Dr. Gerson is Adjunct Clinical Professor, Consultant in Psychoanalysis, and Former Director of the Advanced Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is Founding President of Section VIII, Couple and Family Therapy, of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), as well as Founding Co-Chair of the Committee on Psychoanalysis and Health Care, and the Committee on Psychoanalysis and the Community, for Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association.
She is author of The Embedded Self: An Integrative Psychodynamic and Systemic Perspective on Couple and Family Therapy, published in 2009 by Routledge Psychoanalysis, an imprint of Taylor & Francis LLC. Her numerous publications have appeared in such journals as Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychology, The Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, Social Science and Medicine, and Family Systems Medicine. She holds a Diplomate in Family Psychology (ABPP), and is an Approved Supervisor in the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy.
Mary-Joan Gerson has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist Award, which took her to Namibia in August 2013 to consult with psychologists and and other health care workers at the University of Namibia and Government Ministries. Dr. Gerson was recently awarded the Florence Kaslow Distinguished Contribution to International Family Psychology Award (2012), by Division 43 (Family Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.