Dr. Karyne Messina





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Doctoral Degree        George Washington University   
Master’s Degree        George Washington University   
Bachelor’s Degree     Florida Atlantic University           


Post-doctoral year of testing and assessment courses and supervision, Department of Psychology, George Washington University

Washington School of Psychiatry; Dynamics of Psychotherapy

Washington Psychoanalytic Foundation; Psychotherapy Training Program 

Washington Psychoanalytic Institute; Adult Program 

Washington Psychoanalytic Institute; Child and Adolescent Program

Washington Center for Psychoanalysis; Training and Supervising Analyst in the Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program


Director of Outpatient Mental Health at Suburban Hospital—Johns Hopkins Medicine, Psychologist 
Managed all aspects of the Hospital’s Outpatient Mental Health programs.  This included a Partial Hospital Program as well as Intensive Outpatient Programs.  Supervision of the staff was a major part of the daily tasks required of the Director as well as having the ultimate responsibility for the safety and well being of all patients. This included providing a safe environment or making certain each patient in need of a higher level of care was placed in an appropriate facility. Responsibilities also included the creation and operationalizing of new policies and procedures in accord with COMAR, The Joint Commission and CMS regulations and requirements. Worked closely with the Compliance Officer to make certain all rules were instituted and followed. Developed a state-of-the-art program for all patients. Had full responsibility for making sure all aspects of the Joint Commission Accreditation Survey were met. This occurred with high praise from the surveyor and without any suggestions for improvement. Reported to the Corporate Director of Behavior Health and then to the Senior Vice-president of the Hospital. This also included being a credentialed member of the Hospital Medical's Staff.

Interim Executive Director, Washington School of Psychiatry
Served as Interim Executive Director of a multi-faceted, non-profit, mental health organization that offers post-graduate training programs for mental health professionals.  Included in its mission is maintaining a Treatment Center that makes individual, couple, and family therapy affordable. These services are conducted by highly skilled practitioners who focus on the individual needs of each patient.  Job responsibilities included maintaining the budget, developing new programs, overseeing all aspects of the training programs and Meyer Treatment Center, and represented the organization to the public, the media, and other groups with shared goals. This position included participating on the Board of Directors as an ex-officio member and collaborating with the members to facilitate harmony for the well being of the School’s mission while respecting the ideas of all individuals.

Meyer Treatment Center, Washington School of Psychiatry
Served as Director of comprehensive treatment program for adults, children, adolescents, and parents. Responsibilities include hiring of therapists, training, supervision, and program development. Supervised teams that integrated all services including individual psychotherapy, psychological and psycho-educational testing, parent consultation, mother/baby group interventions, adolescent and latency-age group referrals,  and school consultation.

Private Practice-Psychologist
Maintained a private psychotherapy practice from 1985 to present.  Treated patients with a variety of mental diagnoses including but not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders PTSD, Dissociative Disorders, ADHD, Schizoaffective Disorders, Schizophrenia, Panic Disorders, Personality Disorders. Conduct Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Trichotillomania, Impulsive Control Disorders, Eating Disorders, Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis for children, adolescents and adults. Also treat couples, families and mother/baby pairs in need of early intervention. Supervise doctoral-level, psychology students. Provide psychological and educational testing services for individuals of all ages. Work with various groups to solve organizational issues and develop optimal strategies for improved communications.

Eugene Meyers III Treatment Center, Washington School of Psychiatry
Served as an associated staff member conducting individual psychotherapy from 1989-1993. In 1994 began to supervise new therapists

Clinical Associates
Served as a psychology associate in a private, psychotherapy practice.  Provided individual and group psychotherapy services, attended case conferences and administered and interpreted psychological and educational tests. Developed and presented workshops on various healthcare topics. This position was held concurrently with my private practice cited above.

Drug Intervention Counseling Action Program (DICAP)
Served as family therapist within this organization.  Conducted individual, group, family and couple psychotherapy. Co-led psychotherapy groups for adolescents.  This position was held concurrently with employment at George Washington University.

George Washington University
Served as Director of Counseling Services in the Division of Adult and Continuing Education.  In this role, I managed two programs that served as profit and loss centers for the university that were comprised of 25 professional and support staff members. Responsible for developing and executing the annual budget for the centers which were presented for University officials’ approval. Negotiated real estate contracts for the acquisition of office space as these centers expanded.  Developed and implemented International and U.S., Government contracts, including several large-scale contracts for the PERTAMINA Oil Corporation in 3 locations in Indonesia. Also served as Manager of Certificate Programs including Management in Business and Industry, Information Systems, Landscape Design, Paralegal Education, Public Relations and Graphic Design. Also, supervised counseling programs including assessment and evaluation, career counseling, professional development programs and conference planning.


Psychological and Educational Testing, Program Development, Group Therapy, Group Consultation, Parent and School Consultation, Individualized Program Development based on specific learning difficulties of each child or adolescent tested, Individual Tutoring based on individual learning difficulties of individuals tested (if applicable), Individual Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Couple Therapy, Psychoanalysis for children, adolescents and adults, Supervision for Adult, Child and Adolescent Therapists, Observation Studies Training, Infant Observation group leader, Curricula Development, and Teaching at all Developmental Levels.


Commentary on “Transference as a Therapeutic Instrument”: Clara Thompson: A Significant but Forgotten Voice From the Past. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes: Vol. 77, No. 1, pp. 20-24.

Planned, developed and organized several domestic and international conferences.  Responsible for all aspect of program planning, budget, advertising, securing speakers, and venue, e.g., Projection and Projective Identification, New Directions, Center for Psychoanalysis, 2008.International speakers included Edna O'Shaughnessy and Lara Etchegoyen.

What can Neuroscience Teach us about the Conduct of Therapy. Speakers included Dr. Stephen Suomi (NIH), Drs.. Regina Pally (UCLA) and Francis Champlain, (Columbia University). 

Presented at the Human Condition Series on Terrorism in Toronto, Canada.  The paper entitled The Hope and Despair of Projective Identification was publication in an international compendium: “Engaging Terror, a critical and interdisciplinary approach.” Presented at the American Psychoanalytic Association in New York, paper entitled, “Death and Dying from Both Sides of the Couch.”