
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Warren R. Procci Installed as 64th President of the American Psychoanalytic Association
Procci to preside over APsaA’s 100th Anniversary throughout 2011
New York, NY – Warren R. Procci, M.D. took office as the president of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) on June 11th at the organization’s 99th Annual Meeting held at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, D.C. Dr. Procci is the 64th president of the Association and will serve in this capacity until June, 2012.
A native of Staten Island, NY, Dr. Procci earned his bachelor’s degree from Wagner College and his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin. He and his wife, Linda, a senior executive at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, have lived in Los Angeles since 1974, where Dr. Procci maintains a private practice in Pasadena, CA. He is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center. In addition, he volunteers as a resident supervisor in the psychiatric clinic at Los Angeles County /USC Medical Center, a 600-bed public teaching hospital. Dr. Procci also remains active with Wagner College having served on the Board of Trustees since 1999 and is currently the Vice-Chair.
Dr. Procci’s involvement with the governance of APsaA began in the early 1990’s as a member of the Committee on Non-Medical Clinical Training, a predecessor of the current Committee on Preparedness and Progress. Procci felt that the admission policies at the time regarding “non-medical” applicants were needlessly restrictive and he successfully argued to reform and streamline the process. Dr. Procci has served in a number of other national roles since then, serving as a Fellow on the Board on Professional Standards (1996-2001), Councilor-at-Large (1997-2001), and two terms as Treasurer (2002-08). He has also been a member of the Committee on Confidentiality and the Committee on Government Relations and Insurance since 1994.
“Psychoanalysis is in many ways a unique profession; holding on to a set of core traditional principles and values, while nevertheless transforming itself and adapting to changing times. Warren Procci has the right combination of judicious temperament, breadth of experience and historical perspective to guide America’s largest and oldest psychoanalytic organization into its next century,” said outgoing president Prudence L. Gourguechon, M.D.
Dr. Procci’s term as President will overlap with the Association’s 100th anniversary in 2011 – a milestone that will be celebrated throughout the year through the Association’s print journals, a special centennial website, and at its two annual meetings. A first generation American, one of Dr. Procci’s top initiatives is to promote diversity and inclusion within the Association’s 29 analytic training institutes and 42 affiliated societies as the organization enters its second century.
Through public awareness activities, partnerships with universities and other mental health organizations and speaking to younger audiences, Dr. Procci will seek to increase the number of new psychoanalysts entering the field with those who adhere to the ‘Talk Therapy’ discipline that lies at the heart of psychoanalytic therapy.
The American Psychoanalytic Association is a professional organization of psychoanalysts and is comprised of 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 www.apsa.org for more information.
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