BiographyDr. Karyne Messina is a member of the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis where she serves as a faculty member as well as a supervising and training analyst. At this institute, she has taught classes on psychoanalytic writing, Klein, and Freud, among a number of others. She is also a founding member of the Observational Studies Program--formerly called the Infant Observation Program--at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Dr. Messina also teaches infant observation classes for the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA). She is also on the medical staff at a Johns Hopkins Medicine hospital.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr. Messina has done extensive research on the pervasiveness of misogyny and how discrimination against women can be a result of projective identification. She also has formulated a hypothesis about mentalization and how it can marginalize the effects of projective identification since it incorporates respect for and inclusion of the thoughts, feelings, and ideas of two people in a dyad whereas projective identification centers around a dynamic of control of one person over another.
Dr. Messina has developed new terminology in this book that includes an evolved state of being wherein a person, with the help of another, can revise him or herself through a process of editing. This concept is called 'Redactional Identity.'
In her spare time, Dr. Messina does Glass-blowing and mental work. Her pieces have been in shows in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Monaco, and Shanghai.