Welcome - from the President

David L. Downing, PsyD, ABPP


Welcome to all Psychologists interested in the practice of psychoanalysis.


The primary mission of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis is to identify national standards for the education, training and competencies for board certification in the practice of psychoanalysis by licensed psychologists in North America.


The directors of our board, along with the support of board certified Fellows of the Academy of Psychoanalysis, review each candidate’s credentials and practice samples, and provide examinations for becoming a board certified specialist in the practice of Psychoanalysis. Our Specialty Board and Academy is a member of the American Board of Professional Psychology and provides the only national, competency-based, certification available for psychologists in the specialty practice of Psychoanalysis.


Beyond the national recognition as a Psychologist Board Certified in the practice of Psychoanalysis, this ABPP board certification provides helpful professional practice recognition for educational and health care institutions, and many governmental organizations, as well as facilitates geographic practice mobility in North America. Many post-doctoral training programs for professional psychologists encourage their faculty members to become nationally board certified in their particular specialty.


Please take this opportunity to consider board certification in the practice of psychoanalysis. You are invited to contact myself, any member of our board or an Academy Fellow with any questions you may have. Our ABPP Specialty website includes additional information you may find helpful.


Thank you for your interest in the Specialty Practice of Psychoanalysis.


David L. Downing, PsyD, ABPP

President, American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis



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