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And Now, Love is the story of 96-year-old dr. Bernard W. Bail, a highly decorated Jewish World War II hero who was shot down over Nazi Germany. Imprisoned in a German hospital, he began a clandestine affair with his nurse, Irmgard, who introduced him to a spiritual love unlike any he had experienced which became the guiding light for his life and career.

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Determined to understand why this pure love is so often unattainable, he became a doctor and psychoanalyst who revolutionized the psychoanalytic process with a new theory called “the mother’s imprint,” an idea that strikes at the root of all mental illness. Bail posits that we all live impressed by this imprint, the unresolved negative feelings a mother has about herself that are unconsciously passed down in utero from generation to generation. This imprint is the result of centuries of female oppression and abuse that cuts us off from pure love and knowing our true potential.

Though the psychoanalytic establishment tried to censure him for going beyond traditional Freudian methods, Bail moved forward with boundless courage and dedication as he formulated a new psychoanalytic paradigm to help his patients. As his work evolved, his conviction in the undeniable link between social progress and the centuries of oppression and abuse women have suffered made him the ultimate feminist and a firm believer in the idea that if the world is ever to know peace, women must lead the way.

In her newest documentary, filmmaker Jill Demby Guest chronicles Bail’s personal journey as he fights his way out of a Philadelphia immigrant ghetto, across the skies of war-torn Europe and through psychoanalytic institutes resistant to new ideas. Interviews with Dr. Bail, experts in psychology and neuroscience, as well as testimonials from patients, paint an indelible portrait of his courage, fortitude, compassion and single-minded purpose. Renowned child psychiatrist Dr. Gilbert Kliman praises Bail as an “avant garde thinker who did not fear to tread where Darwin had given up.” From his well-deserved place at the forefront of psychoanalytic thought, Bernard Bail has introduced the world to the experience of pure love, or as he says, “not the illusion of love, but real love.”

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The Legacy of Dr. Bernard Bail Carried On By
The Holistic Psychoanalytic Foundation

The Legacy of Dr. Bernard Bail Carried On By
The Holistic Psychoanalytic Foundation

Something is broken in our systems of governance today, evident on all levels– globally, nationally and locally. Can the simple notion of love between families, neighbors, communities, and nations be the solution to our world problems? Could it be that if one had the clarity of vision and the perspective to see into the deepest layers of the human mind, what would emerge would be a single cause—being cut off from love–lying at the root of all the symptoms of injustice, moral decay and human suffering that we observe in the world today?

It turns out that one person who was able to acquire that vision and perspective is a man who, until his death in 2021 at age 100, had been listening to the expression of the deepest part of people’s minds…their dreams…for 60 years. That man is Bernard W. Bail, M.D.

From his well-deserved place at the forefront of psychoanalytic thought, Bernard Bail introduced the world to the idea of “pure love,” or as he says, “not the illusion of love, but real love.” His legacy lives on through the Holistic Psychoanalytic Foundation, overseen by his widow Cynthia Marks. Its mission: to continue to provide access to information regarding Dr. Bail’s discovery as the key to unlocking change and healing the planet through finding love in ourselves, one person at a time.

Dr. Bail’s life and work was based on his beliefs that:

And now, love can change your community and the world.

Dr. Bernard Bail’s legacy is his psychoanalytic theory that everyone is given an imprint in utero. This imprint has cut us off from our truest selves and held us back from being who we were meant to be. According to Dr. Bail’s philosophy, our best chance as humans is to become aware that what is ruling everyone, from individuals, to families, to governments, is an imprint. If we can understand what it is that we all suffer from, perhaps we can begin to treat each other with more love, compassion, and understanding. Said Dr. Bail, “The world has suffered no love. Time now for the world to get the love they really desperately need.”

And now, love can blossom even with your enemies

After being captured by the Nazis during WWII and imprisoned in a German hospital, Dr. Bail began a clandestine affair with his German nurse, Irmgard. “I told her I was Jewish. She said that didn’t matter to her,” recalled Dr. Bail. “She cared about whether I was a good person. How liberating is that?” As Dr. Bail often said, “A lot of people helped me in my life. Even the enemy.” From this profound experience, Dr. Bail’s life and work were forever changed.

