Introducing the 2021-22 APsaA Fellows

The American Psychoanalytic Association Fellowship Program is designed to offer additional knowledge of psychoanalysis to outstanding early-career mental health professionals and academics, the future leaders and educators in their fields. The 13 individuals who are selected as fellows each year have their expenses paid to attend the national meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association during the fellowship year and to participate in other educational activities. The biographies below introduce our current cohort of excellent fellows. We enthusiastically welcome them to APsaA.

Orkideh Behrouzan, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician and a medical anthropologist specializing in mental health and the Middle East, and currently Associate Professor in medical anthropology at SOAS University of London. Behrouzan is the author of Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran (2016, Stanford University Press), a 2015-16 fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and the founder of Beyond Trauma, an interdisciplinary and collaborative initiative that aims to create a new interdisciplinary discourse on mental health in the Middle East (beyondtraumaproject.com). She has previously worked as a practicing physician, research scholar in molecular genetics at the department of Clinical Medicine at University of Oxford, Assistant Professor of medical anthropology at the Institute for Medical Humanities at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), and Associate Professor in Medical Anthropology at the department of Global Health and Social Medicine (GHSM) at King’s College London. Behrouzan is a bilingual poet and fiction writer.

Darja Djordjevic, M.D., Ph.D., is a graduate from Harvard Medical School/Department of Anthropology, a Master 2 from École normale supérieure/ École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, and AB from Harvard College. She completed two years of general psychiatry residency at Yale, and decided to subspecialize in psychosocial oncology and child/adolescent psychiatry. She would like to acknowledge the mentorship and pedagogy of her Yale Psychiatry supervisors, especially Drs. Richard Ownbey, Farzana Begum, and Robert Ostroff. Her dual career integrates clinical psychiatry, medical anthropology, history of medicine, African studies, and global health equity in theory and practice. Her book manuscript, The Cancer War(d): Onco-Nationhood in Post-Genocide Rwanda, is based on research conducted in Rwanda and beyond from 2010 to 2018. Her publications have appeared in BioSocieties, Journal of Global Oncology, and Medicine Anthropology Theory. Djordjevic is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda; Research Associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; and Fellow at Brainstorm: The Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation. She is a passionate music aficionada and violinist. She lives between the East Coast and Chicago, her native town.

Katherine Evering-Rowe, LCSW, is a clinical social worker in private practice and a senior therapist at Walnut Psychotherapy Center, a group practice serving the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia. She completed a BA in English and Women’s Studies and an MA in Educational Studies focused on critical race theory and radical pedagogy at Tufts University. After years of writing and facilitating social and food justice programming for teens, she pursued clinical training and earned her MSW at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. Katherine completed her second-year internship and a post-MSW Fellowship at Bryn Mawr College Counseling Services where she went on to help structure and teach in the training program for new social workers. Her clinical interests include the intrapsychic and relational impacts of racial trauma, and the challenges of navigating differences in class, gender, sexuality, and skin tone in treatment between Black therapists and Black clients. Katherine hopes to complete an analytic training and to help broaden opportunities for clinicians of color to draw on the riches of an analytic approach while working in their own communities.

Sheila Frankfurt, Ph.D., is a psychologist and investigator at the Department of Veteran Affairs VISN17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans (COE). She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. Dr. Frankfurt’s research and clinical practice focus on military trauma and its impact, and in particular what has come to be called ‘moral injury.’ Dr. Frankfurt is currently funded by the VA Office of Rehabilitation Research and Development and the COE to develop a group therapy treatment for military traumas and moral injury, based on psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theory and practice.

