Board of Trustees and Advisory Council

The Institute's Board of Trustees, which holds ultimate responsibility for the Institute's affairs, is led by an highly honored psychoanalyst Chair and generally meets quarterly.

The Institute's Advisory Council includes senior psychoanalysts distinguished by many years of excellence in their analytic work and their research, writing or teaching, and other experts, who offer the Institute their counsel as needed.


  • Michael Connolly MPA, LP, NCPsyA
    President & Executive Director
  • Rev. Sheila Johnson MPS, LP
    Deputy Executive Director
  • David M. Abrams PhD
    Training Director
  • Ernest P. Smith LCSW-R
    Clinical Director
  • Robin Rayford MA
    Academic Dean
  • Thomas Wagner MA, LPsyA, NCPsyA
  • Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey MDiv
  • Victor Bernstein PhD
  • Andrea Dixon LCSW-R
    Chair Emeritus
  • Lee Jenkins PhD, LP
    Chair Emeritus
  • Kim Kleinman LCSW
  • Marjory Slobetz LCSW, BCD


  • Kirkland C. Vaughans, Honorary Dean, Harlem Family Institute Kirkland C. Vaughans PhD
    Institute Honorary Dean
  • Paula Kliger PhD, ABPP
    Primary Consultant
  • C. Jama Adams PhD (Psychology)
  • Neil Altman PhD
  • Christopher Bollas PhD
  • Phyllis Cohen PhD (Psychology)
  • Paul C. Cooper LP, NCPsyA
  • Asher Edelman BA
  • Michael Eigen PhD
  • Harry Fogarty PhD
  • Gerald J. Gargiulo PhD, LP
  • Edmund. W. Gordon PhD
  • Gilbert W. Kliman MD
    Board Chair Emeritus
  • Stephen Kurtz LCSW-R
    Institute founder
  • Merle Molofsky LP, NCPsyA
  • Felecia Powell-Williams EdD
  • Beverly J. Stoute MD
  • Ann B. Ulanov PhD
  • Ellen F. Wachtel PhD, JD
  • Paul Wachtel PhD
  • Julie Zuckerman EdD


  • Claude Barbre LP, PhD
    Executive Director Emeritus
  • Constance W. Brown LCSW
    Institute Founding Trustee
  • Robert Coles MD
    Institute Founding Trustee
  • James Comer MD
  • Howard Dodson
  • Barbara Eisold PhD
    Institute Chair Emeritus
  • Rev. Earl Kooperkamp
  • Beth Radow
    Institute Founding Chair Emeritus
  • Clive Robinson MD
  • Robyn Robinson
  • Michael Salhani MA


  • Frederic S. Arensberg
    Institute Founding Trustee
  • Anni Bergman PhD
  • Allen Bergson PhD, LCSW
  • L. Bryce Boyer MD
  • Emory Brooks LCSW
  • George S. Getzel MSW
    Institute Founding Trustee
  • Peter L. Giovacchini MD
  • James Grotstein MD
  • Margaret Morgan Lawrence MD
    Institute Founding Trustee
    Nation's first African American female pediatrician
    Nation's first African American female psychoanalyst
  • Esther Menaker PhD
  • Dolores O. Morris PhD
  • Jule Miller MD
  • Ned O'Gorman
  • Alan Roland PhD
  • Martin Schulman PhD
  • Cherryetta Williams CASAC, LP, LMHC

Trustees are elected by the board to three-year terms on a staggered basis, one third facing re-election every year. The Institute's students are able to elect one representative to the board each year for a one-year term. The Institute's officers face re-election for their posts every year.

The Institute's operations are authorized by a charter granted by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, on behalf of the Education Department of the State of New York.

The board of trustees' activities are further governed by the Institute's bylaws and its conflict-of-interest policy.