About Karyne Messina

I am a licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis and on the medical staff of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. I also maintain a full-time private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland. After completing my undergraduate studies at Florida Atlantic University, I earned a master’s and a doctoral degree from George Washington University. I completed my post-doctoral training at the Washington School of Psychiatry and the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. I am currently on the medical staff of Suburban Hospital, which is part of Johns Hopkins Medicine. In my private practice I treat patients with a variety of mental diagnoses and conduct psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. In 2011, I served as the interim Executive Director of the Washington School of Psychiatry, a nonprofit mental health organization, and was also the director of the Eugene Meyer Treatment Center, also at the Washington School of Psychiatry. I maintain active memberships with the American Psychological Association, the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Washington School of Psychiatry, the American Board of Psychoanalysis, The Psychohistory Forum, The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture, Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology-Division 39 of the American Psychological Association and Society and the International Psychoanalytical Association. My books include Misogyny, Projective Identification and Mentalization, Psychoanalytic, Social and Institutional Manifestations, London: Routledge, 2019. Aftermath: Healing from the Trump Presidency, Washington, DC, IPI Press, 2020. Resurgence of Global Populism: A Psychoanalytic Study of Blame-Shifting and the Corruption of Democracy. London: Routledge, 2022. In 2023, Cascade will release my self-help book, It's Not Me, It's You!

Karyne Messina is a licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis and on the medical staff of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. She is the author of Resurgence of Populism: A Psychoanalytic Study of Projective Identification, Blame Shifting and the Corruption of Democracy (Routledge, 2022), "Barbie and the Great American Identity Crisis: The Unfortunate Reality of a Nation Plagued by Racism, Patriarchy, and Stark Hypocrisy (PI Press, April 2024) and the forthcoming "A Psychoanalytic Study of Political Leadership in the United States and Russia" (Routledge, May 2024).

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NBN Episodes hosted by Karyne:

Heather White, "60 Days to a Greener Life: Ease Eco-Anxiety Through Joyful Daily Action" (Harper Horizon, 2024)

May 27, 2024

60 Days to a Greener Life

Heather White
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Heather White brings two decades of environmental advocacy work and national nonprofit leadership to life with her joyful and practical books on tackl…

Karyne Messina, "Barbie and the Great American Identity Crisis: The Unfortunate Reality of a Nation Plagued by Racism, Patriarchy, and Stark Hypocrisy" (Pi Press, 2024)

April 28, 2024

Barbie and the Great American Identity Crisis

Karyne Messina
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Barbie and the Great American Identity Crisis (Pi Press, 2024) is not merely a book but a call to action-a rallying cry for societal introspection and…

Charlie Hertzog Young, "Spinning Out: Climate Change, Mental Health and Fighting for a Better Future" (Footnote Press, 2023)

March 19, 2024

Spinning Out

Charlie Hertzog Young
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Charlie Hertzog Young became a climate activist in his early teens. His journey led him onto airport runways and into the halls of power, but also to …

Ghostwriting Psychology and Overcoming Anxiety Associated with Writer’s Block

January 21, 2024

Ghostwriting Psychology and Overcoming Anxiety Associated with Writer’s Block

Barbara Richter
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Barbara Richter is an accomplished author, public speaker, French-to-English translator, and founder of DIYBook and In Ink Ghostwriting. Raised in a h…

A Conversation with Austin Ratner, the New Editor of "The American Psychoanalyst"

December 6, 2023

A Conversation with Austin Ratner, the New Editor of "The American Psychoanalyst"

Austin Ratner
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Austin Ratner has an interesting background. After graduating from medical school he decided to change careers. Rather than continuing in medicine he …

Parenting and Climate Change

October 11, 2023

Parenting and Climate Change

Jenni Silverstein and Elizabeth Bechard
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Today I talked to Jenni Silverstein and Elizabeth Bechard about their study (co-authored with Jennifer Walker) "What are the Impacts of Concern about …

Traci Cipriano, "The Thriving Lawyer: A Multidimensional Model of Well-being for a Sustainable Legal Profession" (Routledge, 2023)

September 29, 2023

The Thriving Lawyer

Traci Cipriano
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Traci Cipriano's book The Thriving Lawyer: A Multidimensional Model of Well-Being for a Sustainable Legal Profession (Routledge, 2023) is based on a…

James Newlin and James W. Stone, "New Psychoanalytic Readings of Shakespeare: Cool Reason and Seething Brains" (Routledge, 2023)

September 6, 2023

New Psychoanalytic Readings of Shakespeare

James Newlin and James W. Stone
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Dr. Richard Waugaman is an emeritus supervising and training analyst at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis. He is also a well-respecte…

CK Westbrook, "The Judgment" (4 Horsemen Publications, 2023)