And now, love can create self-acceptance apart from your mother’s imprint.

Dr. Bail’s years of working with patients taught him that all emotional illness is rooted in the relationship between mother and infant, from the moment of conception. Bail posits, “We all live impressed by this imprint, the unconscious and unresolved negative feelings a mother has about herself that are passed down in utero from generation to generation. This imprint is the result of centuries of female oppression and abuse that cuts us off from knowing pure love and our true potential.” By understanding who we are separate from our imprints, we can truly love ourselves, and by so doing, receive love and give love.

And now, love can overcome racism, anti-Semitism and cultural divides.

Dr. Bail believed that the greatest force that moves mankind is love.

Having experienced anti-Semitism over the course of his life, Dr. Bail came to see that acceptance of differences starts with each individual finding self-love and treating others with love. In his last years, he saw anti-Semitism and racism come out of the shadows and was disturbed by the hatred and bigotry that is now part of the political discourse. His belief was that those who had not dealt with their traumatic imprints were the source of the world’s divides. Bail thought if we were free from judgment of others, if we share what we need from each other, if we don’t fear rejection from each other, then hate and bigotry can be eliminated over time.

And now, love can empower women to solve world problems

Dr. Bail saw the imbalance in the world between the masculine and the feminine. “The masculine force has really run things for far too long.” Bail believed that women must attain leadership roles and work side by side with men to bring balance between the sexes. As his work evolved, Dr. Bail’s conviction in the undeniable link between social progress and the centuries of oppression and abuse women have suffered made him the ultimate feminist. He believed this is what has brought us to this critical tipping point in today’s global conflicts, and that women must have a place at the table if there’s to be peace in the world.

And now, love can connect the world with spirituality.

Through his personal journey and his work with his patients, Dr. Bail discovered that once we separate from our mother’s unconscious negative feelings, we can experience the comfort of the pure love of the divine as individuals and as a community. Bail admits, “I didn’t think about God until later years, adding up the events of my life. The curious circumstances which gave me openings and chances and the realization that there was a helping hand in my life.” Unconsciously searching for refuge as a child, he followed an internal calling to enroll in Sunday school at the local synagogue. He recalled, “What they taught were the stories of the Bible. They taught about Joseph, the dream interpreter. I thought that was just fabulous. It was as if I knew exactly where to go to get the deep conviction and a love of those brave Jewish warriors who fought for their independence.” Later he came to believe the importance of the spiritual: “Slowly I came to understand that spirit sustains and nourishes us, body and soul.”

And now, love can bring passion and intimacy at any age.

Dr. Bail believed that you can love deeply when you are ready for it. He found his soulmate at 92 with Cynthia Marks, an interior designer, over thirty years his junior who was referred to him to do work on his apartment. Assuming she would find an old man in need of a recliner, Marks was shocked at the elegantly dressed, dapper, tango dancing man who came to the door. Over platonic lunch dates, she was lured in by his sense of humor, keen intelligence and his passion about dreams. When she told him about a dream she’d had, it changed everything. Dr. Bail recalled, “I thought, she’s going to be my wife.” Marks confesses, “I never considered a physical relationship and I was a little worried but I was pleasantly surprised. All the parts were working fine.” She advises, “There is nothing sexier than the knowledge and wisdom that comes from age.” Marks reflects, “He always said, I’m just his gift from God. He’s my gift. I was his special love and he was mine.” She admits, “Others were shocked and appalled when we were out on the streets together but never let yourself be branded as an old person. You just have to be who you are, not what you look like.”

  • Written, Directed and Produced by
    Jill Demby Guest
  • Narrated by
    Peter Coyote
  • Director of Photography
    Tom Hurwitz, ASC
  • Director of Photography Re-creations
    Sam Painter
  • Editors
    Michael Palmerio
  • and
    Shane Ross
  • Line Producer
    Edith Becker
  • Original song "Balloon" by
    Ryan Amador
  • and
    Daniel Weidlein
  • Performed by
    Ryan Amador
  • Executive Producers
    Michael Glick
  • and
    Steve Koch
Bernard W. Bail, M.D.

