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Presentation at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Washington, DC

Presentation Date: 08/04/23
Location: Washington DC

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The Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) will take place between August 3-5, in Washington DC.

On Friday August 4, I will have the honor of chairing a panel about intergenerational legacies of trauma in the USA. This panel, which I have organized together with my colleagues, is sponsored by Division 42, Psychologists in Independent Practice.

The panel include the following presentations:

  • Alan Entin, Connecting the Dots, Creating a Tapestry: A Multigenerational History of Trauma
  • Ilene Serlin, Using Dance and Culture to Work Through Intergenerational Trauma
  • Irit Felsen, The Roles We Take On: A Holocaust Survivors’ Daughter’s Perspective
  • Andrew Berry, The Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Approach to Working with Veterans
  • Jessica Gourneau, The Impact of Historical Trauma for the Native Healer
  • BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Catching Our Collective Breaths: Healing from Systemic Racism, Violence and Hate.

There has never been a greater urgency to address the multiple legacies of oppression and trauma that we carry with us, to listen to each other’s stories, to each other’s perspectives, and to work together to make real and lasting changes to ensure inclusion and equity for all.



  1. Rabbinic Pastor Dr. Aliza Erber says

    this also be on zoom?

    • Irit Felsen, Ph.D. says


      Thank you for your interest in our panel on Intergenerational Legacies of Trauma. Unfortunately, the APA did not provide the option of hybrid sessions.


  2. What an important and meaningful topic.
    Will there be a recording of the panel discussion that people who are unable to attend can access?

    • Irit Felsen, Ph.D. says

      Hi Carol,

      Thank you for your email. I am not sure how the organizers of the convention have set it up, but if there will be a recording I will certainly place a link to it on my blog.

      All the best,


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