August 27, 2023

The Judgment

CK Westbrook
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Today I talked to CK Westbrook about The Judgment (4 Horsemen Publications, 2023), book 3 of "The Impact Series." Kate thought the world was finally…

Michael J Diamond, "Ruptures in the American Psyche: Containing Destructive Populism in Perilous Times" (Phoenix Publishing, 2022)

August 11, 2023

Ruptures in the American Psyche

Michael J Diamond
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Michael J. Diamond's book Ruptures in the American Psyche: Containing Destructive Populism in Perilous Times (Phoenix Publishing, 2022) describes Trum…

Heather White, "One Green Thing: Discover Your Hidden Power to Help Save the Planet" (Harper Horizon, 2022)

August 5, 2023

One Green Thing

Heather White
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The climate crisis and its resulting eco-anxiety is the biggest challenge of our time. The anxiety that comes with worrying about how environmental ha…

Gabe Howard, "Mental Illness Is an Asshole: And Other Observations" (DGC Press, 2018)

July 22, 2023

Mental Illness Is an Asshole

Gabe Howard
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Today I talked to Gabe Howard about his book Mental Illness Is an Asshole: And Other Observations (DGC Press, 2018). Howard has an interesting story…

CK Westbrook, "The Collision" (4 Horsemen Publications, 2022)

July 19, 2023

The Collision

CK Westbrook
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Today I talked to CK Westbrook about The Collision (4 Horsemen Publications, 2022), volume 2 of the "The Impact Trilogy." As the world continues to r…

CK Westbrook, "The Shooting" (4 Horsemen Publications, 2022)

July 2, 2023

The Shooting

CK Westbrook
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In The Shooting (4 Horsemen Publications, 2022), the first book in a trilogy, CK Westbrook superbly places real-life characters in a fantasy world fil…

Kevin Volkan and Vamik Volkan, "Schizophrenia: Science, Psychoanalysis, and Culture" (Phoenix Publishing House, 2022)

June 29, 2023

Schizophrenia

Kevin Volkan and Vamik Volkan
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In Schizophrenia: Science, Psychoanalysis, and Culture (Phoenix Publishing House, 2022), Kevin Volkan and Vamık Volkan present a comprehensive study o…

Brent Willock, "The Wrongful Conviction of Oscar Pistorius: Science Transforms Our Comprehension of Reeva Steenkamp's Shocking Death" (Torchflame Books, 2018)

June 6, 2023

The Wrongful Conviction of Oscar Pistorius

Brent Willock
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Just when the world thought Oscar Pistorius’ meteoric rise to Olympic glory and international celebrity had terminated abysmally in prison, Brent Will…

Rob Verchick, "The Octopus in the Parking Garage: A Call for Climate Resilience" (Columbia UP, 2023)

May 19, 2023

The Octopus in the Parking Garage

Rob Verchick
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One morning in Miami Beach, an unexpected guest showed up in a luxury condominium complex’s parking garage: an octopus. The image quickly went viral. …

William J. Doherty, "The Ethical Lives of Clients: Transcending Self-Interest in Psychotherapy" (APA, 2021)

April 12, 2023

The Ethical Lives of Clients

William J. Doherty
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Clients often seek therapists’ input for dealing with ethical dilemmas in their lives, but there is little guidance for therapists in how to do this. …

Carl H. Shubs, "Traumatic Experiences of Normal Development: An Intersubjective, Object Relations Listening Perspective on Self, Attachment, Trauma, and Reality" (Routledge, 2020)

March 4, 2023

Traumatic Experiences of Normal Development

Carl H. Shubs
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Traditionally, trauma has been defined as negatively impacting external events, with resulting damage. This book puts forth an entirely different thes…

Richard Wood, "A Study of Malignant Narcissism: Personal and Professional Insights" (Routledge, 2022)

December 22, 2022

A Study of Malignant Narcissism

Richard Wood
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A Study of Malignant Narcissism: Personal and Professional Insights (Routledge, 2022) offers a unique insight into malignant narcissism, exploring bot…

Austin Ratner, "The Psychoanalyst's Aversion to Proof" (Ipbooks, 2018)

December 12, 2022

The Psychoanalyst's Aversion to Proof

Austin Ratner
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A clear and engaging call-to-arms to Freudians everywhere and a fresh diagnosis of the major problem confronting psychoanalysis today, Austin Ratner's…

Sally Weintrobe et al., "Climate Psychology: A Matter of Life and Death" (Phoenix Publishing House, 2022)

November 29, 2022

Climate Psychology

Wendy Hollway, Paul Hoggett, Chris Robertson, and Sally Weintrobe
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Climate Psychology: A Matter of Life and Death (Phoenix Publishing House, 2022) offers ways to work with the unthinkable and emotionally unendurable c…