Dr. Bernard W. Bail is a physician, a psychoanalyst and a training analyst who lives and practices in Beverly Hills, California. He has worked with both patients and analysts for over sixty years. He is a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, the New Center for Psychoanalysis and the American Psychoanalytic Association where he chairs the ongoing discussion group “Infant Mental Life and the Dream in Psychoanalysis.” Through his intensive work in the unconscious via the dream, Dr. Bail developed a new paradigm for psychoanalysis centered at the beginning of human life, which he describes in his book, The Mother’s Signature: A Journal of Dreams. He also wrote a memoir, Irmgard’s Flute, detailing his experiences growing up in the ghetto of Philadelphia, his stories as a lead Air Force radar navigator who was captured by the Nazis and incarcerated during World War II, and his later work in psychoanalysis.

For his military service during World War II, Dr. Bail received the Distinguished Service Cross, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, five Air Medals, five Battle Stars in the European Theater of Operations, a Purple Heart, a Prisoner of War Medal, and the 44th Bomb Group Presidential Citation. In addition, in 2006, the French government awarded Dr. Bail the French Legion of Honor, the highest military honor bestowed by France.

Jill Demby Guest

Jill Demby Guest is an Emmy nominated, Promax Award winning producer, writer, and director. She began her career as an assistant camerawoman and film editor, trained by the Maysles Brothers and then went on to edit and produce many films for PBS at WNET-NY and KCET-LA. She received an Emmy nomination for KCET’s “Arts and Culture: Charles Dixon.” With a lifelong passion for biographical documentaries, Jill was a producer and editor on various bio-docs including “James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Into the Morning: Willa Cather’s America,” and writer, director on Lifetime television’s “Intimate Portrait: Cindy Williams.”

Jill has worked extensively with Disney and Warner Brothers, creating trailers, TV campaigns and numerous documentaries for their DVD releases including “The West Wing,” “John Lennon: Imagine with Yoko Ono,” “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” and “National Treasure.” She received a Promax Gold Award for “Without A Trace” and a Key Art Award nomination for Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry Collection” from Warner Home Entertainment.

Her latest film, “And Now, Love,” is a feature documentary, which she wrote, produced and directed. The film profiles the remarkable and courageous life of Jewish WWII veteran, prisoner of war and pioneering psychoanalyst, Dr. Bernard W. Bail.

Peter Coyote

Peter Coyote has a B.A. in English Literature from Grinnell College and a M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. After a short apprenticeship at the San Francisco Actor’s Workshop, he joined the San Francisco Mime Troupe where he directed the first cross-country tour of “The Minstrel Show, Civil Rights in a Cracker Barrel.” He later co-wrote, directed and performed in the play, “Olive Pits,” which won a Special OBIE from New York’s Village Voice newspaper.

In the early 1980s, Peter began doing voice-overs, now numbering over 120 films. He won an Emmy in 1992 for his narration of the “The Meiji Revolution” episode, part of the PBS American Experience ten-part series, “The Pacific Century.” Most noted for his narration of many Ken Burns documentaries, he continues to lend his rich voice to narrations for commercials and documentaries and often donates his voice to films that support issues close to his heart. Peter wrote a memoir called Sleeping Where I Fall. One of the stories was awarded the 1993-1994 Pushcart Prize, a national prize for excellence in writing.

Tom Hurwitz

Tom Hurwitz, ASC is one of America’s most honored documentary cinematographers. Winner of two Emmy Awards, the Sundance and Jerusalem Film Festival Awards for Best Cinematography, Hurwitz has photographed films that have won four academy awards and several more nominations (most recently for “Dancemaker” and “Killing in the Name”). His television programs have won dozens of awards: Emmy, Dupont, Peabody, Directors Guild and film festival awards for Best Documentary. In addition, Emmy Awards for Best Documentary Specials for the PBS show “Jerome Robbins” and the PBS series “Franklin.”