Georgette Q. Harrison, M.Ed., earned her Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Upon graduating, she began her clinical experience as a bilingual clinician at the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center Child and Family Guidance Clinic. She transitioned to serving as the Director of Clinical Services at Integrated Wellness Group, a psychotherapy practice in New Haven, CT. As her interest in working with the youngest children and their families grew, she pursued an Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate from the University of Massachusetts, Boston while serving as the Training Director for Child First, a national, evidence-based, two-generation model that works with young children and families, providing intensive, mental health home-visiting services. She is currently the Director of Clinical and Community Partnerships at the Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, a community-based mental health clinic in Stamford. As part of her role, she routinely provides community presentations for providers and parents on child mental health topics while continuing to provide individual and family therapy to families. Ms. Harrison is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut, a rostered Child-Parent Psychotherapy clinician, and the agency trainer for the Attachment-Regulation-Competency treatment model.

Kevin Ing, M.D., M.Div., is a fourth year psychiatry resident at University of California, Irvine and is currently completing the Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training program at New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to medical training, he received a BA in philosophy from Yale University, and an M. Div. at Westminster Seminary while serving as a chaplain and minister in an English, Cantonese, and Mandarin-speaking congregation. As a current APA/SAMHSA fellow, he is exploring how the dilemma of autonomous vs. collectivist sense of self in bicultural Asian-American identity negotiation affects questions of shame and shame-resilience in mental health access and treatment. His other professional interests include neuroimaging in psychoanalysis, religious trauma, spiritually oriented psychotherapy, psychedelics, and integrated mental health. He will continue his training next year as an addiction psychiatry fellow at Yale School of Medicine.

Manal Khan, MBBS, is a second-year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at University of California, Los Angeles. Manal received her medical education from Pakistan. After relocating to the U.S. in 2015, Manal completed her residency training in adult psychiatry from Duke University and University of Washington, respectively. She is also pursuing further training in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy at New Center of Psychoanalysis in L.A. Manal’s areas of interest include childhood adversity, trauma, structural/social determinants of health, cultural psychiatry, and psychotherapy. She has extensively engaged in scholarly activities around these topics and sees advocacy as an integral part of her everyday work. Manal has also served in various leadership roles, both locally and nationally, during her residency training and fellowship. Some of her notable projects include developing a global mental health and cultural psychiatry track during her residency, serving as the inaugural equity, diversity, and inclusion chief during her fellowship, and creating a mentorship program for Pakistani psychiatry residency applicants. Manal also feels passionately about bringing anti-war education and policies to psychiatry. Manal is a mother to two boys, named Salaar and Sulayman, and enjoys the goodness that they bring to her life.

Stephanie Kors, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in the Program for Psychotherapy at Cambridge Health Alliance and a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tennessee, where she studied developmental pathways to opioid misuse in pregnancy. During this time, she served on the board of the Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society for three years. Her current research seeks to extend the empirical basis for psychoanalytic psychotherapy, particularly among marginalized populations. Additionally, she is interested in the ways in which basic principles of psychoanalytic theory are taught at the high school and undergraduate level. She is a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. In addition to her clinical work and research, she is also an adjunct instructor in the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program in the Boston University School of Medicine.

Tatianna Kufferath-Lin, Psy.D., (she/her/hers) is a clinical psychologist and postdoctoral fellow at IMPACT Psychological Services, a group practice in Mamaroneck, New York. She became interested in psychodynamic theory and practice as an undergraduate student and intake coordinator at a trauma treatment clinic, where she worked alongside clinicians providing attachment-based therapy to parents and children who were survivors of abuse and neglect. Tatianna is a graduate of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, where her doctoral research focused on psychotherapy process in parent sessions of Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy for Children, a short-term, manualized psychodynamic treatment for children with disruptive behaviors. Her work has been published in the journal Psychotherapy, and she has authored and co-authored several scientific articles and academic book chapters on psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and families. A commitment to under-resourced communities, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the value of psychodynamic thinking underlie both her research and clinical work. Through these avenues, she hopes to contribute to the evidence base for psychodynamic treatments for children and families, join dissemination efforts to make these treatments available to more communities, and help make psychoanalytic ideas accessible to a broader audience.

