Karyne Elizabeth Messina Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Karyne Elizabeth Messina

Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, Medical Staff-Suburban Hospital
Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Karyne Messina is a highly trained psychologist and psychoanalyst. In addition to working with patients in her private practice, she has devoted much of her life fighting for women's rights. This aspect of her career began when she became Director of the Center for Continuing Education in Washington at George Washington University. She is currently talking about the relationship between misogyny and projective identification, which she believes explain many of today's societal struggles.


Dr. 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.'

Personal Interests

    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.


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