Other award-winning films include: “Valentino,” “The Last Emperor,” “Harlan County USA,” “Wild Man Blues,” “My Generation,” “Down and Out in America,” “The Turandot Project,” “Liberty,” “Dolley,” “Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero,” for PBS, “Questioning Faith,” “Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbuilt and Anderson Cooper” for HBO. In addition, films that he has directed have won the Cine Golden Eagle (for Bombs will Make the Rainbow Break) and have been shown in festivals around the world.

Sam Painter

Sam Painter is an award winning director of photography whose influential work includes the coverage of historical events, groundbreaking exposés and numerous celebrated documentaries. He’s worked throughout Europe interviewing a who’s who of the music and film world, including The Rolling Stones, members of The Beatles, and The Who, as well as most of the 1980’s New Wave/Punk music scene. He also shot behind the scenes of numerous films, including “Superman,” “James Bond,” “Full Metal Jacket,” and Whitney Houston’s first music video among many others. He collaborated with Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney on “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which garnered an Emmy for Best Documentary and an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography. He’s also worked on “Transcendence,” “Inception,” “Moneyball,” “Laurel Canyon” and “Wild Palms.” His work on the groundbreaking interview with Diane Sawyer and Charles Manson led to more network investigative projects, including “Frontline,” “60 Minutes,” “48 Hours” and “Turning Point.” Sam continues to work with HBO on several upcoming documentaries.

Christoph Nicolaisen

Christoph Cico Nicolaisen is an award-winning director of photography based in Berlin. He is a member of the European Film Academy and teaches cinematography at colleges in Germany.

Vicente Franco

Vicente Franco has been a Director of Photography all over the world for more than twenty-five years. He was a 2003 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary and Emmy nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for “Daughter from DaNang,” winner of the Sundance Film Festival 2002 Grand Jury Prize.

He was Director of Photography on three other Academy Award nominees: “The Barber of Birmingham” (2012), “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” (2010), and “Freedom On My Mind” (1994). He won the Silver Apple/Latin American Studies Association for Cuba Va: the Challenge of the Next Generation as well as a Peabody for coverage of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake.

Martina Radwan

Martina Radwan, Director/Producer/Cinematographer, a native German, based in NYC for over twenty years, has been the cinematographer for award-winning features and documentaries for over a decade. “Saving Face,” the 2012 Academy Award Winner for Short Documentary earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Cinematography in 2013. Her recent work includes “The Eagle Huntress,” “Watchers of the Sky,” “Through A Lens Darkly and Hot Coffee.” Her directorial debut “Spring in Awe” won the Media Awareness Award at the Media That Matters Film Festival in 2004 and the Best Editing Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival and was part of Thirteen/WNET’s Reel New York the same year. Her second film, “Aliens Among Us,” played theatrical at IDA’s DocuWeek, 2009 and on numerous festivals.

Edith Becker

Edith Becker has produced nearly 100 hours of film and television documentaries. She is known for her work on “Ancient Aliens” (2011-2014), “Empire of Dreams: The Story of the ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy” (2004), “Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion” (2002) and “Beyond Titanic” (1998).

Michael Palmerio

Michael Palmerio’s early feature editing credits include the festival-hit comedy “Totally Confused” and the critically acclaimed verite drama “Straightman,” which he also co-produced. He carries both editing and producing credits on the Slamdance Best Documentary Award winning film “Amerikan Passport.”

Michael edited the Lionsgate release “Dummy” starring Oscar winner Adrien Brody and Oscar Nominee Vera Farmiga. He has edited special interest short subject projects like the Elevate Film Festival Multi-Award Winner “It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over”, for which he took home a Best Editing Award.

More recent feature projects include “Orion”, starring David Arquette, the Jeff Goldblum led docu-comedy “Pittsburgh”, Asiel Norton’s Independent Spirit Award-nominated drama “Redland,”and “Rushlights” featuring Aidan Quinn and Beau Bridges.

Michael’s TV credits include VICELAND’s documentary series “Weediquette”, MTV’s “This Is Dance Music,” “Game Quest,” Sony Television’s “Pat Croce – Moving In,” and the acclaimed Fox Sports documentary series “Preps.”