Zenobia Morrill, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University, Mental Health & Counseling. She completed her postgraduate fellowship in clinical and community psychology at the Yale School of Medicine and her doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to this, she graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with her Ed.M. and M.A. in counseling psychology. Dr. Morrill’s research interests include critical and liberation psychology, psychotherapy, qualitative methods, and decolonial approaches. Generally, her work aligns with critical psychology’s mission to trouble structural and epistemological violence in the psydisciplines. Her dissertation was a critical-constructivist grounded theory examination of power dynamics in clinical practice, from which she developed a model for a Liberation Psychotherapy. Dr. Morrill serves on the board of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP), the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (STTP), and, previously, the Society for Humanistic Psychology (SHP). She also was a Research Officer for the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to health. Since 2017, she has been a Science News Writer for Mad in America, a mental health webzine.

Sien Rivera, M.D., is the chief Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at Prisma Health Midlands in Columbia, SC. He received his medical degree from SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine and completed his general psychiatry residency at Prisma Health Midlands. Alongside his clinical duties, Sien assists in teaching on LGBTQIA+ development as well as psychodynamic case formulation. His academic interests include LGBTQIA+ psychiatry, transgender and gender diverse youth, and the intersections of mental health and new technologies. He is a member of Prisma Health’s physician working group for transgender patient care, the Association for Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrist’s Resident Committee, the American Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Sub-Committee, and the Committee on Gender and Sexuality of the American Psychoanalytic Association. In South Carolina, he is also a member of the city of Columbia’s first Equality Committee, which advises the city council on matters of LGBTQIA equity. His paper, “From Battleground to Playground: A Winnicottian Reading of the Video Game Avatar as Transitional Phenomenon for the Queer, Transgender, and/or Gender Non-Conforming Patient” was the 2021 recipient of the Ralph Roughton Paper award and received honorary mention for the International Psychoanalytic Association’s first Tiresias Award.

Ewurama Sackey, M.D., is currently a first year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellow at UCLA. She was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Ewurama attended the University of Pennsylvania where she studied Health & Societies, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies. A college course about race, class, and poverty in the United States, specifically New Orleans, inspired Ewurama to move to New Orleans (recently post-Hurricane Katrina) to teach high school. Through teaching, Ewurama bore witness to intergenerational and systemic trauma that her students experienced in addition to the resilience and determination of adolescents in their family systems. Observing a dearth of mental health providers in areas such as these, Ewurama chose to become a psychiatrist. She attended the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania for medical school and remained for psychiatry residency. During residency, Ewurama co-founded the Penn Psych Cultural Psychiatry Certificate Program, served as chief resident and psychotherapy resident coordinator, and received a certificate in the Foundations of Psychoanalytic Thought Program through the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. Ewurama has also been the recipient of the APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Award and the Penn Psychiatry Outstanding Senior Resident award. Ewurama hopes to further explore her interest in psychotherapy with adolescents, identity formation, individuation, intergenerational trauma, and racialized trauma through the APsaA fellowship program.

Sudev Sheth, Ph.D., is a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a joint-appointment at The Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, and in the Department of History. He teaches perspectives on entrepreneurship, global capitalism, and leadership across the Wharton School and the School of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of South Asia, business history, and the social responsibility of business.

In 2020-21, he was a Fellow at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia where he learned about psychoanalytic approaches to leadership and entrepreneurship. Key learnings from that experience have made their way into his second-year MBA course The Global Leader. In collaboration with a clinical psychoanalyst, he is also developing a course on the meaning of money which explores the concept of money from the “inside” through psychoanalytic ideas about the mind, and from the “outside” through historical debates about its creation and use. Dr. Sheth’s writings have appeared in leading journals such as Economic & Political Weekly, Journal of the Economic & Social History of the Orient, Manuscript Studies, and Business History Review. He has also published case-related materials on leadership, ethics, and family business for Harvard Business Publishing. Dr. Sheth is currently working on a book that explores how business leaders in seventeenth-century India navigated political uncertainty to grow their family firms into modern businesses. Prior to joining the Penn faculty, Dr. Sheth was the Harvard-Newcomen Fellow in Business History at Harvard Business School where he taught in the MBA and doctoral programs. APSAA