Dr. Mary-Joan Gerson is Adjunct Clinical Professor, Supervisory Consultant, and the Director of the Advanced Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is also a Supervisor at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies.
On a national level, Dr. Gerson is Founding President of Section VIII, Couple and Family Therapy, of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. She chairs the Awards Committee for Division 39 and is the Co-Chair of the Committee on Psychoanalysis and Community. She is also the Founding Co-Chair of the Committee on Psychoanalysis and HealthCare.
In the health area, she is a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and has served on the Medical Advisory Board of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), New York Chapter.
Dr. Gerson has frequently been an invited speaker at annual meetings of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the APA and the New York State Psychological Association, as well as psychoanalytic institutes around the country. The Ackerman Institute for the Family and the Minuchin Center for the Family have featured her as a workshop presenter.
In the Pro Bono area, Dr. Gerson has been a consultant to the staff of non-profit organizations on the unique challenges of working with highly distressed clients, particularly the American Jewish World Service and the Cardinal McCloskey Foster Care Agency. Her commitment to international service includes her Fulbright Specialist award of August 2013, which took her to Namibia for teaching and consultation.