Shane Ross

Shane Ross is a freelance editor and colorist living in Los Angeles. He has cut and colored independent documentaries for The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, Smithsonian Channel and National Geographic. In addition, he has edited scripted shows for Disney and Nickelodeon.

Matt Cunningham

Matt is a film writer and director, television producer, children’s book author and columnist for Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine where he interviews the top talent in the horror and science fiction industries. He has been a co-producer and associate producer on many documentary TV series such as “Ancient Aliens,” “Secret Societies of Hollywood,” and “America’s Book of Secrets.” He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Roger C. Memos

Roger C. Memos has worked in the television industry as a producer and archival researcher for over 30 years. He started his career at Entertainment Tonight and went on to produce talk shows and variety specials. In 2005, he won a Daytime Emmy for producing on the reality series “Starting Over.” He was associate producer on the feature documentary “AKA Tommy Chong” that went to Toronto International Film Festival. In 2010, Roger did archival research for the feature documentary “Jean- Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.” Roger directed and co-produced his first feature documentary “Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity.” The documentary won “Best Documentary Feature” at the Burbank International Film Festival, The Studio City International Film Festival and the Sherman Oaks Film Festival.

Julia Guest

Julia Guest worked in the criminal defense law field for six years in San Francisco representing indigent inmates on death row in California. Her experience conducting years of research to help present the social histories of her clients’ lives furthered her passion for storytelling on behalf of social justice and mental health related issues. She came to Los Angeles to work as a content researcher and story editor for “And Now, Love.” Julia studied acting, dance and singing at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Her past film experience includes production assistant work on “The West Wing,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” and “The O.C.” She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Literature. You can find her swimming in the cold waters of San Francisco Bay, dancing hip-hop in yoga studios, and attempting to stay alive on her bike on the wild streets of Los Angeles.

Umon Kawamura

Umon Kawamura is a German/Japanese designer, photographer and filmmaker. His heritage from both cultures is evident in his aesthetic, always striving for a simple approach to create minimalistic solutions to to represent complex ideas and emotions. Aside from his multiple talents in film, photography, design, animation and digital compositing, he enjoys being a family man in LA’s colorful mix of cultures and kitchens.

Glen Matisoff

With over twenty years of experience in Production and Post Production, Glen has contributed in various capacities on numerous shows, recently delivering 10 episodes of “Scare Pewdiepie Multi-Player” in 4K for Youtube Red. He also worked on eight seasons of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Entourage” and was post producer for Sony Pictures’ “Joe Dirt 2” for

An experienced film composer, Glen recently completed the score on “A Tigers Tale” and the suspense thriller, “Abaddon.”

Stella Welter

Stella Welter is a German born actress who is most famous for her lead role as Pip in “Endlich Samstag.” It first aired across Europe in 2006 and is still on air (repeats) today.

She has studied at the University of Cambridge, the New York Film Academy and Stella Adler Studio. Stella is now living and working in New York and Los Angeles.

Ryan Amador

Ryan Amador is a music and theatre creative based in Los Angeles, CA. As a singer/songwriter he has released two albums and four EPs. His most recent project is “Seattle Songs EP” released in June 2017.

Ryan is best known for his songs “Instead” & “Define Me”. The “Define Me” video has garnered over 700,000 views on Youtube and led to live performances at Pride Events in New York, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Brisbane and Australia. Following the release of his video “Spectrum”, Ryan was asked to perform at TEDx in Santa Cruz, CA and spoke on the topic of diversified sexuality. In April 2016, the Mather Dance Company in California performed to Ryan’s song “Instead” which was then featured by DancingWithYT on Youtube, and has since surpassed 1.5 million listens on Spotify. He has written songs for LA-based singers Luke Edgemon, Mario Jose, Will Makar and Ben Yahr, as well as upcoming EPs from Edgemon and Blake McGrath.

Daniel Weidlein

Daniel Weidlein graduated from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and works professionally as a saxophonist, composer, producer, singer, and music director.

