Michael Donnell, PsyD - Co-President

Michael Donnell, Psy.D. is a psychologist in private practice in downtown Austin and an adjunct faculty member in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin. Michael works with adolescents, adults and couples from a relational psychoanalytic perspective. His most recent publication, which explored the intersection of age and desire in gay men, was published in the June 2013 issue of Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Prior to his move to Austin, Michael taught and supervised at various graduate schools and training programs in the San Francisco Bay Area; was a staff member at the Mills College Counseling Center, where he led didactic workshops and supervised doctoral-level practicum trainees; and was an executive board member of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology. He is an active member of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association.

Joellen Peters, PhD - Co-President

Joellen M. Peters, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in south Austin.  Joellen works with children, families, adolescents, and adults from an interpersonal, developmental, and self psychology perspective.  She has a specialization in issues related to adoption, including work with adult adoptees, birth parents, and families going through reunions.  She has presented papers related to adoption on the local, regional, and national level.  After completing her PhD at UT Austin, Joellen participated in a 2 year post-doc, which focused on self psychology.  She has been a member of ASPP since she was in graduate school.  This is her 3rd year on the board and most recently she served as Education Chair. 

JoAnn Ponder, Ph.D. - Past President

JoAnn Ponder, PhD is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Austin. She’s serving her 12th year on the ASPP board after four terms as president. She originated the annual ethics workshop, which became one of ASPP’s most popular and successful events each year, and the annual supervision workshop. JoAnn completed her training in adult psychoanalysis and child psychotherapy at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston and Austin, where she currently serves on the faculty. She’s certified as a sandplay practitioner (Jungian-oriented) by Sandplay Therapists of America. She also completed the family/couples therapy program at the International Institute of Object Relations Therapy in Bethesda, the Infant-Parent Mental Health Intervention Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the New Directions writing program at the Washington Psychoanalytic Foundation. JoAnn recently was elected member-at-large for the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychoanalysis (Division 39). In addition, she currently is secretary of Section I (psychologist-psychoanalyst practitioners) and member-at-large of Section III (Women and Gender) of Division 39. She previously was president of Section III, representative for Section II (Childhood and Adolescence) to the Division 39 Board of Directors, and conference co-chair for the Division 39 Spring Meeting held in 2009. She’s also a member of the Austin-San Antonio Psychoanalytic Society, and serves as its representative on the Executive Council at the American Psychoanalytic Association. She has presented papers at national and international psychoanalytic conferences. In 2004, she was awarded the David A. Freedman Candidate Paper’s Prize by the Houston Psychoanalytic Society. Her publications include a journal article about narcissism in the psychoanalytic profession and a book chapter about treating children who lost a parent. She co-edited a book about women’s issues and a book chapter about adoptive motherhood, which are in press. Now that she’s no longer president of ASPP, she has several more writing projects in progress.  

Sara Hamilton, PsyD  - President Elect

Lisa Madsen, MD- Education Chair 

Lisa Madsen, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice and a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Texas A&M Health Sciences Center. Lisa works with adults in psychotherapy and medication management from a relational psychodynamic perspective. Lisa attended medical school at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She completed her residency training in psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Lisa was a 2012-2013 Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She recently completed the two-year Studies in Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program through the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston and Austin. Lisa has served on the ASPP board since 2014, most recently as Education Chair Elect.


Suzanne Stambaugh, PsyD - Secretary


Michael Uebel, PhD, LCSW - Treasurer


Ryan N. Parker, LCSW - Education Chair Elect


Seja Rachael, LPC - Member-at Large

 Seja Rachael, MA, LPC-S is an analytically informed depth psychotherapist who works in private practice with individuals, couples and groups    to generate the process of healing restorative change. Seja’s orientation is strongly influenced by contemporary and relational psychodynamic  theory, Jungian psychology, and attachment based approaches. Relationally dynamic, her work may also engage the creative process through  sandplay, art, meditation, or active imagination. In private practice for over twenty five years, Seja is former president of the Texas Sandplay Society, and has worked closely with Austin in Connection. She presents locally and nationally at Post Graduate Institutes and Professional Associations from her book in progress, Meeting Places: The Elusive Engagement of Memory and Desire.


Andrew Wade, LMFT - Member-at Large

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