Study Group on Race & Psychoanalysis

On hiatus for ’23-’24

Co-sponsored by the Psychoanalytic Society of the William Alanson White Institute and the Harry Stack Sullivan Society

The Study Group on Race and Psychoanalysis (“SGORAP”) focuses on intersections between the study of race—racial dynamics, race relations, and race as difference—and psychoanalytic theory. While classical psychoanalysis has been characterized as a theory of sexuality and sexual difference, interpersonal and relational approaches allow us to explore how psychoanalysis might be useful in analyzing problems of race and interrogating questions of sameness and difference. 

SGORAP is open to all members of the WAWI community as well as to participants from other institutes, unaffiliated practicing clinicians, and academics from related disciplines. At the end of each academic year, interested group members are welcome to participate in summer meetings—facilitated by the Founding Members’ Advisory Group—to plan the next year’s academic program. Participants in these meetings may also volunteer to serve as program administrators, as these roles rotate between interested and available group members. 

SGORAP meets from 8:30-10:00 PM on the third Wednesday of every month during the academic year, and meetings are currently held over Zoom. Meeting announcements, with registration information, are sent to the SGORAP listserv during the second and third weeks of each month. To join the listserv, please send a request to with SGORAP Listserv in the subject line.

Founding Members’ Advisory Group:
Anton Hart, PhD
Toni Hellmann, LCSW
Michelle Stephens, LP, PhD
Carol Valentin, PhD
Cleonie White, PhD

For further information, please contact the 2022-2023 administrators listed below: Carol Valentin, PhD: Sarah Best, LCSW-R:

William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology 20 West 74th Street, New York, NY 10023 | (212) 873-0725