As a performer, Weidlein has played with jazz luminaries such as Frank Wess, Bob Mintzer, and Joshua Redman, and has made commercial appearances including on the television show “Glee,” in the Academy Award-winning film “Whiplash,” and on the third season of NBC’s primetime show “The Sing Off.”​

Weidlein owns The B(e)at Cave recording studio and has produced numerous projects including albums for singers Luke Edgemon and Blake McGrath, hip-hop sensation Clive Aden, jazz musicians such as Bob Mintzer and Greg Johnson, singer/songwriter Axel Mansor, Katie Ohh from NBC’s “The Winner Is,” the Transcendence Theater Company, and an award winning A Cappella EP for his collegiate singing group, The Trojan Men. Weidlein’s own bands, The Vintage Modernists and (In)Body, have released albums to great reviews that are available digitally worldwide.

Allen B. Weiner, M.D.

Dr. Allen B. Weiner obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California where his interests focused on para traditional remedies like Homeopathy, Chinese and traditional herbs, and floral essences. He went on to be a practicing hospital pharmacist for the Kaiser Permanente Hospital Group and later received his M.D. from Washington University at St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Weiner was later recruited as an Inpatient Unit Chief for the Thalians Community Mental Health Center for twenty years, and simultaneously developed a private practice specializing in Psychoanalytic Psychiatry. He also served for several years with the County of Los Angeles Department of Health as a Child and Maternal Health Clinician, and a Venereal Disease Control Officer. From his experiences with the thousands of people he assisted, he felt it necessary to develop a serious comprehension of Eastern Medicine, Behavioral Optometry, and Applied Kinesiology. For the past 45 years, he has been practicing an enhanced form of that psychoanalytic psychiatry.

Loren Weiner, Ph.D.

Dr. Loren Weiner is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Southern California in 1993 and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant University in 2003. She began her private practice in 2003 while completing her postdoctoral training at The Linden Center in Los Angeles, a Non-Public school focusing on children with severe emotional and behavioral disturbances. She was also a volunteer supervisor of masters and doctoral level students at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills from 2005-2013. Dr. Weiner has co-chaired the ongoing discussion group “Infant Mental Life and the Dream in Psychoanalysis” at the American Psychoanalytic Association’s annual meetings in 2009 and 2011-2017.

Judith Parker, Ph.D.

Dr. Parker has been a licensed psychologist since 1982. She has maintained a private practice since then, encompassing clinical work with a wide variety of patients, children, adolescents, adults and families. She also provides case consultation and supervision to other professionals.
She has taught courses at USC, UCLA and Antioch College.

She is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Society of Ethical Psychiatry and Psychology, and the International Society for the Psychological Treatment of Schizophrenia and other Psychoses.

Dr. Parker has presented her work at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute (formerly LAPSI, now The New Center for Psychoanalysis) in 2002, 2004, and 2005, at the American Psychological Association (Div 39) in 2006, and in seminars at the American Psychoanalytic Association conferences in 2007 (Washington, DC) and 2011 (San Francisco). She has also made presentations at annual conferences of the International Society of Ethical Psychiatry and Psychology in 2010 (New York) and 2011 (Los Angeles) and the International Society for the Psychological Treatment of Schizophrenia and other Psychoses in 2011 (San Francisco).

Douglas Kirsner, Ph.D.

Douglas Kirsner is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University and a staff member for more than 38 years. He is the founder of the Deakin University Freud Conference in 1977 and was appointed to Personal Chair, Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Studies in 2007, retiring in 2014.

Professor Douglas Kirsner has made a prolific and ongoing contribution to the progressive humanities curriculum in philosophy and psychoanalytical studies. He continues to challenge boundaries in psychoanalytic studies and existential psychology both in Australia and overseas. Prof. Kirsner was made an honorary member of the prestigious American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) in 2015.

His seminal publications include Unfree Associations: Inside Psychoanalytic Institutes and The Schizoid World of Jean-Paul Sartre and RD Laing. He has also edited numerous collections and written a multitude of articles in psychoanalytic journals. Prof. Kirsner lectures widely at psychoanalytic institutes and associations in Australia and around the world.

Gilbert Kliman, M.D.

Gilbert Kliman graduated from Harvard Medical School. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Senior Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. After his child psychiatric training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he founded three nonprofit organizations dedicated to childhood mental health services: The Center for Preventive Psychiatry, the Foster Care Study Unit at Columbia University College of Medicine and Surgery, Department of Child Psychiatry, and The Children’s Psychological Health Center, Inc. He has served as Medical Director of The Children’s Psychological Health Center in San Francisco since 1993.

Dr. Kliman originated Reflective Network Therapy which he practices and continues to research throughout the country and around the world. In addition, his practice of forensic child psychiatry often leads to his testifying in federal and state courts and he has testified in over 300 major cases.

He has appeared on national television features such as Barbara Walters, Straight Talk, Health and Science News (KTVU), and The Today Show concerning psychological trauma and related children’s issues. Dr. Kliman is the author of over 70 scientific papers and several books including Responsible Parenthood which earned an international literary award (the Janusz Korczak Prize for Best Book Concerning the Well-Being and Nurture of Children).

Tracy Bale, Ph.D.

Tracy Bale is Director of the Center for Brain Development and Maternal Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She was formerly Professor of Neuroscience at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and Department of Psychiatry of the Perelman School of Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding the role of stress dysregulation in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric diseases, and the sex differences that underlie disease vulnerability using mice as the model organism. She is a co-director of the Penn Center for the Study of Sex and Gender in Behavioral Health. She is currently a Reviewing Editor at the Journal of Neuroscience and serves as Chair of the NNRS CSR study section. Tracy has been the recipient of the career development award for early career achievement by the Society for Neuroscience, the Richard E. Weitzman Memorial award as exceptionally promising young investigator by the Endocrine Society, the Medtronic Award from the Society for Women’s Health Research for outstanding research, and the Daniel H. Efron award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D.

Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D. is a past president of both the International Association for the Study of Dreams and the American Psychological Association’s Div. 30, The Society for Psychological Hypnosis. Barrett has written four books: Supernormal Stimuli, Waistland, The Committee of Sleep, and The Pregnant Man & Other Cases from a Hypnotherapist’s Couch. She is an editor of four additional books: The New Science of Dreaming, Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams, and Trauma and Dreams.

Dr. Barrett teaches two courses on dreaming at Harvard: an HMS one through the Cambridge Health Alliance, and an FAS course through the Freshman Seminar Program. Her research has focused on dreams, hypnosis, imagery, earliest memories, supernormal stimuli, and evolutionary psychology.

Dr. Barrett’s commentary on psychological issues has been featured on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” CNN, Fox, PBS, The Discovery Channel, and the BBC. She has been interviewed for dream articles in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Life Time, and Newsweek. Her own articles have appeared in Psychology Today, Scientific American Mind, and Wired. Dr. Barrett has lectured at Esalen, the Smithsonian, TEDx and at universities around the world.

Abbot Bronstein, Ph.D.

Abbot Bronstein is a psychoanalyst in San Francisco and a graduate and faculty member of SFCP (San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis). He is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the section editor of the “Analyst at Work” section of the IJP. He is the chair of IPA North America Comparative Clinical Methods Working Party Groups and he is a training and supervising analyst in the IPA. He has published and written papers and presented nationally and internationally. Most recently he has published “The Analyst’s Work” in the IJP and “Mrs. Klein, the contemporary Kleinians and the drives: are they what drive the theory and clinical work,” in the Journal of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. His latest paper, co-authored with Marie Rudden, MD, titled “Transference, Relationship and the Analyst as Object: Qualitative Findings from the North American Comparative Clinical Methods Working Party,” was published in the IJP in spring 2015.

Todd Anton, M.A.

Todd Anton is the author of No Greater Love: Life Stories From the Men Who Saved Baseball, When Baseball Went to War and When Football Went to War. He has been a U.S. History instructor for over 25 years. Anton served on the board of Trustees for the late Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose’s National World War II Museum. The museum featured Anton as a speaker at a gala in Washington, DC honoring the members of Congress who served in World War II and at the premiere of Steven Spielberg’s documentary on his father, “Burma Bridge Busters.” The museum also put on a successful exhibit called “When Baseball Went to War,” inspired by his book.

Cynthia Marks